San Francisco Bay Area Norway Days Festival 2003

Saturday & Sunday - May 3 & 4

This year the Norway Day Festival returned to San Francisco, but to a new location, Crissy Field, right on the Bay below the Golden Gate Bridge.  Crissy Field is part of the old military Presidio which has now become a National Recreation Area. Usually Peg & Keith come down to these festivals together but this year Peg stayed home busy with her last weeks of teaching before retirement. Keith attended both days, keeping busy enjoying the Festival, visiting with friends and promoting his "Slooper Monument Project." He did not take any photos of the many programs (see past years for those - 2001 & 2002) but did get a few photos of some visiting Eureka Sons of Norway Lodge members and a few members of the Internet Norway List.

A view from the shuttle bus of the Golden Gate across the Crissy Field pond. Parking is some distance away at the "Main Post."

The bus approaches the "Glass Palace" - the rather un-palatial looking building on the left here.

The mounted security patrol gets some attention in front of the Festival's entrance.

Inside the Glass Palace the warm Norwegian flavored festivities soften the harsh industrial ambience of this building

Keith early on meets up with his fellow Sons of Norway Lodge members from Humboldt County. Here he makes President David Iversen check out the outhouse display!

Fram Lodge #13 members Keith, Dottie Nelson, David Iversen & Sue Bialous pose in front of the replica of a Norwegian stabbur or storage building.

After we find Norwegian language class member Lynn Wachter, we add her to this group photo.

Keith gets another shot of his fellow Lodge members, this time with Dottie's husband Ron and the back of her blond daughter on the right. 

Keith's Bay area son Patrick joins the festival for some fine Norwegian food. Open face sandwiches, waffles, cheeses & Solo are favorite fares here.

Before the first day ends, Keith meets fellow Norway Lister Lynn Mendoza & her husband Mario. Keith gets them to pose in their matching sweaters with a newly purchased Festival poster by artist Erik Ødegaard.

The second day, Sunday, finds the main exhibit hall of the Festival busy with the friendly crowd checking out the many exhibits & booths.

Keith meets up with Norway List members Stephanie Benoit & Jerry Bragstad, here shown to the left of Blaine Hedberg of the Vesterheim Genealogical Center & Naeseth Library. Blaine shows us his great databases!

David Wright, Director of Development for the Vesterheim Museum, helps out these Norway List members by taking their photo at the attractive Vesterheim booth.

Keith gets this shot of the attractive food serving area at the Festival, but he catches Jerry off guard & with a less than happy expression.  Sorry, Jerry.

Keith enjoyed making the acquaintance of stone carver Ira Kessey. They talked much of the Slooper Monument Project & Keith hopes that they can work more together on this project in the future.

While waiting for the shuttle to take him back up the hill to the parking lot, Keith gets this view east toward the city ... 

 ... and this view across Crissy Field toward the San Francisco Bay ...

... and this telephoto view of Alcatraz on the left, with a tour boat & wind & kite surfers barely visible on this beautiful afternoon.

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