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A Swedish-American Fraternal Organization

Instituted May 20, 1914

Erie, Pennsylvania

Photo: Midsommar   PBellingham

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Svea Lodge #296 WELCOMES YOU to our website.  It is a work in progress.  There is so much information shared on our website, we know you'll need to visit it several times.   

One work in progress is the Cultural Resources menu under the Members tab.  We have begun a repository of recipes, media/videos, Scandinavian crafts, a listing of books by Scandinavian authors that have been read by members of the two book clubs.  We hope it is a useful way of sharing our traditions and heritage.  It is for Members Only and you must have a user name and password to log in.  If you need help getting that done, let our Membership Committee know - Pat Bellingham, Lisa Davis, or Kathy Williams.  

Below is a sneak peak at one of the recipes that includes the SECRET INGREDIENT, it helps keep the cookies crispy - or so Grandma said!  

The second feature can be found on the Svea Store.  Sport your Svea swag with a new T-Shirt - short or long sleeved.  Presently, we are offering the Washed Denim Blue.  You may pay ahead of time on line or receive an invoice and pay when we have enough shirts ordered (we need 36 to have the work done) and delivered.  Thank you to Martha Stickner for coming up with the designs that we were able to choose from and then working with a local company, Leadhead Screenprinting.  

AS PROMISED, our website now has the capability to accept on-line payments for dues, events, and donations!  If you are interested in joining Svea, go to the Membership Tab, click on the dropdown menu Membership Application for instructions on getting the application and the link to use the Affinipay payment feature.  If you are Renewing, go to the Membership Tab and click on the dropdown menu Renew.   You'll be directed to the payment feature information connected to current members.  If you prefer to use cash or checks, we continue to honor that as well!

If there is something that you would like featured in our News or a program you would like to see, please let us know through Contact Us or better yet - join in at an event!   We would love to see you. 

Sköt om dig!   


Chair, Svea Lodge #296

Erie, PA

Grandma Sandstrom's Spritz Ringer recipe with the secret ingredient.

Spritz Ringers.pdf

Vasa Lunch

formerly known as 

Vasa Breakfast

Is on hiatus until Fall.


Upcoming events

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Join us now to become a member.  Members must be 14 years of age but younger children are always welcome to participate!  

You can attend all of our activities.   You will receive our Newsletter so you can stay informed about what is happening within the Svea Lodge.  Check out Our Story - Member Benefits to see what's in it for you!

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June 21-23 - Ohio Viking Festival featuring the Year of the Artisans.  Trumbull County Fairgrounds, 899 Everett Cortland Hull Road, Cortland, OH  44410

July 13 - Join our Nobel-Monitor friends at Ferrante's Ristorante and Winery, 5585 State Route 307, Geneva, OH 44041  Gather at 11:30, lunch on your own.

July 20-21 - Jamestown Scandinavian Festival celebrating 50 years of ABBA!  Northwest Arena, Jamestown, NY

Phrase of the Month:  

A Swede doesn’t say everything if fine, they tell you there is “no danger on the roof”: Ingen fara på taket.

(Not unlike a previous phrase - there's no cow on the ice:  Ingen ko på isen.)

Courtesy: Matador Network

Spring in Scandinavia

Sweden is 70% forest!

Photos courtesy:

E & A Dunhem


Svea Lodge is dramatically  improving its public face with our  Wild Apricot website.  We are so happy to have you here.

We are very excited about this development. Our website describes who the Svea Lodge is, our history, and our ongoing activities. You can also find a description of Vasa Order Of America of which we are the local lodge in Erie, PA.

Keep checking this website for frequent updates and news about the Svea Lodge and our activities.

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Celebrating  Valborg with our Danish Friends!

Walpurgis, Valborg (short for Valborgsmässoafton), or 'the last of April', is a traditional spring celebration in Sweden. For students, it's a foretaste of summer. At dusk, bonfires are lit and people gather to listen to speeches and songs welcoming spring and a brighter future.

Expect a lot of Swedish flags around as King Carl XVI Gustaf celebrates his birthday on Walpurgis. The day after, on May Day, there’s a host of parades and festivals.

When is Walpurgis and May Day in Sweden?

Walpurgis Eve is on 30 April and May Day is on 1 May.

Who can celebrate Walpurgis?

Family, friends and lovers. Any excuse for a bonfire and singing.

How to do it like a local:

Just sing or hum along and be happy in general about the fact summer is coming.

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On April 30th, Svea joined forces with the Danish Club at their facility, Sommer Lyst.  It was a beautiful evening and great friendships were established.  Thank you to the Danes for welcoming us and opening their grounds for a fun time.  We enjoyed some light fare of hot dogs, chili dogs, chips, desserts, and a variety of beverages.  While the fire was being lit, we sang a few songs with of course, the first being Helan G å r!

We won’t mention the VERY soft, muddy ground that SOMEONE got stuck in. 

This is definitely on the list of things to do every April 30th.  In the meantime, we’ll practice some more songs to the Punsch!

Skulestad, Norway

Photos courtesy of P Bellingham

Join Us For Fun-filled Events Together With Our Sister Lodges In Our Vasa District, PA #9

Why not visit our two sister Lodges within Pennsylvania District #9? The two other lodges are Nobel-Monitor #130 in Cleveland, OH and Drott-Lodge #168 in Washington, D.C. Check out their websites to find out what they are doing.

We plan to have some joint activities together with members of the other two lodges to include some fun events in their areas and we will travel there to spend a day or weekend with them.  We can, to the extent possible, arrange car pooling.

Here are the websites for our two sister Local Lodges and our District Lodge PA #9:


Drott Lodge:  

District Lodge PA #9:

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225 West 10th Street

Erie, PA 16501

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