Past Events

Venetian Night

Friday, August 27, 6–9 pm

Weather permitting

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

  • Food: Hamburgers and hot dogs
  • Beverages
  • Streaming jukebox (Spotify playlist)
  • Mölkky (and other lawn games)
  • Firebowl
  • Donation jar

Event chair: Steve Holm-Hansen


Operation Hope Town-Wide Tag Sale

Sunday, August 8, 9 am – 3 pm

This year, rather than locating their annual tag sale at First Church, Operation Hope is asking friends to host tag sales in their own yards and garages around the Town of Fairfield.

The Scandinavian Club is participating and will sell stuff from the attic as well as provide light refreshments and baked goods for sale. The tag sale is at the Club on 1351 South Pine Creek Road.

Operation Hope at 636 Old Post Road has the list of all the tag sale locations.

Read more on Operation Hope’s page.

Download a PDF listing all the tag sale sites around the town of Fairfield this weekend:

https://operationhopect.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/oh-tag-sale-sites-2021.pdf

Or check out a Google map:


Friday Happy Hour: Swedish Pancakes

Friday, August 6, 6–9 pm

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

  • Food: Swedish pancakes with jams and whipped cream
  • Beverages
  • Streaming jukebox (Spotify playlist)
  • Mölkky (and other lawn games)
  • Firebowl
  • Donation jar

Friday Happy Hour

Friday, July 23, 5 – 8 pm

Inauguration of the Club’s new grill
A toast to Carl and Steve for procuring this heavy duty flat top griddle grill station!

Casual get-together under the string lights outside the Picnic Pavilion: Hamburgers, hotdogs, all the fixings, beverages, streaming Spotify jukebox, corn hole, mölkky (or other lawn games), donation jar.

Scandinavian chocolates for sale!

  • Marabou
  • Fazer
  • Cloetta Kex Choklad

Weather forecast looks great! 80℉ and a bit of sun!

Welcome!

Peter and Catherine
Event Chairs


Midsummer Celebration

Saturday, June 26, 5 – 9 pm

Outdoor sit-down dinner at community table for 50 people
(Sunset is at 8:30 pm, so dress in layers)
– Live music
– Fire bowls

Menu:
Appetizer: Pickled herring, gravlax, mustard, Estonian rye bread
Entree: Poached salmon with sauce verte, potatoes, cucumber salad, bread
(Alternative to fish will be available, including vegan option.)
Dessert: Strawberry shortcake, cookies
Included beverages: Aquavit, Swedish Punsch, coffee
Other beverages are BYOB, but also available in limited selection, including non-alcoholic ones.

Cost: $30/person for members. $40/person for non-members. Kids free.

Signup is required. Limited to 50 attendees.

SOLD OUT!

Make your own flower crown and wear it:

For those who would like to practice the singing

“Helan går” by Brahe Djäknar & Florakören:

“Punschen kommer” according to Vasa nation at the University of Helsinki:


Wine tasting with Finnish licorice

Friday, May 14, 6–8 pm

This extra-special event will have wine expert Mira Vojinovic conduct a wine tasting with a Nordic twist. Experience how the texture and flavors of 4 different wines interact with soft, black licorice made by the Finnish company Panda. A perfect pairing will bring out the best aspects of both the wine and the candy.

Also, get answers to all your wine-related questions, for example:

  • What are the reasons behind a harmonious combination between food and wine?
  • Is wine pairing subjective to a specific tastes, or are there hard and fast, science-backed rules to be followed?

Small bites food: Apple and brie flatbread, with vegan option
(since drinking on an empty stomach is not recommended)

Members and guests only. Limited to 24 participants. Each participant will receive a bag of Finnish licorice and 3 oz pours of 4 different wines, in addition to appetizer food.

Cost: $25 (Free for designated drivers)

Mira Vojinovic

Mira is an independent wine consultant with 20 years of experience in the food and wine industry. She holds sommelier certification from the Court of Master Sommeliers and the (WSET2) Level 2 Award in wine from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust.

Mira is better known as VinoGal on the web and Facebook


Artisan Fair

Saturday, May 1, 10 am – 4 pm

  • 25 local fine arts and crafts vendors showcasing handcrafted artistic gifts
  • Free admission and parking
  • Outdoors with appropriate social distancing in place
  • Coffee, tea and a wide variety of delicious food items for sale

Vendors

2Latitude – Adirondack furniture
Beadfreeforever – Jewelry
Deb Owen – Clothing/knitting
Donna Albano – Paintings
Emmy Starr Designs – Jewelry
Erin Deluca – Jewelry
Funky Tulip Glassworks – Glass
Gunksman Creations – Wood objects, cutting boards
Heidi Armster – Wool felt bags
Holm-Hansen Woodturning – Wood bowls and urns
Imaginariums By Elissa – Floral terrariums
Ingrid Vit – Organic skin care
Jason Curtis – Glass
Karen West – Planters
KIS Skincare LLC – Hand made soaps and oils
Lee Skalkos – Jewelry
Patty Church – Ceramics
Siw Potter and Anita Husebaek – Scandinavian knitting
Stephenielauren LLC – Dog leashes & collars
Sven Moller – Scandinavian themed clothing
Swedish School of Connecticut – Misc
Teresa Rainieri – Graphic artwork
TheVinylFlamingo – Vinyl wine glasses, trays, signs
Zoia’s Creations – Air plants, macrame plant hangers


Due to a power outage issue at the Pavilion, this event has been cancelled.

Friday Happy Hour: Queen’s Birthday

Friday, April 16, 6–8 pm

Perhaps it’s warm enough for Friday Happy Hour again?

Queen Margrethe II of Denmark will turn 81 on Friday, April 16!

Food: Æbleskiver (or Ebelskiver) are puffy Danish pancake balls and a traditional Danish dessert.
See details if you like: https://houseofnasheats.com/aebleskiver-danish-pancakes/

  • Outdoors by Picnic pavilion
  • Weather permitting
  • Assorted beverages
  • Danish playlist on Spotify
  • Donation jar

Welcome!

Margrethe II is Queen of Denmark and commander-in-chief of the Danish Defence. Born into the House of Glücksburg, a royal house with origins in northern Germany, she is the eldest child of Frederick IX of Denmark and Ingrid of Sweden. She became heir presumptive to her father in 1953, when a constitutional amendment allowed women to inherit the throne. Margrethe succeeded her father upon his death on 14 January 1972. On her accession, she became the first female monarch of Denmark since Margrethe I, ruler of the Scandinavian kingdoms in 1375–1412 during the Kalmar Union. In 1967, she married Henri de Laborde de Monpezat, with whom she had two sons: Crown Prince Frederik and Prince Joachim.


Swedish Waffle Day

Sunday, March 21, 1 – 3 pm
Outside by Picnic Pavilion

“Våffeldagen” (Waffle Day in Swedish) stems from a mispronunciation. The traditional Feast of the Annunciation, or “Vårfrudagen” (Our Lady’s Day) in Swedish sounds an awful lot like “Våffeldagen”, and so over time, this became less about the conception of Jesus, and more about crispy, delightful waffles.

In earlier times most Swedes were poor, living off the land and coping with a very harsh climate. Late March marked the start of the crop growing season and the increased availability of eggs and milk. As eggs symbolized the start of spring, it became popular to use them to make waffles to celebrate.

We’ll have an array of the traditional Swedish waffle irons that make thin, crispy, heart-shaped waffles.

Served with strawberry jam and sweetened whipped cream.
A variety of beverages available.
Suggested donation $5.

Due to current COVID regulations, we still ask everyone to wear a mask. Thank you.

Welcome!


Semlor

Semlor

Sunday, February 14, 1 – 3 pm

It’s the time of year for “semla” (plural “semlor”) again! These traditional Swedish pastries are fluffy brioche buns with a hint of cardamom, filled with whipped cream and almond paste, then dusted with powdered sugar.

Get your “semlor” to go, or enjoy outdoors by the Picnic Pavilion in a relaxed, wintery setting with coffee and other hot beverages. A mix of other baked goods will also be available for purchase. Weather forecast shows high of 36℉ and overcast.

“Semlor” have become a bit of an obsession in Sweden, as they are no longer only served for “Shrove Tuesday” (Swedish “fettisdag”, French “Mardi Gras”) sometimes appearing in bakeries before Christmas and all the way through Lent.

History has it that King Adolf Fredrik of Sweden died after consuming 14 of these creamy buns of goodness in 1771.

Sunday, February 14 marks “Quinquagesima” which is another way of saying 50 days until Easter. Related is “Quadragesima” which refers to the 40-day period of Lent. In Lent, many Christians commit to fasting, as well as giving up certain luxuries in order to replicate the account of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ’s journey into the desert for 40 days. So, before Lent starts on “Ash Wednesday”, let’s grab the last opportunity to indulge by “semla”.

By coincidence, Sunday, February 14 is also Valentine’s Day, so bring your Valentine!


Friday Happy Hour: Third Advent
Friday, December 11, 6 – 8 pm

Casual gathering under the string lights by the decked-out Picnic Pavilion and the Club’s outdoor Christmas tree.

  • Food: Hotdogs and hamburgers on rye.
  • Seasonal beverages
  • Fire bowls
  • Christmas music
  • Donation jar

Wear your mask, please!


Experience an Old World Scandinavian Outdoor Christmas Market
Saturday, December 5, 10 am – 2 pm
Sunday, December 6, 10 am – 2 pm

  • Artisan vendors
  • Nordic gifts and food
  • Handmade crafts
  • Baked goods
  • Entertainment
  • Julbord in a box
  • Free parking
  • Much more

Enjoy our Julbord – a traditional Scandinavian Christmas feast that includes pickled herring, gravlax, Swedish meatballs with lingonberry jam, Scandinavian Christmas ham, potato gratin, cucumber salad and Nordic bread. All in a convenient to-go container.

Available for pickup at the Christmas Market starting 11:30 am on Sunday, Dec 6.

Braided Cardamom Bread has been a staple at the Scandinavian Club’s Christmas Market every year. This traditional holiday loaf is a delicious, enriched dough topped with pearl sugar. This puffy braided dough is perfect when paired with warm coffee.

Available for pickup at 10 am on Sunday, Dec 6 at the Christmas Market.


Decorating the Picnic Pavilion for Christmas.

Friday Happy Hour: First Advent
Friday, November 27, 4 – 6 pm (Note the earlier time frame!)

Casual gathering under the string lights by the decked-out Picnic Pavilion and the Club’s outdoor Christmas tree.

  • Food: Chili
  • Beverages
  • Fire bowls
  • Music
  • Donation jar

Wear your mask, please!


Danish advent wreath workshop

Outdoor Holiday Craft Workshop: Danish Advent Wreath
Friday, November 27, 1–3 pm (Rain date: Saturday, November 28)

Kick off the season at a cozy outdoor wreath making event with floral designer Sarah Saunders, owner of the New York City-based event design company, Sarah Saunders Studio. Sarah will instruct us on how to make a traditional Danish Advent wreath using tapered candles, greenery and other botanical materials. Create your own tabletop centerpiece to enjoy throughout this holiday season.

Safe, socially distant, outdoor event. Participants should dress appropriately for the weather. Firebowls, seasonal music, complimentary warm beverages and cardamom buns.

You must bring your own floral wire, clippers and gloves. Bring a hot glue gun, if you have one.

Mask wearing mandatory.

In the event of inclement weather, the workshop will be held the following day, Saturday, November 28, 1-3 pm.

Cost: $90

If we have to cancel, we will refund the registration fee.


Friday Happy Hour: Grillfest
Friday, November 20, 6 – 8 pm

Campfire-style knockwurst grilling under the string lights by the Picnic Pavilion. Wear your mask, please! And bring your stick!

Donation jar.


Friday Happy Hour: Svenska Dagen (Finnish Swedish Heritage Day)
Friday, November 6, 6 – 8 pm

A reprise of the very successful event last year, but this time outdoors by the Picnic Pavilion. Wear your mask, please!

Traditional menu
Pea soup
Swedish punsch
Oven pancake
Bonus: Estonian rye bread sandwiches

Donation jar.
Please wear your mask.

Today, approximately 5% of the current population in Finland are considered to be Swedish-speaking Finns. This history of Swedish-speaking Finns dates back several centuries to when Finland was under Swedish rule and trade was prominent along the Baltic coast.

The day has been celebrated in Finland since 1908 by the Swedish speakers as “Svenska dagen”. The date was chosen in honor of King Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden, who was killed on November 6 in 1632 at the Battle of Lützen in the Thirty Years’ War.

Read more on Wikipedia.


Nordic Winter Lunch
Sunday, November 1, 12 noon – 2 pm

Come join us for an outdoor lunch to celebrate the end of harvest and the traditional start of the Nordic Winter! We will be serving Winter Sausage, with potato gratin, roasted butternut squash and hearty bread. This is followed by kaffe cake for dessert.

Can’t make it but would like to order a meal to go? $15 boxed lunches will be available to purchase online for pickup at 12 noon.

For those dining at the Club, additional beverages will be available.

Wear your mask, please!

In the spirit of the season, attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item that will be donated to a local food pantry.

Not familiar with Nordic Winter or Winternights? This marks the final end of harvest and the time when the animals that were not expected to make it through the winter were butchered and smoked or made into sausage. The festival is also called “Elf-Blessing”, “Dis-Blessing”, or “Frey-Blessing”, which is a time of honouring the ancestral spirits, the spirits of the land, the Vanir, and the powers of fruitfulness, wisdom, and death. It marks the turning of the year from summer to winter, the turning of our awareness from outside to inside. Among the Norse, the ritual was often led by the woman of a family – the ruler of the house and all within. One of the commonest harvest customs was the hallowing and leaving of the “Last Sheaf” in the field, often for Odin and/or his host of the dead.

The Winternights feast is also especially seen as a time to celebrate our kinship and friendship with both the living and our earlier forebears. It marks the beginning of the long dark wintertime at which memory becomes more important than foresight, at which old tales are told and great deeds are toasted as we ready ourselves for the spring to come. It is a time to think of accomplishments achieved and those which have yet to be made. Winternights also marks the beginning of a time of domestic work, thought and craftsmanship.

Since our social activities will be largely constrained to the outdoors this winter we ask all who attend to bring suggestions for future winter events.


FCS ROCKS: The Music of ABBA
Exclusive performance just for Club members and guests
Suggested donation: $25 per person
Friday, October 23, 7 – 9 pm

Food: 30 Swedish meatball boxed dinners available, $15 each.
Swedish cardamom buns and beverages also available for purchase.

Fairfield Center Stage, a local community theater group, will present an outdoor, socially-distanced ABBA-themed concert on the back lawn of the Club. FCS musicians and singers will recreate the greatest hits of ABBA, featuring a house band and rotating cast of singers performing classics such as “Dancing Queen” and “Waterloo” as well as an opening set of highlight songs from previous FCS musical productions.

The cast of performers includes an all-local company of singers and musicians. The list of singers includes Nikki Adorante, Jane Barnes, Steve Benko, Matthew Casey, Monica Castillo, Anne Collin, Brian Crook, Sean Davis, Ainsley Dahlstrom, Lisa Dahlstrom, Molly Forker, Luke Hatzis, Bobby Henry, Marnie Kruse, Lisa Lampanelli, Britton McGrath, Christy McIntosh-Newsom, T. Sean Maher, Jenifer Menedis, Ainsley Novin, Kevin Pelkey, Sophie Pennock-Collins, Katie Priscott, Marilyn Olsen, Avery Owens, Jessica Rahrig, Zully Ramos, Kitty Robertson, Sana “Prince” Sarr, Emily Seanor, Genevieve Seanor, Kenneth Skjeveland, Krista Watson, Nora Watson, Rita Watson, Virgil Watson, Alexis Willoughby. Musicians include George Beratis, Charles Casimiro, Dwayne Condon, Mark Dennis, McNeil Johnston, Gabe Nappi, Brendan Stavris, and Clay Zambo.

Audiences will sit in individual 5’x5′ squares painted on the lawn, spaced 15′ feet from other squares, per state guidelines. 2 persons maximum for this size square. Masks required when not inside reserved seating squares. Patrons can bring blankets and/or low-back chairs. Refreshments will be available for a suggested donation.

Approximate run time of concert is 100 min, no intermission.


Friday Happy Hour: Leifur Eiríksson
Friday, October 9, 6–8 pm

Weather permitting

Casual get-together under the string lights outside the Picnic Pavilion to celebrate a Norse explorer from Iceland.

  • Food: Fish soup (vegan option available)
  • Beverages
  • Streaming jukebox (Spotify playlist)
  • Mölkky (and other lawn games)
  • Firebowls
  • Donation jar

Tables will be spaced 6 feet apart and food servers will wear mask and gloves. Everyone is expected to wear a mask unless eating or drinking.

Everyone is welcome! Drop in, drop out at any time between 6 and 9 pm.

Leifur Eiríksson (who is known in English as Leif Erikson) is probably the best known hero of Viking age Iceland, the first European to arrive in America: Leifur’s voyage to America in the year 1000 preceded the Christopher Columbus’ voyage by roughly half a millennia.

In 1964, the United States Congress authorized and requested the president to proclaim 9 October of each year as “Leif Erikson Day.”

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


International Cinnamon Bun Day
Sunday, October 4, 1–3 pm

Join us for an afternoon fika (coffee hour) outdoors by the Picnic Pavilion. Freshly baked cinnamon rolls (kanelbullar) will be available for purchase.

Cinnamon Bun Day was created in 1999 to celebrate Sweden’s rich tradition of bullar, or buns, and now it has become a tradition held every year on October 4.

Happy Kanelbullens dag!


Red Croos Blood Drive

Red Cross Blood Drive
Monday, September 28, 11 am – 4 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
REDCROSSBLOOD.ORG
USE SPONSOR CODE: SCANDINAVIAN


Arts & Crafts Fair
Sunday, September 27
10 am – 4 pm

  • 20 local fine arts and crafts vendors showcasing handcrafted artistic gifts
  • Free admission and parking
  • Hygge: Outdoors with appropriate social distancing in place
  • Fika: Coffee, tea and a wide variety of delicious food items for sale

Vendors:

2 Latitudes, adirondack furniture @2latitudesadk
Beadfreeforever, jewelry @beadfreeforever
Chic Reclaimed Designs, reclaimed wood 
Deb Owen, clothing @debowendesigns
Debbie Fonseca, wooden flags
Donna Albano, paintings
Emmy Starr Designs, jewelry @emmystarrdesigns
Felix Summ, graphic design
Funky Tulip Glassworks, glass @funkytulipglassworks
Heidi Armster, hand bags @heiditaschen
Holm-Hansen Woodturning, wood bowls and urns @holm_hansen_150
Ingrig Vit, home made skin care
J’s Homemade, homemade elderberry syrup @jshomemadesyrup
Jolanda, candles & concrete
Lee Skalkos, jewelry
Mr Elkow, paintings
Patty Church, ceramics 
Sarah Saunders Studio, candles and florals @sarahsaundersstudio
Siw Potter, knitting 
Sue Fow, dog leashes
Teresa Rainieri, graphic artwork


Friday Happy Hour
Friday, September 25, 6 – 9 pm

Weather permitting

Casual get-together under the string lights outside the Picnic Pavilion: Food (vegan option available), beverages, streaming jukebox (Spotify playlist), corn hole (or other lawn games), firebowls, donation jar.

Tables will be spaced 6 feet apart and food servers will wear mask and gloves. Everyone is expected to wear a mask unless eating or drinking.

Everyone is welcome! Drop in, drop out at any time between 6 and 9 pm.


Friday Happy Hour: Närpes Grisar
Friday, September 18, 6 – 9 pm

Weather permitting

Casual get-together under the string lights outside the Picnic Pavilion: Food (vegan option available), beverages, streaming jukebox (Spotify playlist), corn hole (or other lawn games), firebowls, donation jar.

Tables will be spaced 6 feet apart and food servers will wear mask and gloves. Everyone is expected to wear a mask unless eating or drinking.

Everyone is welcome! Drop in, drop out at any time between 6 and 8 pm.


Red Croos Blood Drive

Red Cross Blood Drive
Wednesday, September 16, 11 am – 4 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
REDCROSSBLOOD.ORG
USE SPONSOR CODE: SCANDINAVIAN


Norwegian flag

Friday Happy Hour: A Tribute to Norway
Friday, September 11, 6 – 8 pm

Weather permitting

The Club has seen an influx of membership applications from people of Norwegian heritage, so let’s honor Norway in a casual setting under the string lights outside the Picnic Pavilion: Food (sosekjøtt with potetmos – vegan option available), beverages, streaming jukebox (Norwegian hits on Spotify), corn hole (or other Norwegian lawn games), firebowls, donation jar.

Tables will be spaced 6 feet apart and food servers will wear mask and gloves. Everyone is expected to wear a mask unless eating or drinking.

Everyone is welcome! Drop in, drop out at any time between 6 and 8 pm.


Friday Happy Hour: ABBA – All Night Long
Friday, September 4, 6 – 9 pm

Every ABBA music video 1972–1983 on 9-foot projection screen
Food • Beverages • Corn hole (or other lawn games)
Firefly lightshow (after dark) • Donation jar


Red Cross Blood Drive
Tuesday, September 1, 9 am – 2 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
REDCROSSBLOOD.ORG
USE SPONSOR CODE: SCANDINAVIAN


“Villaavslutning” Party
Saturday, August 29
4 – 8 pm

“Villaavslutning”, which directly translates to “closing of the summer house”, is a festive farewell to summer in Ostrobothnia, Finland. It is always celebrated on the last Saturday in August and the festivities culminate in mighty bonfires, torches, colored lanterns, fireworks, and more. The original and genuine celebration takes place at the summer house in the archipelago.

Weather forecast is looking “fair”!

Casual get-together under the string lights outside the Picnic Pavilion with traditional BONFIRE and luminarias.

– Food: “Swedish korv” from Newington Meats (naturally gluten-free, grain-free, sugar-free, and dairy-free), potato salad, green salad and dessert
– Beverages
– Raffle
– Streaming jukebox (Spotify summer music)
– Corn hole (or other lawn games)
– Firefly lightshow (after dark)
– Donation jar

Fireworks is also a tradition, but we can’t do that.


Friday Happy Hour
Friday, August 14
6 – 8 pm

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

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


Friday Happy Hour: Surströmming
Friday, July 31
6 – 8 pm

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

– Food
– Beverages
– Raffle
– 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:

Tables will be spaced 6 feet apart and food servers will wear mask and gloves. Everyone is expected to wear a mask unless eating or drinking.

Everyone is welcome! Drop in, drop out at any time between 6 and 8 pm.


Red Cross Blood Drive
Thursday, July 16 & July 30
8 am – 6 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
REDCROSSBLOOD.ORG
USE SPONSOR CODE: SCANDINAVIAN

Sunday Happy Hour
Friday, July 17
Sunday, July 19
6–8 pm

Due to the prospect of “damp” weather in Fairfield this evening, the program chair has decided to reschedule tonight’s event at the Club for SUNDAY instead.

We’ll do a reprise of the very successful Independence Day event in a casual setting under the string lights outside the Picnic Pavilion:

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

Like for Midsummer, tables will be spaced 6 feet apart and food servers will wear mask and gloves. Everyone is expected to wear a mask unless eating or drinking.

Everyone is welcome! Drop in, drop out at any time between 6 and 8 pm.


4th on the 3rd
Friday, July 3, 6–8 pm
Saturday, July 4, 6–8 pm

Due to the prospect of 100% rain in Fairfield this evening, the program chair has decided to reschedule tonight’s event at the Club for TOMORROW instead.
And so, let’s also change the name to the “4th on the 4th”.
See you at 6 pm tomorrow, Saturday, July 4th!
Happy Independence Day!
Peter

Join us for a leisurely and casual get-together with a fundraising theme under the string lights at the Picnic Pavilion:
– Food
– Beverages
– Raffle(s)
– Streaming jukebox
– Badminton (or other lawn games)
– Firefly lightshow (after dark)
– Donation jar

Get a jump start on the holiday weekend!

The Club’s rental business is slowly bouncing back, and in the meantime the Board is asking for your support to defray the cost of maintenance.
Please consider making a donation! Kick back and give back!

Like for Midsummer, tables will be spaced 6 feet apart and food servers will wear mask and gloves.Everyone is expected to wear a mask unless eating or drinking.

Everyone is welcome! Drop in, drop out at any time between 6 and 8 pm.


Midsummer Celebration
Saturday, June 20
6–9 pm

Cost: $40.00/person (members and guests)
Note: Take-out is an option, but the cost is the same
– Outdoor dining and socializing (Sunset is at 8:29 pm, so dress in layers)
– Bonfire in the backyard

Menu:
Appetizer: Pickled herring, gravlax, mustard, bread
Entree: Poached salmon, potato salad, cucumber salad, bread
(Alternative to fish will be available. Please indicate in Notes field during checkout, or email membership@thescandinavianclub.com)
Dessert: Strawberry fool, cookies
Included beverages: Punsch, schnapps, coffee
One person will be responsible for preparing and serving the beverages. They will wear a mask and gloves.
Due to covid-19 ALL other beverages are BYOB, including non-alcoholic beverages. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own glasses/plastic cups, including schnapps glasses.

Food will be served on disposable plates. Disposable cutlery will be wrapped in napkins in advance. Food will be plated by one person, who will be wearing a mask and gloves.

Signup is required. Online payment is preferred, payment by check is second preferred payment method. Exact change preferred for cash payment. Payment should be as contactless as possible.

Those cohabiting with one another may sit together. All tables will be spaced a minimum of six feet apart. People will be assigned to a table. Please note seating preferences when signing up.

Masks must be worn at all times unless eating and drinking, or due to other health reasons. Hand sanitizer will be available. When conversing individuals must maintain six feet of social distancing. Bathrooms will be open.

Make your own flower crown and wear it:

For those who would like to practice the singing:

“Punschen kommer” goes with this melody:


Red Cross Blood Drive – NEW DATE
Wednesday, May 27
1:30 – 6:45 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
REDCROSSBLOOD.ORG
USE SPONSOR CODE: SCANDINAVIAN


Easter Brunch – CANCELLED
Saturday, April 11
11 am


Mamma Mia! – RESCHEULED
April 30
June or July, pending COVID-19 status


The Saint Urho event has been cancelled due to Corona virus (COVID-19) concerns. Sorry for the short notice.

The health and safety of our members, some of which are older and have respiratory issues like asthma, is a top priority. The board’s decision to suspend programming is a precautionary and voluntary measure to ensure the well-being of our community.

Please read the CDC’s updates and information regarding COVID-19:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

We wish happiness and safety to all of our friends and members during this time.

Cancelled: Saint Urho
Friday, March 13, 6–9 pm

Come drink to Saint Urho! The legend of Saint Urho was the invention of a Finnish-American named Richard Mattson, who worked at Ketola’s Department Store in Virginia, Minnesota in the spring of 1956. Mattson later recounted that he invented St. Urho when he was questioned by coworker Gene McCavic about the Finns’ lack of a saint like the Irish St. Patrick, whose feat of casting the snakes out of Ireland is remembered on St. Patrick’s Day.

According to the original “Ode to St. Urho” written by Gene McCavic and Richard Mattson, St. Urho was supposed to have cast “tose ‘Rogs” (those frogs) out of Finland by the power of his loud voice, which he obtained by drinking “feelia sour” (sour whole milk) and eating “kala mojakka” (fish soup). The selection of the name Urho as the saint’s name was probably influenced by the accession of Urho Kekkonen to the presidency of Finland in 1956. Urho in the Finnish language also has the meaning of hero or simply brave.


Movie week


Scandinavian Movie Club
February 24–28, doors: 6 pm, movie: 7 pm

One Scandinavian movie for each day of the week!
Come for all, or come for one.
15-foot projection screen.
English subtitles.


Monday, Feb 24: Rams (Hrútar, Iceland, 2015)

A hard-drinking Icelandic farmer and his estranged brother band together to save their flocks of sheep from authorities who want the animals destroyed.
“The film is most memorable for its gravity, for the almost tragic nobility it finds in sad and silly circumstances.” – A.O. Scott, The New York Times


Tuesday, Feb 25: The Guilty (Den skyldige, Denmark, 2018)

Alarm dispatcher and former police officer Asger Holm answers an emergency call from a kidnapped woman. When the call is suddenly disconnected, the search for the woman and her kidnapper begins.
“A high-concept, low-budget and skilfully muscle-tensing Danish thriller to which you can imagine more than a couple of eager Tinseltown execs angling for the remake rights.” – Guy Lodge, Variety


Wednesday, Feb 26: Burning 2 (Børning 2, Norway, 2016)

After two years in prison for participating in an illegal street race, Roy says no to a new illegal winter race from Bergen to Murmansk in the North of Russia. But then he hears that his daughter will participate with a boyfriend.
“Norway’s take on the Fast & Furious movie” – Lutafisk on Reddit


Thursday, Feb 27: Eternal Road (Ikitie, Finland, 2017)

Jussi Ketola returns home to Finland from America at the beginning of the Great Depression, hoping to live quietly and farm the land. But his fellow Finns, still raw from the ravages of the Civil War, cannot trust Ketola. One night he is forcefully taken across the Russian border, where he must cooperate with the local security police where he gets a new identity and a new life.
Based on the novel of Antti Tuuri, inspired by true events.
The movie features intense themes for mature audiences.
Danish actress Sidse Babett Knudsen in supporting role.


Friday, Feb 28: Cockpit (Sweden, 2012)

Farcical sex comedy set in Stockholm: Valle is a pilot who loses his job, his wife and his house at the same time. His radical solution is to put on a wig and a dress and to apply for a job that requires a certain quota of women. However, the lines between his female and male life, as well as his personal and love life, start blurring and eventually becomes too much to handle.
“Sweden’s take on Tootsie” – The internet


Founders Dinner Jan 25

Founders Dinner

Saturday, January 25, 7 pm

$40 for members and guests


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