Upcoming Events

Saturday, June 22, 2024
Midsummer Celebration
Caledonia Lakeside Park, Caledonia, MI
11 AM-4 PM

Please come and enjoy the festivities at the beautiful Caledonia Lakeside Park. We will gather to decorate the maypole and make flower head wreaths. There will be activities for young and old—ring dances, Kubb, wonderful music, fellowship, as well as delicious dessert and a raffle. Like last year, everyone should bring their own picnic lunch. We will be providing beverages donated by Coca-Cola and dessert of cake with strawberries and whipped cream, served with coffee, of course.

If you have any Swedish-themed items you would like to pass on for the raffle, please bring them as a donation for the raffle prizes. Also, if you have flowers or greens in the garden that can be used for decoration, please bring those as well. We can always use more flowers!

Volunteers are needed! If you would like to help with any of the activities or set up, please email us at info@sahswm.org.

Event Schedule:
11 AM: Maypole and Flower Wreath Preparation
Noon: Raising of the Maypole and Ring Dances
1 PM: Lunch (provide your own). Beverages provided by Coca-Cola (water, lemonade).
1:30 PM: Dessert—Strawberry Whipped Cream Cake and Coffee Provided
2 PM: Special Music and Games
TBA: Raffle Drawing

The event will cost $7.50 per adult, $5 students K-12, and free for ages 5 and younger.

There is no need to pre-register or pre-pay. We will be collecting money at the event (cash, check, PayPal, or credit card). If you would prefer to pay in advance, you can send money to our PayPal account at SAHSWM@gmail.com or send a check with this form.

Tuesday, July 16, 2024
Swedish Reading Club: The End of Drum-Time by Hanna Pylväinen
7 PM

Our meeting will be held online using the videoconferencing app Zoom. For more information, including the link to join the meeting, please email info@sahswm.org.

The End of Drum-TimeAn epic love story in the vein of Cold Mountain and The Great Circle, about a young reindeer herder and a minister’s daughter in the nineteenth century Arctic Circle.

In 1851, at a remote village in the Scandinavian tundra, a Lutheran minister known as Mad Lasse tries in vain to convert the native Sámi reindeer herders to his faith. But when one of the most respected herders has a dramatic awakening and dedicates his life to the church, his impetuous son, Ivvár, is left to guard their diminishing herd alone. By chance, he meets Mad Lasse’s daughter Willa, and their blossoming infatuation grows into something that ultimately crosses borders—of cultures, of beliefs, and of political divides—as Willa follows the herders on their arduous annual migration north to the sea.

Gorgeously written and sweeping in scope, Hanna Pylväinen’s The End of Drum-Time immerses readers in a world lit by the northern lights, steeped in age-old rituals, and guided by passions that transcend place and time.

You can buy the book online at Schuler’s, or at a 20% discount in the store.

Saturday, December 14, 2024
Sankta Lucia Celebration
Mayflower Congregational Church, 2345 Robinson Rd. SE, Grand Rapids, MI
10 AM

We invite you to come and enjoy this lovely Swedish introduction to the Christmas season and listen to the Lucia choir sing in a beautiful setting. It will once again be held in the lovely sanctuary of Mayflower Congregational Church. There will be plenty of free parking.

There will be baked goods and coffee to enjoy afterwards plus a Julmarknad sale! Bring cash if you are interested in purchasing any items.

Registration will open later this year.