Upcoming Events

Surstromming can

Friday Happy Hour: Surströmming

Friday, July 19, 7–9pm

Casual get-together under the string lights outside the Picnic Pavilion:

  • Food
  • Beverages
  • Streaming jukebox (Spotify playlist, basically)
  • Corn hole (or other lawn games)
  • Firefly lightshow (after dark)
  • Donation jar

Special feature:
Opening of the Surströmming can

A spectacle not to be missed!
Get your Instagram video recorders ready!

Surströmming (Swedish for ”sour herring”) is a lightly-salted fermented Baltic Sea herring that has been part of northern Swedish cuisine since at least the 16th century. It is often eaten with tunnbröd, a thin, either soft or crispy bread (not to be confused with crispbread). In addition to the fish, the two most common toppings are potatoes (either sliced or mashed, often almond potatoes) and finely diced red onion.

Read more on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surströmming

Or watch as a bunch of tough (and foul-mouthed) Texans open a special delivery from Finland:

Event Chair: Peter

Red Cross Blood Drive

Tuesday, August 27, 11:15 am – 4:45 pm

Severe Blood Shortage, Donors Urgently Needed

Right now, eligible and healthy donors are strongly urged to make an appointment to provide lifesaving blood products to patients. Please sign up to give now.

To schedule your appointment visit

Scandinavian Night at Red Bull Arena

Saturday, August 31, 4–11:30pm

The Scandinavian Club has been invited to attend the New York Red Bulls game against Philadelphia Union on Saturday, August 31. We’ll rent a 10-seat Ford Transit passenger van and tailgate with food and drinks before the game. Game starts at 7:30 pm. We will also have VIP access to a special Q&A session with some of the Scandinavian players on the team. A few months back the New York Red Bulls completed the transfer of Swedish attacking midfielder Emil Forsberg as well as Norwegian winger Dennis Gjengaar.

Watch Emil Forsberg and New York Red Bulls in action:

Seats in section 225, row 12.

Cost: $89. Members only. Limited to 10.

Event Chairs: Peter and Catherine

Sally Franson: Big in Sweden

Sunday, October 6, 3pm

Come spend an exciting afternoon with Sally Franson to celebrate her latest novel, Big in Sweden.

Sally Franson grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, and was educated at Barnard College and the University of Minnesota. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, The Best American Travel Writing, and on NPR, among other places.

Her first novel, A Lady’s Guide to Selling Out was published in 2018. A screen adaptation by Meg Ryan with Netflix and Anonymous Content is in the works! In 2022, Sally was a special winner of Allt för Sverige, a Swedish reality TV show about finding your roots. By topping the other contestants through a series of challenges, Sally earned a reunion with newly discovered (and distant) relatives, which she called “one of the best days of my life, that happened to be filmed and shared with 1.4 million people.”

About the book – “Big in Sweden”
Paulie Johansson has never put much stock in the idea of family: she has her long-term boyfriend Declan and beloved best friend Jemma, and that’s more than enough for her. Yet one night on a lark, she lets Jemma convince her to audition for Sverige och Mig, a show on Swedish television where Swedish Americans compete to win the ultimate prize: a reunion with their Swedish relatives. Much to her shock, her drunken submission video wins her a spot on the show, and against Declan’s advice Paulie decides to go for it.

Armed with her Polaroid camera, a beat-up copy of Pippi Longstocking, and an unquenchable sense of possibility, Paulie hops on a plane to Sweden and launches into the contest with seven other Americans, all under the watchful eye of a camera crew. At first, Paulie is certain that she and her competitors have nothing in common besides their passports and views their bloodthirsty ambitions with suspicion. Yet amid the increasingly absurd challenges—rowing from Denmark to Sweden in the freezing rain, battling through obstacle courses, competing in a pickled herring eating contest—Paulie finds herself rethinking her snap judgments about her fellow countrymen, while her growing attachment to her Swedish roots increases her resolve to win the competition herself.

Event Chair: Catherine

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