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Concert and Master Class at UW-Madison School of Music

Concert and Master Class at University of Wisconsin-Madison Mead Witter School of Music

Saturday, September 22
Master class: 1-2:30
Concert: 4:00

Morphy Recital Hall
Free and open to the public
Reception following

The Edvard Grieg Society of the Great Lakes is a non-profit organization dedicated to the study and promotion of Grieg. The society is headed by a group of musicians who are dedicated to promoting Grieg’s music. Performers for this event will include board members Mary Rose and Luke Norell (Goshen College) Greg Martin (University of Indianapolis), and Mimmi Fulmer (UW-Madison), joined by Anna Hersey (UW-Oshkosh) and Alan Dunbar (Winona State University), and will feature instrumental and vocal works of Grieg.

Viking ship visit

The message below was from Dee Grimsrud of the Idun Lodge-Sons of Norway. Click here to see the flyer for more information.

You were invited to join Idun Lodge-Sons of Norway on a day trip (via Badger Bus) to Green Bay on Saturday, August 6th, to see the reproduction Viking ship Draken Harald Hårfagre as part of the Tall Ships Festival there.

The Draken completed a harrowing journey across the North Atlantic and is currently making its way through NY rivers and canals to the Great Lakes, stopping at ports along the way.

See for some amazing photos and videos!

This was a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see an extremely realistic, fully functional Viking ship. And the opportunity might even appeal to some of your family, friends and colleagues…whether or not they have a drop of Viking blood!

Dee Grimsrud
Idun Lodge-Sons of Norway
Publicity Chair & Treasurer

Midsummer Celebration 2016

The Scandinavian American Club (SAC) Midsummer celebration took place on Saturday, June 18, 2016

Time: 2-7 pm.
Place: at the Gartners, 910 O’Sheridan St., Madison, WI 53715

The Midsummer celebration was a potluck. SAC provided mineral water, juice and beer. We want to thank those that brought flowers and greenery to decorate the Midsummer pole, and folding chairs.

Tentative schedule:
2-3: Lawn games, decoration of Midsummer pole, snacks and appetizers
3-3:30: Music performance
3:30-4: Dance around the Midsummer pole
4-4:30: Sing-along
5-7: Dinner and bonfire

Spring Picnic 2016

The Scandinavian American Club (SAC) held its spring picnic on Saturday, May 7, at 1-3 pm. The original invitation details are below.

Place: Pope Farm Conservatory, 7440 W. Old Sauk Rd. For info and map,
see here. Please enter at the 7440 Old Sauk Rd entrance and drive up to the top picnic area.

The picnic will be a potluck, so please bring a dish to share.

SAC will provide beverages (water, juice, soda and beer), plates and napkins.

You are encouraged to bring folding chairs and games.

New Scandinavian Book

We were recently contacted by Stephen Kling of THGC Publishing in St. Louis, Missouri. He and 42 international authors have recently published a two volume book on the Great Northern War, 1700-1721. Much of this history involves King Charles XII of Sweden, a fascinating if not controversial figure. Charles is recognized as one of the Great Captains of history and was a legend to his Swedish soldiers. He was mysteriously killed in 1718 and his body has been exhumed multiple times to determine the cause of death- a lucky Norwegian bullet or from a Swedish soldier wanting to end the war?

GreatNorthernWarBook The war raged across all of Northern Europe and the resulting peace transformed the political landscape of the area which is relevant to understanding current issues. This important part of Scandinavian history has had little coverage in English and the intent of the publication was open up this history in an inviting way and the articles though written by experts were purposefully written in a popular style. The articles are all written by book authors, academics and experts from their countries and cover the armies, battles, events and major personalities of the war. The books are heavily illustrated with new battle and map art, museum and archive images and photographs from the article authors. Nine of the article authors are from Sweden, six from Denmark, one from Finland, and the rest from Poland, Russia, Lithuania, Germany, the Ukraine, the UK and the US. Mr. Kling visited with several of the authors last year and was escorted through many of the museums and archives housing the history relating to the war. Some of the Swedish authors invited Mr. Kling to be a panelist with them on the Great Northern War at the upcoming 2016 annual conference for the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Studies. The books are available on at:

There is a short video on the books that can be seen at:

Annual Sledding Party 2016

The Scandinavian American Club (SAC) would like to invite you to a sledding/skiing party on Saturday, February 20, 2016, at 1 – 5 pm, snow or shine. Please bring a dish to share, and if there’s snow, bring your own sleds and skis (else bring yourself).

(You don’t have to RSVP, but if you wish, you can reply to if you are planning to come and what dish you are planning to bring.)

Christmas Party / Julfest / Pikkujoulu 2015

Enjoy an evening of a three-course Nordic dinner, St. Lucia procession, raffle, traditional dance around the Christmas tree, holiday crafts, and a Santa visit.

Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 4pm
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 605 Spruce St., Madison

Adults: $20 + dish to pass (serving 10-12) or $30 without a dish
Seniors and Students: $15 with dish or $25 without
Children 12 years old or under: $5

SAC will provide the main dishes and some appetizers (including lamb and pork roast, meatballs, poached salmon, ham, gravlax and smoked salmon), glögg (mulled wine, a non-alcoholic version will also be available); and amenities to ensure a joyous celebration. Please bring your own beer/wine.

To receive a personal invite so you can RSVP and buy tickets (by Dec. 2), please contact or

If you are bringing a dish or would like to help, please sign up on VolunteerSpot:

Midsummer Celebration 2015

Midsummer Celebration – June 20

Time: Saturday, June 20, 2 pm – 6 pm

Place: At Maria Sandgren’s, 436 Little Bear Dr., Middleton WI 53562

The Midsummer celebration will be a potluck so please bring a dish to share.

Beer will be provided (there will be beer tasting courtesy of Rockhound Brewing). SAC will provide mineral water and juice to some extent.
If you want anything more or else to drink (e.g., aquavit, wine, soda, etc.), please bring.

The program will include dance around the Midsummer pole and live Hardanger fiddle music with Inna Larsen and Dark of the Moon band.

Please bring flowers and greenery to decorate the Midsummer pole, and lawn chairs.

Spring Picnic 2015

The Scandinavian American Club (SAC) in Madison will have a spring picnic on Saturday, May 2, at 2 pm.

Place: Pope Farm Conservatory, 7440 W. Old Sauk Rd: click here for details and a map.

Please enter at the 7440 Old Sauk entrance and drive up to the top picnic area (with the restroom and water sign). Please carpool if possible, since there are only 30 parking spots there (and we’ll have to share with other park visitors).

SAC will provide beverages (water, soda, and beer) and snacks.

Please bring your own food, blankets, and lawn chairs (there are picnic tables but they will most likely not be enough)

Also, SAC plans to bring some lawn games, but feel free to bring your own.

It’s a great place for birdwatching, so please bring binoculars if you’re interested.

In case of rain, the picnic will be canceled.