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Get a taste of a Danish Folk School and immerse your yourselves in the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of traditional Danish music, food and crafts!

Presented in collaboration with the Danish Immigrant Museum, this program celebrates the introduction to the US of the 125th anniversary of the Danish Folk School movement, created to foster the continuation of Danish folklife for future generations. Featured participants are Dwight Lamb, playing traditional Danish fiddle and button accordion music; Danish Immigrant Museum Director, Dr. John Mark Nielsen; and Elk Horn and Kimballton residents demonstrating Danish hardanger and cross-stitching, papir klip, and some traditional foods during this two-hour program.

Availability: weekdays and evenings, Saturday day and evening

Fees to Artists (plus travel): $1,200

Participants: 6


Bios of Key Participants:
Karma Sorensen, a Danish needleworker from Elk Horn, is an expert at creating hardanger work. Karma also does knitting, crocheting, crosstitch, and teaches hardanger classes. She also makes the Kransekage.

Annette Andersen is a Danish needleworker from Kimballton. She enjoys using Danish patterns for crosstitch, hardanger and papercutting. She assists teaching food classes at the Danish Immigrant Museum and also teaches folk dancing.

Dwight "Red" Lamb is a musician from Onawa. Dwight has been fiddling for nearly 50 years and comes from a heritage that includes several generations of fiddlers. He is known for his Missouri Valley style of fiddling and has played in and won many contests in the Midwest. Dwight also plays the button accordion, has served as a judge at fiddling contests and is a past recipient of the Iowa Arts Council Folklife Award. Lamb is a recipient of a Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grant to teach fiddling.

Jeanette Lillehoj specializing in foodway traditions is from Kimballton. She teaches classes at the Danish Immigrant Museum on Danish cookies, coffee cake and smørrebrod.

John Mark Nielsen is the executive director of the Danish Immigrant Museum in Elk Horn.

Barbara Lund Jones is a curator at the Danish Immigrant Museum.

Loretta Christensen is a singer from Kimballton. She enjoys singing Danish songs and leads the Folk Dancers.