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A Swedish-American Fraternal Organization

Instituted May 20, 1914

Erie, Pennsylvania

Photo: Lake Erie,  PBellingham

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Upcoming events

    • July 15, 2023
    • July 16, 2023
    • Northwest Arena - Jamestown, NY

    NOTE:  Our trip to Ferrante's Winery has been cancelled in favor of the Scandinavian Folk Festival in Jamestown.  Many of our Svea and Nobel Monitor friends like to attend Jamestown and we didn't want people to have to choose one over the other.  When we scheduled Ferrante's, we didn't know that Jamestown would be the same weekend.  

    No matter where, it is always a wonderful time being with Vasa Friends!

    • August 12, 2023
    • 2:00 PM
    • Johnson's Waterford

    The Annual Crayfish Party - Kraftskiva!   crayfish party is a traditional summertime eating and drinking celebration in Scandinavia.  The tradition originated  in Sweden in the 1500's, where a crayfish party is called a kräftskivaCrayfish are to be eaten outdoors, and gaily colored paper lanterns should be hung round the table. The most popular type of lantern shows a smiling full moon. Both the tablecloth and the colorful plates are also supposed to be of paper. People wear bibs round their necks and comic paper hats on their heads.  For more crayfish traditions, see website!

    • September 17, 2023
    • 1:00 PM
    • Luther Memorial 225 West 10th Erie, PA

    Swedish Death Cleaning - Döstädning!  Don't get hung up on the 'death' part.  Döstädning is a way of life that stresses decluttering and simplicity.  It’s a lifestyle that revolves around letting go of your junk using the simple question, “Will anyone be happier if I save this?”

    The 7 Steps of Swedish Death Cleaning:

    Step 1: Let Your Loved Ones Know

    Step 2: Start With Less Personal Items

    Step 3: Gift Possessions Away Gradually

    Step 4: Keep Mementos for Yourself

    Step 5: Donate and Sell the Rest

    Step 6: Make a List of Important Documents and Passwords

    Step 7: Declutter Regularly

    To that end, bring your previously enjoyed Swedish items that you may have too many of, have had for ages and are done with, or that you simply want to share with other Svea members.    You will be able to swap your Swedish items for other Swedish items that someone brought for YOU to enjoy.   Perhaps you're new to Svea and don't have any items to bring, this will be an excellent time to get some Swedish decor for your home or apartment for free!   If at the end of our meeting, no one took all of, or any of, the Swedish items that you brought, don't despair -  you can take them back home with you or they will be donated to a local social service agency.

    To learn more about Swedish Death Cleaning read Swedish author Margareta Magnusson in her book The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and Your Family From a Lifetime of Clutter.

    • October 09, 2023
    • 12:30 PM
    • Shooter's On the Water 1148 Main Ave Cleveland Ohio 44113

    A great opportunity to celebrate the REAL Discoverer of America - Leif Erikson aka Leif the Lucky, with  our Brothers and Sisters from Nobel-Monitor.  There will be car pooling available.

    • October 15, 2023
    • 1:00 PM
    • Luther Memorial Church 225 West 10th Erie, PA

    Who doesn't like a great Kanelbullen?

    • November 19, 2023
    • 1:00 PM
    • Luther Memorial Church 225 West 10th Erie, PA

    We will honor our members who have died during the past year with our annual All Saints Day Memorial Service. 

    Martha and Pat will decorate the Waterford Heritage Christmas Tree the first week in December with a Viking theme this year.  We will be making Runic ornaments for the tree at our meeting.

    • December 10, 2023
    • 3:00 PM
    • Luther Memorial Church

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Pat Bellingham, Chair

C/O Luther Memorial Church Office: 814.454.0106


225 West 10th Street

Erie, PA 16501

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