“Joy,” a 15-minute-long short film featuring local traditions, was shown on a loop at the Frederick Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World exhibition. There is some lovely footage of our Lucia pageant around the 3-minute mark.
2018 Photos by Rudy Malmquist:
Lucia: Thyra Lindholm
2017 Photos by Rudy Malmquist:
Lucia: Lorelei Moxon
2016 Photos by Rudy Malmquist:
Lucia: Maia Newkirk
2015 Photos by Rudy Malmquist:
Lucia: Nelle Lindholm
2014 Photos by Rudy Malmquist:
Lucia Chloë Malmquist (photo by Kerstin Trowbridge)
Lucia Linnea Hjelm
Starboys getting ready to go on
Lucia Hanna Reierson
Photos by Caroline Brooks
Lucia Marissa Carlson
Lucia Josefin Snygg with Doris Anderson
Samuel Ernest, Kenneth Larm and Cai Rubin
Crafts made by women’s group Flitiga Lisor were for sale at the event.
Photo by Andreas Ekbom
Lucia Karin Sund
Photo by Andreas Ekbom
Maya Mileski, Alex Mileski and Philip Kooistra
Stefan Erickson, Viktor Kristiansson and Kaj Hjelm
2005’s Lucia was Hanna Taber.
Elisabet Wahlstedt, an exchange student from Sweden, was our Lucia.
Part of our “Flitiga Lisa” group, making ornaments to sell at the Lucia celebration.
Part of the group that dressed and later took down the Swedish Christmas Tree at Meijer Gardens. They had 43 countries represented. Our tree was on display Nov. 21, 2003-Jan. 6, 2004.
2002 Lucia Elaine Åstrand
The Sixth Annual Lucia Celebration of 2002 was another great success! The solemnity of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in downtown Grand Rapids provided a perfect setting for this traditional event, so dear to the hearts of Swedish people. Kerstin Trowbridge, President of SAHS, had again created a luscious program of Swedish Christmas songs, music, and presentations using Lucia and her entourage of attendant girls, star boys and “tomtenissar”.
Lucia this year was Elaine Åstrand, exchange student from Jönkoping, Sweden, and now living in the Grand Rapids area. The miniature Lucia was Annika Sekelsky. Star boys were Larson Book and Michael James, and the “tomtenissar” were Stefan Erickson, Amold Johnsen and Erik Sekelsky. Lucia’s court consisted of Ashley Brauer, Caroline Erickson, Anna Faber, Elizabeth Faber, Rebecca Faber, Anya Gervase, Lenna Johnsen, Hanna Reierson, Linda Stephan, Emily Sekelsky, Karin Sekelsky, Hannah Taber and Abby Ward. The pianist was Joanne Otten. Delicious refreshments, consisting of good Swedish coffee and the traditional “lussekatter and pepparkakor” followed, and were enjoyed to the sound of melodious accordion music by Cai Rubin and Ken Larm. A large crowd left St. Mark’s church that morning with the great feeling of “almost having been in Sweden.”