December 13 is St Lucia Day
December 13. is traditionally the day to celebrate Lucia. Lucia is an ancient mythical figure with a role as a bearer of light in the dark Swedish winters. Lussekatter (saffron buns) shaped like curled-up cats with raisin eyes are eaten with glögg or coffee, the buns are delivered by the eldest girl in a household. She wears a wreath of candles in her hair.
Santa Lucia in English
The night treads heavily
around yards and dwellings
In places unreached by sun,
the shadows brood
Into our dark house she comes,
bearing lighted candles,
Saint Lucia, Saint Lucia.
Night walks grand, yet silent,
Now hear its gentle wings,
In every room so hushed,
Whispering like wings.
Look, at our threshold stands,
White-clad with light in her hair,
Santa Lucia, Santa Lucia!
Darkness shall take flight soon,
From earth's valleys.
So she speaks
Wonderful words to us:
A new day will rise again
From the rosy sky…
Santa Lucia, Santa Lucia!
Local Amery science teacher to compete in Sweden in 2015
Kubb is an old Nordic game that is said to have its origins with the Vikings. Starting roughly 25 years ago, the game exploded throughout the Nordic countries. Over the past 10 years, kubb has had significant growth in Europe and the U.S. The Midwest is currently home to the majority of recreational and competitive kubb activity in the U.S. Congratulation to Mark Oman for winning the North American one-on-one Kubb Championship and he will compete in Sweden in July 2015.
Christmas Rooms open at American Swedish Institute
Jenny Lind Program Tuesday night November 4th ---7 PM
Jenny Lind's birthday October 6, 1820
Quotes about Jenny
""No books, no men, have had a more ennobling influence upon me as a poet than Jenny Lind." Hans Christian Andersen, 1847.
"The House was full to suffocation & the enthusiasm unbounded when Lind appeared." Queen Victoria 1849
"There is something very fascinating about her; a kind of soft wildness of manner, and sudden pauses in her speaking, and floating shadows over her face." Henry Longfellow, poet, 1851
"Frau Lind-Goldschmidt stands as incomparable in her glittering renown as a singer as Handel in his as a composer, with the difference – which is in Frau Lind’s favour ..."1855
"Je crois que vous serez satisfait après avoir entendu la Lind ; elle est quelque chose d’extraordinaire."
Leopold I, 1845
"Elle est charmante et chanteuse de génie. "
Frederic Chopin 1848
"Yes, I gave too much of myself to my art; it nearly took my life; but I would have been happy to die for this my first and last, deepest, purest love." Jenny Lind to Andersen, 1871
This research by Icons of Europe, Brussels, www.iconsofeurope.com
October is our Film Festival night in conjunction with the Amery Theater
What is Gaslighting?
Klub members will meet at the theater on October 16th, to enjoy Ingrid Bergman's stellar performance in Gaslight.
Gaslight is an American 1944 mystery/thriller film adapted from Patrick Hamilton 1938 play Gas Light. It was the second version to be filmed, following the British film Gaslight, directed by Thorold Dickinson and released in in 1940. This 1944 version was directed by George Cukor and starred Ingrid Bergman, Charles Boyer, Joseph Cotten, and 18-year-old Angela Lansbury in her screen debut. It had a larger scale and budget than the earlier film, and lends a different feel to the material. To avoid confusion with the first film, this version was in the UK originally given the title The Murder in Thornton Square.
The film opens just after world-famous opera singer Alice Alquist has been murdered. The perpetrator bolted, without the jewels he sought, after being interrupted by a child—Paula (Ingrid Bergman), Alice's niece, who was raised by her aunt following her mother's death.
Paula is sent to Italy so that she can train to be an opera star with the same teacher who once trained Alice. She studies with him for years, all the while trying to forget that terrible night at Number 9 Thornton Square in London.
Paula meets Gregory Anton (Charles Boyer) and soon falls in love with him. She eventually ends her long tutelage to marry him. He persuades her they should live in the long-vacant London townhouse her aunt bequeathed her and, to help calm her anxieties, suggests they store all of Alice's furnishings away in the attic. Before they do, Paula discovers a letter addressed to her aunt by a man named Sergius Bauer, dated only two days before the murder, tucked away in a music book. Gregory's reaction is swift and violent, but he quickly composes himself, explaining his outburst as one of frustration at the bad memories his bride is experiencing.After Alice's things are packed away in the attic and the door blocked, things take a turn for the bizarre. Join us for this great classic film.
Map of the Swedish immigrants who lived in Wisconsin at the time of 1900 census.
The counties in black with a diagonal stripe had the most Swedes with more than 1000,and white with a diagonal black stripe had 700 to 1000 Swedish settlers. The all black counties had 400 to 700 Swedish settlers. Light gray are counties with 10o to 400 Swedes, and all white are 0 to 100 of Swedish decent. Our county, Polk, located on the far western border of Wisconsin on the St Croix River bordering Minnesota, was one of the areas of highest Swedish settlement. In Burnett County are located towns that were centers for Swedish settlement. They are Trade Lake, Grantsburg and Falun. And then south still along the river are the towns of Lund and Stockholm are located in Pierce and Pepin Counties.