The Pioneer Musuem Of McKenzie County Presents A Celebration Of Hygge

Saturday, Feb. 12 beginning at 11 a.m. the Pioneer Museum warmly presents a Celebration of Hygge (hoo-gah) taking place at the Pioneer Museum/Long X Visitor Center, 100 2nd Ave SW, Watford City featuring Jessie Veeder, Daphne Johnson-Clark, Nikki Darrington, and Jess Newman. The Pioneer is proud to bring a Celebration of Hygge once again to the Pioneer Museum/Long X Visitor Center for the sixth year and as a family event.

Hygge (hoo-gah) - A calm comfortable time with people you love. A complete absence of frustrations or anything emotionally overwhelming often enjoyed with good food and drinks, warm blankets, music and candlelight. It is a way of life inspired by the Danish and the Scandinavian Heritage that celebrates coziness, shared meals and interactions with friends and loved ones emphasizing warmth, kinship and an appreciation for the little things in life. We invite you to come Hygge with us on Saturday, Feb.12.

Jessie Veeder: Jessie will read from her newly released children’s book “Prairie Princess”, discuss the inspiration, creative and publishing process and conduct a fun and engaging art project that encourages you to explore the place you love most. A country girl celebrates the prairie and why she calls it home in this book about a child’s connection to the land. Beautifully illustrated by North Dakota artist Daphne Johnson-Clark and inspired by Jessie’s magical childhood on her family’s ranch in western North Dakota, “Prairie Princess” lets a little girl be the expert tour guide and caretaker of the land that she knows so well and reminds us what it’s like to be captivated and responsible for a place.

Daphne Johnson-Clark: Daphne thinks of her paintings as capturing a moment in time whether that would be the disappearing lifestyle of the rancher, a beautiful day or the essence of a loved one and did she ever capture the essence of a loved one in her illustration in the children’s book “Prairie Princess.” Daphne will have on display several of her original art pieces used in the book as well as other completed pieces from her portfolio.

The Hygge Hen - Nikki Darrington: ‘How To Hygge Your Home!’ Nikki loves to share about all things, organizing, decorating, planning and food through her blog and live video postings. Recently she issued a challenge of Hygge Hen’s Clean Your Coop... to organize, simplify & enjoy your home. Come and hear Nikki’s suggestions to start your year with a clean coop! Welcome to the Hyyge Hen and Nikki’s Nest!

Jess Newman - An artist and art teacher, Jessica is a recent hire by the Long X Art Foundation. Originally from Virginia, she came to us by way of the MonDak Heritage Center where she pioneered, developed and refined art and history programming for all ages from toddlers to senior citizens; utilizing diverse mediums including screen printing, drawing, acrylic and oil painting, ceramics, glass fusion, sculpiting, fabric dying, wood burning, glass etching, and other processes in the expansion and evolution of the programming for all ages. Jessica excitingly will teach us a very Hygge experience of candle dipping and creating our own hand-made taper candles!

Local Chef’s – A number of community individuals will share their talents by presenting several Scandanavian food samplings. Have you tasted Smorrebrod, Frikadeller, Glogg or Risalamande..the heritage flavors of these foods are loved by many and may be enjoyed forever (we hope)!

Slate of Events that Day – Let’s Hygge!

11: a.m. – Taper Candle Dipping Class and Mimosas: sign up for this class through the Long X Art Foundation website (

1 p.m. –The Hygge Hen (Nikki Darrington) ‘How to Hygge Your Home!’

2 p.m. – Jessie Veeder –The Prairie Princess - Music, children’s book signing and art project for all ages!

Daphne Johnson-Clark – Art display all day!

Scandinavian food tasting all day!


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