Julefest: A Celebration of Lights

December 1st,2012, the NW Language & Cultural Center is pleased to host  Nordic Julefest, a Celebration of Lights. Presented in the intimate and charming surroundings of our rural Event Center in Langley, on Whidbey Island, the evening will feature a traditional Smörgåsbord, Santa Lucia Tag, lively music with Vern Olsen, Karl Olsen and friends, folk dances and other activities unique to the culture of the region. An afternoon Nordic Holiday baking class will precede the festivities. 

Overnight accommodations are available in our elegant Guesthouse for those who might like to make this the occasion for a fun weekend getaway.

The day’s schedule begins with a cooking class, from 2:00  – 5:00pm, led by chef Lena Svensson, demonstrating traditional holiday baked goods of the region.

From 5:30 – 6:30 there will be an open house & social hour with warm Glogg, appetizers and music.

Dinner will be served from 6:30 – 7:30pm, featuring a sumptuous traditional Swedish Smörgåsbord, with all the essentials, like lutefisk, herring, krumkaka, and more!

At 7:30 the evening’s music and dance program will begin. Performers will include the Young Skandia Dancers & Sue Larson, the Nordic Ladies Chorus, and Don Meyers & Kathi Ploege, who together with Judy Patterson, Jerry Walsh, Beverly Anderson, and Milt Anderson will entertain with traditional folk dances. At the end of the evening, all will be invited to join in under the enthusiastic tutelage of PatMcMonagle.

The NWLA Cultural Center, located at 5023 LANGLEY RD., LANGLEY WA 98260  www.nwlanguageacademy.com is a 501(c)(3) non–profit organization that provides innovative resources for people of all ages to learn new languages and to better understand diverse cultures as community becomes global. We seek to preserve and honor diversity while building bridges of understanding and appreciation between people of different cultures. In this way, we hope to contribute to a more peaceful global community and a richer local one.

The Nordic Julefest is the latest in our Language of Food series, one of our most popular programs, typically attracting a capacity crowd of 80 or more enthusiastic participants. Proceeds from the evening benefit our community programs and scholarship fund.

The NWLA blog, http://blog.nwlanguageacademy.com, has information and photos from previous events and more can be found under ‘Northwest Language Academy’ on both Facebook and Flickr.


For more information or to register online, visit www.nwlanguageacademy.com or email [email protected].

Volunteers in various capacities are welcome, please inquire.