The Spyrographs
Monday, Dec. 31. Nordic New Year’s Fest: ABBA and More!
Dance in the new year with a full set of ABBA from the Spyrographs! Plus Rat City Brass, DJ Marvelette and our own Skandia Kapell—three floors of dancing in all! Elegant Swedish dinner too ($75). Doors open at 8 p.m. Members: Call the Club. Guests: Reserve below.

Annual Appeal: Give to the Club
Members like you have always been our most valuable resource. At this time of year, we invite you to remember what the Club does all year long: great programs, great community and a wonderful meeting place. Join the ranks of members who have sustained the Club—and kept our Viking values strong—for nearly 125 years.
More Than a Flash in the Pan
They're talking about our monthly pancake breakfasts from coast to coast. In The Washington Post, Rebekah Denn looked at classic Scandinavian cuisine in Seattle—and of course no one can discuss that topic credibly without sampling our pancakes. Then a few days later, Megan Burbank profiled our pancakes in The Seattle Times. Naturally, this boosted attendance at our Nov. 4 breakfast to more than a thousand people. No problem! We hope they'll come back in December—our pancakes are delicious whether they're in the paper or not.

In addition to pancakes, of course, we serve up ham, coffee, juice, and live entertainment. Stop by on the first Sunday of the month, from August to June, between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m., and you'll see what's making the headlines. $11 guests, $9 Club members, $5 children 5–12 (sales tax included).

Keep an Eye on the Gävle Goat
When the Hindenburg burst into flames, that was unexpected. In Gävle, Sweden, on the other hand, people more or less expect that pranksters will try to set fire to the world's largest julbock, or straw goat, which is displayed every year during Advent at Gävle's Castle Square. To find out whether the goat survives until Christmas (there's a 36 percent chance, based on history), check its Webcam ... or follow the goat on Twitter or Instagram.

Re-chair the Swedish Club!
Help us buy new chairs for the Swedish Club's Stockholm Hall. You can donate any amount—but if you give $300 or more, we’ll add a small plaque to the back of a chair with your message on it. Give online or call 206-283-1090.

High School Seniors: Apply for Seattle Swedish Community Scholarships
Apply by Mar. 31! Five college scholarship awards, totaling $13,500, are available for high school seniors in King County. Swedish ancestry is not required. Download an application today!
"Cooking in America" at the Club
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 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!
Past scholarship recipients Brittany Lewis, Emilia Sternberg and Stephen Swanson.
Support a Scholarship
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.


Tuesday, Dec. 18. Finnish Film. Set in ancient Lapland and sumptuously photographed, Joulutarina (The Christmas Story) is a delightful retelling of the Santa Claus legend. This film took Finland by storm in 2007. Come find out why. Screens again Friday, Dec. 21, at 2 p.m. $5 donation.

David Francis
Wednesday, Dec. 19. Members & Friends Dinner. We’re going back to an old tradition of Christmas music for our December meeting. Singer David Francis and his trio, Les Jeunes Artistes, will perform swinging versions of holiday favorites, from the Charlie Brown classics to “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire” to “Jingle Bells”—songs you can sing along or dance to. Wear a Christmas sweater (ugly or attractive—your choice!) to get into the holiday mood. Chef Christine will serve a traditional meal of Christmas ham, Jansson’s Temptation, braised red cabbage, roasted apples, etc. Social hour 5:30, dinner 6:30. $22. Reservations after Monday, Dec. 17, are charged $25.

Friday, Dec. 21. Let There Be Lutfisk. Two Norwegians (Leif Eie & Bjarne Varnes) walk into the kitchen to cook our lutefisk (or lutfisk, if you prefer) and lead us in singing about it. Swedish style, with white sauce and hand-ground mustard, or Norwegian style, with bacon and peas. Includes a cup of glögg. Lyle Schaefer plays music. 6:30 p.m.

Nordic New Year
Monday, Dec. 31. Nordic New Year’s Fest. 8 p.m.–1 a.m. The evening starts with an elegant Swedish dinner prepared by two chefs brought over from Sweden just for this event: Anna and Amelia Rasmussen! ($75 for dinner.) Great music and dancing on all three floors: The Spyrographs play ABBA, ’60s dance and much more on the ground floor. DJ Marvelette spins her music too. Skandia Kapell and folkdancing on the lobby floor. Top floor will be Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass music performed by Rat City Brass. $35 blue card members and $45 guests until Dec. 22 and $45/$55 until Dec. 31. Includes party favors, a glass of champagne and a view of the fireworks.

Members, call 206-283-1090 for tickets to the dance party and/or dinner. Guests can reserve below or through Brown Paper Tickets. For dinner only (see the menu), you can also reserve below.

Thursdays, Jan. 10–Mar. 14. The Magic Lantern of Ingmar Bergman. Nine classics by the great Swedish director. $78 for the series; $71 for Swedish Club members. 7:30 p.m. at Seattle Art Museum. Reserve your tickets today.

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.

The Swedish Club is a 501(c)(3) registered charity. Learn more about membership.

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Smörgås, now on board at the Friday Kafé.
What’s Cooking at the Club?
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 $116 ($94 for members).

It's Happening Here
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,
Culinary Kudos
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.