Northern California Spelmanslag Annual Report 1996-1997

The Northern California Spelmanslag

The Northern California Spelmanslag is a non-profit public benefit corporation which aims to promote Scandinavian music, dance and culture through special workshops, regular meetings, concerts and performances. The organization consists of a central organization and four member groups: Nordahl Grieg Leikarring, Nordic Footnotes, the Mid-Peninsula Scandinavian Dance Group, and Scandiadans Scandinavian dance class. The Spelmanslag also contains many individual members who are active in playing Scandinavian music, loosely organized in playing groups by locality.
The Spelmanslag publishes the Northern California Spelmanslag News quarterly. The first volume began in September of 1990 and the current issue completes our eigth volume. The newsletter keeps musicians, dancers, and members of the Scandinavian community informed regarding our activities. The newsletter includes a calendar of Scandinavian folk music and dance activities as well as related cultural events in Northern California and elsewhere, news about the Spelmanslag organization, and articles of general interest.
The Spelmanslag has worked with other Scandinavian organizations in promoting Scandinavian culture. We have maintained contacts with numerous Scandinavian organizations and agencies, promoting communication and informing them of our activities. We have also sought to promote communication and cooperation between various groups across the country which promote Scandinavian culture. We have mailed copies of our newsletter to individuals and groups across the United States who are involved in organizing events which promote Scandinavian folk music and dance. The newsletter keeps them informed regarding Scandinavian folk dance and music activities in Northern California, and provides an outlet for them to inform others of their local special events. We have cooperated with several groups around the country in organizing tours of Scandinavian guest instructors.
In future years, we intend to continue striving towards our goals of promoting Scandinavian folk culture and cultural exchange. We will remain active in bringing over instructors from Scandinavia to teach folk dance and music, and we will continue to hold regular meetings for musicians and dancers. We hope to further develop the sense of community among local musicians and dancers, and will continue to work together with the larger Scandinavian community both locally and across the country.

The Board

The Northern California Spelmanslag has a board of 15 members. Current directors are:

Jeanne Sawyer, President, (408) 929-5602
Betsy McKone, Vice-President, (415) 368-8006
Patrick Golden, Treasurer, (510) 222-2023
Frank Tripi, Secretary, (510) 654-3636
Fred Bialy, (510) 215-5974
Sarah Kirton, (650) 968-3126
Egil Larsen, (650) 967-2310
Jim Little, (650) 323-2256
Susan Overhauser, (510) 222-2023
Linda Persson, (650) 323-2256
Stewart Pugh, (510) 527-7272
Henry Sawyer, (408) 929-5602
Mikkel Thompson, (408) 998-2076
Virginia Thompson, (510) 527-7272
Jane Tripi, (510) 654-3636

If you would like to offer some input regarding Spelmanslag activities or would like to become actively involved, please call one of the directors with your ideas and suggestions. You are welcome to attend board meetings. If you are interested in being a board member, please let one of our current directors know. Normally, elections for the board take place on the first Saturday of October. Call Jeanne Sawyer for the time and place of board meetings.

Organizational Affiliations

Folk Dance Federation of California. The Northern California Spelmanslag is a club under the Folk Dance Federation of California. The Spelmanslag obtains its liability insurance through the Folk Dance Federation.
Hardanger Fiddle Association of America. The Northern California Spelmanslag is a group member of the HFAA, which promotes the traditional music and dance associated with the Norwegian hardingfele.
The Northern California Spelmanslag cooperates with other Scandinavian organizations such as the Swedish and Norwegian consulates, The Norway Day Festival, the local Sons of Norway and VASA lodges, and the American Scandinavian Foundation.

The Year in Review: 1996-1997

During the 1996/97 fiscal year, NCS has held regular meetings for musicians in two location where Scandinavian folk music has been taught and shared. The Spelmanslag also sponsors regular Scandinavian dance classes via the Mid-Peninsula Dancers, Scandiadans, and the Nordahl Grieg Leikarring, and has provided these and other groups with non-profit status and insurance coverage. Through these regular activities, we have been successful in introducing newcomers to Scandinavian music and dance.
NCS and its member groups have also organized and sponsored a variety of special dance and music workshops. In October, a weekend workshop featured Magnus and Susanne Gustafsson from Sweden teaching slängpolska from Småland. The were accompanied by Toste Länne and Marie Persson who taught fiddle and song, respectively. During the workshop, Magnus gave an informative talk on the history of dancing in Småland. Magnus, Toste and Marie, all members of the Swedish folk music group Sågskära, also performed in a memorable concert.
The Nordahl Grieg Leikarring and Spelemannslag hosted two weekend workshops at the Sons of Norway Camp near Alta, California. The November event featured Norwegian Tore Pederson who taught turdans and sångdans. The second weekend in April featured Norwegians Einar Eimhellen, leader of the Nausdal Spelemannslag, teaching a variety of instruments, and Magnus Hope, who taught Suldalspringar, Jølstraspringar and Parhalling.
Norwegians Hilde Rudi Bråten, Mads Bøhle, and Åsmund Svenkerud were featured at a series of dance and music workshops and concerts during the last weekend in April, 1997. Their main focus was the music and dance from Røros, halling, and dances typically done by leikarrings. These events were a result of a collaboration between NCS and the Norway Day Festival of San Francisco.
Swedish fiddler Anders Bjernulf, originally from Rättvik, but living temporarily in San Francisco during the year, taught two all-day fiddle workshops sponsored by NCS, one in November 1996, the other in May, 1997.
Swedish singer Eva Rune and pianist Rickard Åström included San Francisco in their two week Fall tour of the United States performing in Palo Alto at a concert organized by NCS.
We have also provided performances of Scandinavian folk music and dance for other Scandinavian organizations and for the general public (see the table of activities and performances included in this report). The Nordahl Grieg Leikarring continues to be a busy performing group with over 45 appearances, including participation in the prestigious San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival.

Financial Policies

All activities of the Northern California Spelmanslag are organized and provided by volunteer services. Board members receive no compensation for their services. Volunteers do not typically receive free admission to events.
The Spelmanslag does pay guest instructors to cover their expenses; typically we are able to cover airfare and a stipend which should cover their ground travel and per diem expenses while in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Admission costs to special event workshops are based at cost divided by expected attendance. Admission to concerts and dances is based at or slightly above cost. Any profit above expenses is deposited in Spelmanslag accounts for use in future special events. There is no admission charge for regular musiciansí gatherings.
Financial policies may vary somewhat for member groups.

Financial Goals

Our financial goal as an organization is to develop a reserve fund equivalent to the total budget for a special event festival (typically $8,000 to $12,000), plus the annual budget for the newsletter (approximately $2,500). This brings our goal to about $15,000 for the central NCS account. Having this amount in our account would allow us more leverage in organizing special festivals, and would allow us to take risks such as sponsoring a festival of music and dance from less-known regions of Scandinavia. Our financial reserve allows us to pay for up-front expenses (airfair, hall-deposits, publicity) as they occur.
The central NCS account has continued to obtain contributions from members and individuals who wish to promote Scandinavian folk music and dance. However, these contributions do not yet cover the annual cost of producing the NCS news. We hope in future years to increase contributions in order to fully support the newsletter and to increase our reserve fund.

Financial Report

The Northern California Spelmanslag operates on a fiscal year which runs from October 1 through September 30.
The treasurer, Patrick Golden, has prepared the financial statement for the Northern California Spelmanslag. This report is a consolidated report reflecting the activities of the central NCS organization, Nordic Footnotes, Mid-Peninsula Dancers, Scandiadans, and the Nordahl Grieg Leikarring. Please note that only the income and expenses which fall in the fiscal year of 10/1/95 - 9/30/96 are reported.
Since arrangements for several special events occurred between fiscal years, a direct comparison of the income and expense numbers for these events will not provide an accurate picture of the profit or loss of these events. Since a cash statement was provided instead of a balance sheet, fiscal year-end liabilities were not reported. Thus, the ending cash balances reported included some as yet ìunpaid bills. Thus, the amount of retained earnings is somewhat smaller than the ending cash balances shown in the cash statement.

Income Statement

October 1, 1996 - September 30, 1997
Income Expenses
NCS Events NCS Events
Røros Mini-Workshop $2,516.00 Printing and Postage $ 2,343.10
Slängpolska Workshop $1,459.00 Airfares $ 3,937.21
Cassettes $ 635.00 Hall Rental $ 300.00
Insurance Reimbursement $ 201.00 Insurance $ 386.00
Miscellaneous $ 198.50 Teachers & Fiddlers $ 1,940.00
Eva Rune Concert & Dance $ 416.00 $ 5,425.50 Refreshments $ 304.98
Nordahl Grieg Leikarring Refunds $ 35.00
Dues $ 285.00 Miscellaneous $ 84.51 $ 9,330.80
Spelemannslag Tapes & CDís $ 451.08 Nordahl Grieg Leikarring
Workshop Fees $ 245.00 Rent $ 490.00
Performances $4,530.00 Travel $ 1,588.90
Tee Shirts & Bunad Sales $1,273.00 Postage, Copies, Fees $ 584.44
Miscellaneous $ 200.00 $ 6,984.08 Insurance $ 138.00
Mid-Peninsula Scandinavian Dancers Newsletter and Flyers $ 35.13
Regular Weekly Events $ 666.08 Musicians Fees $ 200.00
Special Events $ 187.00 $ 853.08 Miscellaneous $ 387.40 $ 3,423.87
Nordic Footnotes Mid-Peninsula Scandinavian Dancers
Monthly Dances $ 992.11 $ 992.11 Rent for Weekly Dances $ 750.0
Scandiadans Special Events $ 188.00 $ 938.00
Weekly Dances $3,160.96 $3,160.96 Nordic Footnotes
Contributions and Grants Rent $ 900.00
NCS $1,694.78 $1,694.78 Supplies $ 71.65 $ 1,294.87
Interest Income Scandiadans
NCS $ 459.39 Rent $ 1,740.00
Mid-Peninsula $ 0.24 Insurance & Federation Dues $ 88.00
Scandiadans $ 8.60 $ 468.23 Records & Dance Publications $ 35.00
Total Income $19,767.36 Musicians & Workshop Teacher $ 105.00
Flyers & Refreshments $ 46.23
AIWA Receiver $ 188.39 $ 2,212.62
Total Expenses $17,200.16
Net Income $ 2,567.20
Cash Statement
Ending Cash
NCS Main Account $13,464,54
Nordahl Grieg Leikarring $ 8,391.70
Mid-Peninsula Dancers $ 1,518.23
Nordic Footnotes $ 2,158.69
Scandiadans $ 948.34 $26,481.50


Sponsors ($100 and up)

Fred Bialy
Carolyn Hunt
Ralph Morewitz
Mark Wegner & Mary Korn

Patrons ($25 to $99)

Carolyn Anderson
Patsy Bolt
Bill & Regina Boyd
Zena Corcoran
Tom Fischer
Michael Goode
Nordahl Grieg Leikarring
Susan McLafferty
Don Meyers & Kathi Ploeger
Hazel Olsen
Carol Olson
Craig Olson
Donna Tripp

Supporters ($10 to $24)

Anne Bachar
Robert Hiller
Bernard Rosell
Heather Steele
Virginia Thompson

Activities and Performances

Weekly Open Sessions for Fiddlers, Monday evenings in El Cerrito, organized by Fred Bialy.

Weekly Nordahl Grieg Leikarring. Beginning Norwegian dance class and performing group meeting Wednesdays and fourth Sunday, organized by Mikkel Thompson.

Weekly Scandiadans, Scandinavian Dance Class at the Nature Friendsí Lodge, 3115 Butters Drive, Oakland, organized by Jane and Frank Tripi.

Weekly Scandinavian Fiddle Class, Friday evenings in the Peninsula, organized by Jeanne Sawyer.

Bi-wkly Mid-Peninsula Scandinavian Dance, on 2nd & 4th Friday evenings in Atherton, organized by Jim Little and Linda Persson.

Monthly Third Saturday Party with live music by Nordic Footnotes and other Bay Area musicians. Organized by Jeanne Sawyer.

10/4/96 Heritage Night, Bjornson Lodge Sons of Norway, Oakland, Performance by Nordahl Grieg Leikarring (NGL).

10/12+/96 Festival of Folk Music and Dance from Southern Sweden, at the Community United Church of Christ, San Carlos, featuring Magnus and Susanne Gustafsson, Toste Länne, and Marie Persson, dance and music teachers from Sweden, Organized by the Northern California Spelmanslag (NCS).

10/14/96 Swedish Fiddle Workshop with Magnus Gustafsson, at the home of Fred Bialy, El Cerrito, Organized by NCS.
10/19/96 Ethnic Celebration in Historyville, Monterey County Historical Society, Sherwood Hall, 940 N. Main St., Salinas, Performance by NGL.

10/20/96 Mendocino Woodlands Benefit Ball, Presidio Officersí Club, San Francisco, Performance by NCS.

10/26/96 Smorgasbord Luncheon, Daughters of Norway, Lafayette, Performance by NGL.

10/26/96 Convention, California Rosemalers Association, Mt Alverno Conference Center, Redwood City, Performance by NGL.

10/29/96 Lodge Social, Henrik Ibsen Lodge Henrik Ibsen, Lodge 60 Onandaga Ave., San Francisco, Performance by NGL.

11/1+/96 Camp Norge Folkedans Stevne near Alta, CA. Featuring Tore Pederson from Norway. Organized by the NGL and Nordahl Grieg Spelemannslag (NGS).

11/9/96 Swedish Fiddle Workshop with Anders Bjernulf, at the home of Fred Bialy, El Cerrito, Organized by NCS.
11/9/96 Viking Fest, Sacramento, Performance by NGL.

11/20/96 Ethnic Awareness Day, Hartnell College, Salinas, Performance by NGL.

12/7/96 Lutefisk Dinner, Sons of Norway Lodge #52 (Nordahl Grieg), 580 Parr Ave., Los Gatos, Performance by NGL.

12/15/96 Christmas Party, Roald Amundsen Sons of Norway Lodge, Sacramento, Performance by NGL.

1/11/97 Audition, Ethnic Dance Festival, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, Performance by NGL.

2/26/97 Cultural Program, K. I. Jones Elementary School, Winston Dr.,Fairfield, Performance by NGL.

2/26/97 Senior Center Entertainment, McBride Senior Center, 411 Kendal St., Vacaville, Performance by NGL.

3/8/97 Redwood Heights Cultural Festival, Redwood Heights Recreation Center, Los Altos, Performance by NGL.

3/13/97 Ethnic Awareness Days, Piedmont Hills High School, San Jose, Performance by NGL.

3/14/97 Ethnic Awareness Days, Piedmont Hills High School, San Jose, Performance by NGL.

4/4+/97 Camp Norge Folkedans Stevne near Alta, CA. Featuring Einar Eimhellen and Magnus Hope from Norway. Organized by NGL and NGS.

4/11/97 Ethnic Awareness Program, Menlo College, 1000 El Camino Real, Atherton, Performance by NGL.

4/12/97 Scandifest, Sacramento, Performance by NGL.

4/18/97 Valborg, Vasa Order of America Svea Lodge # 348, San Jose, Performance by NGL.

4/19/97 International Spring Festival 1997, International House at UC Berkeley, Performance by NGL.

4/26/97 Norwegian Dance and Music Workshops, Concert and Dance Party featuring Hilde Rudi Bråten, Mads Bøhle, and Åsmund Svenkerud, First United Methodist Church, Redwood City. Organized by NCS.

4/27/97 Norwegian Music Workshop with Åsmund Svenkerud at the home of Anita Siegel, Los Altos. Organized by NCS and NGS.

4/27/97 Norwegian Dance and Music Workshops with Hilde Rudi Bråten, Mads Bøhle, and Åsmund Svenkerud at Sons of Norway Nordahl Hall, Los Gatos. Organized by NGL and NGS.

4/27/97 Norwegian Folk Music and Dance Concert featuring Hilde Rudi Bråten, Mads Bøhle, and Åsmund Svenkerud, at Viking hall (Scandinavian Cultural Center), Santa Cruz. Organized by NCS.

5/3/97 Norway Day Festival, Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason, San Francisco, Performance by NGL

5/3/97 Norway Day Festival, Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason, San Francisco, Two Performances by NGS.

5/4/97 Norway Day Festival, Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason, San Francisco, Performance by NGL and NGS.

5/4/97 Norway Day Festival, Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason, San Francisco, Performance by NCS and Mid-Peninsula Scandinavian Dancers.

5/14/97 Cultural Program, Santa Rosa Sons of Norway, Santa Rosa, Performance by NGL.

5/16/97 Sytende Mai Celebration, Viegland Lodge, 1665 Fernside, Redwood City, Performance by NGL.

5/16/97 International Day , Rainbow Bridge School, 1500 Yosemite Dr., Milpitas, Performance by NGL.

5/17/97 Swedish Fiddle Workshop with Anders Bjernulf, at the home of Anita Siegel, Los Altos, Organized by NCS.

5/17/97 Sytende Mai Celebration, Norwegian Seamans Church, 2454 Hyde St. San Francisco, Performance by NGL.

5/17/97 Sytende Mai Celebration/Flag Raising, City Hall of San Jose, Performance by NGL.

5/18/97 Barnas Dag, Norwegian National League, Parade Grounds at Fort Mason, San Francisco, Performance by NGL.

5/25/97 Sytende Mai Civic Observance, Norwegian National League, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, Performance by NGL.

5/31/97 Henrik Ibsen Park Opening, Henrik Ibsen Lodge, Henrik Ibsen Park, 13800 Skyline Blvd., Woodside, Performance by NGL.

6/14/97 Midsummer Celebration, Valhalla Lodge, Viking Hall/Scandinavian Cultural Center, Santa Cruz, Performance by NGL.

6/14/97 Centennial Lodge Institutional Banquet, Vacaville Cultural Center, 1000 Ulatis Dr., Vacaville, Performance by NGL.

6/20/97 1997 San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco, Performance by NGL.

6/21/97 1997 San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco, Performance by NGL.

6/22/97 1997 San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco, Performance by NGL.

6/27/97 Convention, Vasa Order of America Lindbergh # 494, San Jose, Performance by NGL.

7/12/97 Bergstedt Wedding, 14053 Taos Dr., Saratoga, Performance by NGL.

7/27/97 Day-at-the-Park, Anna Kolbjornsdatter Lodge #36, Henrik Ibsen Park, Woodside, Performance by NGL.

8/23/97 Cultural Fair, Agnew Development Center, 3500 Zanker Rd., San Jose, Performance by NGL.

8/23/97 Henrik Ibsen Lodge Annual Picnic, Henrik Ibsen Park, Woodside, Performance by NGL.

9/19/97 Swedish Folk Music Concert and Dance featuring singer Eva Rune and pianist Rickard Åström, at St. Markís Episcopal Church, Palo Alto. Organized by NCS.

9/19/97 Bjornson Lodge Heritage Night, Sons of Norway Bjornson Lodge, Oakland, Performance by NGL.

9/20/97 Henrik Ibsen Lodge Closing Dinner, Henrik Ibsen Park, Woodside, Performance by NGL.

9/21/97 Tamar Davis & Grant Larsen Wedding, Temple Emanuel, 2 Lake St., San Francisco, Performance by NGL.

9/26/97 Skandi Fest, Stanislaus County Fair Grounds, Turlock, CA, Two Performances by NGL, Two Performances by NGS.

9/27/97 Skandi Fest, Stanislaus County Fair Grounds, Turlock, CA, Two Performances by NGL, One Performance by NGS.

9/28/97 Skandi Fest, Stanislaus County Fair Grounds, Turlock, CA, Two Performances by NGL.