The 2008 Sju Lag Stevne which met from July 15-19 at the Ramada Inn in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is now history but the memories linger on.
The seven lags of Sigdalslag, Landingslag, Ringerike-Drammen District Lag, Hadeland Lag, Toten Lag and Telelag joined together once again for their annual gathering of members.
Landingslag, led by President Sandy Hendrickson, did a wonderful job of organizing the Stevne. Wednesday and Thursday tours by air-conditioned motor coach included some Norwegian settlements and churches in Portage and nearby Waupaca counties.
Thursday morning opening session entertainment featured comedians “Aslak og Engebret” and a program on logging in Wisconsin presented by Sterling Strathe of the Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education. He showed slides of early day logging operations and demonstrated some of the jobs and practices in the logging camps using real live audience members.
Extensive materials were available from the seven areas in the genealogy room for those interested in family research, and a variety of classes were offered ranging from Norwegian folk dancing and Hardanger embroidery to a study of Knute Rockne, how to use Norwegian records and the Scottish invasion of Norway. Vendors plied their wares such as books, crafts, jewelry and clothing of Norwegian persuasion.
Following the Wednesday and Thursday tours, movies were shown including the award winning 2005 film “Sweet Land” and the 1945 classic, “Our Vines Have Tender Grapes.”
The banquet on Friday evening began with the annual Bunad Parade by those members who wore their Norwegian costumes. Entertainment was from the children’s dance group “Landingsleiken” from Land, Norway, and the “Twin Cities Hardingfelelag,” a fiddle group from Minneapolis. Numedalslag was celebrating its 100th anniversary and was given special Centennial Recognition.
The Sigdalslag annual business meeting was held Saturday morning at the hotel and following the meeting some Sigdalslag members attended a picnic in nearby Plover with two other lags.
Next year’s Sju Lag Stevne has been scheduled for the University of Wisconsin campus in River Falls, Wisconsin from June 25-28.