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Kristina Diseth lives in Oslo, Norway, and has been a summer volunteer at Pendragon Theatre in Saranac for the last two seasons.  Photo:  Todd Moe
Kristina Diseth lives in Oslo, Norway, and has been a summer volunteer at Pendragon Theatre in Saranac for the last two seasons. Photo: Todd Moe

A Nordic connection at Pendragon Theatre

The 1980 Winter Olympics brought a lot of international visitors to the Adirondacks. Kristina Diseth, of Norway, worked as an office clerk at the Lake Placid Resort Hotel during the games.

Diseth made friends that year, and for the last couple of summers, she's been back in the Adirondacks as a volunteer at Pendragon Theatre in Saranac Lake. She's helped out with summer productions -- working with directors, in the costume shop and even sweeping the stage after performances. Diseth retired recently from a college theater career in Norway, and a chance to re-connect with old friends lured her back to the North Country.

Todd Moe caught up with her during a break in her duties to talk about a love of theater and leaving one mountainous region to visit another. That's today's "Heard Up North."  Go to full article
Two Planks & A Passion by Roland Huntford
Two Planks & A Passion by Roland Huntford

A history of skiing, for sport and survival

This weekend, tens of thousands of skiers will take to the slopes and trails across the North Country. One of the earliest pioneers of skiing in the Adirondacks was a Norwegian immigrant named Herman "Jackrabbit" Johannsen. Johannsen lived in Lake Placid in the 1920s, where he trained and encouraged a generation of cross-country skiers. A new book about the history of skiing argues that Norwegians like Johannsen introduced the sport of skiing around the world. Brian Mann spoke with Roland Huntford, author of Two Planks and A Passion. Huntford says he became interested in the history of skiing after first writing about Norwegian explorers at the South Pole.  Go to full article
Norwegian merchant sailors memorial in Pine Ridge Cemetery.
Norwegian merchant sailors memorial in Pine Ridge Cemetery.

Norwegian sailors remembered in Saranac Lake

Tomorrow is a day of national pride for millions of Norwegians around the world and the North Country. It's the 17th of May, or "Syttende Mai." But it's not just Norwegians who pay tribute to Norway's Constitution Day. A quiet ceremony will take place Saturday morning at a small plot of graves in Saranac Lake's Pine Ridge cemetery. During WW II hundreds of Norwegian merchant sailors ended up in Saranac Lake as tuberculosis patients. 15 men, and the daughter of a ship's captain, died and were buried there. And a longtime cemetery volunteer has made it her mission to make sure they're not forgotten. Todd Moe has more.  Go to full article

"Nordic Voices" in Burlington tonight

A six-voice a capella group from Oslo, Norway gives a concert of early and contemporary music at the UVM Recital Hall in Burlington tonight. Nordic Voices has toured throughout the world, and tonight's concert features music from 16th century Spain. Todd Moe spoke with soprano Tone Braaten, one of the founding members of the ensemble. She says the group began singing together in 1996.  Go to full article
A 2006 Snow Show performance. Photo: Tim Matheson
A 2006 Snow Show performance. Photo: Tim Matheson

Preview: The "Snow Show" in Ottawa

There are ice palaces, sculptures and even ice hotels. Now, there's theatre in the ice and snow. What better way to tell a winter's tale than outdoors. The Norwegian folktale East o' the Sun and West o' the Moon will be told tonight outside in Ottawa. It's being called the "Snow Show;" audiences ride horse-drawn sleighs through the Central Experimental Farm arboretum. The National Arts Centre is producing the show as part of Winterlude. It runs through February 18. Todd Moe talks with actor Paul Rainville.  Go to full article
Karen Solgård plays the distinctive Hardanger fiddle, which has an added  set of drone strings and is richly decorated--the lion of Norway replaces the traditional scroll.
Karen Solgård plays the distinctive Hardanger fiddle, which has an added set of drone strings and is richly decorated--the lion of Norway replaces the traditional scroll.

Karen Solg?rd: Hardanger fiddle music of Norway

A taste of Scandinavia! Norwegian-American fiddler Karen Solgård, from Minnesota, joins us live in the studio for folk music and conversation. She's in the North Country to lead a series of Norwegian folk music and dance workshops this weekend.  Go to full article

Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga

Today is Syttende Mai, Constitution Day in Norway. To celebrate, our resident Norseman Todd Moe tours the new Vikings exhibit at the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Hull, Quebec, and chats with two Norwegian experts on Viking culture. The exhibition celebrates the rich Viking legacy and recalls the Viking arrival in North America 1,000 years ago.  Go to full article

Royals Visit Canada

Royal watchers in Canada's capital region are getting a double dose this week. The King and Queen of Norway visited Hull to unveil a Vikings exhibit at the Museum of Civilization yesterday, and Princess Margriet of the Netherlands arrives tomorrow to attend the annual Tulip Festival in Ottawa. Todd Moe reports.  Go to full article

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