Whidbey desserts star at Scandinavian benefit event

"The Young Skandia Dansers with the Ester Moe Daughters of Norway will co-host the second annual Sweet Taste of Whidbey on Saturday, March 4, 6 p.m., at the C&MA church in Langley. Tickets are $3, available at Whidbey Stationers and the Korner Pharmacy in Clinton.The event features a light dinner of salmon chowder and split pea soup plus traditional Scandinavian openfaced sandwiches, all made by members of the Daughters and families of the dancers.The main event is an auction of at least 25 desserts donated by the restaurants, bakeries and caterers of South Whidbey, Greenbank and even Ballard. Among the dessert donors are Far Mor Country School, Cafe Langley, The Star Bistro, Langley Tea Room, Mike's Place, Teddy's, the Pay Less Bakery, The Korner Pharmacy, Dee's Wedding Cakes, La Creperie, Sapori, Langley Village Bakery, PS Suisse,the Greenbank Loft, Ursula's Whidbey Island Cheesecake, Sfoglia, the French Road Farm, Home by the Sea Homemade Pies, the Gay '90s, and the Ester Moe Daughters of Norway themselves.There will be a special dessert door prize, along with musical and dance entertainment. The Island County Orchestra (TICO) will play tunes from Sweden and Norway, with music also from the Pickled Herring Band and the Stringed Fiddlers. The Young Skandia Dansers will perform their traditional Scandinavian folk dances dressed in authentic costume, and there will even be a special guest from Ballard. South Whidbey's Sue Frause will emcee the event and auction the desserts.The Young Skandia Dansers is a nonprofit organization. The auction proceeds will help fund budget items, costumes, travels, and scholarships for those dancers who will be going to Nordic Heritage camps; this year there may be four or five attending.The group now has 26 dancers, boys and girls from the ages of 5 to 12. They dance at many community events and recently performed their Scandinavian folk dances at CareAge in Coupeville."

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