Lawn Games and Local Beer Every Other Thursday (starts June 14), 6:30PM - 8:30PM Comstock House
Beginning Thursday, June 14, and held every other Thursday thereafter until Thursday, August 23, we’re hosting a neighborhood party on the Comstock House lawn from 6:30PM to 8:30PM. The focus? Building local community, playing lawn games, and enjoying some of our community’s fine local food and brew.
We’ll be playing classic lawn games like kubb, molkky, skittles, bocce ball, and croquet; and we’ll be drinking local brews from community brewers like Junkyard Brewing Company, Drekker Brewing Company, and Fargo Brewing Company.
Admission is free and the beer costs $5 a pour. Pico Food Truck will be available on the first night, June 14, selling the regular fare from their delicious taco menu. Depending on the crowd, they may be back — so make your June 14 dinner plans now!
Yoga on the Comstock Lawn Mondays, 6:00PM (through August) Comstock House
On Monday nights at 6:00PM throughout the summer, we’re hosting certified yoga instructor Amanda Nordick who will lead outdoor yoga classes designed for all levels of ability on the Comstock House lawn. A limited number of yoga mats will be available, but we encourage you to bring your own (and your own water bottle). Classes will be canceled in case of rain or low temps (below 60 degrees), so watch our social media pages for updates!
Join us for the opening reception of the Red River Watercolor Society's 25th Annual National Juried Watermedia Exhibition on Tuesday, June 19, from 6:00PM to 8:00PM (the exhibition is open with free admission beginning at 5:00PM). RRWS members will discuss their works and Mark Mehaffey will present awards at 7:00PM. The reception is FREE and open tot he public; refreshments will be served.
The 25th Annual National Juried Watermedia Exhibition is a gorgeous showcase of the full possibility of watercolors by some of the most prolific and talented watercolor artists of today. The featured artists come from both our local community and the U.S. at large in an effort first articulated 25 years ago by the Red River Watercolor Society: to provide a diverse selection of watercolor opportunities to RRWS members and to build a world-class community through education and exhibitions in Fargo-Moorhead. This year's anniversary celebration is juried by Mark Mehaffey, a signature member of the American Watercolor Society and a Dolphin Fellow with the National Watercolor Society. He wrote Creative Watercolor Workshop, published in 2005 and re-released as Creative Watercolor and Acrylic Workshop in 2013. His work is included in the permanent collections of transparent watercolors throughout North America and China; and, in addition to his own painting, he remains a popular juror, workshop instructor, and lecturer.
Scandinavian Hjemkomst & Midwest Viking Festival Friday, June 22 - Saturday, June 23 | 10:00AM - 5:00PM Hjemkomst Center and Viking Ship Park
The Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County and Nordic Culture Clubs bring you the 41st Scandinavian Hjemkomst & Midwest Viking Festival on Friday, June 22, and Saturday, June 23. From the forested lakes of Finland through the Norwegian fjords to the shores of Iceland, we’re bringing together an international collection of chefs, artists, musicians, storytellers, historians, and vendors to fully immerse you in the Nordic roots that planted themselves so prominently in our Red River Valley communities.
This festival is all about local history and global communities – and we want YOU to join the party!
HCSCC Programming Director Markus Krueger is continuing his popular lecture series History On Tap! at Moorhead’s own Junkyard Brewing Company. Catch some local history at the taproom every first Monday at 6:00PM. On Monday, July 2, the subject is Clay County moonshine; and on Monday, August 6, the subject is Scandinavian drinking culture.
Remember to tip your server and laugh at Markus’s jokes.
River Paddling Excursion: History of the Red River Wednesday, July 18, 5:45PM - 8:00PM Hjemkomst Center Boat Landing
In collaboration with River Keepers and Moorhead Parks & Rec, we’re hosting a river paddling excursion on Wednesday, July 18, from 5:45PM to 8:00PM. HCSCC Senior Archivist Mark Peihl will discuss the Red River’s history as the group canoes and kayaks through the water. Learn about the local steamboat industry and Moorhead's riverfront saloons.
Scandinavian Cocktails: A Skål! Reception Tuesday, July 24, 6:00PM - 8:00PM Hjemkomst Center
On Tuesday, July 24, at 6:30PM we host Museum of Danish America exhibition curator Tova Brandt for a presentation on Scandinavian spirits and a tour of our new exhibition, Skål! Scandinavian Spirits. In addition, we’ll be sharing Scandinavian cocktails, heavy on the aquavit, from our friends at Proof Artisan Distillers.
Focusing on beer and aquavit in Nordic countries as well as the migration of that culture across the Atlantic in the 19th and 20th centuries, Skål! Scandinavian Spirits serves as a fitting coda to our recent exploration of alcohol in the heavily Scandinavian Clay County, Wet & Dry: Alcohol in Clay County, 1871-1937.
General admission is $5 (HCSCC Members: Free). Refreshments will be served and a cash bar will be available.
A Scientific History of the 1918 Spanish Influenza Pandemic Tuesday, August 14, 6:00PM - 7:30PM Hjemkomst Center
MSUM Biosciences professor Dr. Andrew "Mazz" Marry will deliver a lecture on Tuesday, August 14, discussing the 1918 influenza epidemic and considering the possibility of a similar outbreak in the future. The epidemic was misnamed the “Spanish Flu” because the press in neutral Spain was the first to report on the disease and its effects; however, it was clearly felt as a global epidemic, or pandemic. Current estimates indicate that between 50-100 million people died during the epidemic, including 174 in Clay County. The number is staggering when compared to the 17 million who died in WWI. It reached Fargo-Moorhead in early October of 1918 and killed about 1% of the population over the next 18 months.
Dr. Marry’s lecture will begin at 6:00PM. General admission is $10 (HCSCC Members: Free). Admission includes museum tours and refreshments.