Westby Syttende Mai and History Alive Project, Inc. have joined forces for “Keep it on the Go – A Virtual Syttende Mai Celebration.”
The Westby Syttende Mai Board of Directors made the decision to cancel the 52nd annual Syttende Mai celebration back on March 24, in light of coronavirus and COVID-19 concerns. The annual event highlighting Norwegian heritage was originally scheduled for May 16-17.
The organizations wanted to make sure Syttende Mai was still observed in 2020, but in a different way.
This month, Westby Syttende Mai and HAP are inviting all Westby and area residents to decorate windows and almost anything else for the Syttende Mai observance. People may decorate their home, porch, door, window, yard, church site, business, fence, kids’ bikes, vehicle, etc. Folks are also encouraged to wear their bunads, have their children or their pets dress up in all things Norse, and bake those special Norwegian pastries. Creativity is encouraged.
Those who upload photos are welcome to add names, a description of the image or provide other information.
All of the submitted photos will be forever noted in Syttende Mai history and be a part of the upcoming birthday celebration for the city of Westby. Dave Amundson of HAP will transfer the photos to a DVD.
The DVD will be placed in the “100th Westby as a City Birthday Party” time capsule. The 100th Westby as a City celebration is still scheduled for Aug. 22.
Westby Syttende Mai and HAP said they want this virtual project to be fun for everyone while also observing the rules of Safer at Home and social distancing guidelines, so they advise participants not to make a special trip to purchase supplies to decorate with, and use what’s on hand at home.
May 12, 2020