Ilkka Salokannel plays a game of Hnefetafl during a previous visit to the Surrey Museum.

Viking party to descend at museum

Norse traditions to ease Surrey into winter this Saturday.

Usher in winter with stories, songs, riddles and boasts at the Surrey Museum’s Discovery Saturday: Norse Winter Festival.

On Nov. 15 from 1-4 p.m., join the Reik Félag Norse Culture Recreation Society as they prepare for winter by re-enacting a traditional feast for visitors to observe at the all-ages event. (Entry by donation).

Reik Félag is a local group of enthusiastic history buffs who bring the Viking age into the present with engaging and interactive living history portrayals.

They depict Norse culture through costumes, tents and heritage crafts to create an authentic Viking-era experience for visitors.

The group counts among their members an archaeologist, history lay scholars, medieval combat experts, a chef who specializes in food history, a shipwright, smiths, weavers, woodworkers, toolmakers, spinners, storytellers, and, of course, warriors.

• Visitors can step into the Middle Ages as they interact with costumed Reik Félag members and take part in riddles and stories.

• Cast light on the coming dark days of winter and celebrate the Scandinavian feast day of Santa Lucia with traditional sweets and songs.

• Make a Santa Lucia candle crown and customary solstice feast gifts to celebrate the festival.

The Surrey Museum is located at 17710 56A Ave. It’s open Tuesdays to Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It’s closed Sundays, Mondays and statutory holidays.

Admission is sponsored by the Friends of the Surrey Museum Society. For more information, call 604-592-6956 or visit surrey.ca/heritage, and follow the museum on Twitter @SurreyMuseum.

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