Dave Osborn, a former Cando Cub, became a Viking. While few area children may follow him to Viking football, children here will have the opportunity to experience a Viking Adventure on August 13 and 14. Stina Fagertun, a cultural ambassador from Norway, returns to Cando to direct a day camp for children, as well as present two programs for adults. Joining her is Catrine Pedersen, who has experience in early childhood education and theater. In Norway Pedersen and Fagertun created opportunities for preschoolers to perform Shakespeare, dance ballet, present outdoor theatre performances, and learn classical music
The Great Viking Adventure camp, sponsored by the Cando Arts Council in cooperation with the Prairie Fjord Sons of Norway is a condensation of the week long session at the Prairie Village Museum in Rugby. Children ages 5-12 may attend a day camp on August 13 and 14 at the art gallery in the lower level of the Audi Theater. Fagertun describes the camp activities, "It's like time travel back to the Viking age, when kids created their own fun. They will learn some Viking chants while snuggling around the campfire listening to ancient fairy tales from the dawn of time."
Campers ages 5-8 will attend from 9:30 11:30 am, while those ages 9 12 will attend from 1:00 3:30 pm. The cost for these two days is $5.00, which will help pay the cost of supplies. Potential campers may pre-register at the Cando Arts Council website candoarts.com at any time before August 9 or by calling Susan Esterly at 968-4242 between August 1 and August 9. Preregistration is not required, and registration will not be closed, but it is helpful in organizing supplies. Some items of clothing for the Viking costumes will need to come from home. A list of these supplies will be available at registration on the Arts Council website.
A brief, informal open camp will allow the public to view the Great Viking Adventure. Those who are interested may stop at the gallery at 11:30 or at 3:15 on August 14.
These two talented performers will not spend all their time with children; two programs are offered for adults. On August 12 the public is invited to join the Prairie Fjord Sons of Norway for a 6 pm potluck supper at the Masonic Lodge in Cando. Of course, Norwegian food will be featured, but those of other ancestries are encouraged to bring their food and join the fun. Ms. Fagertun and Ms. Pedersen will lead a conversation on a variety of topics all Norwegian. Those attending are encouraged to bring their samples of Norwegian crafts and belongings for display and discussion.
"The Great Viking Adventure" will be a second evening performance at the Masonic Lodge on August 13 at 7 pm to give adults a view of Viking contributions to the world. A visual presentation will be featured. Of course, refreshments and conversation will follow. Both evening appearances are free of charge, but the sponsors will be happy to receive a donation to help pay expenses.
Fagertun is not a stranger to Cando; she visited some years ago giving a public performance and a school workshop. Several times she has performed at the Norsk Hostfest in Minot, working with Terry and Ann Zeltinger. Stina and Catrine will visit the Zeltingers while in North Dakota. The Zeltingers report Stina has now been awarded the title of "The Best Storyteller in Scandinavia," not just "The Best Storyteller in Norway." Terry describes her as "very talented and entertainingeverything about her is good!" He encourages all of us to please take advantage of this unique entertainment opportunity.
- Submitted by Roberta Mundahl, Cando Arts Council