Upcoming Events

June 22, 2019
Midsommar Celebration
11 AM-4 PM
6977 Alaska Avenue SE
Once again the Seegers have invited us to celebrate Midsommar at their lovely property on the Thornapple River in Alaska. We will gather in the shady oak grove to decorate the maypole and make flower head wreaths. There will be activities for young and old—ring dances, children’s games, Kubb demonstration, live music and fellowship as well as good food and a raffle.

11 AM: Maypole Preparation
Noon: Raising of the Maypole and Ring Dances
1 PM: Lunch
2 PM: Special Music and Games
3 PM: Raffle Drawing

ADVANCE RESERVATIONS: Adult members: $10
Adult non-members: $12
Children 5-15: $5
Children 4 and under: FREE
Tickets at the event will cost $15, so please register early. Register online here!

All food and beverages will be provided (Herring, Meatballs & Ham; Swedish Potato Salad & Tossed Salad; Pickled Beets & Pickled Cucumbers; Lingonberries & Breads; Strawberry Whipped Cream Cake; Coffee and Cold Beverages, donated by Coca-Cola). Please bring your own lawn chair or picnic blanket. As always, we will have table seating available also. We welcome donations of Swedish themed raffle prizes and flowers and greens for the maypole.

The Readers of Broken Wheel RecommendJuly 16, 2019
Swedish Reading Club: The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend (Läsarna i Broken Wheel rekommenderar) by Katarina Bivald
Broken Wheel, Iowa, has never seen anyone like Sara, who traveled all the way from Sweden just to meet her book-loving pen pal. When she arrives, however, she finds Amy’s funeral guests just leaving. The residents of Broken Wheel are happy to look after their bewildered visitor—not much else to do in a small town that’s almost beyond repair. They just never imagined that she’d start a bookstore. Or that books could bring them together—and change everything.
We will be meeting at Covenant Village of the Great Lakes, 2510 Lake Michigan Drive NW (between Oakleigh and Fairfield).
7 PM
The book is available at Schuler’s, 2660 28th Street SE.
You can also buy the book online at Schuler’s or another independent bookstore.

November 9, 2019
Save the date! SAHS and the Swedish Council of America are sponsoring two lectures by Richard Tellström. This is our second event in our series Scandinavian Cuisine Throughout the Year. Location & time TBA.
Here are the lecture titles:
Lecture 1: “The Swedish Christmas Table – Roots, traditions and new ideals”
Lecture 2: “Swedish food culture during the last 1000 years and the Swedish-American Food Heritage”
Richard Tellström is an associate professor in food and meal science and an ethnologist at Stockholm University. He will have spent the first week in November lecturing at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor before he comes to Grand Rapids.