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2022 Christmas Party – Save the date!

The Scandinavian American Club (SAC) Christmas Party will take place on Saturday, December 17th, 2022, from 15:30-20:00 CST at 330 W Mifflin St, Madison, WI 53703-2514, United States. Come and Join us for an evening of Nordic Christmas traditions with a Three-course dinner buffet, St. Lucia procession, holiday crafts, raffle, and dance around the Christmas tree.

To register for the event, you need an Evite. If you are not on our email list, Please send a request to to have your email added.

No Julfest for 2020

We hope that you are well! This might be already understood but we wanted to inform you that there won’t be a Julfest this winter season due to the pandemic.

We will resume the activities when it is safe to do so.

We miss you all.

Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas!

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2018 Christmas Party

2013-12-14-15.40.23The Scandinavian American Club (SAC) Christmas Party will take place on Saturday, December 8th, 2018, at St. Mark’s Church (map) in Madison (same venue as last year).The event is now sold out as we cannot fit more persons in the room. If you have already registered, please remember to sign up for volunteering and for what dish you are bringing. As a rather small organization we always appreciate your help in making these parties possible.

Volunteer Sign UpDish Sign Up

If you want to be included in our email list-serv and receive emails about future events, send an email to:

St. Lucia

For those of you who want to participate in the St. Lucia procession, please arrive early (map) to participate in the practice session at 3PM before the party. At that time everyone will also be fitted with their special Lucia-linen.

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.)