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 $79 for Club members, $99 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.

Friday Night TV.
We're watching "Call the Midwife." Colorful stories of midwifery and families in London’s East End in 1957. Free. 5:30 p.m. Ends Sept. 29.

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

Every Tuesday. Come Sing With Us!
Want to improve your singing? On Tuesday nights at 7 p.m. at the Swedish Club, the Swedish Women's Chorus will sponsor vocal coaching and yoga. Participants work on improving their breathing, strengthening core muscles, improving pitch and developing better sound. No previous experience necessary—and it's fun!

Open to men and women. We request a $5–10 donation for the instructor. For further information, contact or call 206-362-0805.

Wednesday, Sept. 6. Trivia.
Members and guests are welcome. Every first Wednesday of the month, come play Trivia. Enjoy pea soup and homemade limpa bread. Food at around 5, Trivia at 7 p.m. 

Friday, Sept. 8. Casey MacGill plays at Happy Hour!
Casey MacGill has played 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.

Friday, Sept. 8. Scandinavian Folkdance.
Dance to live music from Sprida Ut with nyckelharpor from 8 to 10:30 p.m. Partner not required! Dance: $8 members, $10 guests. Lesson at 7:30 to review basic dances. For information, contact

Saturday, Sept. 9. Kräftskiva 2017 Crayfish Party.
Co-sponsored by SWEA (Swedish Women’s Educational Association). Eat crayfish, drink snaps (made here at the Club), sing snapsvisa and dance the night away. (There’s more than crayfish on the menu. All sorts of Swedish good things, such as pork loin, etc.) 7 p.m. $75. Must RSVP to

Sunday, Sept. 10. Swedish Pancakes.
September’s pancake breakfast is delayed a week due to Labor Day. Music and dancing, plus authentic Swedish pancakes, lingonberries, ham et al. Music by Folk Voice Band, Skandia Kapell and TinnFelen Hardanger Fiddle Ensemble. Guests $9; blue card Club members $7; children 5–12 $5. 8 a.m.–1 p.m. Stay afterward for genealogy in our lobby.

Wednesday, Sept. 13. Book Club.
The Silence of the Sea by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir. A chilling, thrilling mystery with supernatural elements by a master author of Icelandic crime fiction. Grab a drink first and meet in the lobby or library. 5:30 p.m. For info, contact or call 206-715-4869.

Wednesday, Sept. 13. Members & Friends Dinner.
Our program is by the Club’s 2016 scholarship recipient, Thomas Kovach, who will present his senior thesis on Sweden’s heavy metal music scene. Chef Malin’s menu is the Swedish favorite Flying Jakob: chicken casserole with bacon, curry, banana and peanuts served with rice and vegetables, and rhubarb-strawberry crumble for dessert. Social hour 5:30, dinner 6:30. $20. RSVPs after Monday, Sept. 11, pay $25.

Wednesday, Sept. 13. Weaving Classes Start.
“From yarn to finished cloth.” No prior experience necessary. Learn from experienced weaver/instructor Lois Gaylord. Series of four two-hour classes: Wednesdays, Sept. 13–Oct. 4, 6:30–8:30 p.m. Use the Club’s looms. Blue card members $89; nonmembers $112. OK to start a week late. Next two series start on Oct. 11 and Nov. 8.

Download the registration form and bring it to the first class with your payment.

Friday, Sept. 15. Sofia Talvik at the Club!
American folk with Swedish roots! Her exuberance and talent spill out all evening! Hey, she’s beautiful too. Sofia blends pop and folk for an enchanting evening. Around 7:30 p.m. Tips welcome. Also cowboy boots. She’s a fan of cowboy boots, so if you’ve got ’em, please wear ’em this evening.

Wednesday, Sept. 20. Club Board Meeting.
Members are welcome to attend as guests. Public comment period at 6 p.m., followed by the meeting.

Wednesday, Sept. 20. Craft Night and Happy Hour.
The third Wednesday evening is the craft session at the Swedish Club, held in our bar. Pea soup starts at 5, crafts anytime.

Wednesday, Sept. 20. Norwegian Film.
Kongens nei (The King’s Choice). True story of events in Norway at the start of World War II, when King Haaken chose to fight the German invasion rather than accede. 7:30 p.m. 133 min. $5 donation.

Friday, Sept. 22. Happy Hour with Overton Berry.
Enjoy music by Seattle’s legendary soul jazz pianist. The extraordinary Jeff Davies will join Overton on bass. Tips welcome. 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 23. Guild Meeting.
Be part of the fund-raising, fun-raising mission of the Club! 10 a.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 27. Kafferep.
Monthly Swedish-style coffee party with homemade goodies from our best baking members. 2 p.m. You’re very welcome.

Wednesday, Sept. 27. Swedish Bingo.
Members and guests welcome. Enjoy pea soup 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.

Wednesday, Sept. 27. Finnish Film.
Keisarikunta (Harbor Brothers). This good-natured 2004 film follows the musical scene in Kotka during the 1950s. Audience will be in for a musical treat! 94 min. 7:30 p.m. $5 donation.

Friday, Sept. 29. Wine Tasting.
Meet Kevin and Julie Cedergreen and taste the delicious wines from Cedergreen Cellars. Our dinner selections will be paired with their wines for the evening! 5 to 7 p.m. for wine tasting. In addition to tastes, you can also buy a glass and/or a bottle of wine.

Friday, Sept. 29. Book Reading.
A Bit of Candy in Hard Times, by local author Blaine Beveridge, is about a fisherman and rum runner who plies his trades—both of them—in local waters. If you’ve ever been on a boat in the Northwest, you’ll enjoy reading about all the places this likeable but shady character travels to and from in Seattle and the nearby islands. Blaine will explain what inspired him to write this story and the research that went into it. He’ll also sell and sign copies. Around 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 1. Swedish Pancakes.
Music and dancing, plus authentic Swedish pancakes, lingonberries, ham et al. Music by Nordic Reflections, Nordic Spirit and Bjarne Jacobsen. Guests $9; blue card Club members $7; children 5–12 $5. 8 a.m.–1 p.m. Stay afterward for genealogy help in our lobby.

Wednesday, Oct. 4. Trivia.
Members and guests are welcome. Every first Wednesday of the month, come play Trivia. Enjoy pea soup and homemade limpa bread. Food at around 5, Trivia at 7 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 5. Swedish Classes Resume!
Come learn or refresh your Swedish! Or learn about the Vasa dynasty. See the full class schedule.

Fridays, Oct. 6–27. Viking Film Series.
Four amazing Viking films, co-presented by the Swedish Club and the Seattle-Bergen Sister City Association. 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6. Viking Disco.
Life is more than raiding, pillaging and carving runestones. Once a year, we let our inner Vikings out to boogie all night on our dance floors. Authentic Viking dinner by James Bushell at 6 p.m.; slightly less authentic dance party at 8, with live band and DJ. Costumes encouraged. Blue card members: $20 to dance, $45 with dinner; call 206-283-1090. Guests: $25 to dance, $50 with dinner; buy at Brown Paper Tickets.

Wednesdays, Oct. 11–Nov. 1. Weaving Classes.
“From yarn to finished cloth.” No prior experience necessary. Learn from experienced weaver/instructor Lois Gaylord. Series of four two-hour classes: Wednesdays, Oct. 11–Nov. 1, 6:30–8:30 p.m. Use the Club’s looms. Blue card members $89; nonmembers $112. OK to start a week late. Next series starts on Nov. 8.

Wednesdays, Nov. 8–29. Weaving Classes.
“From yarn to finished cloth.” No prior experience necessary. Learn from experienced weaver/instructor Lois Gaylord. Series of four two-hour classes: Wednesdays, Nov. 8–29, 6:30–8:30 p.m. Use the Club’s looms. Blue card members $89; nonmembers $112. OK to start a week late.

Mark Your Calendars
The following are events we’re often asked about by members who are planning far ahead.

Dec. 8 & 15. Julbord.

Dec. 22. Lutfisk dinner.


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