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Please join us for a virtual lecture with needlecraft expert Pat Olski.

Karin Larsson was a co creator of the home décor and lifestyle movement that we have come to know as “Swedish Style”.  Often eclipsed by her famous artist husband, Carl, her imaginative tapestries and textiles are now as revered as his paintings which depicted their their home and family life. Come discover Karin’s world of knitting, sewing, weaving, spinning, embroidery , and design in this engaging lecture .

Saturday, September 18th | 1pm via zoom (link will be sent to all registrants) | register

ABOUT PAT: Pat Olski is a professional needlecraft designer, lecturer, and instructor. Her designs and articles, which span an array of topics from traditional needlework techniques to current knitwear trends, have appeared in many books and magazines including Piecework, Vogue Knitting, Knit Simple, and Australia’s Inspirations.

Posted: August 2, 2021 | In: Lecture Past Event Virtual

“To travel is to live,” said Danish fairytale author, H.C. Andersen. See his words come to life in “Snapshots,” an art exhibition by Danish artist, Susanne Thea. H.C. Andersen is known for his world-famous fairytales from “The Little Mermaid” to “The Ugly Duckling,” “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” and many more.

Exhibit will be on display in the Nordic Hall September – October 2021

Opening Night Reception: Saturday, September 25th | 7pm  | please register here

**Registration and proof of vaccination is REQUIRED to attend**

Susanne Thea will be introduced by Bruce Bro, President of the National Foundation for Danish America. Live performance by guitarist Peter Griggs.

Many thanks  to the National Foundation for Danish America for providing support to bring this exhibit to the Scandinavian Cultural Center.

Posted: July 5, 2021 | In: Art Featured Event Upcoming Event

We welcome back master artist Linda Miller for a two-day fall 2021 workshop dedicated to rosemaling.

This 2-day class will focus on centuries old art of Rosemaling; flora rose painting and acanthus ornament. Linda will have projects for sale however special projects are welcome provided by students and approved by instructor.

All projects will be in the period colors using a vast array of motifs and techniques which have evolved down through the ages. Oil paint is highly advised.

Saturday, October 9th & Sunday, October 10th | 9am – 5pm | tuition $225 (plus supplies)

To register a $50.00 deposit is required to hold a place for you. Please contact Kerry for details.

*Please note that due to the COVID-19 Delta variant, and the at risk population that shares the space at the SCC, we will be requiring all registrants  to provide proof of vaccination in order to attend*

*please bring a lunch and water*

ABOUT LINDA: Linda Miller has taught rosemaling at Fletcher Farm in Vermont, John Campbell School in North Carolina, Vesterheim Museum in Iowa and several different Sons of Norway lodges on the east coast, and adult education classes in her area.

Posted: August 9, 2021 | In: Featured Event Upcoming Event Workshop

Al Miller will teach first time beginner students how to carve and decorate wooden spoons that can be used as an eating or cooking utensil. The class instruction will focus on the safe way to use hand and machine tools. The decorating and finishing of the spoons will be included.

Teaching methods include; showing samples of different types of spoons and butter/jam spreaders (wood knives), group instruction, individual help and how to sharpen tools.

All tools and equipment are provided for student use by the teacher. 2 spoon blanks and 1 butter/jam spreader are also included, as is a pack of 1/4 sheets of sandpaper. Extra wood blanks and power carving sand paper can be purchased from the teacher.

Saturday, October 9th & Sunday, October 10th | 9am – 5pm | tuition $200 (class size limited to 6)

To register a $50.00 deposit is required to hold a place for you. Please contact Kerry for details.

*Please note that due to the COVID-19 Delta variant, and the at risk population that shares the space at the SCC, we will be requiring all registrants  to provide proof of vaccination in order to attend*

*please bring a lunch and water*

Posted: August 9, 2021 | In: Featured Event Upcoming Event Workshop

“Were Socrates and Charles the Twelfth of Sweden both present in any company, and Socrates to say, ‘Follow me and hear a lecture on philosophy’ and Charles, laying his hand on his sword, to say, ‘Follow me and dethrone the Czar’, a man would be ashamed to follow Socrates.”  -Samuel Johnson

Charles XII (1682-1718) was the last of Sweden’s warrior kings. He remains the only Swedish monarch born to absolutism and the last European monarch to die on the field of battle. He claimed the throne at age 15, was called off to war at 18, and spent the rest of his life in uniform trying to defeat a coalition of states that at one point or another included Denmark, Poland-Saxony, Russia, Prussia, and Great Britain. Charles’s armies stormed across Europe and under his direct leadership achieved miraculous victories often in the face of overwhelming odds. On a remote Ukrainian field in 1709, Sweden lost the initiative. Years of desperate rearguard actions yielded further losses of territory and lives before culminating in the mysterious death of Charles himself at a lowly fortress in Norway.

Public opinion and literary history are quick to place Charles in one of two extreme categories- a noble warrior fated to defend a doomed empire – or – a tyrant driven by glory and bloodlust who sacrificed his kingdom on the altar of war. As always, history is a bit more nuanced.

Carolus Rex will place Charles XII in his appropriate historical context. The talk of the king’s life and times will be accompanied by music and a display of contemporary artifacts including newspapers, coins, musketballs, and prints. A full replica uniform of a Carolean infantryman circa 1706 will be worn for demonstration and guests are welcome to handle various pieces of kit. Copies of By Defeating My Enemies- Charles XII of Sweden and the Great Northern War 1682-1721 will be available for purchase and signing.

Saturday, November 6th | 1pm | $7; FREE for SCC Members | register here

**Registration and proof of vaccination is REQUIRED to attend**

BIO: Michael Glaeser is an Early Modern historian specializing in the Swedish Empire of the 17th/18th centuries. He is published in the Great Northern War Compendium (2015) and taught history at the University of New Hampshire- Manchester. His biography of Charles XII of Sweden was published by Helion & Co in 2020.

Posted: July 5, 2021 | In: Books Featured Event Lecture Upcoming Event

Join us for a virtual workshop with needlecraft expert Pat Olski.

Learn to make a daisy coaster design made especially for the SCC by Pat. Perfect for your midsummer celebration! Fabric, thread and needle included in the workshop fee.

Friday, May 21st | 7pm | $25; $15 for Members

ABOUT PAT: Pat Olski is a professional needlecraft designer, lecturer, and instructor. Her designs and articles, which span an array of topics from traditional needlework techniques to current knitwear trends, have appeared in many books and magazines including Piecework, Vogue Knitting, Knit Simple, and Australia’s Inspirations.

Posted: May 4, 2021 | In: Past Event Virtual Workshop

Oskar Stenmark and Alex Pryrodny met in New York City 2014 and formed a strong bond over improvisation, jazz and folk music. Now, they are taking their artistic collaboration to a new level by performing live for the first time since 2019. Their focus is now on classical music, paying homage to Scandinavian composers such as Grieg, Stenhammar, Sibelius and Nielsen. This is a project that Oskar originally planned for 2020 but the pandemic slowed down the process significantly, this will be their first time playing this music together so get ready for an intimate and meaningful concert.

This concert will happen outside on our front lawn. Please bring chairs and/or umbrellas if needed. Proper distancing and masks required. 

Saturday, June 5th | 1pm | $15 for a single ticket, family tickets $45 for 2 adults and minor children; $7 for SCC members

 

Posted: May 4, 2021 | In: Music Past Event

We are pleased to be co-presenters for the International Shorts 2021 being presented as part of Wicked Queer, the 37th Annual LBGTQ+ Film Festival being shown virtually between April 1st through April 30th.

Featuring international films by a selection of new talents, this year’s lineup includes lyrical works from Spain, a surreal Norwegian comedy, and a bittersweet story from Belgium. Curated by Giuseppe Di Caprio.

Included is The Corner (2021). Tired of waiting, Veronika tries to give her girlfriend direction over the phone, but Susan gets more and more confused with every word. The Corner is a 5-minute-long, one-shot-film, and it’s a story about communication and the sense (or non-sense) of direction.)

Directed by Ida Hansen Eldøen | 2020 | 5 min | Norway | in Norwegian with English subtitles

See the full list of shorts here.

Thursday, April 1st – Friday, April 30th | on xerb.tv | $10 | purchase tickets here

co-presented with:

Posted: March 29, 2021 | In: Film Past Event Virtual

We are pleased to be co-presenters for the Tove being presented as part of Wicked Queer, the 37th Annual LBGTQ+ Film Festival being shown virtually between April 8th and April 18th.

Helsinki, 1945. The end of the war brings a new sense of artistic and social freedom for painter Tove Jansson. Modern art, dizzying parties and an open relationship with a married politician: Her unconventional life puts her at odds with her sculptor father’s strict ideals. Tove’s desire for liberty is put to the test when she meets theatre director Vivica Bandler. Her love for Vivica is electric and all-consuming but Tove begins to realise that the love she truly yearns has to be reciprocated. As she struggles with her personal life, her creative endeavours take her in an unexpected direction. While focusing her artistic dreams on her painting, the work that started as a side project, the melancholic, haunting tales she told scared children in bomb shelters, rapidly takes on a life of its own. The exploits of the Moomins, infused with inspiration from her own life, bring Tove international fame and financial freedom.

Directed by Zaida Bergroth | 2020 | 100 minutes | Finland | in Swedish, Finnish, French with English subtitles

Thursday, April 8th – Sunday, April 18th | streaming via zerb.tv | $10; purchase tickets here

presented with:

Finlandia Foundation Boston

 

Posted: March 29, 2021 | In: Film Past Event Virtual

Join Jereme Zimmerman, author of Make Mead Like a Viking and Brew Beer Like a Yeti for a discussion on the history, tradition, and technique of brewing Nordic ales and meads. He will discuss his understanding of modern and ancient Nordic brewing, including his wide-ranging knowledge on history, techniques, and ingredients for brewing like a Viking.

Saturday, April 24th | 1pm EST | $5; FREE for SCC members | register here

ABOUT JEREME: Zimmerman is an experimental homebrewer and fermentation enthusiast. He will share what he has learned from his deep digs into ethnographic, archaeological and biomolecular analysis documentation on mead and ale brewing in ancient Europe and modern Scandinavia. Zimmerman travels the globe, both for real and virtually, from his eastern Kentucky home to gather information for his recreations of historical and traditional brews.  He is a popular speaker and writer of books, magazine articles and blogs in the fields of traditional brewing, modern homesteading and sustainability. His writings have appeared in Mother Earth News, New Pioneer, Plant Healer, Hobby Farms, Grit and American Frontiersman, among others. Learn more at his website: www.jereme-zimmerman.com.

Posted: March 22, 2021 | In: Lecture Past Event Virtual