Uffda Day 2010

Uffda Day will be Sunday, October 3, 2010.

Scalloped Potatoes with Ham and other Scandinavian food will be served at City Hall from 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Demonstrations and Sale of Ethnic Foods begin at 11:00 a.m.  Krumkake, rosettes, fattigman, lefse, rice pudding (in the Senior Hall), abelskivers, rommegrot, Uffda tacos and brats will again be available.  Food booths will be near City Hall and the Fire Hall.  Lefse, rosettes, T-shirts and Rutland Cookbooks will also be available for purchase.

Pioneer Demonstrations are noon to 4:00 p.m.  Local artisans will demonstrate hardanger, wool spinning, quilting, embroidery and rope making.  There will also be demonstrations (and samples) of ice cream making.

Parade at 1 p.m.

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Nordland Lutheran Church 125th Celebration

Nordland Lutheran Church is celebrating its 125th Anniversary on the weekend of July 10 and July 11.

On Saturday, July 10, there will be a pie and ice cream social in the church parish hall at 3:00 pm.  There will also be a hymn sing and outdoor games for all during this time.  A light supper will be provided by the Luther League that evening with a free will offering.  This will be a great time to reminisce and visit with members and friends.  It can also be a time of touring the church and seeing all that has stayed the same, but also the many changes.

Sunday, July 11, will begin with a celebratory worship service at 10:30 am.  Following the worship service, a free will dinner will be served at the City Hall.  The menu will include Swedish meatballs, mashed potatoes and gravy and lefse.  (RSVP required.) Following the meal, there will be a program of memories and music back at the church.  Between the meal and the program, all former pastors, as well as any descendants of the church’s founding families plan to gather at the church for photos. 

Items will be available for purchase during the celebration weekend.  At the current time, items to be offered are a Nordland Lutheran Church history book, Christmas ornaments and various clothing items.


Everyone in this community is saying “Uffda” and are most likely thankful that the 24th Uffda Day event is behind us.  Oh, I think that the people who work the event have fun doing some of the chores – especially in the preparation that started two months before.  The work making the goodies — lefse, sandbakkels, krumkake, etc. — brings people together and some come to Rutland from neighboring towns to visit and help during those marathon efforts.   Even after doing this for so many years, we learn new things and brainstorm about what to change for the next celebration.  There is always the weather factor that is out of our control.  However, it is amazing that this community can draw so many for the one day.  Our biggest draw continues to be the lefse.  The dinner and other food and crafts also contribute to get people from far and wide to Rutland.  Despite the weather, we had a lot of visitors to town.  Kudos to everyone who pulled together another successful Uffda Day event.  Next year will be the 25th year and I’m sure that there will be something special planned.  Rutland residents be on alert that we’ll need everyone’s help to get that event going.  It’s not too early to volunteer — get your name on a list with the Community Club or simply leave a comment here and we’ll make sure that you get a call next Fall (or sooner) when the planning starts rolling again!!