SVEA LODGE #296
VASA ORDER OF AMERICA
A Swedish-American Fraternal Organization
Instituted May 20, 1914
Photo: Lake Erie, 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.
We sincerely hope you find some fun, inspiration, and camaraderie in the Svea Lodge #296 website. Our events will be updated regularly. We will strive to make this informational and interesting, whether it is about Viking lore, Scandinavian traditions, what to bring to a Kraftskiva party, or how to properly wear the Brudkronan. We have many members in our District 9 who regularly visit Sweden and share their photos of beautiful Scandinavia!
Because of our website, we now have friends from a Sister Lodge #452 Goteborg, Sweden! Click on the News tab above for photos of their District #19's convention, held in May.
You can also see who's new to Svea #296!
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
Next Vasa Lunch
formerly known as
August 7, 2023
3330 West 26th
(in deference to July 4th holiday, no lunch in July)
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OTHER INTERESTING EVENTS TO DO WITH SVEA FRIENDS IN NWPA
Wellness Wednesdays - Sunrise Yoga - from 6-7AM at Dobbins Landing
Kickball League - Flagship City Sports & Sips - 5-9PM every Friday at Perry Square, Downtown Erie
2023 Scandinavian Folk Festival - July 15-16 - Northwest Arena, Jamestown, NY
2023 Mt. Jewett Swedish Festival - August 11-13 - Mt. Jewett, PA
Phrase of the Month:
A Swede does not say that you’re “stuck in an awkward situation,” they say that you “sit with your beard in the mailbox”: Sitta med skägget i brevlådan.
In 2023, Midsummer Eve falls on June 23rd, but in many places, festivities are held during the whole Midsommar weekend.
From the late Middle Ages, Swedes began raising and dancing around a Midsommar pole. Decorating it with flowers and greenery is called ‘maja’, so it is also known as a maypole.
In the agrarian society, the Midsommar night was considered a time of magic and mystery when plants acquired healing powers and were used to predict the future. Young women would pick seven different kinds of flowers and put them under their pillow to dream of their future husbands. The flowers must be picked in silence, or the magic would be broken.
Walking barefoot in the dew as the Midsommar night turned to dawn helped you stay healthy. Wearing a wreath of flowers in your hair is an old symbol of rebirth and fertility. To preserve the flowers’ magic throughout the year, bouquets were dried and sometimes placed in the Christmas bath to keep the family healthy through the long, cold winter.
Today, Midsommar is about celebrating that the best time of the year lies ahead of us.
Like all major holidays, Midsommar revolves around eating and drinking. The Midsommar fare boils down to a few musts: fresh potatoes, pickled herring, Aquavit or 'snaps' and strawberries. (Unfortunately, no alcohol is permitted on Presque Isle at Svea Midsommar so you’ll have to save your beverages for home.)
The meal is finished off with fresh strawberries served with whipped cream. Any Swede will tell you that Swedish strawberries are the best, and they may be right. Due to the long, bright and cool spring nights Swedish strawberries don’t burn their sugar as quickly, making them sweeter. You can also enjoy them in a classic strawberry cake, jordgubbstårta.
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