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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: Featured Event Upcoming 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: Featured Event Music Upcoming Event

This past year has challenged parents around the globe giving the term “doing it all” new meaning. Virtual schooling mixed in with virtual work, adding in job loss and 24/7 family time we’ve all been stretched to our limits. How will this effect parenting going forward? Submit your questions for mom and author Jessica Joelle Alexander’s Instagram live with Scandinavian Cultural Center Director and mom, Kerry Lavin.

Posted: May 10, 2021 | In: Featured Event Upcoming Event Virtual

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

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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

Join author Oliver Luke Delorie to discuss his book, Fruiluftsliv: Connect with Nature the Norwegian Way.

Translated from Norwegian as “free life air,” friluftsliv highlights the basic need for humans to get outside and connect with the natural world. It’s not about conquering nature, as in climbing the highest mountain, or about camping and other activities: it’s about truly finding harmony and becoming one with the outdoors. Whether you live in the city or out in the countryside, this inspiring guide will show you how to enter a friluftsliv state of mind. It explains how spending time in nature and feeling its rhythms, even when it’s something as simple as a magical Sunday walk in a local park, can improve our well-being and encourage productive self-reflection.

Saturday, March 27th | 1pm EST | $5; free for SCC Members | register here

ABOUT OLIVER: Nicknamed “Monk” the day he was born, Oliver Luke Delorie grew up steeped in Eastern philosophy and martial arts. He is also the author of the playful 100 Small Ways to Quit Worrying and 100 Small Ways to Manage Time. Delorie lives in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

Posted: March 3, 2021 | In: Books Lecture Past Event Virtual

It’s like a virtual vacation to Iceland! This presentation blends together my love of Iceland and its mythology with the landscape and fascinating history. Using photos and video, the trip starts in Reykjavik from the archeological dig of a Viking settlement to the vibrant city of today. From there, we travel around the country, where culture and the fascinating history is brought to life through a tour of vibrant photographs, mythology and stories unique to the towns and regions. This program was developed with my Icelandic mother, Ieda Jónasdóttir Herman, to bring a fun and entertaining look at Iceland from someone who grew up there. This is an interactive experience where participation through Q&A is encouraged.

Saturday, March 20th | 1pm EST | $5; free for SCC Members | register here

HEIDI HERMAN was born and raised in Central Illinois, but her passion and a common theme in her writing is her Icelandic heritage. She was inspired by her mother’s childhood memoir, and began writing about the folklore. After three children’s books, she co-authored an Icelandic-American cookbook co-authored with her mother, Íeda Jónasdóttir Herman, and a novel that features Icelandic elements and some scenes based on her mother’s recounted memories. Her newest work is a non-fiction motivational book that is based on Icelandic lifestyle philosophies and positive outlook. Heidi lives in South Dakota but travels to Iceland as often as possible. She has visited nine times, getting to know relatives, an is working to learn the language. In addition to writing, she loves Scandinavian festivals, cooking, photography, travel, and exploring the outdoors, like any good Viking!

All thirteen books by Heidi Herman and her mother, Íeda Jónasdóttir Herman, are available from Hekla Publishing, www.heklapublishing.com. Learn more about Heidi from her website at www.heidihermanauthor.com

Posted: March 1, 2021 | In: Lecture Past Event Virtual

Here are our upcoming dates for Hulda’s Baked Goods ordering:

March 13tth
April 10th
May 1st & 22nd
June 12th
July 17th
August 14th
September 18th

Baked good added the Sunday before delivery. Ordering closes on the Wednesday prior.

Order here.

 

Posted: February 7, 2021 | In: Featured Event Upcoming Event

Join us for a 30th anniversary remastered version screening of Pelle the Conqueror. The film won the Palme d’Or at the 1988 Cannes Film Festival The film also won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, 1988; it was submitted to the Academy by the Danish government, giving Denmark its second consecutive win after Babette’s Feast.

Lasse, an elderly and widowed farmer, and his young son Pelle, join a boat-load of immigrants to escape from impoverished rural Sweden to Denmark’s Baltic island of Bornholm. They are employed at a large farm in Denmark, where they are treated as the lowest of the low. It is ultimately their loving relationship which sustains them through a difficult year.

Director: Billie August

150 Minutes | Danish and Swedish (with English subtitles) | Drama, Coming of age story | $4.99

Friday, November 13th – Friday, December 11th at the virtual cinema at Film Movement (please select Scandinavian Cultural Center Virtual Screening Room 1 to credit the SCC for the viewing) TICKETS HERE

Posted: November 9, 2020 | In: Film Past Event Virtual