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:
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.
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.
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
Saturday, January 25, 7 pm
$40 for members and guests
Yuletide Cocktail Hour
Friday, December 13, 6 pm
$10 for members ($20 for non-members)
Come ramp up the Christmas season into high gear with yuletide revelry and merrymaking! Chase Jack Frost away with a fragrant cup of gløgg and enjoy with assorted nibbles such as gravlax. Folks can always satisfy their sweet tooth with a cardamom bun!
For cinephiles, in addition to the refreshments and merriment, we are also offering a separate viewing of the internationally renowned Finnish action movie:
A Christmas Tale
In Finnish with English subtitles. Not suitable for small children (This is the real story about Santa Claus – and it’s not the Disney version)
A young boy named Pietari and his friend Juuso think a secret drilling project near their home in northern Finland has uncovered the tomb of Santa Claus.
Annual Holiday Fair
Saturday, December 7
Gangspil – Award-winning Nordic folk music
Sunday, November 24, 3 pm
$5 members/$10 non-members
This lively trio performs old dance tunes and songs from every corner of their Scandinavian home country. From rural islands like Læsø to the cosmopolitan Copenhagen, including a few of their own compositions. Expect every-thing from wild polkas and jigs to lyrical waltzes, fiery reels and happy hopsas, plus the exotic “Sønderhoning” dance tunes from the Island of Fanø. A live experience with humor and stories from their many years on the road.
Fall Cleanup Day
Saturday, November 16
Finnish Swedish Heritage Day Dinner
Wednesday, November 6 at 7 pm
Friday, October 25
After work 6–9 pm
Drop in for adult refreshments, fancy coffee with home-made cardamom buns and hot chocolate in front of the fireplace in the hygge part of the clubhouse. FREE for all to attend. Prospective members welcome! Donations appreciated.
Family Beach Day
Sunday, September 8
12 noon to 4 pm
Goat cuddling, lawn games, beach parking and fun for the whole family! Craft beer and Scandinavian hot dogs. Introducing the Finnish Long Drink! Everyone is Scandinavian! Everyone is welcome!
Included in your admission is a hot dog with all the proper Scandinavian accoutrements AND your first beverage!
Rygir – Norwegian Folk Music Pop Up Concert
Thursday, September 5
Doors at 7pm and music at 7:30pm.
Rygir direct from Norway will be visiting our area and we have the opportunity to host them at the Club for a Thursday evening of music. They describe their playing as energetic and mysterious norwegian folk music. The members are, Stig Helgeland: Hardanger fiddle and fiddle and Torbjorn Grindheim: 18 string double neck guitar and vocal.
It is $10 for members and $15 for non-members.
You may bring in your own refreshments and snacks if you’d like.
About Rygir: For many centuries the traditional Norwegian music has been played at festive events. It feels mysterious in many ways, perhaps especially because of its multifaceted sound, and both the feel of joy and despair can sometimes be present in the same tune.
Rygir is all about bringing this music to a wider audience, with strong focus on playing it with the energy it deserves. The members use the double neck guitar, traditional hardanger fiddle and ordinary fiddle which makes a full and tight sound.
The band name is derived from the the historic name of the inhabitants in county Rogaland in Norway. This is where the band has its base.
Thursday, July 25 at 7 PM
Bring your own bottle, take-out dinner, and a friend of Nordic heritage who may be interested in learning more about the club!
Please consider bringing an appetizer or a dessert to share with everyone.
Don’t miss our Annual Holiday Fair this Saturday 12/1!
Welcome to MidSummer!
We will have our Midsummer Celebration Saturday, June 24th, beginning around Noon.
Admission is free and all are welcome.
Please invite your friends and family for a day at the Club celebrating our very special Scandinavian tradition.
You may bring flowers to help decorate the Midsummer pole and your own picnic.
There will be hotdogs, refreshments, and deserts on offer.
Donations of baked goods are always welcome!
All the way from Sweden…
DATE AND TIME
Wed, April 26th, 2017
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Doors open at 6pm, Smorgasbord included, BYOB
$15 Members/$10 Senior Members
RSVP FOR TICKETS
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Swedish singer songwriter, Sofia Talvik, blends elements of folk and pop with a twang of Americana to create a special niche of Folk music. Her talent lies as much in her music as in her way of making you feel like you’re the only one in the room with her, no matter if there are 50 or 5000 more. She binds together intimate, heartfelt songs with personal anecdotes from her many tours in the USA and Europe, creating a warm and relaxed environment for the audience. Foot percussion and rhythmic guitar picking create a steady base for her show-stealing vocals. Performing mostly original songs in English, Sofia brings a novel mix to her American audiences with a few fresh interpretations of Swedish traditional songs.
With 6 full length albums and extensive tours, she’s graced stages of large festivals such as Lollapalooza and SXSW, and is now making a special appearance at the Scandinavian Club on her Spring East Coast Tour! Come experience her acoustic performance filled with original and unique compositions and finger-picked guitar. Think early Joni Mitchell – outstanding songs in an American idiom, performed with superb musicianship.
Her song ‘Big Sky Country’ was appointed “Best indie country song” on Eclectic Pop’s list. Check it out HERE!
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