Past Events

Scandinavian Trivia Night

Friday, January 27, 7 pm

What Danish Territory is the world’s largest island?
Which Swedish Actress became known as “The Face“?
What does “Stockholm syndrome” really mean?

If you know the answers, you (and your team) may have a chance at winning the grand prize in the Club’s Scandinavian themed trivia contest. If you don’t know the answers, don’t worry, you still have some time to cram. Regardless, come for the fun and jest.

Trivia Night will be conducted by Rachel and Kristen from Rock Paper Scissors Custom Events.

A Tribute to Club member Randy Summ. Legend has it that Randy once won a game of Trivial Pursuit on his first round – before any of the other players had a chance to play.


Friday Happy Hour: Cardamom buns!

Friday, January 20, 7 pm

Casual get-together in the Members Lounge.

  • Beverages, snacks
  • Donation jar for capital improvements!

Cheers,
Ed

P.S. Please fee free to come on down 30 minutes early to help setup!


Friday Happy Hour: Julgransplundring

Friday, January 13, 7 pm

Casual get-together in the Members Lounge.

  • Hot dogs
  • Beverages
  • Freshly baked chocolate chip cookies
  • Donation jar for capital improvements!

Cheers,
Ed

P.S. Please fee free to come on down 30 minutes early to help setup!


Friday Happy Hour: Epiphany

Friday, January 6, 7 pm

Casual get-together in the Members Lounge.

  • Beverages
  • Donation jar for capital improvements!

Cheers,
Ed

P.S. Please fee free to come on down 30 minutes early to help setup!


Friday Happy Hour: New Year’s

Friday, December 30, 7 pm

We’ll watch “Dinner for One” – perhaps the world’s funniest TV sketch. This 18-minute short film from 1963 takes place on New Year’s Eve. Freddie Frinton as the butler and May Warden as the Countess reminisce about bygone times. The butler acts as the old lady’s wooing cavaliers, while serving the dinner. The many toasts gets him tipsier with each course.

Event Chair: Peter


Julbord (Christmas Buffet) with Gangspil Concert

Sunday, December 11, 1 – 4 pm

  • Traditional Christmas food: Glögg, gravlax, sill, rye bread and cheese, home made Swedish meatballs with lingonberry jam and gravy, Christmas ham, prinskorv, Jansson’s Temptation, mashed potatoes, apple beet salad, carrot and turnip casseroles, rice pudding, gingerbread cookies, lingonberry juice, coffee
  • Glass of wine or beer included. Cash bar available.
  • Concert by Danish folk music duo Gangspil. The Danish musicians have let the Club know that they did not get their U.S. work visa straightened out in time, so they unfortunately had to cancel Sunday’s concert at the Club. The Event Committee regrets this late change in the program. However, Mats Klemets and the Scandinavian Club house band will play instead.
Take the lutefisk poll!

Would you like lutefisk in white pepper sauce to be served at the Christmas Buffet on Sunday?

Lutfisk

Christmas Market illustration

Christmas Market

Saturday, December 3, 10 am – 3 pm

  • Artisan vendors both inside and outside
  • Nordic gifts and food
  • Handmade crafts
  • Baked goods
  • Entertainment
  • Lunch: Danish smørrebrød, Swedish pea soup, hot dogs. Indoor and outdoor seating available.
  • Free parking
  • Much more

Raffle: Vintage American Girl Doll Kirsten Larson with an entire wardrobe of outfits, including a Lucia gown and crown. Three books, rare accessories and bed included. Tickets are $5 and the winner does not need to be present to win.

Kirsten Larson is a pioneer girl of strength and spirit growing up in Minnesota in 1854. After a long, dangerous voyage with her family from Sweden to America, Kirsten finds it difficult to get used to a new country and a new way of life. But as she makes friends and discovers what her new land has to offer, she learns the true meaning of home – and that love is the same in any language. Read more about Kirsten.

Vendors:

Alpaca clothing  – Old Redding Farm
Artisanal small batch jams  – Sammy’s Kitch’n
Beeswax candles  – Sport Hill Honey Farm
Clothing  – Deb Owen
Clothing  – Nic and the Newfie
Crystals and macramé – Zoia’s Creations
Custom buckets – The Lucky Bucket
Felt hand bags – Heidi Armster
Florals – Floral Surroundings
Furniture, candles, and wooden toys  – 2Latitude
Glass – Funky Tulip Glassworks
Glass – Henry B Glass 
Glass – Jason Curtis
Hand bags – Jan Eklund
Hand knit clothing – Siw Potter and Anita Husebaek
Household – Izadorable
Household – Oak & Vale
Household – The Decorator’s Eye
Jewelry – Bead Free Forever
Jewelry – Emmy Starr Designs
Jewelry – Erin DeLuca
Jewelry – Lee Skalkos
Jewelry – Lydia Tucci Jewelry
Jewelry – Peace of Natur by Sofi
Jewelry – Robin Ann
Macramé – Knots on Euclid
Ornaments/decorations – Nancy Allyn 
Ornaments/decorations – Blue Door Vibes
Painting – Donna Albano
Pet Items – Stephanie Lauren
Photography – Brie’s Art
Photography and original environmental education products – Civilian Journalist
Swedish language – Svenska Skolan Connecticut
Skincare – Honey Bee Essential 
Skincare – Obtuse Organics
Wood turning – Dick Stein
Wood turning – Holm-Hansen Woodturning
Woodworking – Rustic Wares
Wreaths – Sonia Schaffner Wreaths


Denmark football team

FIFA World Cup: France – Denmark

Saturday, November 26, 11 am – 1 pm

Denmark is the only Nordic country that qualified for the 2022 World Cup. Come watch the team on the Club’s 85-inch flatscreen in the Members Lounge. We are red! We are white! We are Danish dynamite!

Broadcast will have British commentators.

Refreshments: Pølser with Carlsberg (naturally)

Event chair: Peter


Happy Hour: ’80s Music Videos

Friday, November 18, 7 pm

Casual get-together in the Members Lounge.

  • Snacks and beverages
  • On the flatscreen: Your favorite (and most ridiculous) music videos from the ’80s: ABBA, Roxette, A-ha, Pet Shop Boys, Samantha Fox, The Police, and more!
  • Fire in the fireplace
  • Donation jar for capital improvements!

Event Chair: Ed and Peter

P.S. Please fee free to come on down 30 minutes early to help setup!


Red Cross Blood Drive

Wednesday, November 9, 8 am – 1 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


Svenska Dagen Brunch

Sunday, November 6, 11 am – 1 pm

Fourth annual Svenska Dagen – Finnish Swedish Heritage Day celebration.

Traditional menu

  • Pea soup
  • Swedish punsch
  • Oven pancake with strawberry jam and whipped cream
  • Coffee

$20 for members/$30 for non-members.

Event Chair: Peter

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.


Happy Hour

Friday, November 4, 7 pm

Casual get-together in the Members Lounge.

  • Food
  • Beverages
  • Fire in the fireplace
  • Donation jar for capital improvements!

Event Chair: Ed

P.S. Please fee free to come on down 30 minutes early to help setup!


Happy Hour: Smörgåstårta – Swedish Sandwich Cake

Friday, October 28, 7 pm

Casual get-together in the Members Lounge.

  • Food: Smörgåstårta
  • Beverages
  • Donation jar for capital improvements!

“Bread Week” can be very stressful for the contestants on The Great British Baking Show on Netflix. It’s when Paul Hollywood critiques everything from the way bakers knead their dough to their choice of flour. And nothing is as intense as the Showstopper Challenge. This season (season 10, episode 2), Paul and Prue Leith asked the bakers to make smörgåstårta, a Swedish “sandwich-cake” and the results were… interesting.

Try some smörgåstårta for yourself at this Friday Happy Hour!

Read more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smörgåstårta

On our flatscreen: The 1933 feature film Queen Christina starring 28 year old Swedish actress Greta Garbo. Garbo is back! And she talks! In English!

Read more about the Swedish Queen Christina (1626–1689): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christina,_Queen_of_Sweden

Event Chair: Ed and Peter

P.S. Please fee free to come on down 30 minutes early to help setup!


Red Cross Blood Drive

Tuesday, October 25, 8 am – 1 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


Happy Hour: Showtunes Edition

Friday, October 21, 7 pm

Casual get-together in the Members Lounge.

  • Food: Mac, prinskorv & cheese casserole
  • Beverages: Sparkling pear drink from IKEA, BYOB
  • Famous showtunes on 85″ flatscreen, including “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” from the 1953 musical comedy film “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” starring Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell!
  • Donation jar for capital improvements!

Cheers,
Ed

P.S. Please fee free to come on down 30 minutes early to help setup!


Friday Happy Hour

Friday, October 14, 7 pm

Casual get-together in the Members Lounge.
Bring a friend! We are always looking for new Club members!

  • Korvsoppa – Scandinavian comfort food in the form of soup
  • Beverages
  • Music videos on 85″ flatscreen
  • Donation jar for capital improvements!

Cheers,
Ed and Peter

P.S. Please fee free to come on down 30 minutes early to help setup!


Leifur Eiríksson Brunch

Sunday, October 9
11 am – 1 pm

Everyone is welcome! Drop in, drop out at any time between 11 am and 1 pm.

  • Swedish prinskorv with scrambled eggs and roasted potatoes
  • Overnight oatmeal from steel cut Irish oats with all the fixings
  • Sandwich ingredients: Bread, cheese, tomato, cucumber and more
  • Baked goods for dessert and for sale
  • Coffee, tea, orange juice, soda

$20 for members/$30 for non-members

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

Event Chairs:
Catherine and Peter


Friday Happy Hour

Friday, September 30, 7 pm

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

Bring a friend! We are always looking for potential new Club members!

  • Food and beverages
  • Fire bowl
  • Streaming jukebox (Spotify)
  • Donation jar for capital improvements!

Cheers,
Ed

P.S. Please fee free to come on down 30 minutes early to help setup!


Friday Happy Hour

Friday, September 16, 6:30 pm

This casual get-together under the string lights outside the Picnic Pavilion includes:

  • Danish Hotdogs and Hamburgers plus Beverages
  • Bubble wands for kids of all ages
  • Corn hole (or other lawn games)
  • Raffle
  • Fire bowls
  • Streaming jukebox (Spotify summer music)
  • Donation jar for capital improvements!

Cheers,
Ed and Lisbeth

P.S. Please fee free to come on down 30 minutes early to help setup!


Friday Happy Hour

Friday, September 9, 6:30 pm

Club members and guests are getting together this Friday to relax and share some time together. The Club will offer simple grill food, beverages and snacks. If you have a beverage preference bring it along. Donation jars will be out for anyone interested in supporting the Club’s mission. Proceeds will go to the Club as always.

A couple club members volunteering to set up tables and chairs at 6 pm would be appreciated. Let us know if you have an item to donate for a raffle prize.

Chaired by Ed.


Friday Happy Hour: “Villaavslutning”

Saturday, August 26
7–9 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 weekend 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.

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

  • 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.

Event Chairs:
Lisbeth and Ed


Friday Happy Hour

Friday, July 22, 6–8 pm

Weather forecast shows sunny 🌞 and temperatures in the upper 80s, but cooling somewhat in the evening.

  • Hamburgers and hot dogs
  • Beverages of all kinds
  • Spotify summer playlist
  • Donation jar

The sun is hot, the water’s cool. Don’t forget to bring your bikini or board shorts in case you need to cool off in the water by the beach!

Chaired by Ed. Thank you!


Family camping

Saturday, July 16 @ 6 pm to Sunday @ 10 am

Bring your tent and camping spirit this Saturday night for a campout in the back field at the Club.

  • Hamburger and hot dog dinner on Saturday night
  • Fire bowls with s’mores station
  • Scrambled eggs breakfast on Sunday morning

Overnight is not mandatory! Come for an informal get-together, food and drinks on Saturday night. Stay for as long as you like.

Don’t forget bug repellent!


Midsummer Celebration

Saturday, June 25, 5 – 9 pm

Outdoor sit-down dinner at community table for 70 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, wine/soda, coffee

Cost: $40/person for members. $60/person for non-members. Kids free.

Signup is required. Limited to 70 attendees.

SOLD OUT! Sorry.

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:


Friday Happy Hour

Friday, May 20, 6–8 pm

We’ll plant a whitebarked Himalayan birch (Betula jacquemontii) tree to commemorate the bequest by the Florence and Eleanor Franzen estate, which had enclosed the following note: “Miss Franzen was very proud of her Scandinavian heritage and made this bequest so that your organization could preserve Scandinavian traditions and culture.”

Birch trees are an iconic symbol of the Nordic region with their papery white bark, long lean trunks with eye-like knots and the warming sweet smell of the sauna. They grow abundantly all around Scandinavia. Aside from their distinctive outward appearance, many parts of birch are also used for food: their sap is traditionally drunk fresh, boiled down into syrup, and even brewed into beer, and the small buds, harvested in the winter before they begin to shoot, are deeply resinous and aromatic. The chewing gum sweetener xylitol is extracted from birch trees.

Eleanor Franzen (1922–2019) and Florence Franzen (1918–2006) were two sisters who devoted their lives to their parents, John and Ellen Franzen, their church, The Scandinavian Club including the Northern Lights female chorus, The Southbury Lutheran Home Guild and traveling.

Growing up in Bridgeport, Conn. they were life members of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church. Between the two of them they participated in many of its facets: Sunday School, music, fairs including baking! Florence was a secretary at the Fairfield Board of Education and Ellie worked at People’s Bank, Fairfield.

Neither of them ever married, but they were survived by several cousins in Connecticut and Sweden. Florence and Eleanor were two very special ladies who shared their compassion and love with anyone they contacted.


Eurovision Song Contest Viewing Party

Saturday, May 14, 3 – 6 pm

Europe’s favorite television show streaming live via the internet on the Club’s new 85-inch TV!

If you grew up in Europe there’s no need to explain. Before American Idol there was Eurovision. Since 1956, the Contest has been broadcast every year and is one of television’s longest running music shows. It is one of the most watched non-sporting events in the world. Featuring kitschy costumes and every style of music, love it or hate it the Contest represents a broad cross section of European culture unmatched by any other event.

  • 40 countries participate in Eurovision 2022; 25 in the Grand Final.
  • Two semi-finals are held leading up to Saturday’s Grand Final.
  • Five countries are automatic pre-qualified for the Grand Final: France, Germany, Italy, Spain and United Kingdom.
  • Each country will have two sets of 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,10 and 12 points to give: One set for each country’s jury, and one set for each country’s televoting. Televoters and national juries have equal weight in the voting.

This year’s Contest is hosted by Italy (Turin).

Sweden has won 6 times. First time with ABBA (Waterloo) in 1974.
Finland has finished last 11 times, but won in 2006.

Systur (Sigga, Beta and Elín) will represent Iceland 🇮🇸 at the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin with the song ‘Með Hækkandi Sól’.

The Rasmus will represent Finland 🇫🇮 this year with the song “Jezebel.”

Cornelia Jakobs will represent Sweden 🇸🇪 this year with the song “Hold Me Closer.”

Subwoolfer will represent Norway 🇳🇴 this year with the song “Give That Wolf A Banana.”

Sadly, Denmark 🇩🇰 did not qualify for the Grand Final this year. Here’s Reddi with the song “The Show.”

Finland’s first and, so far, only Eurovision win (2006).


Spring Artisan Fair

Saturday, April 30, 10 am – 4 pm

  • Local fine arts and crafts vendors showcasing handcrafted artistic gifts
  • Free admission and parking
  • Outdoors
  • Burgers and hot dogs
  • Coffee, tea, soda

Swedish Punsch Workshop

Saturday, April 2, 5 – 7 pm

Help preserve a hundred year old tradition by learning how to make the classic liqueur of Scandinavia. Our “Swedish Punsch” will be made from batavia arrack (pot distilled rum from Indonesia) mixed with smooth Barbados rum, Yunnan tea, sugar and Sorrento lemons.

Punsch is traditionally served warm as an accompaniment to Swedish yellow pea soup (ärtsoppa) which will also be served at the workshop with a small sample of commercial Punsch for tasting.

Each participant or couple will leave with 2 x 17 fluid ounces of Punsch (Classic and Raspberry, around 23% ABV).

Limited to 20 people (or 20 couples); 21 and older only.

Event chair: Peter


Swedish Waffle Day

Saturday, March 26, 1 – 3 pm
Inside the Clubhouse and/or 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.

Welcome!

Event chair: Marianne


Semlor

Sunday, February 27, 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 inside the Clubhouse, or outdoors by the Picnic Pavilion in a relaxed, wintery setting with coffee and other hot beverages.

“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 27 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”.

Event chair: Peter


Dinner: Plant-Based Nordic by Chrissy Tracey, Bon Appetit’s First Vegan Chef

Saturday, February 5, 6–10 pm

A three course menu:

  • Carrot lox on toast
  • Vegan Swedish meatballs, potatoes, pickled beets, lingonberry jam, smashed peas
  • Runeberg torte in a vegan reincarnation

Vegan chardonnay pairing.

Limited to 30 seats.

SOLD OUT! Sorry!

The dessert is named after the Finnish poet Johan Ludvig Runeberg (1804–1877) who, according to legend, regularly enjoyed the torte with punsch for breakfast. Runeberg tortes are typically eaten only in Finland and are generally available in stores from the beginning of January to Runeberg’s birthday on February 5.

Event chair: Catherine


Glögg Party (Members only)

Friday, December 17, 7–10 pm

  • Glögg
  • Swedish cocktail meatballs
  • Risengrød / risgrynsgröt / riisipuuro / rice porridge with cinnamon sugar and butter pat
  • Other light refreshments
  • Cookie swap! Bring the overflow from your holiday baking (along with your recipe or note of potential allergens) and get a variety of different cookies in return. For fun, not competition! Try to bring at least 2 dozen cookies of any one variety. And empty tins for your traded cookies!

Party will be indoors, so please only attend if you’re fully vaccinated.

No need to sign up. We’re not going to run out of glögg. 🙂

Event chairs:
Steve and Catherine


Christmas Market illustration

Experience an Old World Scandinavian Christmas Market

Saturday, December 4, 10 am – 3 pm

  • Artisan vendors both inside and outside
  • Nordic gifts and food
  • Handmade crafts
  • Baked goods
  • Entertainment
  • Lunch
  • Free parking
  • Much more

New this year: Scandinavian candy shop!

The “Swedish Lösgodis” box contains the most common, traditional Swedish loose candy packed in a giftbox for you to share and enjoy.

Also available: Marianne (peppermint covered chocolates), Finnish soft licorice, Marabou Schweizernöt (chopped hazelnuts in milk chocolate), Cloetta Guld Nougat and Norwegian Freia Firkløver milk chocolate.


Braided cardamom bread

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 Saturday, Dec 4 at the Christmas Market.


Homemade Swedish meatballs with mashed potatoes, creamy gravy and lingonberry jam. Side of wilted cucumber salad with dill. Slice of Estonian rye bread with butter. Served in convenient take out container.

Available for pickup at 12 noon on Saturday, Dec 4 at the Christmas Market.


Limited number of homemade VEGAN Swedish “meatballs” (seitan, brown rice, beets, traditional seasonings) with VEGAN mashed potatoes, VEGAN mushroom gravy and VEGAN lingonberry jam. Side of VEGAN wilted cucumber salad with dill. Slice of VEGAN rye bread with VEGAN butter. Served in convenient take out container.

Available at 12 noon. $15


Vendors:


Red Cross Blood Drive

Wednesday, November 10, 8 am – 1 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


Take it easy and speak Swedish

Svenska Dagen

Saturday, November 6, 5 pm

Third annual Svenska Dagen dinner. This year we’ll be inside again.

Traditional menu
Pea soup
Swedish punsch
Oven pancake

Raffle.

Donation jar.

Event chair: Peter

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.


Red Cross Blood Drive

Tuesday, October 26, 8 am – 1 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


Mamma Mia musical

FCS presents MAMMA MIA!

October 15–24, multiple performances

Fairfield Center Stage (FCS), an environmental community theater group, will present an outdoor production of the hit musical comedy MAMMA MIA! with an all-local cast during two weekends in October.

Like the ABBA concert last year at the Club, this performance will also be outdoors on back field with socially distanced lawn square seating.

For more info and tickets, visit https://www.fairfieldcenterstage.org/up-next


Friday Happy Hour

Pavilion

Friday, October 22, 6–9 pm

Weather permitting

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

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

Event chair: Carl


Octoberfest – Scandinavian beer tasting

Friday, October 8, 6–8 pm

SOLD OUT!

This extra-special event will have beer expert (and cartoonist) Em Sauter conduct a beer tasting with a Nordic touch – one beer from each of the 5 Nordic countries.

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

  • Is beer best stored in a bottle or a can?
  • Did the Vikings drink beer or mead?
  • What is a fruit lambic?
Scandinavian beers

Food: Genuine Swedish Falukorv baked in the oven with cheese
(since drinking on an empty stomach is not recommended)

Palate cleanser: Freshly baked soft pretzel sticks

Music: Oktoberfest playlist from Spotify

Cost: $25 (Designated drivers free)

This event is not open to the general public. Fully vaccinated members and guests only. Limited to 24 participants. Each participant will be served 4 oz pours of 5 different beers, in addition to food.

Please bring your designated driver.

Em Sauter

Em is an Advanced Cicerone and beer judge who also has a Master of Fine Arts degree in cartooning from The Center for Cartoon Studies in Vermont. She has worked in communications at Two Roads Brewing Company and she is an enthusiastic advocate for brew-related adventures.

Check out Em’s clever blog “Pints and Panels”

Afterwards, Em will be signing her book “Beer is for Everyone” which is available for $20 cash.

It’s a great time for America’s beer drinkers. Craft beer is more popular than ever, and more breweries are cropping up every day. But you can’t tell a pilsner from a bock? An IPA from a witte? Confused by whiskey-like barrel aged beers and crisp, fruity saisons? Are you thirsty, but not sure where to start? Start Here. This book will take you through the main elements that make beer what it is, from malt to hops to water, and introduce you to fantastic brews around the country that highlight the diverse styles and ingredients of the beer world.


Norwegian Krumkake Brunch

Sunday, October 3, 11 am – 1:30 pm

Norwegian Krumkake are thin waffle-like cookies made with a one or two-sided, decorative iron griddle, rolled into cone shapes, and traditionally filled with whipped cream. Mixed berries also available as a topping.

Appetizer: Cheese or gravlax on Estonian rye bread.

Coffee.

Live music by The Undercover Band!

Cost: $10 (Preorder in case we sell out)

Event chairs: Mary and Patty


Blood Drive

Red Cross Blood Drive

Wednesday, September 29, 8 am – 1 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.

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Friday Happy Hour

Friday, September 24, 6–9 pm

Weather permitting

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

  • Beverages
  • Streaming jukebox (Spotify playlist)
  • Mölkky (and other lawn games)
  • Firebowl
  • Donation jar

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!


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