Farmington Hills Sons of Norway lodge celebrates Constitution Day

The Sons of Norway’s Nordkap Lodge in Farmington Hills will celebrate Norway’s biggest holiday on Saturday, May 18, the day in 1814 when Norway was established as an independent, sovereign state.

Sons of Norway Cod Toss
Here’s one of the prizes offered to winners of the Cod Toss during the Sons of Norway Constitution Day celebration. (Contributed)

The traditional Constitution Day celebration will include flying the Norwegian flag and singing Norway’s national anthem, wearing “bunads”—Norway’s national dress—and enjoying a parade, Scandinavian music, picnic foods, and desserts. Lunch with pølse (hot dogs), Norwegian waffles, soft drinks, and other treats available for purchase.

Attendees are welcome to bring a favorite Norwegian dessert to share at the coffee and dessert buffet, and to shop at the general store stocked with imported cheeses, lefse, herring, candy, books, and Norwegian flags for the parade.

Nordkap’s own Cod Toss Tournament will again challenge contestants to throw frozen fish for distance. Winners will take home prizes–all with a “fishy” theme. There will also be special games and activities for the children.

Here’s the schedule of events at the Swedish Club, 22398 Ruth Street in Farmington Hills:

  • 11 a.m: Swedish Club opens with Norwegian food imports and gift items for sale
  • 11:30 a.m: Parade begins
  • 11:45 a.m: Greetings from Norway’s honorary consul to Michigan, Dennis Flessland
  • 12 p.m.: Picnic-style foods and Norwegian waffles available for purchase
  • 12:45 p.m: Games for boys and girls, plus the Cod Toss Tournament for all
  • 1:45 p.m: Norwegian dessert buffet opens