Grand Rapids Public Museum Ethnic Heritage Festival
10 AM-5 PM
SAHS/WM will once again have a table with information about Sweden and our Society. The Festival is a day-long celebration of music, dance, crafts and food representing the various ethnic groups that call West Michigan home.
The event will begin at 10 AM and features a variety of organizations, performances, beer tasting and presentations. The Museum Café will feature ethnic food selections and a special International Beer Tasting. Colorful performances by various ethnic groups will take place throughout the day in the Meijer Theater and Galleria.
Visitors will be able to view the Museum’s exhibitions, with two specific exhibitions having a primary focus on diversity and culture: Newcomers: The People of This Place, which highlights the ethnic groups that have settled the Grand Rapids area, and Anishinabek: The People of this Place, which focuses on the Native American culture in the region.
The Ethnic Heritage Festival is FREE with general admission to the Museum.
Meet, Eat, and Learn: “The Swede in Me”
Arnie’s Restaurant, 722 Leonard St. N.W., Grand Rapids
A casual evening designed to make some new friends and learn more about everyone’s Scandinavian roots while sampling Swedish dishes prepared by chef Rich Fahlen.
This is a perfect event to bring a friend who may be interested in meeting more local Swedes and learning about SAHS/WM and our activities.
After eating, we will be splitting up into teams for a fun Swedish/Scandinavian trivial pursuits contest.
We will be learning more about businesses in Grand Rapids with a Swedish background. Our presenter will be Jørgen Sørensen, who together with his wife Meg founded Design Quest. In 1972, Design Quest opened in Grand Rapids, Michigan as a Scandinavian furniture and gift store. As Jorgen says, "Today, our passion for design, quality and intelligent fun has taken us not only to Denmark, Norway and Sweden, but also to Italy, Germany, France, Canada and the USA in our endless, exuberant 'design quest.'"
Dinner and all the fun for only $10 per adult. Children 10 and under $5. Please send in your reservation by March 5 to SAHS/WM,
29 Pearl St. NW, Suite 127,
Grand Rapids, MI 49503.
Swedish Reading Club: The Underground Girls of Kabul (De förklädda flickorna i Kabul) by Jenny Nordberg
We will be meeting at Covenant Village of the Great Lakes, 2510 Lake Michigan Drive NW (between Oakleigh and Fairfield).
A bacha posh (literally “dressed up like a boy” in Dari) is a third kind of child—a girl who will be raised as a boy and presented as a son to the world. Jenny Nordberg, the Swedish reporter who broke this story for The New York Times, constructs a dramatic account of Afghan women and girls clandestinely living on the other side of the gender divide that grants half its population almost no rights and little freedom.
The book follows Afghan girls who live disguised as boys through childhood and puberty, only to be expected by adult age to transform into subordinate wives and mothers. But the battle of nature versus nurture lingers, and some bacha posh will refuse to rescind their male prerogatives in what the UN calls the world’s most dangerous country to be a woman.
The book is available at Schuler's, 2660 28th Street SE, at a 20% discount!
You can also buy the book online at Schuler's or another independent bookstore.
Valborgsmässoafton Spring Celebration at Hager Park in Jenison
Details to come.
Save the date for our annual Midsommar Celebration!
Details to come.
Women's Group: Flitiga Lisor
Flitiga Lisor är en grupp kvinnliga, svensktalande medlemmar som träffas ungefär en gång i månaden. Gruppen startades under hösten 2003, då vi träffades regelbundet för att tillverka julsaker att sälja på Lucia. Det lyckades bra och förtjänsten gick till SAHS. När vi inte känner för att vara så flitiga, träffas vi bara för att prata och fika.
Flitiga Lisor is a group of Swedish speaking women that meets once a month or so. It began during the fall of 2003 when we got together to make Christmas crafts to sell at the Lucia celebration. The project was a success and the money earned went to SAHS. When we feel less inclined to work we get together to have coffee and speak Swedish.
For more information, contact Kerstin Trowbridge at email@example.com.