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new GEYSIR Lýðveldisdagurinn The INL Convention Driftwood Art Intensive Icelandic the Icelandic Club of Greater Seattle june 2011 The New Geysir June icelandic club officers Stay with us all the way! Icelandic farm holidays is a chain of 150 farmhouses, country hotels and cottages around the country. president vice president recording secretary membership secretary treasurer Henry Bjornsson Anna Hauksdottir Markus Rook Linda Russo Chuck Mulberg TRANQUILITY FUN NATURAL ALIVE BREATHTAKING FREEDOM Book online icelandic phrases and sayings trustees managing editor Jens Eysteinsson Brynjar Halldorsson Laura Hanson August Helgason Tota Sellars Birna Sigurbjornsdottir new geysir staff Laura Hanson dorgveiðikeppni ice fishing contest associate editor Henry Bjornsson róðrarkeppni kappróður rowing contest rowing contest associate editor layout/design Willard Larson Tad Davis Sjómannadagshátíð Fishermans Festival Hátíðarsigling Maritime Festival Hátíð hafsins Festival of the Sea sjóræningi pirate grænfriðungur Greenpeace í fullum gangi in full swing gullverðlaun gold medal Last date for submissions for next issue is Friday July 22, 2011 contributing writers photography cover art published quarterly by colophon Henry Bjornsson Tad Davis Will Larson Henry Bjornsson Bonny Sigurdardottir Griesbach Jutta Halldorsson Jón Sigurðsson, the father of Icelandic independence The Icelandic Club of Greater Seattle Produced using Adobe InDesign CS5. Body text is set in Adobe Garamond Pro. Headlines are set in Myriad Pro. Please note our publishing team are volunteers and can not devote regular office hours to this effort. Therefore we need information well in advance to put all the pieces together and coordinate our final publication. Please All contents copyright 2011 The Icelandic Club of Greater Seattle. All rights reserved. Any use of the contents of this publication without the express written permission of the publisher is strictly prohibited. The New Geysir is the official quarterly newsletter of the Iceland Club of Greater Seattle. new geysir ~ june 2011 book corner president s corner icelandic language classes return to the uw driftwood thorrablot upcoming events mark your calendars! jonas thor s message at thorrablot dennis einarson icelandic club of greater seattle presents: icelandic national league convention book corner Will Larson Praise-worthy books about Iceland continue to emerge. From London comes a new scholarly book on the social history of Iceland and the development over centuries of its educational system by Sigurdur Gylfi Magnusson. This jewel of a book hides behind its totally cryptic title of Wasteland with Words. It is a smoothly readable book and an in-depth assessment of the economy leading up to the 1890 era emigration to Canada of the grandparents of many of us. Its only shortcoming is the quick skimover of the sociologic upheaval since 1940 with the uninvited influx of 40,000 British, Canadian and then American soldiers. Where is a discussion of the astand situation, of the Z-list, and of the capitalist euphoria of the past decade? Price is $39.95 from Amazon. A bouquet of roses goes to Lillian Vilborg, a past editor of Logberg- Heimskringla for her new book Hardfiskur and Skyr. It is a collection of 128 essays from the editor s page of L-H, which set a warm mood within us as it reflects on what it means to be Icelandic in North America. I have delayed its recognition here until I had completed reading it it is best read one page only each morning for four months. It is available for $24.95 plus $5.00 for shipping from: Logberg-Heimskringla Portage Avenue Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada R3B-2B5 In closing I must mention the heartwrenching bankruptcy on February 17th of the Mal and Menning bookstore at Laugavegur 18, an icon of the whole-learned world. My family in Reykjavik has tried to reassure me that a new bookstore of as yet undisclosed leadership probably will open on the site. i c e l a n d i c c l u b o f g r e a t e r s e a t t l e 3 j ú n í president s corner Henry Bjornsson We will celebrate Icelandic Independence Day on Sunday, June 26, at the Swedish Cultural Center in Seattle. Please see more information on page 5. The Seattle observance is usually held on or close to June 17. We are holding it later this year because of conflicts that have plagued us for years, with our dinner falling at the same time as school graduations and proms. We hope the later date will eliminate most of these conflicts, particularly because it is at this celebration that we announce the scholarship winners and our new princess. We want these students to be there. Iceland achieved its independence from Denmark in At that time it was agreed that Independence Day would be established as June 17, the birthday of Jon Sigurdsson, the father of Icelandic independence, who spent most of his adult life pursuing that goal. By 1918 Iceland was virtually independent except that it remained under the Danish crown, much as Canada is an independent nation under the British crown. In 1944, in a vote that was almost unanimous, the Icelandic people decided to make the separation from Denmark complete, effective on June 17. Jon Sigurdsson was born on June 17, 1811, so this year s observance celebrates his 200th birthday. I hope we have a good turnout to celebrate Iceland s independence and to celebrate the memory of the great man who, more than anyone else, made it happen. In 1999 a new program was created to help young people of Icelandic ancestry in the U.S. and Canada to discover and connect to their Icelandic roots. It continues today as an active program for ages 18-28, with the opportunity to go to Iceland, learn a little of the language, live with an Icelandic family, travel around the island, and locate relatives. Later, the Snorri Plus program was developed for the benefit of those over 30. These programs were partially subsidized by the Icelandic government, and the cost was very reasonable. We have entered more difficult times, and Iceland has been particularly affected. The program, still well organized and most worthwhile, is considerably more expensive for the participants, and we have heard of some young people who want to participate, but who find the cost too great. My own feeling is that the Snorri Program, the one originally established for younger people, may need help. As an Icelandic club, it is important that our young people know something about Iceland, and it is hard to imagine anything that could connect them to the land of their ancestors nearly as well as helping them go there, experience its people and culture firsthand, and possibly create a lifelong personal link to the country. The Icelandic Club currently supports a very good academic scholarship program for students from families of members, which gets its support from the annual golf tournament. I propose that we also develop some means of helping one young person each year to participate in the Snorri program. Whether such assistance is feasible, and whether it would come from membership dues or some other source, would have to be discussed and decided by the club Board. I propose that we have such a discussion. We currently have about 160 paid memberships to the club. This includes family memberships, so it represents considerably more than 160 people. However, we have a mailing list of over 300, and many of the recipients of this newsletter are not currently paid members. We also find, from time to time, folks who have not paid their dues but who think they have. Please, if you haven t paid your dues, do it now. This newsletter contains a membership application and address to send it to. If you have any doubt whether it is paid, send us an or call me at , and we will check on it for you. More paid memberships will definitely make us a better club. 4 í s l e n d i n g a f é l a g i ð í s t ó r - s e a t t l e s v æ ð i j u n e icelandic language classes return to the uw Will Larson After a two decade respite classes in Modern Icelandic will again be offered by the University this summer. It will be an intensive course in modern Icelandic, focusing upon grammar and inflections for linguist Scandinavian students with a comfortable command of one or more other Nordic languages for contrast and comparison. It will be taught by University librarian Anna Bjartmarsdottir. The University s Scandinavian Department has always offered a year-long course in Old Icelandic on alternate years, focusing on saga reading in the original texts, participation required of all their graduate students. Professor Patricia Conroy has been the teacher. Most of the major American colleges with a Department of Scandinavian Studies have been retrenching the breadth of their offerings because of economic austerity, but the U. of W. s program has been expanding into the pan-baltic areas, with coverage of Finnish, Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian languages and literature, with full support of both our community and the academic world. Driftwood Artwork by popular well-known Icelandic artist, Solveig Eggerz Petursdottir will be auctioned at Seattle s Celebration for Icelandic Independence Day on Sunday, June 26. Solveig Eggerz Petursdottir was born in Reykjavik, Iceland on May 29, She is most noted for her works on driftwood gathered along the coast of Iceland. She uses the natural knots, whirls, lines cracks and veins of wave-beaten driftwood and remnants of old boards and planks as her canvas. By adding colors and lines on the driftwood here and there, Solveig brings out a fanciful collection of faces, figures, landscapes, flowers and other vegetation. The accidental lines, forms and rough outlines, and the delicately harmonious shades of bluish-gray, brown and gold found in each piece of driftwood, then becomes the starting point from which she develops her picture fantasies. Much of her work is based on mythology and symbolism. The artist had her first American exhibition at the 10th annual Nordic Festival in 1971 at the Flag Pavilion at Seattle Center on lower Queen Anne Hill. At that time she donated several of her pieces to the Icelandic Club of Greater Seattle to be used at their discretion. The 2011 Board of Officers and Trustees has just recently agreed to auction of some of these artwork pieces at our Independence Day celebration on Sunday, June 26. Please see page 7 for further details of obtaining tickets to the event. driftwood i c e l a n d i c c l u b o f g r e a t e r s e a t t l e 5 j ú n í thorrablot Henry Bjornsson The 2011 Thorrablot was a big success, with delicious food and great music. For the second year in a row the event was held at the Swedish Cultural Center, a venue that has been especially popular with our membership. A considerable portion of the evening s success must be attributed to the people who came from Iceland to be part of it, including Gissur Kristinsson, our guest chef and sommelier; Jonas Thor, our speaker, a historian and tour guide; and the music group of Halla, Vilhjalmur and Hilmar. As always, we had a raffle of a number of prizes, including the grand prize of two round trips to Iceland on Icelandair. The Thorrablot Committee, and its chair Edda Konradsdottir, deserve great credit for a job very well done. Edda out on the dance floor with her son Siggi Sigurdsson 2011 Princesses Forrest Kristine Kasper and Anna Heiser Anna Hauksdottir with Jonas Thor upcoming events mark your calendars! June 26 Icelandic Independence Celebration July 16/17 Tivoli / Viking Days at the Nordic Heritage Museum August 13 September 18 Icelandic Club Picnic at Lynndale Park 12-4 pm, serving Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur from Reykjavik ICGS Golf Tournament at Jackson Park for more info phone October 9 Leifur Eíriksson Day December Jólaball 6 í s l e n d i n g a f é l a g i ð í s t ó r - s e a t t l e s v æ ð i j u n e jonas thor s message at thorrablot Icelandic historian and tour leader Jonas Thor was our speaker at Thorrablot. He presented a trenchant analysis of the attitudes of those who emigrated to North America in the settlement period of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and of many misconceptions and even animosities that existed then between those who left Iceland in those difficult times and those who stayed. America was so far away, and so different from Iceland, that it became more and more difficult for the two groups to understand each other. The Western Icelanders blended into the Canadian and American societies and the Icelanders who stayed felt that the Western Icelanders had chosen to not be Icelanders any more. Jonas recalls that his father expressed pride that none of his family had left. The hugeness of the move to the New World was hardly comprehensible--halldor Laxness, in Independent People, says of one of his characters that Two sons were drowned in a distant ocean, and one son and a daughter had disappeared to a land even more remote, America, which is farther than death. Neither group understood the other very well, the Icelanders feeling that the emigrants were casting off all their Icelandicness, the new Canadians and Americans somehow expecting that Iceland would not change over the years, that it would remain the same place they had left. The Icelanders did not understand that while the Western Icelanders were assimilating into their new land they were keeping alive a love and appreciation for the place they came from, not necessarily retaining the language, but cherishing the culture, traditions, and literature of Iceland. The Western Icelanders failed to realize that, as years went by, Iceland was also moving into a new time, not changing as fast as the New World, but changing nevertheless, away from the Iceland they, and their parents, remembered. Jonas recalls the coordinated effort by Icelandic communities all over North America to erect a statue in Iceland in 1911 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Jon Sigurdsson, the father of Icelandic independence, and then of the erection of a replica statue on the Legislative grounds in Winnipeg, and the subsequent establishment of organizations to strengthen the connection of the North American Icelanders to the folks in the old country. Among such organizations, the Icelandic National League, established in 1919, and its sister INL Iceland, established 20 years later, took on the task of maintaining the ties between the two groups of people. Jonas told of the developing interest of the Icelandic government and INL in starting tours and exchanges between Icelanders and members of the Icelandic communities in the U. S. and Canada. He says that in the last fifteen to twenty years more and more Icelanders are searching for their relatives in the New World, and his tours have brought many people in Iceland into contact with their American and Canadian relatives. One of the most useful programs for facilitating these contacts has been the Snorri programs, involving young, and not-so young, people finding and meeting relatives both ways across the Atlantic. Jonas conducts bus tours, in Canada, the U.S., and Iceland, helping to make these connections. His website is is. i c e l a n d i c c l u b o f g r e a t e r s e a t t l e 7 j ú n í dennis einarson Dennis EINARSON passed away Wednesday March 9, 2011 after a well fought battle with cancer. He was born September 25, 1935 to Ole and Ethel Einarson and was raised on a farm in Milton, North Dakota. Dennis is survived by Anna, his loving wife of 54 years. He is also survived by his son John (Kim) son Tom (Sundee) daughter Carrie Heiser (David) son Jim (Christy) and son Charles (Samantha) He was a loving grandfather to 10 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Dennis was one of 10 children. He had eight sisters and one brother. He was predeceased by sister Julia (John) Klindt sister Olivia (John) Veer sister Lorraine (Raymond) Chaput, sister Fern (Charles) Stabo brother William (Edith) Einarson sister Mavis (Allan) Akset. He is survived by his sister Joyce (Clair) Tongen Sister Beverly (George) Bleakley and sister Doreen (Irvin) Nelson and many nieces and nephews that feel his loss. Dennis worked at Aerojet for forty years until his illness prevented him from working any longer. He had the opportunity to be involved in many exciting and important projects. His skills sent him to Washington DC and Pasadena, California to work on projects for the space program. One of his projects will be landing on Pluto in the near future so in a way he is still at work. He had the opportunity to meet several of the astronauts that eventually were on the space shuttles he had a hand in building. When it was announced that Dennis had passed away Aerojet sent out this announcement: As the space shuttle Discovery ends her career in space, it is with great sorrow I must announce the passing of another more local, and no less important, person involved in the space program, Dennis Einarson. He was a craftsmen, mentor, and friend to many. From his days as a farmer in the 50 s, Boeing in the 60 s, joining us in 1970, and until his passing, he had firsthand involvement in our country s progression to space. Not Bad For a Farm Boy from North Dakota. Services were held at Evergreen Washelli, Seattle WA. Remembrances may be sent to Mr. Einarson s much loved family church, Fjalla Lutheran Church, PO Box 2, Edinburg North Dakota [editors note: Carrie Heiser has been part of the newsletter team and a past membership secretary for our Icelandic Club of Greater Seattle. Anna Heiser, granddaughter of Mr. Einarson, is one of our 2011 Princesses this year.] Home Auto Business Home Auto Yacht Business Contractors Yacht Commercial Contractors Buildings Commercial Buildings Harbor Harbor Insurance Insurance Agency, Inc. Agency, Inc. Welcome to the San Juans! Welcome to the San Juans! Ellen Johnson Agent/Owner Ellen Johnson Agent/Owner (fax) PO Box 2718, (fax) 849 Spring St. Reni McCutcheon Agent/CSR PO Box Friday 2718, Harbor, 849 Spring WA St. Reni McCutcheon Agent/CSR Friday Harbor, WA Home Auto Business Yacht Contractors Commercial Buildings Welcome to the San Juans! (fax) PO Box 2718, 849 Spring St. Friday Harbor, WA Harbor Insurance Agency, Inc. Ellen Johnson Agent/Owner Reni McCutcheon Agent/CSR 8 í s l e n d i n g a f é l a g i ð í s t ó r - s e a t t l e s v æ ð i j u n e Icelandic Club of Greater Seattle Presents: Icelandic Independence Day Celebration Lýðveldisdagurinn Please join us for our annual celebration of Iceland's Independence and help us honor the work of Jón Sigurðsson, leader of the 19th century Icelandic independence movement. Sunday, June 26, PM: Social hour with cash bar for cocktails, beer and wine 5PM: Awards Program introducing our Fjalkona, Princesses and Scholarship Winners 6PM: Auction of Driftwood Art (see photos on page 3) 6:30: Dinner of beef pot roast and skyr dessert followed by sing-a-long and dancing Held at Swedish Cultural Center, 1920 Dexter Avenue North, Seattle, WA Advance sales of tickets will save you money and help us plan for an accurate count of guests. Advance tickets for members: $35.00 non-member guests: $40.00 all tickets at the door $42.00 Make checks payable to ICGS and mail with the following info below to: Icelandic Club of Greater Seattle Attn: Independence Day P.O. Box Seattle, WA Name: address: Mailingaddress: Home phone: cell phone: Number of non-member Number of member $35.00 Please list names of everyone you are paying for, including your name below: i c e l a n d i c c l u b o f g r e a t e r s e a t t l e 9 j ú n í icelandic national league convention April 28-May 1, 2011 Edmonton Alberta Henry Bjornsson Our club is a member of the Icelandic National League of North America, an organization that has been in existence since 1919, formed to preserve Icelandic language and culture in the New World, and to be an umbrella organizat
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