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Norumbega Lodge #3-506, Sons of Norway, will be offering an advanced level Norwegian language class on Wednesdays, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m., at the ScandinavianLibrary in the Scandinavian Cultural Center, 206 Waltham St., West Newton, beginning on February 8th and running through April 19th. The focus will be on reading and discussing excerpts from Norwegian literature, history, language history, current events, etc.

The course will be taught by Luana Marie Jøsvold, M.A., Scandinavian Languages and Literature. Please let Luana know if you plan to attend. The size of the room will dictate the number of students we’ll be able to accommodate.


Posted: January 26, 2023 | In: Upcoming Event Workshop

Join us for a screening of  the winner of the Best Norwegian Doc Award at the Bergen Film Festival, Hidden Letters.

For thousands of years, women in China, who were often forced into oppressive marriages and forbidden to read or write, shared a secret language among themselves called Nushu. Written with delicate strokes made from sharpened bamboo sticks dipped in ink, Nushu bonded generations of Chinese women in a clandestine support system of sisterhood and survival. Fast forward to contemporary China, where two modern women are connected by their fascination with Nushu. In Jiangyong, Hu Xin works as a Nushu museum guide and aspires to master the ancient script following the breakup of her marriage. In Shanghai, Simu is passionate about music and Nushu, but archaic expectations threaten to end her pursuit of both. Influenced by Nushu’s legacy of female solidarity, the two women struggle to find balance as they forge their own paths in a culture steeped in female subservience to men.

Saturday, June 3rd, 2023 | 1pm | $10; $5 for SCC members | tickets

Posted: May 16, 2023 | In: Featured Event Film Upcoming Event

sponsored by
Norumbega Lodge #3-506, Sons of Norway

Saturday, May 20th
17. mai family picnic
Scandinavian Cultural Center – 206 Waltham Street – West Newton, MA 02465

Schedule of Events:
12:30 – Gather for 17. mai parade at the entrance to the SCC
12:45 – Step-off time for the parade
1:00 – Welcome and tale for dagen
1:30 – Lunch
2:15 – Games for the children

Music by UUSF Protest Band

Tickets for lunch will be sold as people arrive.
Adults: $15 (smørbrød, beverage, and dessert)
(Additional smørbrød may be purchased for $10 each.)
Children: $5 (pølser m/lompe, beverage, and dessert)

Posted: April 15, 2023 | In: Past Event Uncategorized

Join Alyssa in the Nordic Hall as she performs traditional and modern Scandinavian music on her beautiful handmade nyckelharpa made in Sweden, which is Sweden’s national instrument. This beautiful and haunting music will have your toes tapping and heart singing!

Saturday, June 17th, 2023 | 1pm | $15; $7 for SCC members | tickets

ABOUT Alyssa: Alyssa Rodriguez is one of the few and finest players of the nyckelharpa, Sweden’s national “keyed fiddle” instrument, in New York. In 2021, she was awarded a prestigious Fulbright grant to study in Helsinki, Finland. During her 2021-2022 grant year, she studied nyckelharpa at The Sibelius Academy where she researched Nordic folk music and folk music improvisation. Alyssa has studied with several riksspellmän (master Swedish folk musicians) and studied in Sweden at the all nyckelharpa summer festival at Ekebyholm Castle founded by Eric Sahlström. She has headlined festivals at the American Swedish Institute and at the Jamestown Scandinavian Festival, and given lecture recitals at St. Olaf College and University of Madison, Wisconsin. Her music has been featured on WXXI and WRUR in Rochester, New York, KXCI-FM in Arizona, and she has appeared in Nordstjernan magazine and Nyckelharpan in Sweden.

Posted: April 6, 2023 | In: Featured Event Music Upcoming Event

Smörgåstårta is a traditional Swedish Sandwich Cake enjoyed year round, especially during special celebrations like Midsommar, birthday parties and weddings.

Our quick & easy homemade Swedish Sandwich Cake features a “savoury icing” made up of mayonnaise and sour cream. The interior is layered with bread slices, shrimp salad, smoked salmon and dill. The Swedish entrée is then topped with sliced vegetables, fresh dill, eggs and lemon slices

The Kaffestugan is celebrating this year as a Mother’s Day/Welcome Spring special event 10am-2pm. Come in and try this delicious Swedish creation!

Saturday, May 13th in the Kaffestugan from 10am-2pm*

**while supplies last. Full menu will also be available for order**

Posted: April 14, 2023 | In: Past Event Uncategorized

Join us for an afternoon concert with baritone Marcus Johnson.

The program will feature classical as well as Finnish and Swedish heritage.

Saturday, April 15th, 2023 | 1pm | $10; free for SCC members | tickets

ABOUT MARCUS: Marcus Johnson is a baritone classical vocalist, pianist and organist. He graduated from University of Massachusetts with Bachelors Degree of digital media and music at Dartmouth, Ma. He studied voice under the tutelage of doctors Tianxu Xhou and Maryte Bizinkauskas and studied organ privately with Richard Bunbury, AGO Boston Chapter.

Marcus Johnson – House Cantor and Soloist of the First Congregational Church of Fall River. He is also heard on Lunch Time Recitals as Baritone Soloist. Recently, he performed the baritone arias in Handel’s Messiah and the section leader under the direction of Judy Conrad, Music Director and organist.

Posted: April 11, 2023 | In: Music Past Event

One hundred years ago, Anders Zorn (1860 – 1920) was among Europe’s most celebrated artists. Kings, presidents, and cultural figures lined up to have their portraits painted by the famous Swede, and his etchings commanded prices higher than those of almost any other artist. Born in the little parish of Mora, situated in the deep forest of Sweden, Zorn soon achieved great international success.

As a portrait painter, he was especially in demand in the United Stat es, where he had a following that not only appreciated his refined, sophisticated style, but was also willing to pay extremely high sums to be painted by him. During his seven trips to America Zorn created one hundred portraits; among the subjects were three presidents: Grover Cleveland, William Howard Taft, and Theodore Roosevelt. Zorn also became a close friend of the voracious art collector Isabella Stewart Gardner. In 1896, after eight years in Paris, Anders Zorn and his wife Emma (née Lamm) moved home to Sweden and Mora. Her, Zorn devoted himself to subject matters from his native area, pictures that re present a rural culture that seems to be resistant to change.

By virtue of his social standing and his financial resources, Zorn was able to provide inspiration, collect objects and donate money to various projects in the Mora region. He contributed greatly to the preservation of folk culture, to music and dance, woodwork and textile handicrafts. In the Zorn House, the couple’s home in Mora, artistic crafts from Dalarna were boldly mixed with items of great value acquired from abroad: woven tapestries, objects in silver, antique marble sculptures, and paintings by old masters.

Dr. Johan Cederlund, Museum Director at the Zorn Museum, will give a presentation of the works, life, and legacy of Anders Zorn.

Tuesday, April 11, 2023 | 7pm | SOLD OUT

This program is presented in partnership with The New England Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art.

Immediately following the talk SWEA Boston will host a reception with coffee and treats.





Dr. Johan Cederlund (born 1963) received his Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Lund Sweden, and studied at the Centre Ledoux, Université de Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris.

Formerly Chief Curator of the Uppsala University Art Collections, he is since 2006 Director of the Zorn Museum in Mora, Sweden.

Between 2011 and 2020, he was Adjunct Professor at Uppsala University. He has written several books about eighteenth-century Swedish architecture, i.e. Classical Swedish Architecture 1650-1840 (2007), as well about Sweden’s master painter, Anders Zorn.

Dr. Cederlund has also served as a Royal Chamberlain to the King of Sweden since 2016, where he serves HM The King’s Household, HM The Queens Household, HRH The Crown Princess’s Household, HM The King’s Royal Stables, The Office of Ceremonies and the Royal Household.

Posted: February 23, 2023 | In: Lecture Past Event

Ann Bausman returns to the SCC with a workshop on paper stitching!

Embellish old black and white and colored photographs, postcards, and prints with embroidery to create one-of-a-kind cards, collages, and keepsakes. We’ll look at the work of artists who use this technique, review basic embroidery stitches, and discuss working with patterns and transferring images.

No experience necessary and beginners are welcome.

The instructor will provide needles, an assortment of embroidery thread, a foam backing for piercing the paper, pencils, a variety of papers, photos, postcards, washi tape, as well as paper punches.

*Please bring a pair of scissors suitable for cutting paper, scotch tape, and a bag for transporting items*

Participants may wish to bring personal items that they can embroider, such as postcards and photographs (black and white is best).

Saturday, April 29, 2023 | 10-1 | $40 advanced registration required | register here

ABOUT ANN As a graduate of Tufts University, Ann took numerous art classes at The School of The Museum of Fine Arts. While doing a semester at The American College in Paris she immersed herself in studio art classes through the Parsons School of Design. Ann’s day job is raising funds for a non-profit but she has taught courses on embroidery.

Posted: February 27, 2023 | In: Past Event Workshop

We invite you to join us for a two-day rosemaling workshop led by Sonja Schmidt, in which we will paint a project in the traditional folk art style of Norway.

Beginners are welcome and will be guided through learning stroke technique, color selection and mixing, then moving on to painting a design onto a wood piece in oils, and will be able to take home their very own finished project to display!

Experienced learners may do the project provided or bring their own piece to work on, for a stimulative and interactive session in which we motivate and encourage one another to achieve our creative goals.

The workshop will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 22 and 23.  The registration fee is $100 and participants will be e-mailed a list of required supplies as well as details on the project.  Participants may bring their own painting kits and supplies, but supplies will also be available for purchase for convenience during the class.

Register here.

Contact Sonja with any questions.

Posted: January 24, 2023 | In: Past Event Workshop