Eater's Sheldon Simeon stops by the Swedish Club for lutfisk and meatballs. Ever wonder what goes on in our kitchen? You might be surprised.
Swedish artist Birger Sandzén lived and worked in Lindsborg, Kansas, for 60 years, teaching art at Bethany College and exhibiting widely in both Sweden and the United States. Four of Sandzén's paintings—including Cedars and Rocks, a vivid 1922 oil landscape of Manitou Springs, Colo.—will be offered at auction for the first time in 50 years on Saturday, Feb. 24, in Douglass, Kansas. Online bidding is available.
Semlor at the Kafé
Centuries ago, semlor was a Shrove Tuesday tradition in Sweden: the last sweet thing you ate before embarking on your Lenten fast. Modern attitudes are more relaxed, and Swedes now enjoy these cardamom-spiced wheat buns, stuffed with almond paste and whipped cream, on weekends throughout Lent. Stop by our Friday Kafé for your own semla ($6) from now until Easter. (If you want extra semlor to take home, they must be ordered by Wednesday each week.)
Apply by Mar. 31! Five college scholarship awards, totaling $14,500, are available for high school seniors in King County. Swedish ancestry is not required. Download an application today!
Swedish School Gets Noticed
The Seattle Swedish School, which meets in our building, received a very nice writeup in Swedish magazine SMUL. Follow the link and you'll find the article on page 37—in Swedish!
Donate to our scholarship fund and support a student studying Swedish language and culture in the UW Scandinavian Studies department. Invest in the future of Swedish-American cultural exchange.
Friday, Feb. 23. Baltic Bike Touring Basics. Mark Hillman has ridden thousands of miles in Finland, Sweden and the Baltics. He’ll offer an enthusiastic presentation about a recent trip to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania—including how-to information for solo, family or experienced adventure tourists. Although the area is not well known, it offers incredible history, architecture, nature, food and reasonably priced accommodations. 7 p.m.
After Mark's talk, stick around for poetry and jazz!
Friday, Feb. 23. Swedish Beatnik Poetry Jazz Night with Redshift Quartet. Put on your best beret and join us for poetry and jazz. Come share your favorite poems—originals or works by poets you love. Redshift will play a couple of sets. E-mail to sign up or just come prepared to read your favorite poems.
Tuesday, Mar. 6. Kvinnor Kan! Dinner. Every year the Swedish Club honors a woman in the community. This year it’s Ana Mari Cauce, the first permanent woman president of the University of Washington. President Cauce is a strong advocate for women and underrepresented minorities to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Chefs Ann-Margret & Malin will make dinner. $40. 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Mar. 21. Learn About Hurtigruten Cruises. Hurtigruten is an adventure cruise line specializing in trips to Norway. A Hurtigruten representative will give a short presentation, and AAA Washington travel agents and counselors will be on hand to help you with any travel needs. Plus, save 15 percent on AAA travel merchandise. You don't need to be a AAA member. 10:30 a.m. Seattle AAA Cruise & Travel, 1523 15th Ave. W. RSVP: 206-216-4205.
Founded in Seattle in 1892, the Swedish Club has grown to become a center of Scandinavian activities in the Pacific Northwest. Our members are not only Swedes and other Scandinavians, but people of many cultural backgrounds.
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Smörgås, now on board at the Friday Kafé.
Our smörgås (sandwiches) are prepared with fresh bakery-style bread, homemade lox and other tempting toppings. Meanwhile, Ann-Margret, Malin and Christine serve up amazing Swedish entrees and desserts during Happy Hour. Come by the Club for lunch (starting at 12 noon) or dinner!
Speak Like a Swede
Our Swedish language classes meet weekly. Several levels of instruction; expert teachers. Print out your registration form and mail it in. Most classes are $112 ($89 for members).
Tired of marking your calendar for Swedish Club events? Now you don't have to! Just visit our new Calendar page for another convenient way to keep up on what's happening. You can still visit our Events page for details on any upcoming event. If you know of something we should add,
It seems that every time the Swedish Club is mentioned in local media, it has something to do with food and drink. Not that we're complaining. Seattle Metropolitan reviewed our julbord and lauded us for offering the city's best Swedish happy hour, and the Ballard News-Tribune liked it too. Zagat placed our smörgås (sandwiches) among Seattle's top nine. The Seattle Weekly also found some nice things to say about our smörgås, while the P-I reported on our Swedish meatball cook-off. And of course, our pancake breakfasts have gotten so much attention, they're practically a PR campaign unto themselves.
Are You Needin' News from Sweden?
Hit Radio Sweden any time you want to catch up on events between the border and the Baltic. And if you're missing your Swedish TV, it's online at SVT Play.