Local Scandinavian Children’s Club Seeks New Members
New Providence — The Dalarna-Blaklockan Scandinavian Children’s Club, part of Lodge Linne #429 of the Vasa Order of America, is seeking families with children ages three to fifteen who are interested in learning about their Scandinavian heritage. Beginning on Sunday, October 14, the group will meet weekly at the New Providence Memorial Library (377 Elkwood Avenue) in the late afternoon to learn about their heritage and some simple folk dances.
During the weekly meetings, the group learns about the various Scandinavian cultures of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. In addition to learning about the countries, the boys and girls learn simple folk dances, which are later performed for the public at two events – Lodge Linne’s Scandinavian Import Sale at Salt Brook Elementary School in New Providence on November 17 and the December 9 Santa Lucia Christmas program, which is being held this year at the Madison Community House. The Santa Lucia program celebrates the shortest and darkest day of the winter by brightening it with light and welcoming in the Christmas season in honor of Saint Lucia.
“Presently, the children in our club have ties to a variety of the Scandinavian countries. The purpose of the club is to bring the children together and learn about their heritage in a fun and inviting way. We keep some of the traditions alive by performing a Lucia pageant each December and learning traditional country folk dances,” stated Erica Johansson-Neil, coordinator of Dalarna-Blaklockan Children’s Club.
If you are interested in learning more about this group, contact Erica Johansson-Neil at 862-812-0095 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vasa Order of America is a fraternal society that was originally established for the benefit of Swedish immigrants a century ago, and is now dedicated to preserving and sharing all Nordic cultures and heritages. Membership is open to men and women over 14 years of age of Nordic roots (Swedish, Danish, Finnish, Icelandic and Norwegian) who would like to rediscover the traditions of their forefathers, as well as those who are not of Nordic heritage, but are interested in the promotion and advancement of Nordic heritages and cultures. For more information on Lodge Linne, visit www.vasaorder.net/?lodge=429 or email Vibeke at email@example.com. Lodge Linne meets monthly on the third Friday, except in the summer, for general membership meetings and a cultural program at the New Providence Senior Center, 15 East 4th Street. Their next meeting, which is open to anyone interested in the organization, will be held on Friday, September 21 at 7:30 pm.
Pictured in the front, left to right, are Jack and Nicholas Olson of Madison; back row left to right, Hanna Neil of Morristown, Noelle Seablom Blackford of Westfield, Annika Springsteel of Basking Ridge and Erika Pedersen of Madison. These children are among the current members of the Dalarna-Blaklockan Scandinavian Children’s Club, part of Lodge Linne #429 of the Vasa Order of America. The club is currently seeking new members. Families with boys and /or girls ages three to fifteen who are of Nordic heritage or interested in learning about those cultures should contact the club. The children will be performing folk dances at the Nov. 17 Scandinavian Import Sale at Salt Brook Elementary in New Providence and at their annual Santa Lucia program on Dec. 9 at the Madison Community House in Madison. For more information on the club, please call 862-812-0095 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.