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Danish Christmas Party

Danish Christmas Party on Sunday December 9 from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. at Tom' Country Place at 3443 Stoney Ridge Rd., Avon. The Danish Christmas Party is hosted by Danish Sisterhood. Adults & Children 13 and over - $28, Children 12 and under - Free

Santa will make a special appearance and bring goodie bags for the children. 2:00 p.m. Tree Decorating. 2:30 p.m. Singing Around the Christmas Tree. 3:00 p.m. Danish Folk Dancing. 3:30 p.m. Santa Arrives. 4:30 p.m. Dinner Buffet w/Danish Cookies. Followed by raffle

Questions:216-297-1357 or mazie.adams@gmail.com


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Ohio Norsemen Julefest

Ohio Norsemen Julefest on Sunday December 2 from 3:30 - 6:30 pm at Perk-Cop Cafe and Grill at 561 West Bagley, Berea. We hope you will be able to attend Ohio Norsemen 2018 Julefest this year. There will be an excellent menu, music, voluntary gift exchange and high spirit.


Swedish Lucia Program

Swedish Lucia Program on Saturday December 8 at 4 PM at Church of the Saviour at 2537 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights.

The Swedish Vasa community invites you to experience a Swedish Lucia celebration on Saturday, December 8, at 4 p.m. at Church of the Saviour, 2537 Lee Road in Cleveland Heights. Use the southern entrance in the rear parking lot to the Great Hall. The program begins with a winter concert of the Vasa Voices, directed by Judith Higbee, singing traditional winter and folk songs in Swedish. Following the vocal concert, the Lucia procession takes place. Lucia and her attendants processing and singing traditional songs. Come to hear one of the traditional stories of Lucia, a young girl wearing candles in her hair, who brought light and food to the hungry. Lucia is both a tradition in Italy and Sweden.

Following the program dessert and beverages will be served. Cost is $5.00. For further information, contact Marty Bergman, marty.bergman@sbcglobal.net, or call at 216-371-5141.


Christmas Day Swedish Julotta Service

Christmas Day Swedish Julotta Service on December 25 at 6:30 AM at Peace Lutheran Church at 3740 Mayfield Rd, Cleveland Heights.

The Swedish Vasa community invites you to the Christmas Day Swedish Julotta Service at 6:30 a.m. on December 25! The service is held at Peace Lutheran Church, 3740 Mayfield Rd, Cleveland Heights. A light breakfast will be served afterwards. For further information, contact Marty Bergman, marty.bergman@sbcglobal.net, or call at 216-371-5141.


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2018

Leif Erikson Day 2018

The Scandinavian community of Cleveland, including those from Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Iceland gathered at the bust of Leif Erikson in front of Shooters in Cleveland's Flats to celebrate Leif Erikson Day.

Posing for photos with the Leif Erikson bust

Leif Erikson was a Norse explorer regarded as the first European to land in North America (excluding Greenland), nearly 500 years before Christopher Columbus.

Catherine Jorgensen McCutcheon modeled a tradional Norwegian costume or bunad as she led the toast

Catherine Jorgensen McCutcheon


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2015

Lucia Fest

The Nobel-Monitor Lodge #130 Vasa Order of America hosted their annual Christmas and Lucia Fest on December 6, 2015. Highlights included the songs by the Vasa Voices Choir and the Lucia procession and songs by the children.

Santa Lucia procession

Lucia Procession


Santa Lucia Procession and Songs


Vasa Voices Choir of Nobel-Monitor Lodge #130 Vasa Order of America

The Vasa Voices Choir of Nobel-Monitor Lodge #130 Vasa Order of America performed at the 2015 Christmas and Lucia Fest in Highland Heights (Cleveland) Ohio.

Vasa Voices Choir

Vasa Voices Choir


Vasa Voices Choir


Oktoberfest in Scandinavia

The Octoberfest events in Scandinavia are very popular, and not only among local beer lovers! A Scandinavian Octoberfest is a great celebration when the warm weather diminishes in fall. Despite the name "Oktoberfest", most Oktoberfest events start in September.

Oktoberfest in Scandinavia


2014

Easter in Scandinavia

Quite a peculiar national tradition in Norway is solving crimes during Easter. Publishers churn out series of books known as "Easter Thrillers" or "Påskekrimmen". Even the milk cartons change during the Easter season to have murder stories on their sides!

"Pääsiäinen" in Finland is celebrated with Easter egg hunts for the children. The hard boiled, chocolate, or candy eggs are hidden in the house or garden. Children also walk between houses, handing out twigs or decorations in exchange for a few coins.

In Denmark, there is a unique "Påske" tradition of sending teaser letters with little poems anonymously on Valentine's Day. If the recipient guesses who sent the poem, he or she receives the reward of an Easter egg.

In Sweden, children dress up as Easter witches with long skirts, colorful headscarves, and painted red cheeks. They go to neighboring houses presenting drawings in hopes of getting sweets in return. Folklore says the witches fly to "Blåkulla" (Blue Mountain) to meet the devil.

Another "Påsk" tradition is to place feathers on small branches of willow or birch in a vase.

By Karen Chilcote


2012

2012 Leif Ericson Day celebration in Cleveland


Bengt Gerborg with Viking Hat in front of bust of Leif Ericson

Bengt Gerborg with Leif Ericson bust

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Organizations and Resources for Danes in Cleveland

J.Christian Langmack, Honorary Consul
Royal Danish Consulate

Judy Stoiner, Assistant
13400 Glenside Road,
Cleveland, OH 44110

Phone: 216-541-0500
Fax: 216-541-5005
chris@niagaracustom.com

Danish Embassy in Washington

3200 Whitehaven Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C, 20008-3683

Tel: (202) 234-4300
Fax: (202) 328-1470
E-mail: wasamb@um.dk
http://www.ambwashington.um.dk/


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Denmark

Once the seat of Viking raiders and later a major north European power, Denmark has evolved into a modern, prosperous nation that is participating in the general political and economic integration of Europe. It joined NATO in 1949 and the EEC (now the EU) in 1973.

However, the country has opted out of certain elements of the European Union's Maastricht Treaty, including the European Economic and Monetary Union (EMU), European defense cooperation, and issues concerning certain justice and home affairs.

(facts courtesy of CIA World Fact Book)


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