Herangtunet - Heggenes, Norway

Consisting of 5 classy themed rooms, four exquisite suites and a fully furnished apartment, Herangtunet is an enchanting boutique hotel situated in the middle of nature, in Norway’s beautiful province of Valdres. With the intimacy of a guest house and the amenities of a 5-star hotel, this gorgeous retreat is creatively designed to exude warmth, elegance and sophistication. Each room and suite has its own decoration theme, from Norway, Iceland and France to London, New York and Aspen.


The Ringerike Style (c. AD 980 – 1070)

The Ringerike style grew out of the Mammen style during the first half of the 11th century. The style emerged at a time when the custom of erecting stone monuments was becoming more common and the style is named after a series of richly carved stones in the Ringerike district of Norway.

One can see that the Ringerike style has developed from the Mammen style, although there are a number of significant differences: the animals are thinner and more curvaceous; their bodies are no longer decorated inside; the eyes are almond-shaped instead of round; and the tendrils get thinner and longer. A fine grave-slab decorated in the Ringerike style was found in the churchyard of St Paul’s Cathedral, London.

Viking ship Weather Vane with Eagle motif, Ringerike style, 11th Century CE. Heggen, Norway

Today in University History: Premiere of Mister Roberts (April 10, 1962)

Cast Members of “Mister Roberts,” performed by the Wisconsin Players at Union Theater, April 10-14, 1962

On this day, the Wisconsin Players debuted their rendition of Mister Roberts. The play was adapted from a best-selling 1946 novel by Thomas Heggen and had premiered on Broadway in February 1948. The players’ challenge was to distinguish their production from a 1955 film adaptation starring Henry Fonda (reprising his role from the Broadway original), James Cagney, Jack Lemmon, and William Powell, among others. Daily Cardinal editor Marilyn Shapiro commented in her April 11 review that actor Joseph Polansky’s resemblance to James Cagney risked overshadowing his performance in the role of Doc. Luckily, she concluded, “Polansky overcomes this handicap to produce his own characterization of the blustering leader.” Other cast members’ performances drew some criticism - Shapiro questioned whether one main player had mastered his lines before opening night - but the review was mostly positive, characterizing it as “an excellent performance” executed with “great gusto.” Unfortunately she offered no comment on why one actor appeared in what looks to be an adult diaper. We’ll have to watch the movie to find out!


Posted by Jillian Slaight for UW-Madison Archives.

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