Events & Calendar
Every Friday. Swedish Kafé & Happy Hour!
Smörgås sandwiches, Swedish meatballs and homemade pastries. Kafé starts at noon with Chefs Ann-Margret Lightle and Malin Jonsson. Happy Hour 5–10:30 p.m., with Chef Christine Lea's evening meal starting at 6. Different entrees each week. Always a fantastic view. 1920 Dexter Ave. N.

Every Tuesday. Sing with Us! Svea Male Chorus meets at 6:45 and the Swedish Women's Chorus at 7:30. Singing together is verrrry Swedish. No auditions, always fresh coffee, everyone welcome.

Every Wednesday (except 2nd). Lilla Fredag. Our bar is open for Swedish pea soup, homemade limpa bread and libations. 5 p.m. First Wednesday of the month: Trivia Night. Last Wednesday of the month: Bingo!

Every week. Swedish Language Classes.
We offer several different levels of instruction: Beginners 1 & 2, Intermediate, Advanced and Conversational Swedish. Conversational Swedish is Friday at lunchtime, and other classes meet on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Call 206-283-1090 for more information and to register. Most classes are $89 for Club members, $112 for non-members.

Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays: Genealogy Research.
The Swedish-Finn Historical Society, which rents office space from the Club, will provide genealogy research for our members on Mondays and Thursdays from 9:30 to 12:30, on Wednesdays from 2 to 5 p.m. and on pancake Sundays from 1 to 3 p.m.

Every Friday: Matinee.
Scandinavian films with English subtitles. $5 donation. 2 p.m. Come early for a delicious lunch in our Friday Kafé. Standing Committee Meetings: Blue card Club members, volunteers and new members welcome. More info: contact

Sunday, Oct. 7. Swedish Pancakes.
Music and dancing, plus authentic Swedish pancakes, ham, lingonberries, coffee and orange juice. Music by Tune Sisters, Hjarte Herring and Karusellen. Guests $11; blue card Club members $9; children 5–12 $5. 8 a.m.–1 p.m. Stay afterward for genealogy help in our lobby.

Wednesday, Oct. 10. Kvinnor Kan Book Club.
This book club was formed to read books with female protagonists. This month we’re reading The Trouble with Goats and Sheep, by Joanna Cannon. It’s a quirky coming-of-age and mystery book about a couple of young girls who want to find out what’s going on in their small British community. Time: 5:30 p.m. Grab a drink and meet in the lobby. Info: or 206-283-1090.

Wednesday, Oct. 10. Craft Night in the Bar.
The second Wednesday evening is the craft session at the Swedish Club. Pea soup and small plates start at 5 p.m., crafts anytime.

Wednesday, Oct. 10. Danish Film.
Klumpfisken (The Sunfish). A Danish fisherman deals with a declining industry by meeting up with a marine biologist. Set in northern Jutland, it’s a compelling parable about the interaction between traditional industries, politics, environmental agendas and the underworld. Comedy. 96 min. 7:30 p.m. $5 donation.

Friday, Oct. 12. Scandinavian Folkdance.
Starting at 7:30 p.m., a quick lesson in Scandinavian dances. 8:55 break. At 9:10, Scandinavian dances for those with more experience. Live music. Partner not required! Dance: $8 members, $10 guests.

Tuesdays, Oct. 16–Nov. 6. Beginning Weaving Class.
“From yarn to finished cloth.” No prior experience necessary. Learn from experienced weaver/instructor Lois Gaylord. Series of four two-hour evening classes. Use the Club’s looms. Blue card members $89; nonmembers $112. 6:30–8:30 p.m. Class limited to seven students. To hold your space, please contact the Club and prepay. OK to start one week late.

Wednesday, Oct. 17. Book Club.
We’re reading They Know Not What They Do by Finnish author Jussi Valtonen—a futuristic psychological novel. Grapples with the role of technology in our relationships. Grab a drink and meet in the lobby. 5:30 p.m. or 206-715-4869.

Wednesday, Oct. 17. Members & Friends Dinner.
Our program is by Christian Holtz of the Center for Wooden Boats. His topic is “Viking Navigation: How They Did It.” Drawing in part from Icelandic sagas and recent research, he will describe the navigational aids most likely used by the Vikings to cross open oceans. Chef Christine makes us dinner that evening of company pot roast, rosemary potatoes, green salad with cheddar muffin and for dessert, chocolate pots de crème. Social hour 5:30, dinner 6:30. $22. Reservations after Monday, Oct. 15, are charged $25.

Thursday, Oct. 18. Jazzin’ It Up with Julie.
You might know Julie Cascioppo as a local cabaret and jazz singer—but did you know she was a TV star in Norway?

Well, it’s true—Julie, who’s half Sicilian and half Norwegian, appears on the latest season of the reality show Alt for Norge, in which Norwegian-Americans visit the old country and get in touch with their roots.

Learn all about it when Julie sings at the Swedish Club on Thursday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m., with accordionist Bonnie Birch and emcee Lars Phillips. See clips from the show and enjoy a “Bergen” cocktail and Nordic hors d’oeuvres. It’s a fundraiser to send Julie and other local musicians to Norway to perform. The all-inclusive price is $40; reserve your tickets now on Eventbrite. You can also e-mail the or call 206-854-7693.

Friday, Oct. 19. Casey MacGill at Happy Hour!
Casey MacGill has been playing boogie-woogie, swing and stride piano in Seattle for decades. Sporting his signature pencil-thin mustache, he’s a throwback to a bygone era of charm and style. Around 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 21. Baked Potato Fundraiser!
The “butler’s pantry” in our dining room needs a makeover, and the Swedish Club Guild is committed to supporting the project. Please come and enjoy a baked potato with toppings and help the Guild raise funds for the Club! It’ll be fun! Baked potatoes from 4 to 6 p.m. $10 donation (or more!). by Oct. 19.

Wednesday, Oct. 24. Kafferep.
Monthly Swedish-style coffee party with homemade goodies from our best baking members. 2 p.m. You’re very welcome.

Wednesday, Oct. 24. Auction Volunteer Appreciation Dinner.
To celebrate Danish chef Trine Hahnemann as our celebrity chef for next spring’s auction, we’re hosting a thank-you dinner for our volunteers—from both this year’s auction and next year’s. If you helped in 2018, you’ll get an invitation. If you commit to helping in 2019, we’ll invite you too. 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 24. Finnish Film.
Eedenistä pohjoiseen (Garden Lovers). Jussi award for best documentary of 2015, about the beautiful gardens of Finland and the gardeners who love them. 75 min. 7:30 p.m. $5.

Friday, Oct. 26. Oktoberfest.
Join us for beer, music and a German menu! Fremont Brewing Company will provide a two-hour tasting of its Mod Pod, Dark Star, Session Pale and Interurban IPA. Toby Hansen’s trio and Birgit & Phil Ages will offer a repertoire of old-fashioned polkas and other dance favorites. Chef Christine will serve us a great German meal.

Saturday, Oct. 27. Guild Meeting.
Be part of the fund-raising, fun-raising mission of the Club! 10 a.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 31. Swedish Bingo in Costume.
Members and guests welcome with or without Halloween costumes. Enjoy pea soup, small plates and homemade limpa bread. Bring cash, as bingo cards can be sold only for cash. (First card $10, additional cards $5). Food at around 5, bingo at 7.

Saturday, Sunday, Nov. 3 & 4. Scandinavian Holiday Bazaar.
Holiday shopping at its best with vendors selling handmade and/or Nordic items. Two floors of crafts, gifts, baked goods and fun! Shrimp Skagen sandwiches, Birgit’s pea soup, waffles and meatballs on Saturday, Swedish pancakes on Sunday. The bar is open both days. Get an early start on holiday shopping, enjoy a great Swedish meal and greet old friends. 9 to 3 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 4. Swedish Pancakes.
Music and dancing, plus authentic Swedish pancakes, ham, lingonberries, coffee and orange juice. Music by Skandia Spelmanslag, Nordic Spirit and Nordiska Folkdancers. Guests $11; blue card Club members $9; children 5–12 $5. 8 a.m.–1 p.m. Stay afterward for genealogy help in our lobby.

Tuesdays, Nov. 6–Dec. 11. What’s Old Is New Again Folkdancing Series.
Learn basic folkdancing and exercise to live music. No partner necessary. Taught by Pat McMonagle. 7:30–9 p.m. $70 for blue card members, $80 for others.
Mark Your Calendars
The following are events we’re often asked about by members who are planning far ahead.

Thursday, Nov. 8. Volunteer appreciation dinner.

Friday, Nov. 9. Overton Berry returns to Happy Hour.

Saturday, Nov. 10. Finnish Bazaar at the Swedish Club.

Wednesday, Nov. 14. Kvinnor Kan book club: Read My Pins by Madeleine Albright.

Wednesday, Nov. 14. Members & Friends Dinner one week early due to Thanksgiving.

Friday, Nov. 16. Matinee concert by Norwegian performers Inger-Kristine and Reidun. Scary stories by Larry Hohm in the evening.

Friday, Nov. 23. Club closed for Thanksgiving.

Sunday, Dec. 2. Christmas crafts following Swedish pancake breakfast.

Tuesday, Dec. 6. Scandinavian dance classes start.

Friday, Dec. 7. Julbord dinner.

Sunday, Dec. 9. Luciafest with UW students.

Friday, Dec. 14. Julbord lunch and dinner.

Friday, Dec. 21. Lutfisk dinner.

Monday–Wednesday, Dec. 24–26. Club closed for Christmas holiday.

Monday, Dec. 31. New Year’s Eve at the Swedish Club.

Friday, Apr. 5, 2019. ABBA Night.

Saturday, May 18, 2019. Back to Our Roots Auction.


Helping the Club?
We always need volunteers for events. It's a great way to meet other members and enjoy the activity at the same time. Nearly every event at the Club, from Friday night dinners to pancake breakfasts to fundraisers, is supported by volunteers who lend a hand. Whatever your skills, we'll find a place for you!

Our “Sure, we’ll take your books!” policy has resulted in too many books at this point for our two volunteer librarians, Berit Lehner and Peppe Enfield, to handle. We are putting a moratorium on accepting any books until Oct. 1. When we start accepting your used books again, our policy will continue to be no Bibles. We’ve learned the hard way: you don’t want to risk inadvertently giving away a priceless family heirloom.

Bring your membership cards to events. It speeds up lines and make it easier for volunteers selling tickets or checking you in.

Finally, here's a simple way to help the Club: by RSVP'ing early for dinners and other events. So many of you RSVP at the last moment, and meanwhile, we've had to guess if you're coming. Sometimes we guess too optimistically about how many will show, and we have to pay for those meals. Tell us early that you're coming and you'll help us save money—which is just as good as volunteering!

For more information, or to lend a hand on volunteer projects, or call 206-283-1090.

Wish List. Do you have any of the following? If you are not sure whether what you have to donate to the Club will be useful, call the staff and ask.
  • If you have extra frequent flyer miles, consider donating them to the Club. We can add them to trips being raffled off or auctioned, to help us raise funds.
  • “Classy” items to auction or raffle off