Dr. Tove Dahl (left) spends a
moment enjoying the new sculpture dedicated in honor of her
25 years of service at Skogfjorden, the Norwegian Language
Exciting Summer at
Concordia Language Villages
Four dignitaries, a new language, 500 pounds of pasta, and
a giant paper clip are all in a summer’s work for Concordia
Language Villages. Two ambassadors and two consuls general
visited the Villages during the summer of 2003. His Excellency
Knut Vollebaek, the Ambassador of Norway to the United States,
visited Skogfjorden, the Norwegian Language Village.
Wolfgang Ischinger, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of
Germany, visited Waldsee, the German Language Village.
Eugenio Sgrò, Italian Consul General in Chicago, visited
the Language Villages’ Bemidji facilities. And Jukka
Leino, Finnish Consul General in New York visited Salolampi,
the Finnish Language Village, on the occasion of its 25th
anniversary. All four diplomats wanted to strengthen the ties
between their countries and the Language Villages.
Concordia Language Villages also expanded, offering
its 13th Language Village, Italian, at Lago del Bosco.
Italian and Italian-American organizations and companies have
lined up to support the new venture with scholarships, endorsements
and, in one case, a truckload of pasta. Colavita, a producer
of delicious pastas, olive oils, and sauces, donated 500 pounds
of pasta for the Italian Language Village. From lasagna to
conchiglie the pasta came in nearly 15 different varieties.
Dr. Tove Dahl, the Norwegian Language Village dean, celebrated
25 years with the Villages. As a special recognition for Dahl,
a huge paperclip, which functions as a park bench, was installed
at Skogfjorden. The paperclip is a Norwegian invention
and was used widely in Norway during World War II as a sign
of resistance to Nazi Germany. Since Norwegians were not allowed
to wear buttons with the Norwegian king’s initials,
they fastened paperclips to their lapels.
To learn more about Villages, sessions, and dates in 2004,
Electronic Newsletter - Fall 2003