The Iola Historical Society is playing up Iola’s Norwegian history again with the 5th Annual Taste of Norway & Lost Arts Fair, held at the Society’s Historic Village and Museum on Depot Street in downtown Iola on Saturday, October 3, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Originally settled by Swiss immigrants who started a lumber mill and grist mill in the mid-1800s, by the late 1800s Norwegian immigrants became the predominant ethnic background of the settlers in the growing village.
Taste of Norway includes demonstrations on Norwegian cooking and samples of pastries. Lefse making will also be shown. Norwegian food items, including lefse, will be available for sale.
The Lost Arts Fair artisans show off their skills at “lost arts” such as jewelry making, blacksmithing, rug weaving, rosemaling (Norwegian artwork), wool spinning, basketweaving, beekeeping, and other activities. Individuals who have these skills and would be interested in attending the Lost Arts Fair, please contact the Iola Historical Society.
In addition to the event, the Iola Historical Society’s museum and adjacent Historic Village will be open to the public. All proceeds go to the benefit of the Iola Historical Society.
The Iola & Rural Fire Department will also be holding a fire extinguisher check for area homeowners free of charge, to be held at the vintage fire department at the Iola Historical Society.
A community event, local organizations and businesses have come together to build a partnership. In addition to the Iola Historical Society and Iola-Scandinavia Chamber of Commerce, others involved include the Iola Lions, Sons Of Norway, Northland Lutheran Church. A Taste of Elegance bakery, and the Crystal Café.