Swedish Center News
September 2011 Swedish Cultural Center . Seattle . Washington
An Auction for the Ages
W ith our
Our Mission this year, we’ve
been looking back
To promote better understanding
to the era of skinny
between the United States and
ties, wide skirts,
the Nordic countries, with and bomb shelters.
emphasis on Sweden, and to We hope you’re
perpetuate Nordic culture coming on Satur-
and traditions through the day, Sept. 24, to
teaching, observance, practice
our annual fund-
and celebration of this culture
“Seattle in the
and its traditions.
’60s”—a party 50
years in the making.
The Center’s annual
auction is our
Auction co-chairs Judy Cooper (above) and
and our best
Kelly Hughes (left) are preparing a celebration,
fun-raiser of 2011! the likes of which you haven’t seen in 50 years.
How can you Don’t miss the SCC’s most important fundraising
help? We still need event of the year!
fabulous items to such as ours, liquor sells like, well, hotcakes at our
auction off—and pancake breakfast, and we can use as many bottles
decorations too. of liquor and wine as our friends will donate! We
Maybe you’ve got also need help decorating and setting out the items
some tourist items for the auction during the week of Sept. 18. Call
from the Seattle the office and let us know if you can help or if
World’s Fair, or you have an item we can use.
newspapers and What to wear? Either choose festive attire or
magazines from the ’60s? A lava lamp or a dress in ’60s fashion. The fun begins with a free
’60s-era television or radio to loan us for the martini bar from 5 to 6 p.m., along with games and
evening? We’ll gladly take what you donate for the silent auction. Chefs Ann-Margret Lightle and
auctioning off, or borrow what you will loan us Malin Jonsson will create an authentic Swedish
for decorating. And if you don’t have items from smörgåsbord. And Ingemar Palmqvist is coming
the ’60s, how about some good wine—or that from Sweden to be our master of ceremonies. You
bottle of liquor you picked up on the trip to may remember Ingemar for his famous IKEA slogan:
Sweden that you’ve never opened? At an auction Continued on p. 3
Swedish Cultural Center Executive Director’s Notes
1920 Dexter Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109 y now, you’ve learned the measures we’re has donated enough funds to keep us going.
206-283-1090 Club Business taking to find our way to the other side of Lucky, lucky us. But one person’s generosity is
206-283-1078 Rentals the financial forest of last year. 2010 was a year not a sustainable model. We have now reached
of increased expenses related to Sweden Week, the point where we need to either change the
email@example.com the Crown Princess’s visit, and the turnover of ratio of our three-legged stool or ask others to
firstname.lastname@example.org our Executive Director, etc., as well as de- rise up and support the club. On the staff side,
creased income from fundraising and rentals, we’re working hard to increase rentals by
Office Hours assuredly the result of the economy. 2011, on employing exemplary customer service, seeking
Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
the other hand, is a year of decreased expenses, wedding planner endorsements, aggressively
Board of Directors particularly reduced salaries but also a myriad collecting our accounts receivable and
Vice President Erik Pihl
Treasurer Don Wahlquist
of other cost-saving measures. We’re picking up showcasing the club in other promotions. On
Secretary Carl Westerdahl every rock and looking underneath for savings. the member side, this leaves two choices:
Past President Karl Larsson
And savings we’ve made! New board members raising the dues or getting more donations.
Directors Terry Anderson
Bob Blair are helping us with our IT needs; Monday And that, obviously, is where you come in.
Judy Nilsen Cooper volunteers process memberships; Friday Shall we increase our revenue from dues or
Jahn Hedberg volunteers handle our Happy Hour tasks that donations? No one wants to raise dues. One
Sara Lightle staff might do otherwise. We’re also tightening reason for our club’s admirable growth is that
Erik Sundholm up our accounts receivable from rentals and the dues are manageable for young singles as
Laura Wideburg slashing our budget for various in-house well as retirees. Shall we expect more individu-
expenses—everything from light bulbs to toilet als to step up and donate? Yes, we think so.
Center Operations paper. We’ve gone from monthly to quarterly Again, this is where you come in. We are
Executive Director Kristine Leander
Facilities Manager Kyle Feldman
newsletters. And so on. And it’s working. asking all of our members to donate. We’re
Financial Manager Debbie Smith But how did we get to the point of calling the campaign “We are the Swedish club.”
needing this financial first aid and what We will announce it through letters, events,
Chair June Anderson Evanoff happens next? This is where it’s etc. We think you’ll respond to our
Vice Chair Jean Wirch helpful to stand back and take a challenge by donating to the club.
Secretary Aina Oscarsson
Treasurer Bonnie Orr long look at our club. Organiza- Seattle’s Swedish consul, Lars
Sewing Jean Wirch tions that have buildings, such as Jonsson, has gotten into the
Swedish Women’s Chorus the Swedish Cultural Center, swing of things by offering
Geri Damm email@example.com Nordic Heritage Museum or the dinner at his home to everyone
Svea Male Chorus
Bob Reetz firstname.lastname@example.org
Rainier Club, depend on most of who donates at least $1,000 to the
their revenue coming from three club. Big donations in the thousands of
Swedish Center News
sources. Think of it as a three-legged stool: dollars are really, really important, but equally
Editor: Kristine Leander
Copy Editor: Martin Stillion one, membership dues and programs; two, important is the goal of a huge participation. In
Swedish Center News (USPS 533- rentals, food and bar; and three, donations and fact, our goal is for 51 percent of our members
750) is published as part of yearly endowments. (Some organizations have a to respond and donate.
membership dues at $12 per per-
son, per year, by the Swedish
fourth leg, grants. Thus far, getting a grant has We feel so strongly that we’re willing to
Cultural Center, 1920 Dexter Ave. been difficult for our small organization to send a “We are the Swedish club” pin to
N., Seattle, WA 98109-2795. Tele-
accomplish.) The ratio among those three— everyone who donates by the end of the year.
phone is 206-283-1090. Periodicals
postage paid at Seattle, Wash- membership dues, rentals and donations—may In the end, of course, a club is nothing
ington. Postmaster: send address vary from organization to organization or from without its members. By seeking your partici-
changes to Swedish Center News,
1920 Dexter Ave. N., Seattle, WA year to year, but mostly, this is where the pation in “We are the Swedish club,” we’re
98109-2795. money comes from. Unbeknownst to most of simply asking you to acknowledge an existing
Deadline for material for you, the SCC has been the fortunate benefi- fact. Thank you for your donations.
the next issue is
ciary of one person’s generosity, which has
Bring articles into the office or fax upheld one leg of the stool for the past few Kristine Leander
to 206-283-2970. You may also years. Since we started the strategic planning Executive Director, Swedish Cultural Center
e-mail articles to
email@example.com. that led to our explosive growth, one person firstname.lastname@example.org
2 september 2011
AUCTION Continued from p. 1 “Lifetime” basketball system
“You don’t have to be rich, just smart”—which is true whether Nine-hole golf round for four
you’re shopping at IKEA or bidding at our auction! If you lived One hour of college consulting
through the ’60s, or if you just wish you had, you won’t want to One hour of pianist Tim Kennedy at your party
miss “Seattle in the ’60s” on Sept. 24. Orrefors Residence Bowl
Our Web site will soon start taking online registrations and Pearl and emerald pendant and chain
payments—by the time you read this, we hope. If not, keep checking! Photo or ad of your choice on the front cover of the SCC newsletter
Here’s a partial list of what you’ll be bidding on at the auction: Power Mat wireless charger
Reserved parking for pancake Sundays for a year
A day at the races for four Rick Steves “Get Ready to Travel” package
A night of urban luxury at Hotel Ändra Ride the Ducks of Seattle
AAA Classic Membership Rosa Ljung candelabra
Admission for four to the Seattle Children’s Museum Round trip for two to Victoria, B.C., on the Victoria Clipper
Admission for four to Washington State Historical Museum Set of Bing & Gröndahl dishes
Ann-Margret’s princess torte Sit-down dinner for four at Casa Hermosa
Antique evening purse Slow cooker
Antique jewelry Swedish Volvo chauffeur to an event of your choice, or ride in
Antique Swedish carpenter’s plane Ballard’s May 17 parade
Art deco lamp Tant Ellys Kaffekalas
Bathroom vanity Tickets to the Seattle Repertory Theatre
Beehive gift certificate Tour of the historic Fremont Bridge
Brother fax machine Tour of the award-winning Spokane Street swing bridge
Cargo carrier Two antique chairs from the estate of Lars Warme
Collection of seven Dalahäst (Dala horses) Two tickets to an ArtsWest mainstage performance
Conair foot spa Two Jazz Extravaganza concert tickets
Crocheted tablecloth Two tickets to a Seattle Symphony performance
Crystal decanter “Waltzing in the Nude” performed at your event
Crystal vase Weekend Getaway on Penn Cove Whidbey Island
Dance class at Century Ballroom “Woman at the Loom” print
Demitasse cups Woodwind trio plays for your event
Demitasse spoons 5-quart chafing dish
Dental bleaching kit 1991 Danish Christmas plate
Design consultation for homeowners $85 gift certificate to Salon Joseph
Dinner for four in Ann-Margret’s home 1931 Ford roadster and Ford pickup
Don the Bartender serves drinks at your private party DVDs: Kitchen Stories; Pippi Longstocking collection; Mother of
Dugges beer (double IPA and porter) Mine; six new Swedish DVDs of Astrid Lindgren stories
Eagle watching at Camp Run-A-Muck CDs: ABBA’s 18 Hits; Carola
Framed Andy Warhol poster Software: Adobe PhotoShop; Microsoft Office Professional 2010
Framed Audrey Hepburn graphic Baskets: Baker’s delight; apple basket; Absolut gift basket; barbecue
Five-pound standing rib roast gift certificate from Blue Valley Meats gift basket
Friday Kafé meatballs for a year Linens: Numerous new Swedish linens, including Eklund linens
Gift certificate to Anthony’s Restaurant Alcohol: Skane Akvavit ; Smirnoff vodka; Aalborg Akvavit; Linje
Gift certificate to The Copper Gate Aquavit; Kahlua; Aledor wine
Handmade quilt Books: Vikings in the Attic; autographed copy of Things I Want You
Hauling services to Know about Stieg Larsson and Me; collection of four history
Heart-shaped vase books by Bernard Cornwell; several books about Dale Chihuly’s
Interior design consultation art; The Man from Beijing collection of Swedish crime fiction;
International dinner—University of Washington Club Wednesday Stadsliv by Tricia Guild; Kitchen of Light; Served from a Swedish
Italian decorator pillow Kitchen; Lars Bolander’s Scandinavian Design; Simply Scandina-
Kayaking for two vian Cook Book with cookbook holder; Stockholm Horizons;
Knitting lessons for two Queen Anne Books gift certificate
SCC Announces Crazy for Crayfish!
News about, or in the interest
of our members... S ummer’s lease hath all too short a date, but
here’s something to look forward to: our
annual Crayfish Celebration, complete with
The Swedish Cultural Center an-
nounces 1,000 member households. paper lanterns and co-sponsored by SWEA.
Come eat, drink, sing and be jolly on a balmy
New Members evening. Start off with a traditional välkomst-
Douglas Almquist drink. Then it’s as much fresh, locally caught
crayfish as you can put away, along with a
glass of wine or beer, tomato-and-olive quiche,
salad, cheese platter, bread, chocolate cake with
Eric & Kathleen Blanding
Ronald L. Bosi fudge topping and whipped cream, coffee and
Haje Boman tea, all thanks to chefs Malin Jonsson and
Pauline Estelle Irene Carlson Ann-Margret Lightle. Meanwhile, enjoy
Bryan & Roopa Corliss ice-cold snaps matched with an amazing song sheet, and mingle with the fun-loving crowd.
Donald Dahlgren The SCC bar will sell beer, wine and plenty of different flavors of Swedish vodka, which you
John Dahlquist will most certainly need to sing gloriously.
Glen Roy Danielson There’ll be a fundraising raffle to benefit SWEA, and we’ll finish by dancing the night away.
Terry Doyle Invite your friends and buy a table for 10. We’ll toss in two bottles of wine if you do!
Michael Edlund Admission: $45 per guest (must be prepaid). Dress for a summer party and join us
Karl & Catherine Ernevad; Saturday, Sept. 10, at 7 p.m. at the Center. RSVP by Friday, Sept. 2, with a check payable to
Erik, Zach, Linnea
SWEA Seattle, c/o Mimmi Samsel, 1121 38th Ave. E., Seattle, WA 98112. Or send your check to
Karl R. & Ingrid Fredrickson
the Swedish Cultural Center, 1920 Dexter Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98109. If you want to book a
table for 10, e-mail email@example.com.
Judy Hsu he National Day raffle in early
June brought a bevy of female
Pirkko Karhunen &
winners! Pat Charlson, shown here
Brien & Beth Kirby
Carin Peterson Kruger
examining a map of Sweden, won the
Shannon Low first prize: a round trip to Stockholm
Kirsten MacPherson on Icelandair. Esther Joneson won the
Marcie Monsaas $100 savings account at Viking Bank,
John Nelson and Alison Burdette won the $250 gift
Keith & Suzanne Newman
Richard & Susan Olson certificate at Scandinavian Specialties.
John & Rhoda Peel Alison (below, center) showed up to
Janet Ruud claim her prize, accompanied by her
Marta Schee & Langdon Miller
Kris & Rob Shanafelt sister, Lis-Ann, and her grandmother,
Peter & Amy Shanafelt
Rob Sievertsen Patricia Salt Charles, who purchased
the winning ticket for Alison.
4 september 2011
Not Too Late for an Exchange Student Blair Stewart
Margaret Esther Strindberg
L anguage practice? Making friends? Getting young again? No matter your reasons for
opening your home to a high school foreign exchange student, you’ll be rewarded with the
possibility of forming a lifelong friendship and one of the best experiences of your life. One
Richard & Carol Sundholm
Mathew Sutherland & Clint Dimick
little secret about hosting students is that while boys are always harder to find homes for, Erica Tollefson & Matty Burckley
they’re much easier to host than girls. They’re more accepting of their housing, the food in the Andreas Udbye
home and so on. Two agencies are looking for local wholesome families who want to make a Don Wick
difference in a young person’s life. Even if you’re reading this after school starts, it may not be Gerald Lee Yager
too late—students occasionally need new host families after the first few weeks of school. If
you’re interested, please contact either of the following: Deaths
• Kevin Donahoe with EF Foundation, 206-388-2194. Visit www.effoundation.org for further Robert Clay
information. Brita Dillner (in Sweden)
• Stephanie Gregg with Youth for Understanding, 303-270-0068 x7220. Visit www.yfu-usa. Albert H. Nelson
org, Youth for Understanding still has Swedish students looking for homes!
Meet Rep. Reuven Carlyle Send your address changes or
A t our Sept. 7 Members & Friends Dinner, the Swedish
Cultural Center is proud to introduce State Representa-
tive Reuven Carlyle from the 36th District as our speaker. Swedish Cultural Center
The 36th District encompasses Ballard, Belltown, Fremont, Attn: Address Change
Greenwood, Magnolia, Phinney Ridge and Queen Anne and 1920 Dexter Ave. N.
is among the most educated, progressive and relatively Seattle, WA 98109
affluent districts in our state. Reuven grew up in Bellingham
and now lives with his wife and four children on Queen Or you can e-mail to
Anne Hill. His life story is well worth reading on his Web firstname.lastname@example.org.
site (www.reuvencarlyle36.com), describing his early years
as the child of a single mom in the Haight-Ashbury area of Let us know if we left out your
Continued on p. 6 information by mistake.
Members & Friends Menus
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Limpa bread with butter Limpa bread with butter Limpa bread with butter
Toast Skagen Svampsoppa Grön sallad med lingonvinägrett dressing
Shrimp on toast Mushroom soup Green salad with lingonberry
Raggmunkstallrik med bacon Pepparrotskött med kokt potatis och lök
och lingonsylt Braised beef with horseradish gravy, boiled Kålinbakad torsk med rostad vitlök
Potato pancake platter with bacon and potatoes and onions gräddsås, kokt potatis och
lingonberry preserve glaserade morötter
Smulpaj med äpplen och vispgrädde Cabbage wrapped cod with roasted garlic
Röd och grön kålsallad Apple crumb pie with whipped cream cream sauce, boiled potatoes and
Red and green cabbage salad glazed carrots
Brylepudding Pumpapaj med vispgrädde
Crème brûlée Pumpkin pie with whipped cream
CARLYLE Continued from p. 5
San Francisco; several years as a page in Washington, D.C., for Sens.
Scoop Jackson and Warren Magnuson and House Speaker Tip O’Neill;
and his present commitment to the people who elected him to serve
our state in Olympia. His talk will be an exciting opportunity to meet
this passionate and interesting advocate for our district.
Vikings: Down to the Sea in Ships
S eattle has been celebrating Leif Erikson Day through much of the
20th century, and there’s no sign that it’s about to let up. Leif
Erikson Day 2011 will be marked with a panel discussion by two local
artisans building replica Viking ships—9,000 miles apart. Geoff Briggs
is building a ship in Anacortes with W.I.L.D. (Wilderness Intensive
Leadership Development), the organization he founded with Dave
Knudsen. Their 56-foot vessel is modeled after the Skuldelev 6,
believed to have been be a fishing boat. It’s being assembled in the
traditional way, just as the Vikings did 1,000 years ago, with klinker-
style planking on oak frames, held together with hand-fastened rivets Intricate carvings will adorn this
and lots of pine tar. They are using oak logs gathered from Oregon
and cedar planking from Canada, which they have milled and impossibly graceful prow on a
prepared for use. When finished, their ship will be used in youth
replica Viking ship in
programs, and they hope we’ll see it in the waters of Puget Sound
starting next summer. Visit wildexpeditions.org for more information. Tønsberg, Norway (see
photo at right).
They’re the work
of Seattle artist
You may see this 56-foot
The other project is taking Viking boat on the
place in Tønsberg, Norway, but waters of Puget Sound
the local artisan is Jay Haavik next summer, with a
crew of teenagers.
from West Seattle, hired to
Geoff Briggs and
oversee the carving on the ship. Dave Knutsen are
Jay’s grandparents came from building it by hand
Norway, so it’s not such a stretch in Anacortes
for their youth
for him to be overseeing local organization,
Norwegian carvers. They are W.I.L.D.
building a replica of the elegant Expeditions.
1,200-year-old Oseberg ship, the
6 september 2011
burial ship for two Viking
women, which was unearthed
about 100 years ago. Visit
for more information.
Jay and Geoff will give a
joint presentation on Friday, Oct.
7, 2011, 7 p.m. at the Swedish
Cultural Center. They’ll combine
comments and photos to
enchant us with descriptions of
contemporary projects using
thousand-year-old plans and
methods. Admission is $10;
proceeds will go toward the ship
projects. Odin Beer will be here
to offer you a glass you can raise
to Leif Erikson and his modern-
day clones, Jay and Geoff.
When the presentation is
over, join us upstairs for the
club’s annual Viking Night
Happy Hour. This is one Friday The Oseberg ship replica takes shape in Norway. It’s patterned after a
evening when horns, swords, shields and furs are expected. Whether 1,200-year-old Viking burial ship, which was discovered nearby in 1904.
you come for the presentation, the Happy Hour or both, it will be a The builders hope to improve on previous replicas, one of which began
Viking night to remember. sinking 20 seconds into its maiden voyage.
Make a Member of Your Friend
A s a member of the Swedish Cultural Center, you probably know that we offer a variety of membership options to suit various
needs. Well, here’s one more option: Now you can introduce a friend to the club with an Invitational Membership Gift. For just
$25, your friend gets full membership for six months, plus two pancake breakfast tickets and a certificate for a drink on the house at
Happy Hour. And you get the pleasure of introducing a brand-new member to the Swedish club. Use the form below to buy an
Invitational Membership Gift today.
Invitational Membership Gift
Your name _______________________________________ Payment information
New member’s name ________________________________ $25 per Invitational Membership.
Phone _______________ Evening phone ________________ Total amount: $ _______________ Check enclosed ___
Street address _____________________________________ Visa/MasterCard #: ___________________________
Exp. _____ / _____
City _____________ State ___ZIP ____________________
Your signature for credit card:
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• The goal of the Swedish Cultural Center is to support, promote, and celebrate Swedish culture.
• Members should have an interest in Swedish and/or Scandinavian culture but need not be of Swedish ancestry.
• A potential member can receive an Invitational Membership only once.
• Only current members may purchase an Invitational Membership.
Please return the form, completed and signed, with payment to: Swedish Cultural Center, 1920 Dexter Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98109.
Left: Chef Ann-Margret
Lightle shows off the
meatballs that sent soccer
players Bailey Aggen (center)
H ow did a plate of meatballs lead to a new trophy from Sweden in our Crown Room Lounge—and
why are we writing checks to teenagers?
We can explain everything. To help a local team of 13-year-old girls raise money for a trip to a
and Caroline Henn (right) to
Sweden along with their
teammates. Above: Our
investment in the girls’ team
soccer tournament in Fortuna, Sweden, we gave them part of the proceeds from our meatball lunches. resulted in this beautiful
They won the tournament, brought back the first-place trophy and asked us to display it. It joins the two trophy, now on display in the
Crown Room Lounge.
trophies awarded to our pancake-flipping drill team by Ballard’s May 17 parade.
who beat out a pack of other Norwegian Americans for the honor
of “most Norwegian.” Doug is an SCC member, and drops by now
and again. When a fellow cast member visited Seattle, Doug brought
her to the club too. Flannery Good, known as the fashionista in the
show’s lineup, brought her husband, Jeremy Lane. She was impressed
by Seattle and the Center, and hopes to return again soon.
2. Carina Courtney, one of the club’s cocktail waitresses from the
’70s, visited lately. She remembers many old-time members and
sends her greetings to everyone. She lives on the edge of a forest
Views of Our Visitors in Sweden now, near the town of Åsarna in Jamtland.
W e always appreciate it when guests drop by. Here are updates
from a few of them.
1. Members who watched the Norwegian reality show “Alt for Norge”
3. Einar Storakers came from Sedro Woolley to help us celebrate our
building’s 50th anniversary. He especially enjoyed seeing a photo of
himself from a Seattle Times cover story about the opening of the
at the club recall that the winner was Doug Miner (right) of Seattle, building in March 1961.
8 september 2011
Teatro Zinzanni is offering Swedish Cultural Center members
A Remarkable Man an opportunity to see the delightful Swede in their current
cast, Tobias Larsson, for a reduced rate. SCC members can
L ongtime SCC member
Robert Clay passed away in
Seattle on Aug. 7 at age 94.
take $25 off Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday evening shows
through the run of Bonsoir Liliane. To order tickets with your
discount, visit dreams.zinzanni.org/swede.htm or call 206-802-
Most recently, Robert 0015 and mention the “Swede” deal.
served as a bartender and a
Friday evening patron of the Class of Culture
club, but during his lifetime he
also made his mark in other
roles. He had a scholarship to
Missouri State College and
I t’s 2011! Do you know where your Swedish culture is? We’re the
Swedish Cultural Center, so it’s our job to keep you informed
about it. Sweden has been on the forefront of modernity in archi-
played semi-professional tecture, style and design for the past 75 years, but culture is
basketball for the Phillips ever-changing. Our new Swedish Culture Today! class brings you up
Oilers. He worked in the to date. Tuesdays, 6:30–7:30 p.m. More info on p. 11.
Civilian Conservation Corps Oct. 4: What Do We Think of When We Think of Swedish Culture?
(CCC), and during World War II, he served in the Coast Guard and Oct. 11: The Mystery of the Swedish Crime Wave
merchant marine in Japan and the South Pacific. He was also a Oct. 18: Planes, Trains and Automobiles—Getting Around in
lieutenant colonel in the Washington State Guard. Modern Sweden
Robert owned six restaurants and lounges in the Seattle area, Oct. 25: Simply Sweden at the Movies
including the Country Squire, a popular downtown Seattle bar in the Nov. 1: Contemporary Swedish Cuisine
’50s and ’60s frequented by Senator Magnuson and the Rosellinis. He Nov. 8: Interior Design Trends
served as a coach at the local Catholic school, and was a greeter at his Nov. 15: Modern Art in Sweden
church for Saturday evening mass until nearly the very end of his life. Nov. 22: Sports Trends in Sweden
Truly Robert was a remarkable man. Nov. 29: Celebrating the Holidays with a New Twist
Coming Events at the Swedish Cultural Center
Friday, Sept. 2. Happy Hour Jazz. afterward for genealogy help in the Swedish Finn Historical
Back by popular demand: Carmen Staaf and Raphaelle Brochet. 6:30 Society office in our lobby.
to 8:30 p.m. Check them out: www.wix.com/raphaellebrochet/
Wednesday, Sept. 21.
Tuesday, Sept. 6. Ladies Auxiliary. Together. Comedy/drama set in a commune similar to those that
Support the club and enjoy the company of others who do too! Join sprang up in Stockholm in the 1970s. $5 donation 7:30 p.m. Shown
us at 10 a.m. in the library every first Tuesday of the month. again Friday, Sept. 23, 2 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 7. Book Club. Friday, Sept. 23.
We’ll discuss The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson. Read Waltz Lesson and Dance.
in Swedish or English, and join us to discuss this famous first novel in
Learn the most basic of all folkdances, the waltz. Taught by Pat
the trilogy. 5:30 p.m.
McMonagle at 7:30 p.m., followed by dancing to live Scandinavian
Wednesday, Sept. 7. music from 8 to 10:30 p.m. Lesson: $5 members, $7 guests. Dance:
Members & Friends $8 members, $10 guests.
Saturday, Sept. 24.
State Representative Reuven Gala Auction: “Seattle
Carlyle from the 36th in the ’60s!”
District will be our featured
A party that’s a year in the
speaker. Chef Pidor prepares
planning will be the one to
a delicious three-course
attend! Help us raise
Swedish meal of Toast Skagen
money for the SCC and
and potato pancake platter
have fun while doing it.
with bacon for $18. RSVP by
Your friends will be here,
Tuesday, Sept. 6. Late RSVPs
so plan to come. For extra
and walk-ins $22. RSVP to
fun, dress in ’60s style. We
206-283-1090 or rsvp@
between now and the
Social hour 5:30, dinner 6:30.
Saturday, Sept. 10.
Wednesday, Sept. 28.
The Big Kräftskiva 2011
Last Cowboy Standing
Co-sponsored by SWEA. Eat
(Skavabölen pojat), 2009.
locally caught crayfish, drink CASH FOR COLLEGE—Part of the funds raised during our annual auction
Tragic but warm story of a
snaps, sing Swedish songs, will go toward the education of our 2011 scholarship winners, Brittany family. 7:30 p.m. $5
and dance the night away. Lewis (left) and Stephen Swanson (right), pictured here with 2010
winner Emilia Sternberg. donation. Shown again
Doesn’t get any more
Friday, Sept. 30, 2 p.m.
traditional than that! (In
between helpings of crayfish, enjoy tomato-and-olive quiche with Wednesday, Oct. 5.
salad, cheese platter, bread and a sumptuous chocolate dessert.) 7 Members & Friends Dinner.
p.m. $45 per guest must be prepaid to SWEA, c/o M. Samsel, 1121
Stina Katchadourian, author of The Lapp Kid’s Daughter, will be our
38th Ave. E., Seattle, WA 98112. If you buy a table for 10, we’ll give
featured speaker. Members of Finlandia Foundation are our special
you two bottles of wine! What a bargain for an evening of fun!
guests. Chef Pidor prepares a delicious three-course Swedish meal of
Sunday, Sept. 11. Swedish Pancakes. mushroom soup, braised beef with horseradish gravy and apple
Music and dancing, plus authentic Swedish pancakes, ham, crumb pie for $18. RSVP by Tuesday, Oct. 4. Late RSVPs and walk-ins
lingonberries and all the right fixin’s. Music by Richard Svensson $22. RSVP to 206-283-1090 or email@example.com. Social
and Bjarne Jacobsen, Folk Voice Band and Nyckelharpa. $9 guests, hour 5:30, dinner 6:30.
$6 SCC members, children 5–12 $5. 8 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Stay Continued on p. 12
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Hemlandsnytt have left in about three, four years,” said Stefan de Vylder, the
Swedish national economist.
News from the homeland Brain rest: There is a pronounced connection between our sleep
A column of current Swedish news topics, taken from in middle age and our chance to become healthy aged folks. Those
Swedish news media. who sleep around seven hours a night minimize their risk of dying
CompiLed by Gunnar WaLLin prematurely, and it really is more dangerous to sleep too much than
Saab: The union at Saab Automobile was reassured by CEO Victor too little. While a 20-year-old person may need eight and a half
Muller that the August employees’ salaries will be paid (July salaries hours of sleep, the need will decrease over time, so that a 60-year-
were not), but Saab is again threatened by bankruptcy—this time old may need only six and a half hours.
from foreign suppliers. This comes only three weeks after Saab Dip: Swedish NATO forces in Kosovo now have permission to go
managed to avoid a threat of swimming. Presently, 70 soldiers
bankruptcy from the Swedish in the 23rd Kosovo force from
supplier Swepart. Saab will meet Stockholm now have permission
with the foreign suppliers to use a swimming pool south
shortly in order to find a of the capital, Pristina. They
solution. have to wear their uniforms
Trouble: Teachers have been going to and from the pool, and
sending petitions online to the a guard will watch over their
Minister of Schools, Jan Björk- clothes and weapons while they
lund, demanding higher salaries swim.
and smaller classes. The appeal Food drive: Swedish meatballs
concerns hundreds of teachers. and Absolut vodka are already
“I have felt for a long time that B.C. BOUND—Join us Oct. 13 for a day trip to Victoria, British well known abroad, but now
Columbia, on the Clipper. One of North America’s most
we need a change, as one cannot Swedes are also working hard to
charming cities, this provincial capital is an easy trip from
work this way any longer, but I Seattle. See the sights, shop, have high tea and get back home introduce other types of
want to keep working and that in time for a nightcap. Details: p. 12. Swedish foods. Last year, food
is the reason why I have done exports reached a value of 54
this,” said Annika Wallen, a teacher at Nacka outside Stockholm, who billion kronor, and the goal is to increase this figure twofold by
started the protest. In her petition, she calls for a more simplified 2020. Plans include food fairs, food tasting at embassies and a new
administration, maximum 20 students per class and increase in the Web site to market Swedish delicacies to taste buds overseas!
monthly salary of 10,000 kronor ($1,600). Crisis: Just in time for crayfish parties, there is an acute shortage of
Tough times: The critics of the EMU (European Monetary Union) dill weed in large parts of Sweden. Many pots of the beloved
have concluded that due to the economic crisis, they believe the hummers may have to be cooked without the beloved herb, since
whole currency cooperation will come apart. “This is the beginning heavy rains have washed many of the plants away. What a dill-emma!
of the end, and it would not surprise me if all participating countries Opinions expressed are not those of the Swedish Cultural Center.
Beginning Swedish I Plus ($95 members; $125 public)
Swedish Classes: New Fall Schedule Thursdays, 12 noon–2 p.m. (Berit Lehner, begins Sept. 29). Learn
T hey say it’s the Stieg Larsson effect. Whatever the reason, our
Swedish language classes are growing! And boy, are we pleased.
Swedish during the day! Work on translating letters, learning Swedish
phrases or anything you want to do. Class structure depends on the
members. You’ll learn what you want to learn!
Swedish Culture Today! ($70 members; $95 public)
Saturdays, 10 a.m.–12 noon (Laura Wideburg, begins Oct. 1). Covers
A new class about Sweden, taught in English, for those who want to
the material of Beginning I with extra time for practice and cultural
know what’s going on in Sweden right now. Politics? More than
information. Dive right in and start speaking Swedish on the first
Socialist. Food? Beyond meatballs. Literature? Not just Stieg Larsson.
day! Pronunciation, greetings, dialogues and skits will get you on the
Tuesdays, 6:30–7:30 p.m. (Instructors are local experts with one
road to speaking Swedish in Sweden.
foot in Sweden; begins Oct. 4)
Intermediate Swedish ($70 members; $95 public)
Beginning Swedish I ($70 members; $95 public)
Thursdays, 7:30–9 p.m. (Laura Wideburg, begins Sept. 29)
Learn pronunciation, greetings and sentence formation.
Mondays, 6–7:30 p.m. (Jennifer Hawkins, begins Oct. 3) Advanced Swedish ($70 members; $95 public)
Thursdays, 6–7:30 p.m. (Laura Wideburg, begins Sept. 29) Mondays, 7:30–9 p.m. (Jennifer Hawkins, begins Oct. 3)
Coming Events at the Swedish Cultural Center
Continued from p. 10 Friday, Nov. 25.
Shake Down the Turkey Dance.
Friday, Oct. 7. Viking Happy Hour.
Live Scandinavian music for folkdancing: 7:30 to
Two floors of Vikings! During Happy Hour, Viking
10:30 p.m. $8 members, $10 guests.
look-alikes will flood the dance floor. Costumes
welcome! $5 for members, $10 for non-members to Saturday, Dec. 3.
come and dance. Concurrent Leif Erikson Day lecture SCC Trip to Leavenworth.
at 7 p.m. in Svea Room, which will be a panel of two Join other members to watch the Town Lighting.
local individuals working to build authentic Viking $89 members, $99 guests. RSVP to 206-283-1090
ships: Jay Haavik, from Seattle, carving manager on or firstname.lastname@example.org.
the Oseberg Ship replica construction in Tønsberg,
Wednesday, Dec. 7.
Norway, and Geoff Briggs, building a Viking replica
Members & Friends Dinner.
ship in Anacortes. $10 for lecture.
Mark your calendars now. Lutfisk on the menu!
Thursday, Oct. 13. SCC Trip to Victoria.
Reserve your space now for a voyage on the Saturday, Dec. 10. Lucia Bal.
Victoria Clipper and a day in Victoria. For your We’re going back to the elegance of earlier years
convenience, the trip begins and ends at the when the Lucia Bal was the dress-up event of the
SCC, where your car is conveniently parked for year!
the day. $129 members, $139 non-members. Every Friday. Swedish Kafé & Happy Hour!
Contact us to reserve: 206-283-1090 or rsvp@ Smörgås sandwiches, Swedish meatballs and home-
swedishculturalcenter.org. made pastries. Kafé starts 12 noon. Evening food by
Friday, Oct. 28. Schottis Lesson and Dance. Chefs Ann-Margret and Malin starts at 6 p.m. Check
Volunteers? the menu: www.swedishculturalcenter.org.
Learn how to dance the schottis. Taught by Pat
We need volunteer help
McMonagle at 7:30 p.m., followed by dancing to live Every Friday. Matinee.
cashiering at various special
Scandinavian music from 8 to 10:30 p.m. Lesson: $5 Films with English subtitles. $5 donation. 2 p.m.
events, including Friday
members, $7 guests. Dance: $8 members, $10 guests. Come early for lunch in our Kafé.
Wednesday, Nov. 2. • Sept. 2. Swedish film: A Song for Martin.
We always need help
Members & Friends Dinner. • Sept. 9. Norwegian film: Troubled Water.
with pancake break-
• Sept. 16. German film: As Far as My Feet Will
fasts, including a volunteer SCC member Irene Meyers, who has traveled in
to call and e-mail the whole Sweden, will talk a little and play a little music—all
• Sept. 23. Swedish film: Together.
corps of pancake volunteers about Sweden. Chef Pidor prepares a delicious
• Sept. 30. Finnish film: Last Cowboy Standing
a week before each three-course Swedish meal of cabbage-wrapped
breakfast to ask for specific cod with roasted garlic cream sauce and pumpkin
commitments. pie for dessert, all for$18. RSVP by Tuesday, Nov. 1. Every Friday.
To lend a hand on any of Late RSVPs and walk-ins $22. RSVP to 206-283- Discussion: Viking Gods!
these projects, e-mail info@ 1090 or email@example.com. Social Get together with Viking aficionados to discuss
swedishculturalcenter.org or hour 5:30, dinner 6:30. 1,000 years of Norse mythology and religion. Led
call 206-283-1090. by Kelly Hughes. Free. 6 to 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday, Nov. 5–6.
Holiday Bazaar. Every Friday. Library & Genealogy.
Rentals available at
Swedish Cultural Center. Holiday shopping at its best with vendors selling Our Friday librarian and genealogist, Alan McCool,
1920 Dexter Ave N., Seattle. handmade and/or Nordic items. Vendor applications will guide your genealogy search or help you find a
Call 206-283-1078 or visit accepted. See www.swedishculturalcenter.org. book. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
www.swedishculturalcenter. Friday, Nov. 18. Viking Lecture. Every Friday. Mad Men.
org/Venues/venues.htm. If Viking expert Dr. Kenneth Harl from Tulane Univer- Just to get in the mood for the auction, “Seattle in
you’ve been a member for sity returns to the Swedish Cultural Center. His topic the ’60s” on Sept. 24, we’re showing the TV series
at least a year, you get a 20 will be “Markets and Coins in the Viking Age.” “Mad Men” in the library. 7:30 p.m.
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