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Are you itching to travel this year? How about a Northern Lights trip to Iceland! Come hear more at an information session hosted right here at the SCC. Experienced local guide Samantha Mandel will take you through the details of her upcoming October circuit of the Icelandic Ring Road with other community members, and you’ll have the opportunity to sign up.

This will be Samantha’s seventh trip to Iceland, and she always teaches a full (optional) seminar about this fascinating country before travel. The trip, which will be guided by both Samantha and a local Icelandic guide, will feature Iceland’s stunning natural sights like Northern Lights, volcanoes, waterfalls, geysers, glaciers, and more, and of course lots of insight into Iceland’s fascinating culture & history!

Tuesday, June 7th 2022  | 7 -8:30pm | Please RSVP here!

Trip Dates: October 9-16, 2022

Questions can be directed to Samantha Mandel at

About Samantha: Samantha Mandel is an experienced tour leader based in Newton who has planned and guided local groups abroad to destinations on almost every continent. She has a dedicated local fan base due to her meticulous trip planning, knowledgeable guiding, and boundless enthusiasm! She is the founder and CEO of Samantha Trips, LLC, a boutique travel agency that focuses on bringing community members together through educational travel and giving each traveler a tailored experience. Samantha speaks 5 languages and studied Icelandic sagas in college. She can’t wait to share her enthusiasm for this special country with you.


Posted: May 26, 2022 | In: Lecture Past Event

Through the Roaring Twenties and the first half of the Great Depression, the Swedish-born landscape painter Gunnar Widforss (1879-1934) focused his discerning eye and passionate energy on the national parks of the American West. Because of Widforss’ untimely death at only age 55, and
because the rise of modernism in the early-twentieth century consigned many highly skilled realistic painters to obscurity, Widforss’ legacy is largely unknown today. The amiable Swede led a bohemian life in search of beautiful landscapes to paint. Widforss dressed formally as he worked and always attracted wonder-struck onlookers when he painted in Yosemite Valley, on the rim of Grand Canyon and the other locations he favored in the national parks. Park Service friends such as Ansel Hall and Stephen Mather as well as tourists marveled at the accuracy of his painting and the way in which he was able to capture the dramatic landscapes. Widforss never resorted to sentimental or romanticized depictions, so prevalent in depictions of western subjects. He very well may be viewed as one of the greatest artists to paint the West and his obscurity is a paradox. The story of Widforss’ life and work is one of great triumph in realistic painting, and the tragedy of his anonymity and death is a compelling story of a Swedish expatriate who fell in love with the landscapes of the American West.

Today, Widforss’ work is known only to a small number of dedicated collectors, the descendants of his family and friends, and those who discover his gem-like paintings when they visit the national parks he depicted.

Curator and author Alan Petersen has published a catalogue raisonné of Widforss’ works and is nearing completion of a monograph on the artist’s fascinating life and work.

Sunday, October 16th | 1pm | $8 suggested donation | register here

ABOUT ALAN: Alan recently published a catalogue raisonné of works by Swedish-American artist Gunnar Widforss that currently lists nearly 1,300 paintings. He is continuing work on a monograph on Widforss’ fascinating life and art. Alan has also published a number of articles on the artist and in 2018 co-curated an exhibition of the artist’s work in Ljungby, Sweden.

Alan recently retired from a faculty position at Coconino Community College in Flagstaff where he taught art history, drawing, painting, and courses pertaining to the Colorado Plateau for thirty years. His own paintings have their source in the light, space and landforms of the Colorado Plateau, and explore the formal relationships between color and pictorial space. He is also engaged in a major project that involves mapping and drawing the geological sources of uranium within Grand Canyon.

Posted: March 18, 2022 | In: Featured Event Lecture Upcoming Event

Join us for an opening reception for Swedish born, Rhode Island resident, Jens Retlev.

Sunday, March 13th | 3-5pm | Event is free, but registration is required

ABOUT JENS: Jens grew up in Sweden surrounded by the most beautiful landscapes in the world, as well as cities with amazing architecture. His father was a painter and an architect, and he was raised to respect and appreciate the beauty around me. Jens came to Rhode Island as a young adult and was drawn to the enchanting coastlines, forests, and mountains in New England.

Jens uses his art to capture his memories of Scandinavia as well as all that what he has experienced, and continues to experience, throughout New England. To him it is a privilege to be an artist, and he strive to use color, texture, and shadows to express his love of and enchantment with the natural world.

Posted: January 26, 2022 | In: Art Past Event

When a-ha’s breakthrough hit “Take on Me” shot to #1 on the Billboard charts in 1985, it turned its three young band members into global superstars overnight. While the iconic song and its groundbreaking music video remain ubiquitous to this day, the story of a-ha didn’t end there. After 35 years, a deep catalog of 11 studio albums and 55 million units sold – despite controversies and disagreements – a-ha continues to record music and play to packed arenas around the world.

Following Mags, Morten and Pål over a period of four years, a-ha: The Movie provides unprecedented access to the inner workings of the band as well as a career spanning look at one of the most enduring and beloved acts in pop music history.

Saturday, April 23rd, 2022 | 1pm | $10; $5 for members | tickets on sale on February 4th at noon

Posted: January 28, 2022 | In: Film Past Event

We welcome back master artist Linda Miller for a two-day spring 2022 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, April 9th – Sunday, April 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: February 15, 2022 | In: Past Event Workshop

The Scandinavian Library presents Helene (2020 – Finland).

Year 1915. Helene Schjerfbeck is a forgotten artist living in the countryside with her elderly mother. Years have passed since her last exhibition, and Helene has continued to paint only for her own passion. Everything changes when an art dealer discovers Helene and her 159 amazing paintings and wants to organize a large solo exhibition. However, the most important moment in Helene’s life is brought on by her encounter with amateur painter Einar Reuter, who is a passionate admirer of Helene’s art. He becomes Helene’s confidante and the unfulfilled love of her life.

Inspired by true events, HELENE describes the life of Finland’s most acclaimed painter Helene Schjerfbeck between 1915-1923.

Saturday, March 19th | 1:30 | $10; $8 for SCC and Library Members | Get tickets here

122 minutes | In Finnish with English subtitles

Posted: March 12, 2022 | In: Film Past Event

Chelsea E. Dill works in acrylic paint. She enjoys painting maritime scenes and finds inspiration in the incredible places from her travels. Chelsea speaks Norwegian and has studied French and Swedish.

You can follow her on Twitter @ce_dill and Instagram ce_dill


Email Kerry at to schedule a time to visit the exhibit.

Posted: December 17, 2021 | In: Art Past Event

It’s 1948 and sixty-three year-old OUT OF AFRICA author Karen Blixen (pen name: Isak Dinesen) is a lonely literary sensation devastated by syphilis and mourning her lost love, until she meets talented thirty year-old poet Thorkild Bjørnvig. She offers him a Faustian bargain and promises him stardom if he will obey her unconditionally. As her demands become more and more pernicious, Thorkild much choose between Blixen’s promise of fame or his wife and young son.

From director Bille August (PELLE THE CONQUEROR) comes this sterling adaptation of Bjørnvig’s bestselling memoir.

Saturday, February 19th | 1:30pm | $10; $8 for SCC and Library members | tickets here

*advanced tickets, proof of vaccination, and masks required*

Director: Bille August. Denmark, 2021, 115 min. In Danish with English subtitles presented in conjunction with the Scandinavian Library.

Posted: January 20, 2022 | In: Film Past Event

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, April 9th – Sunday, April 10th | 9-5pm | $200

Class size is limited to 6. This workshop will sell out.

Class cost is $200 for the 2 day class. A $50.00 deposit is required to hold a place for you. Please reach out to Kerry to register.

**Please note proof of vaccination is required to participate**


Al Miller is a retired Industrial Arts teacher who specialized in woodworking and furniture construction. He received Connecticut’s Celebration of Excellence award for his innovative teaching style and has been teaching carving to adults for the past 14 years at the Woodworkers Club, Norwalk, CT. Al started carving in 1989 and has studied in Norway and in the United States at Fletcher Farms and at “Vesterheim” (the Norwegian-American Museum in Decorah, Iowa) under numerous old world masters (Hans Sandom, Rolf Sogge, Knut Arnensen, Arve Mosand, kuut Arnesen, Alf Stronen, Otar Flaton, Rolf Taraldset and others). Al has won competition ribbons with his carvings in local and national competitions. He received his BS teaching degree from Oswego (NYSUCO), his MS from Central Connecticut State University and has taken 33 credits on the post gradate level.

Posted: December 10, 2019 | In: Past Event Workshop

Finlandia Foundation National has declared the last week of February ”National Sauna
Week” to build awareness and appreciation of this aspect of Finnish and
Finnish-American culture. This event is made possible with the support of a grant
from Finlandia Foundation National.

Boston Chapter is bringing a mobile sauna to Scandinavian Cultural Center, 206
Waltham St, West Newton, MA 02465 on Saturday February 26th. It will be parked
outside the SCC building from 10 am to 6pm.

Abundance Sauna is a traditional, wood fired sauna. The sauna has a private dressing
room, hot room large enough for three, buckets of water for rinsing and an outdoor
shower (with a privacy screen). There will be birch whisks to try – wonderful for blood
circulation! Or perhaps you choose to just enjoy the aroma.

Your total sauna time will be 45 minutes. One long session or several shorter ones your
choice. You can try the cold water dunk pool if feeling brave- alternating hot and
cold will leave you refreshed and relaxed.

After sauna you might feel hungry. We will have a grill with complimentary sausages.
You are also welcome to bring your own favorite snacks. Take your time to recover
and mingle around the fire pit or in the tent sharing your sauna experience.

Questions about the sauna? Go to and check Frequently Asked

What you need to bring:
● A towel or two
● Swimsuit or shorts (no nudity please)
● Proof of vaccinations
● Your sense of adventure!

TICKETS: there will be an hourly rotation. Send an email to Mark to check availability for your preferred time. There will be only eight slots available so they will go fast! After booking with Mark go to to pay the $60 sauna fee. Click the ”Become a member” to find the “Donate” button. After payment make sure to add to the notes ”SAUNA” and your name. After a confirmed booking you will receive a Welcome to Sauna info packet.

Please note that all participants are required to show proof of vaccinations. If using SCC restroom, mask is required. Sauna master Mark Babson will provide a safety waiver for all guests to sign. Sauna will be cleaned between each group.

Posted: February 9, 2022 | In: Past Event Uncategorized