Upcoming Events

Monday, September 23, 2019 at 8pm

St. John's Church
Wisconsin Ave & Bradley Blvd
Chevy Chase, MD

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Sharing Experiences from Scandinavian and Native American Basket Weaving

Presented by Kim Sølve Jacobsen, Researcher at Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU), University of Oxford, and recipient of an ASA grant

Scandinavian birch root basketry has ancient roots, with the oldest fragments discovered in the grave of a Viking Queen who lived 1200 years ago. This art is held alive by just a handful of practitioners and has many similarities with the basketry of the native American cultures of California, who are famous for their exquisite baskets. With support from ASA, Kim Sølve Jacobsen organized a cultural exchange for these two traditions to meet and learn from each other. The Parker family, a well-known family of native American basket makers from Yosemite, traveled to Telemark in Norway to share their basketry, culture and beliefs with Norwegian basket makers.

Refreshments will be served.

Monday, October 7, 2019 at 8pm

St. John's Church
Wisconsin Ave & Bradley Blvd
Chevy Chase, MD

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Exploring the North

Presented by Dr. Katya Uryupova, Explorer, Scientist, Guide, and Photographer.

Dr. Uryupova has traveled and researched extensively in the Arctic and Antarctic regions since 2000, focusing on marine protected areas, climate change, and environmental monitoring. Dr. Uryupova received her PhD in marine biology from Moscow State University, and her MA at the University of Salford, UK. Her affiliations include the Smithsonian Institution, The Secretariat of the Antarctic Treaty in Argentina, and the Hurtigraten tour Company in the Arctic regions.

Refreshments will be served.

Monday, November 18, 2019 at 8pm

St. John's Church
Wisconsin Ave & Bradley Blvd
Chevy Chase, MD

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The Future of the Workplace

Presented by Kara Deniz, Senior Communications Coordinator with the Teamsters Union in Washington, DC, and winner of an ASA grant

Kara Deniz traveled to Copenhagen to learn how Denmark is approaching topics like “Gig economy,” driverless cars, and the future of the workplace. She met with labor unions, business owners, and trade associations to find out, and will share her experiences and lessons learned.

Refreshments will be served.

Past Events

Saturday, June 29, 2019
at 3:00 PM

Carderock Picnic Pavilion
9500 MacArthur Blvd
Bethesda, MD 20817

Annual Joint Midsommar Celebration and Potluck Dinner

Hosted by Drott Lodge with support from ASA, SWEA, and FFNCC

Bring garlands of greens, put a wreath of flowers on your head, and help decorate the Maypole. Children's Games at 3:00 PM. Help raise the Maypole and join in the ring dances and games and celebrate Midsommar, St. Hans, Sankte Hans with live music, and pot luck dinner!

For the picnic:

  • Bring a generous dish according to your last name:
    A-H Deserts, I-Z main dishes and salads.
  • Bring your own beverages.
  • For your comfort, bring lawn chairs or a picnic blanket.

Pictured above are 11 Past Presidents of ASA

Presidents L to R: Henry Hanson (1966-1968), Marilyn Benson (1992-1994), Mildred Hanson (1990-1992), Rosemarie Oster (1983-1986, 1996-97, 2009-15), Ann Munsey (2002-2003), Lars Johanson (1981-1983),  Kristi Johnson (1975-77, 1999-2000), Anne Eason (1999-2000), Margaret Schueman (2003-2007), Erland Magnusson (2000-2002), William Feller (1968-1970).

Monday, May 20, 2019 at 8pm

St. John's Church
Wisconsin Ave & Bradley Blvd
Chevy Chase, MD

Henry Hanson Award and Panel on the History of the American Scandinavian Association

Presented by ASA Past Presidents Kristi Johnson, Rosemarie Oster, and Margaret Schueman

Rosemarie Oster, the longest serving president of ASA, will receive the Henry Hanson Distinguished Service Award, followed by a panel discussion featuring three of ASA’s former presidents: Kristi Johnson, Rosemarie Oster, and Margaret Schueman. The discussion will be a forum for reflection on ASA’s role in the Nordic community past, present, and future.

Refreshments will be served.

Monday, April 15, 2019 at 8pm

St. John's Church
Wisconsin Ave & Bradley Blvd
Chevy Chase, MD

Folk Tunes from Sweden and the US

Presented by Göran Olsson and Sam Morgan

Enjoy an evening with folk music featuring Göran Olsson on Fiddle and Sam Morgan on Guitar. The duo will play a variety of folk music from Sweden and the United States. Göran Olsson is a traditional fiddler from Jämtland, Sweden, known for his light and captivating playing style. Sam Morgan is a native of Morgantown, West Virginia, with over 50 years of musical experience, playing and composing music for the American folk music ensemble Hickory Wind and the country music ensemble the Sunshine Express.

Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 2pm

The Danish Club of Washington, DC, Rockville, MD

Greenland: People and Culture in a Changing World

Presented by Rebecca Lynge, First Secretary to the Greenland Representation in Washington, DC

Since 1979, Greenland has been a self-governing part of the Kingdom of Denmark with its own government and parliament in place. Today, Greenland has an important geographic and political position in global affairs and is in an important nation-building process, seeking to create economic growth and exploring possible pathways to full independence. Join the Danish Club of Washington, DC and the American Scandinavian Association for an afternoon with Rebecca Lynge from the Greenland Representation in Washington D.C. to learn more about Greenland, its people and culture.

Monday, February 11, 2019 at 8pm

St. John's Church
Wisconsin Ave & Bradley Blvd
Chevy Chase, MD

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Baltic Neighbors: Estonia and Sweden and the Ties that Bind

Presented by Karl Altau, Managing Director, Joint Baltic American National Committee
With the Joint Baltic American National Committee (JBANC) since 1997, Karl Altau has helped conduct extensive advocacy on behalf of Estonian, Latvian, and Lithuanian organizations in the United States, including during the period of NATO accession for the three Baltic countries. Karl Altau will share highlights of Estonian-Swedish relations.

Monday, January 21, 2019 at 8pm

St. John's Church
Wisconsin Ave & Bradley Blvd
Chevy Chase, MD

Finnish Sauna Culture is Blooming in Both Helsinki and in Washington D.C.

Presented by Helena Liikanen-Renger, Press Counselor, Embassy of Finland in Washington D.C.
Recently appointed Finnish Press Counselor Helena Liikanen-Renger talks about the Sauna, Diplomacy, and how Finns see Americans Today.

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Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 5:30pm

St. James Episcopal Church
11815 Seven Locks Road
Potomac, Maryland

Scandinavian Christmas Festival

With the Sights, Sounds, and Scents of a Scandinavian Christmas!

  • St. Lucia Pageant at 5:30 p.m.
  • Bazaar Sales
  • Dancing Around the Christmas Tree
  • A Visit by Santa
  • The Nordic Dancers
  • Live Music
  • Grand Raffle Drawing

Refreshments include Coffee, Glögg, Cake & Cookies

Admission Fee:
Members: $7.00 per adult, $4.00 ages 2-12, Free under 2
Non-Members: $10.00 per adult, $6.00 ages 2-12, Free under 2

Join ASA for reduced admission fee >> ASA Membership 
ASA Single or Family Membership: $25, Students: $15

We thank our raffle sponsors for their contributions:

Monday, November 19, 2018, 8 pm

St. John's Church
Wisconsin Ave & Bradley Blvd
Chevy Chase, MD

Symbolic Sources in Nordic Decorative Arts

Presented by Tina Keune, Rosemaling Artist

Norway's decorative arts heritage employs symbols from the riches of ancient civilizations--Greek, Roman, and Viking. You will see the similarities among European and Scandinavian folk art, as well as small differences that make each ethnic style unique. By virtue of the artisan's touch and imagination, important symbols would be read by the viewer. Tina Keune, a long-time member of the ASA and Vesterheim Gold Medalist in Rosemaling, has pursued independent studies of Scandinavia's folk art history. She will illustrate and explain how the decorative elements of common shapes, colors, and numbers used in carvings, textiles, decorative painting, jewelry, and nature, traveled to the Scandinavian countries, reminding a rural population about lessons learned through their mandatory church attendance.

Saturday, October 13, 2018, 7-9 pm

St. John's Church
Wisconsin Ave & Bradley Blvd
Chevy Chase, MD

From Saga to Opera: A Lecture

Presented by Composer and Librettist Jeffrey Leiser

Norse sagas and mythology have inspired some of the greatest works of all time, from Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen to Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. What can they offer us today, and why should we pay attention?

Noted composer and librettist Jeffrey Leiser presents a lecture on his new opera, Far Travelers, and its place in the continuum of works inspired by the northern lands. The work was supported by the American Scandinavian Association.

Far Travelers was adapted from two Icelandic sagas and was recently performed in part at the Guild Hall of East Hampton through an accelerated lab residency. Excerpts from the concert will be presented as part of the lecture, which will also include a Q&A with the audience.

Learn more at http://www.jeffreyrolandleiser.com/

Monday, September 17, 2018, 8pm

St. John's Church
Wisconsin Ave & Bradley Blvd
Chevy Chase, MD

Globalizing Nordic Art

Presented by Bart Pushaw, PhD Candidate in Art History at the University of Maryland

The era between 1880 and 1920 witnessed the rise of some of Scandinavia’s most iconic artists, including Edvard Munch, Carl Larsson, and Helene Schjerfbeck. Too often, however, we understand these artists by their “Nordic” or national qualities. Bart Pushaw, PhD Candidate in Art History at the University of Maryland, and recent Fellow of the American-Scandinavian Foundation, will speak on the importance of framing Nordic art globally to Scandinavian colonial history in the Caribbean and the North Atlantic, exploring the impact of race and place on modern art at home.

Sunday, June 24, 2018,
at 2:30 PM

Carderock Picnic Pavilion
9500 MacArthur Blvd
Bethesda, MD 20817

18th Annual Joint Midsommar Celebration

Hosted by Drott Lodge with support from ASA & SWEA

Bring garlands of greens at 2:30 PM, put a wreath of flowers on your head, and help decorate the Maypole. Children's Games at 3:00 PM. Help raise the Maypole at 3:50 PM. At 4:00 PM, join in the ring dances and games and celebrate Midsommar, St. Hans, Sankte Hans with live music, and pot luck dinner at 4:45 pm!

For the picnic:

  • Bring a generous dish according to your last name:
    A-G dessert, H-R main dish , S-Z salad
  • Soft drinks, tap beer, coffee, cups, paper plates, and plastic ware will be supplied.
  • For your comfort bring your lawn chairs or a picnic blanket.

Monday, May 21, 8pm

St. John's Church
Wisconsin Ave & Bradley Blvd
Chevy Chase, MD

Svenska Sanggruppen

Svenska Sanggruppen (the Swedish Song Group) will be performing with the Washington Spelmanslag. The Swedish Song Group will sing a varied program of traditional songs new and old in concert with the musicians. The audience will be invited to participate. Be part of bringing in the summer with joyful singing and spirit!

Saturday, May 11, 2019,
10am-5pm
Harris Pavilion and Manassas Museum Lawn
9201 Center Street
Manassas, Virginia

Public Parking is available at three municipal parking lots near the Pavilion and on surrounding streets. Handicap parking is available at the municipal parking lots.

If you would like to help with the Festival or you have questions,
e-mail Erna Pomrenke at manassasvikingfest@gmail.com

For more information visit the Manassas Viking Festival Facebook Page 

Manassas Viking Festival

The Sons of Norway lodge and the Icelandic Association of Washington, DC are organizing the Second Annual outdoor Viking Festival.

The event features:

  • A 40 foot Viking ship
  • Viking reenactment groups demonstrating daily life during the Viking era
  • Falcons from the Raptor Conservancy of Virginia
  • Icelandic sheep from Three Bags Wool Farm
  • A Fjord horse and hopefully Icelandic horses from Frida Icelandic Riding Club
  • The Nordic Dancers of Washington D.C
  • Sporið, 21 Icelandic folk dancers in national costumes
  • Irish/Celtic dancers from the Phoenix Dance Academy
  • Live Celtic music by the Crossjacks
  • Rosemaling artist Tina Keune and fiber artist Karen Richardson
  • Imported Swedish Foods and Gifts sold by Drott Lodge
  • Danish æbleskiver sold by the Danish Club of Washington, DC
  • Almost 50 vendors
  • Food trucks for hot food

Monday, April 16, 2018 at 8:00 PM
St. John's Church
Wisconsin Ave & Bradley Blvd
Chevy Chase, MD

Nordic Food in DC

Presented by Mikko Kosonen, Executive Chef

Chef Mikko Kosonen will present a program about the philosophy behind his Nordic catering business and his food. A long-time resident of Washington, DC, Mikko was Executive Chef for the Finnish Ambassador for 15 years. Chef Mikko's passion for cooking began at a young age and continued to grow as he worked in his family’s restaurant in Stockholm. He mastered his craft during his time at the prestigious Helsinki Culinary School and later worked at La Belvedere—a Michelin-rated restaurant in Annecy, France. He specializes in Swedish, Finnish, Norwegian, Icelandic, and Danish food. Every menu is custom made. Learn more at https://www.chefmikko.com/

Monday, March 19, 2018 at 8:00 PM
St. John's Church
Wisconsin Ave & Bradley Blvd
Chevy Chase, MD

Gender Equality and Iceland's 100 Years of Sovereignty

Presented by Mrs. Inga Jona Thordardottir, former Reykjavik City Council member and wife of Icelandic Ambassador Haarde

As Iceland celebrates its 100th anniversary of sovereignty, Mrs. Inga Jona Thordardottir, a former Reykjavik City Council member, explores why Iceland and other Nordic countries are at the top of the list of countries showing the world's best results in gender equality. The Icelandic women's movement and the struggle for gender equality has its roots in Iceland's history and culture and it is an important part of Iceland's path to independence. Mrs. Thordardottir has been an active participant in the Women's movement going back to the early seventies and she was Chairperson of Iceland's Women's Right Association from 1992 to 1995.

Monday, February 19, 2018 at 8:00 PM
St. John's Church
Wisconsin Ave & Bradley Blvd
Chevy Chase, MD

The Global Refugee Crisis

Presented by Joel R. Charny, Norwegian Refugee Council

Forced displacement is one of the great challenges of our time. Some 65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes by conflict. Responding to their needs is the imperative of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), one of the largest humanitarian organizations in the world. At the ASA event on 19 February, Joel Charny, the Director of the Washington office of NRC (NRC USA), will describe the global situation for refugees and people displaced within their own countries; the challenges of responding to the situation with the rise of nativist political movements and attitudes; and the lifesaving work of NRC, with particular focus on the Middle East and Africa. He will also describe the role of NRC USA as a Scandinavian institution in Washington and the wider United States.

Monday, January 15, 2018 at 8:00 PM
St. John's Church
Wisconsin Ave & Bradley Blvd
Chevy Chase, MD

Let Us Be Finns

presented by Robert Rinehart, former Director, US Foreign Service Institute, Scandinavian Division

On December 6, 2017, the people of Finland celebrated the 100th year since the founding of their country as an independent nation state. Continuing in that celebration, “Let Us Be Finns” tells the story of four writers and scholars – Johan Vilhelm Snellman, Elias Lonnrot, Johan Ludvig Runeberg, and Zachris Topelius – who, in the previous century, inspired by their work a consciousness of national identity among the Finnish people. Telling the story is Robert Rinehart who for twenty-five years was director of Northern European Area Studies Programs at the Foreign Service Institute.

Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 5:30 PM
St. James Episcopal Church
11815 Seven Locks Road
Potomac, Maryland

Scandinavian Christmas Festival

With the Sights, Sounds, and Scents of a Scandinavian Christmas!

  • St. Lucia Pageant at 5:30 pm in the Sanctuary of the Church
  • Bazaar Begins at 6:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall
  • Coffee, Glögg, Pepparkakor, Pulla, Kringles
  • Dancing around the Christmas Tree
  • A Visit by Santa & Gift Bags
  • Nordic Dancers
  • Grand Raffle Drawing

Monday, November 13, 2017 at 8:00 PM
St. John's Church
Wisconsin Ave & Bradley Blvd
Chevy Chase, MD

The Vikings in English History

presented by author David Mullaly

David K. Mullaly is passionate about Viking culture, history, and archeology. He received both his bachelor's degree and master's degree in English from Penn State University and did doctoral work in English at Northwestern University. Mullaly spent thirty years teaching high-school English and also taught part time at Northwestern. He bought and sold period Viking artifacts for over a dozen years and understands how their culture was reflected in their crafts. He also worked with Norsemen Saga author James L. Nelson, and has published short essays about Viking artifacts on Academia.edu. Mullaly will give an overview of the Vikings and will talk about his novel, Eadric and the Wolves, and the importance of that period in English cultural history. The lecture ends with a show-and-tell of Viking artifacts, including jewelry and a complete early 10th century Viking sword.

Monday, October 16, 2017 at 8:00 PM
St. John's Church
Wisconsin Ave & Bradley Blvd
Chevy Chase, MD

John Ericsson and the Engines of Exile

presented by author David Mel Paul

David Mel Paul was awarded the M.A. in Humanities by the University of Chicago and received a Swedish translator's certificate from Uppsala University in Sweden. He served for three years in the U.S. Navy, became a technical writer, and then an exhibit designer and producer in aerospace companies. He joined the United States Information Agency as a producer of cultural exchange exhibitions, organizing the U.S. exhibitions in the Soviet Union, and in every Soviet bloc capital in Eastern Europe. David Mel Paul is a translator of Swedish books; a variety of American publishers have issued his English versions of Swedish biography and fiction.

Monday, September 18, 2017 at 8:00 PM
St. John's Church
Wisconsin Ave & Bradley Blvd
Chevy Chase, MD

Finland 100 - A Remarkable Success Story

presented by Annina Aalto, Cultural Counselor, Embassy of Finland

Annina Aalto is the Cultural Counselor at the Embassy of Finland and has worked for the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland since 2012. Prior to this she worked for the Finnish Institute of International Affairs and the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts. Annina received a Master of Science degree from Lund University School of Economics and Management in Sweden and a Master of Arts degree from the College of Europe in Belgium.