Scandinavians tend to celebrate the arrival of warm weather and sunshine with festivals and events that are driven by music. You can find songs about flowers, dancing, birds and the sun in festivals like Walpurgis and Midsommar. And can you blame us? Here in New England, where we are based, winters are similarly dark and bitter, and so the bloom of spring is a welcome relief!
Though we can’t light bonfires as they do in Sweden, or construct a maypole, we can certainly contribute with music! Join us in celebration of life and warmth this June 9th!
Where: Bethany Lutheran Church
116 Rolfe Square
Cranston, RI 02920
When: Sunday June 9th, 2013
Time: 2:00 PM
Questions? Contact Astrid Drew at astrid.s.drew [at] gmail [dot] com.
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Join the Scandinavian Women’s Choir for dinner and a show!
The Scandinavian Women’s Chorus of RI is holding a fundraising dinner on Sunday March 10 at 2pm at Bethany Lutheran Church in Cranston, RI. You can help the choir continue our mission of celebrating and sharing Scandinavian heritage through song, and eat some great food too!
The menu includes: Swedish meatballs, roasted potatoes, ratatouille (not Swedish but a crowd favorite), green beans, lingonberry jam (of course). Dessert includes coffee and/or tea with apple crisp, and songs by the SWC.
Children 5-12 years: $6.00
Children under 5: Free
Hope you can join us! You can find the facebook event page here for more information.
This past month, in January, SWC held a small holiday concert called “Swedish Holiday Traditions in Song and Tale.” It was a great program that everyone enjoyed! SWC president, Astrid Drew, took the audience from Advent traditions to St. Knut’s day on January 13th—the last day of the Swedish holiday.
Stay tuned for more events in 2013! Next up is our annual fundraiser, the Swedish Meatball dinner. For $14.00 ($6.00 for children 5-12 years, under 5 is free) you and your friends and family can eat great food and hear wonderful music as well!
More details to follow, thanks for keeping up with us!
We hope your December was filled with warmth and light!
SWC performed with the Bethany Lutheran Choir on December 16th as part of their beautiful annual Christmas program. In January, we’ll be holding our own holiday program, and hope you will join us.
Join us for Swedish Christmas Traditions through Song and Tale, Advent through Knut’s day. The program will be narrated as the chorus takes the audience through the Swedish holiday calendar.
Where: Bethany Lutheran Church, 116 Rolfe Street, Cranston, RI, 02920
When: January 13, 2013
Refreshments to follow!
In Sweden, the Christmas season doesn’t end until January 13th, Saint Knut’s Day. Canute IV of Denmark, who is partially associated with the holiday, was a Danish king who was largely responsible for establishing Christianity in Denmark. However, the holiday is more closely linked to the story and legends around Canute Lavard, a Danish nobleman, who was likely murdered for his ambitions toward the crown. His canonization was requested for the miraculous events that occurred (allegedly) around the tombs of both men.
As to why Sweden, a protestant country, celebrates a Catholic (and Danish!) saint, well, that’s up to debate. It could simply be a holdover from when the country was Catholic, before Gustav Vasa made Sweden a Lutheran country. January 13th is also the name day for Knut—which came first is a mystery. Some also say that the Swedes thought the season was simply too short, and therefore extended it to St. Knut’s day rather arbitrarily. Much like Saint Lucia’s day, the celebration of these saints may be rooted less in religious observation, and more in celebration of life and living.
We hope you can come celebrate with us!
We had our Spring Concert last month and had an awesome turn-out. The reception was equally lovely with lots of sweet pastries, some of which were basked or hand-made by chorus members, as well as the ever present coffee and tea. The chorus had a bake sale as well, and we did very well with it! We’re thinking of continuing that as one of our fundraising options.
A total of four SWC ladies attended the AUSS (American Union of Swedish Singers) convention in New Haven, CT. The hotel was nice, and we had a great time singing with so many enthusiastic singers. Every convention has an individual chorus night, where each attending choir has a chance to perform a few songs from their repertoire. Even though we were the smallest choir there by far, we still filled that ballroom with our voices. Many came up to us afterward and complimented us on our energy, song choice, and style. Kudos to us!
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We’re taking a break now for the summer, but we’ll be starting up again in the Fall. Come sing with us!
A wonderful time was had by all at this year’s SWC fundraising dinner. A big thank you to all who made this possible! Stay tuned for pictures!
1.) Go to www.paypal.com
2.) Click “send money”. This is currently located in the middle of their homepage.
3.) Select “United States”
4.) Enter amount in US dollars
5.) Payment is for: Buying something
6.) Click “continue”
7.) Enter your email in the “From” box and email@example.com in the “To” box. You will be given multiple ways to pay. You can even open your own paypal account and enjoy the benefit of having no fees for the transaction!
8.) You will be given the option to write a message to be emailed to the recipient with the money. Please indicate the purpose of the transaction such as:
a.) Donation $5.00
b.) Meatball dinner adult ticket $13 and Child ticket $6 (for children 5-10yrs. For more information on the meatball dinner see post from a few days ago.)
9.) If you are purchasing a ticket for the event, your name will be added to our door list. We will not be sending out tickets in the mail. When you arrive, simply provide us with the name used to order the tickets.
Our goal is to make this process more convenient for you so please let us know if you have any question/comments/concerns.
Additionally, any donation amount is appreciated whether its $1 or $100. Every little bit helps!
Soon you will be able to order tickets to our events online! Have plans the day of one of our events but still want to donate money to SWC? Well, you can do that too! In addition to keeping scandinavian music alive in RI, we also award a yearly scholarship to a young woman pursuing higher education. Want more info on how to donate and/or how to apply to the scholarship? Drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org!