The Mid-Atlantic Norwegian Dancers’ 12th Annual


in charming Takoma Park, MD (by Washington, DC)

May 4-7, 2017

You can attend all or part of the Spree, which includes a Thursday evening concert, then runs from Friday evening through late Sunday afternoon. There will be dance parties and classes, Hardanger fiddle lessons/classes and jamming, and a cozy potluck brunch.  There’s always someone to chat with and something to nibble, whether or not you’re taking part in what’s scheduled. Everyone is welcome!


Sigrid Kjetilsdotter Jore and Olaf Moen from Norway taught at the HFAA annual gathering last summer, to rave reviews.  Folks who hadn't yet appreciated Setesdalgangar in the past thoroughly enjoyed their delightful teaching and the fun details they shared which spiced up this easy mixer dance.  Setesdal tunes are captivating, with their heartbeat-like rhythm.  Other dances TBD will be taught, too--Olaf has been teaching for 25 years and has offered some appealing possibilities from southern Norway. 

More info and bios soon....

MUSIC:    The weekend will be saturated with fabulous all-live Hardanger fiddle music by two versatile top US fiddlers who have spent extensive time in Norway:  esteemed guest Paul Morrissett and our own Loretta Kelley. (What’s a Hardanger fiddle?  See www.HFAA.org.)  

DANCE PARTIES::  will have a good variety of Norwegian Springars, Rørospols, Vossarul, Reinlander, etc.  And some Swedish music for Hambo, Polskas, etc., assuming some of the usual suspects show up with nyckelharpas.

Newbies, you'll be comfortable getting into some easy dances which can be picked up at the parties.  And during the harder dances it’s pleasant to either watch/listen, or get out there with or without a partner and move around the floor doing the basic step to the music.  Feel free to ask anyone to dance—we’ve all been newbies and we want to share the joy--“newbies will be welcomed, encouraged, and assimilated.”

CONCERT THURSDAY NIGHT:  Check back for info.


HARDANGER FIDDLERS AND WANNABES:  Classes/lessons for all levels are available.  (Lessons by arrangement with either of our fiddlers, or classes if enough of you will attend.)  Please contact us as early as you can for planning.  Note that you can easily pop in & out of the dancing--fiddle jam/practice space will be nearby.

FOOD:  Yes, your CONTRIBUTIONS OF SNACKS OR PARTY FOOD ARE APPRECIATED AT ANY/ALL SPREE EVENTS--THANKS!!  Friday night share potluck/snack as folks arrive and mingle; or go out for dinner if you like.  Light snacks & coffee/tea/water/lemonade will be provided on Saturday at the church.  For Saturday lunch & dinner, you might like to bring your meal from home or visit one of Takoma Park’s great eateries—there will be a list of recommendations at the welcome table.  Consider carryout or delivery—it’s quite pleasant to relax and eat at Seekers.  Then there’s Sunday brunch—another cozy potluck in MAND’s thriving tradition of tasty dishes and good company!  Locals, please bring a little more food than usual if you can, so out-of-towners don't have to if inconvenient.  Thanks.

WHAT TO WEAR/BRING:  Clean dance shoes to change into--wide low heel is best, with leather/smooth sole for turning—really, please clean/check them to protect the floors.  Comfortable clothing, with extra shirts if you plan to work up a good springar-sweat.  Floral patterns would suit the Spring theme, if you like.  Nice outfit or Scandinavian costume for Saturday night.  Food—see above.  Mug w/name on it and toothbrush/paste are nice ideas.  WHAT NOT TO BRING:  Drugs, pets, weapons, etc. (Yes, we have a special dispensation for traditional Norwegian belt knives.)  WHAT'S OPTIONAL TO BRING:  A partner--we mix, and some of us even change gender to keep the balance and enjoy the dances from a different perspective.

OUT-OF-TOWNERS:  It's a beautiful time of year to visit--Takoma Park is nicknamed "Azalea City."  Our two locations are close to the Takoma Park Metro station (on the Red Line), so they're accessible via public transportation from train, bus, and all 3 airports, and you may not even need to rent a car.  Of the airports, Reagan National (DCA) is closest and has a Metro stop so it's easiest, yet Dulles (IAD) which is pretty far west of DC usually has more/cheaper flights and has a frequent shuttle in to Metro.  Yup, you may not need to rent a car.  Of course there are many hotels in the DC area; one which is recommended is the Courtyard by Marriott in Silver Spring which is close to the next stop along the Metro Red Line.  Or if you want to be in walking distance, check out Takoma Park’s B&B’s.  And, like other folkie communities, MAND has a tradition of offering spare beds & crash space to out-of-town visitors; if interested please contact Jenny ASAP. 

PART-TIMERS, WATCHERS, and LISTENERS:  You’re welcome to attend all or part of the weekend.  When not participating in a scheduled event, there’s always someone to chat with and something to nibble.

HOSTS AND VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:  Are you able and willing to:  Offer a bed or crash space?  Take someone to/from airport/train?  Take a turn at the welcome table on Saturday, especially during a set you won't be dancing at the evening party?  Tidy up the food counter there, or make coffee/tea/lemonade?  Come early or stay late on Saturday to help with setup/greeting or cleanup?  Please contact Jenny to volunteer—thanks thanks thanks!

SCHEDULE (check back for changes):  Check back for schedule.


Thursday and Friday at Loretta & Tony’s, 6807 Westmoreland Ave., Takoma Park, MD 20912.  Party in the Great Room, jamming or lessons elsewhere in house.  See MAND’s Directions page.

Saturday at Seekers Church, 276 Carroll St., NW, Washington, DC 20012.  Note that Seekers Church doesn't look like a church at all—it’s a 2-story red brick storefront building with white trim.  It's just over the line from Takoma Park into DC, diagonally across Carroll from the Takoma Park Metro station (on the Red line), and directly across from a 7-11.  Park on nearby streets or in Metro station lot (free on weekends); please please please leave the tiny lot behind Seekers for staff/loading/handicapped.  Or take Metro!   Getting into Seekers Church:  We can't give out the keypad code as in past years.  Check back here for details....

Sunday back at Loretta & Tony's.

Phone numbers just in case you get lost or whatever:  Loretta & Tony’s house 3O127O4925, Jenny’s cell 24O344OO66.


Hardanger fiddle lessons/classes are by arrangement with Loretta or Paul; contact them ASAP for planning.  Reservation req’d.

For the rest of the Spree events, reservations are NOT req’d.

But we’d be happy to hear that you’re coming.  Including who’ll be jamming.


TBD, please check back.  Meanwhile, not having this info yet shouldn't have anything to do with your decision to attend, because...

Yes, we mean "suggested."  Please feel free to contribute more or less.  Really.  If you have deep pockets and would like to do a little more than your share so we can be generous to our excellent staff, that’s wonderful!  Or, if money's tight, just pay what you can—don't let your budget keep you away--we want you to be there!

INFO IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE so check back here for updates and breaking news....

CONTACT: Jenny, pi (at) xecu (dot) net, H3O13714312, C24O344OO66.


(Publicity note:  If you’d like to help publicize by mentioning this event on a website, please, please check with Jenny first for a very important detail in the wording.  Thanks!)