The Gol Stave Church Museum is a popular site for weddings and baptisms. It was apparent from the groups and individuals visiting the park, that a sheltered gathering place was needed to provide shade and serve as a showplace for music events and the arts.
Thanks to several major donors and a large number of generous individuals, the Nordic Pavilion for the Arts and Picnic Shelter became a reality.
This unique design is by retired Minot architect H.L. Bud Hoeffel, who is well known and respected for his work during his career. The triangular roof is supported by large wood beams and concrete pillars covered with stone.
The dedication ceremony was held on October 7, 2003 and was attended by many dignitaries from Scandinavia and representatives of the Nordic countries. The Scandinavian Accordion Club of New York, performing in Minot for Norsk Hostfest, provided music for the occasion.
New at the 2004 season, the Minot Arts in the Parks summer concert series provides three Tuesday concerts that take place at the Nordic Pavilion of the Arts.
These Tuesday concerts feature Scandinavian treats served by members of the Sons of Norway dressed in traditional Scandinavian costumes. A visual artist’s display and demonstration accompany each performance. This program is produced in cooperation with the Minot Park District, the City Band of Minot and approximately a dozen local arts organizations.
The Nordic Pavilion may be reserved for special events or group picnics by contacting the Scandinavian Heritage Association office and paying a small fee.