The 17th Annual Swedish Crayfish Party

Crayfish Party 2015

Time for cray­fish! Tra­di­tion­ally,  a Swedish cray­fish party takes place in the end of the sum­mer. Cray­fish par­ties have spread to all the Nordic coun­tries and are gen­er­ally held dur­ing August. Thistra­di­tion was started because cray­fish har­vest­ing in Swe­den was, for most of the 20th cen­tury, legally lim­ited to late sum­mer. Since the sum­mer lasts longer in BC than in Swe­den, thys year’s party will take place on Fri­day, Sep­tem­ber 25.  Since the Swedish cray­fish became extinct, Swedes all over the world rely on IKEA and China to deliver these yummy and deli­cious shell fish for our some­times rowdy parties.

It is the 17th time the Swedish Women’s Edu­ca­tional Asso­ci­a­tion arranges a true cray­fish party with all the cus­tom­ary party acces­sories that are oblig­a­tory. These con­si­tute of com­i­cal paper hats, paper table­cloths, paper lanterns (often depict­ing the Man in the Moon), and bibs. A cheer­ful atmos­phere pre­vails amid noisy eat­ing and tra­di­tional drink­ing songs (printed in a lit­tle book­let in Eng­lish so that every­one can take part). It is con­sid­ered cus­tom­ary to suck the juice out of the cray­fish before shelling it. Don’t worry, we will show you how it is done!

Sim­i­lar to last year, SWEA part­ners with the Swedish Cul­tural Soci­ety in organ­is­ing the salti­est event of the year. The tick­ets include a three course meal  with entern­tain­ment dur­ing din­ner, and danc­ing to Swedish music after. Babysit­ting can be arranged if required (let us know when you sign up so that we can organ­ise this). Only 60 tick­ets will be sold, so pur­chase your ticket early!

Date: Fri­day, Sep­tem­ber 25, 2015
Time: 7pm to 1am
Loca­tion: Scan­di­na­vian Com­mu­nity Cen­tre
Cost: $55.00, pre­sale $45 by send­ing in cheque to SWEA, c/o Lena Normen-Younger, 105‑2025 West Broad­way, Van­cou­ver BC  V6J 1Z6 or sendind an elec­tronic trans­fer with interac to sweavancouver@nullgmail.com. Last date to get the lower price of $45 is Sep­tem­ber 20, 2014 (cheque must have been posted by this date).
Con­tact: Lena N-Y at 604–838-5362

Crayfishcollage

More infor­ma­tion at Vancouver.swea.org or 504–652-7644

All pro­ceeds go to SWEA Vancouver.

A Very Scandinavian Evening: Swedish Artists Carl and Karin Larsson

LarssonDate: Fri­day, May 29, 2015
Time: Doors open at 6.30 pm; Sand­wiches 7 pm; Talk 8 pm
Price: $5 per sand­wich
Con­tact and RSVP:  swedishculturalsociety.ca@nullgmail.com

Carl Larsson’s illus­tra­tions for his book Ett Hem (A Home) more than a cen­tury ago defined a “Swedish Style” that was light, colour­ful, infor­mal.  It seems obvi­ous now that his wife Karin was inti­mately involved in cre­at­ing the rooms Carl used as a stage for their family’s dramas.

“Swedish Style” with spe­cial ref­er­ence to the con­tri­bu­tions of Karin Lars­son, an illus­trated talk.

A piece of but­tered rye bread with some­thing laid on, with meat, fish, cheese and top­pings.  It sounds sim­ple enough but the Smør­re­brød, the Dan­ish open sand­wich, is Dan­ish every­day prac­tise raised to one of the great con­tri­bu­tions the world’s culi­nary arts.

“Dan­ish Style”.  Smør­re­brød godt belagt med meget pynt (Dan­ish sand­wiches well stacked and dec­o­rated) $5 per sand­wich, bar ser­vice available.

In coop­er­a­tion with the Swe­den House Soci­ety and the Swedish Cul­tural Society

 

 

 

A Very Scandinavian Evening: Swedish Artists Carl and Karin Larsson

LarssonDate: Fri­day, May 29, 2015
Time: Doors open at 6.30 pm; Sand­wiches 7 pm; Talk 8 pm
Price: $5 per sand­wich
Con­tact and RSVP:  swedishculturalsociety.ca@nullgmail.com

Carl Larsson’s illus­tra­tions for his book Ett Hem (A Home) more than a cen­tury ago defined a “Swedish Style” that was light, colour­ful, infor­mal.  It seems obvi­ous now that his wife Karin was inti­mately involved in cre­at­ing the rooms Carl used as a stage for their family’s dramas.

“Swedish Style” with spe­cial ref­er­ence to the con­tri­bu­tions of Karin Lars­son, an illus­trated talk.

A piece of but­tered rye bread with some­thing laid on, with meat, fish, cheese and top­pings.  It sounds sim­ple enough but the Smør­re­brød, the Dan­ish open sand­wich, is Dan­ish every­day prac­tise raised to one of the great con­tri­bu­tions the world’s culi­nary arts.

“Dan­ish Style”.  Smør­re­brød godt belagt med meget pynt (Dan­ish sand­wiches well stacked and dec­o­rated) $5 per sand­wich, bar ser­vice available.

In coop­er­a­tion with the Swe­den House Soci­ety and the Swedish Cul­tural Society

 

 

 

The SHS Karl Ståhl Award

Photo: Karl Ståhl, consul emeritus

Photo: Karl Ståhl, con­sul emeritus

The Karl Ståhl Schol­ar­ship was founded by the board of Swe­den House Soci­ety in 2014 as a way to hon­our the long-time ser­vice of Con­sul Gen­eral Karl A. Ståhl.  His career as the diplo­matic rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Swe­den in British Colum­bia spanned over 45 years until his retire­ment in 1983. The schol­ar­ship was ini­ti­ated through gen­er­ous dona­tions by the fam­ily and friends of Karl Ståhl, who passed away in 1996.

The goal of this schol­ar­ship is to assist a British Colum­bia stu­dent with the cost of his or her post-secondary stud­ies at an accred­ited insti­tute of higher learn­ing at a post sec­ondary level. The stud­ies can take place any­where in the world. A strong inter­est in Swe­den and the Swedish Com­mu­nity in BC is a require­ment to apply.

The schol­ar­ship has a value of $1,000 and will be awarded annu­ally in the month of June. The schol­ar­ship is paid upon proof of the recipient’s admis­sion with the funds being dis­trib­uted upon the com­mence­ment of studies.

The appli­ca­tion should include the following:

  1. Applicant’s name, address and email address.
  2. Proof of res­i­dent sta­tus of BC.
  3. Proof of reg­is­tra­tion to an accred­ited institution.
  4. Tran­script of the most recent stud­ies and marks.
  5. A writ­ten ref­er­ence from one or more of the fol­low­ing: a pre­vi­ous teacher, instruc­tor or school admin­is­tra­tor, mem­ber of Swe­den House (includ­ing orga­ni­za­tions belong­ing to Swe­den House) or some­one unre­lated who can attest to the applicant’s good character
  6. A short, hand­writ­ten essay that includes the applicant’s link to and inter­est in Swe­den, a descrip­tion of vol­un­teer work and /or employ­ment, edu­ca­tional expe­ri­ences, inter­ests, trav­els, hob­bies and to also future aca­d­e­mic and post edu­ca­tional goals and how this schol­ar­ship can assist in attain­ing them.
  7. Any addi­tional per­sonal infor­ma­tion that would serve to bet­ter assess the appli­ca­tion. Espe­cially involve­ment with the Swedish Com­mu­nity where the appli­cant lives or volunteering/connection with Swe­den House Soci­ety or any of its mem­ber organ­i­sa­tions is con­sid­ered in a favourable way.

In order to be con­sid­ered for the 2015 schol­ar­ship, the appli­ca­tion and sup­port­ing doc­u­men­ta­tion must be sub­mit­ted by March 31, 2015 by email (swedenhousechair@nullgmail.com) or by reg­u­lar mail to Swe­den House Society-Scholarship, 6540 Thomas Street, Burn­aby, BC V5B 4P9.

 

 

Swedish Social

SwedishSocialFea­tur­ing Thai food or Mac & Cheese (kids), Toonie toss, Swedish pop and rock music, danc­ing, silent auc­tion, 50/50 Draw
Date: Fri­day, Jan­u­ary 30, 2015
Time: 4–7 pm Fam­ily sit­ting with kids enter­tain­ment; 7 pm adult sit­ting
Loca­tion: Scan­di­na­vian Com­mu­nity Cen­tre
Price: $20 avail­able from Swedish School until Jan­u­ary 22nd, $25 at the door
Con­tact: www.svenskaskolanvancouver.org

Dona­tions for our Silent Auc­tion are appreciated

This event is a fundraiser in sup­port of the Swedish School of Vancouver

We are look­ing for­ward to see­ing you there. See our Swedish Social 2015 flyer.

Retirement Party for Eva-Liisa

Eva's cropped photoThe five houses are host­ing a retire­ment party for Eva-Liisa Kan­gas, our long time Assis­tant Manager.

Date: Sun­day, Decem­ber 28, 2014
Time: 1 pm
Loca­tion: Scan­di­na­vian Com­mu­nity Cen­tre
Cater­ing by Kate Praegel. Cash Bar. Please bring your sto­ries and greetings.

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