Past Events

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


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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


Yuletide Cocktail Hour


Yuletide Cocktail Hour
Friday, December 13, 6 pm
$10 for members ($20 for non-members)

Get your ticket(s) on Eventbrite

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:

Rare Exports
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.

Rare Exports movie poster


Watch the movie trailer on YouTube


Holiday Fair Poster

Annual Holiday Fair
Saturday, December 7


Gangspil Nov 24

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.

Check out Gangspil on Youtube!
Gangspil on Facebook


Fall Cleanup Day poster


Fall Cleanup Day
Saturday, November 16

Read about “rövarstek” on Wikipedia.


Svenska Dagen Nov 6 poster


Finnish Swedish Heritage Day Dinner
Wednesday, November 6 at 7 pm

Traditional menu
Pea soup
Swedish punsch
Oven pancake

Read about “Svenska dagen” on Wikipedia.


Kaffestuga poster

Kaffestuga 2.0
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.

What is “hygge”, anyway?.


Finnish Day of Failure poster
Finnish Day of Failure Pancake Breakfast – Sunday, October 13

Family Beach Day - Sunday, September 8

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!

The website “Cool Hunting” recently featured an article about how the legendary gin-based beverage is now entering the U.S.

Kubb rules!


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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.


BYOB and a Friend


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.

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Don’t miss our Annual Holiday Fair this Saturday 12/1!

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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!

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 All the way from Sweden…

sofia

DATE AND TIME
Wed, April 26th, 2017
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Doors open at 6pm, Smorgasbord included, BYOB
$20 Non-members
$15 Members/$10 Senior Members

RSVP FOR TICKETS
scanclub@outlook.com or leave message at 203-259-3817

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!

More Info:
https://sofiatalvik.com/
https://www.facebook.com/sofiatalvikmusic/

RSVP for Tickets at:
scanclub@outlook.com or leave a message at 203-259-3817