ADVENT SERVICE in Swedish will be held on Sunday, December 7, 2008, at 4 p.m. at Augustana Lutheran Church, 2100 New Hampshire Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. The Rev. Ib Pihlblad from the Church of Sweden in New York will officiate. Ambassador Jonas Hafström will extend Christmas Greetings to the Swedish Community. There will also be a Lucia procession, and after the service “kyrkkaffe” (coffee) in the social hall. The Swedish congregation is collecting unwrapped toys to be distributed to children in a Washington shelter. Augustana Lutheran Church will hold its annual Lucia Fest (in Swedish and English) on Sunday, December 14, 2008, at 5 p.m.
SWEDISH CHRISTMAS BAZAAR at House of Sweden in Washington, D.C.: Saturday, December 6, 2008, 12 noon – 6 p.m., with participation by the Swedish organizations of the Washington, D.C. area. Lucia procession at 5:30 p.m. Suggested donation $2 at the door. House of Sweden, Embassy of Sweden, 2900 K Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20007.
PAUL VOLCKER, at 6 foot, 7 inches or about 2 meters tall, towers above most folks and has a commanding presence. Although a lot of people grumbled about his tough anti-inflation policies when he was chairman of the Federal Reserve in the 1980s, he is widely credited with doing a lot better job of managing the economy than his successor Alan Greenspan. As key adviser to President-elect Barack Obama during his campaign, he warned of a credit collapse. Now at the age of 81 years old the poor guy is going back to work. President-elect Obama has picked him to head a new economic advisory panel. Who knows, maybe Mr. Volker’s 401K tanked like everybody else’s, and he needs the money.
MEANWHILE, Vice President-elect Joe Biden was re-elected to a seventh term in the Senate on election day, even though he was also elected to the vice presidency that day. Seems he wanted to make sure he had a hand in the selection of his successor who will be appointed by the Delaware governor, Ruth Ann Minner. Gov. Minner announced earlier this week that she will be appointing Sen. Biden’s longtime aide and chief of staff Edward Kaufman to fill Sen. Biden’s Senate seat when he resigns to accept the vice presidency. Kaufman, 69, says he intends to retire in two years, leaving open the possibility that Sen. Biden’s son Beau, who currently serves as the Delaware state attorney general, to run for the Senate seat in 2010. Beau Biden, 39, declined the opportunity to be appointed to his father’s Senate seat now, saying he wanted to fulfill his obligation to the Delaware Army National Guard. He is currently serving a tour with his Guard unit in Iraq.
AFTER A BRIEF but heated competition among the top private schools in Washington, Sasha and Malia Obama will going to the fancy Sidwell Friends in Northwest D.C. Top Obama aide Greg Craig was lobbying for the girls to go to Maret, while Eric Holder, the future Attorney General in the Obama administration, was said to be rooting for Georgetown Prep because that is where his kids go to school. However, it is reported that the two ultra-cute Obama girls have bonded with Sen. Biden’s grandchildren who are enrolled in Sidwell, which was founded by the Quakers and operates in the Quaker tradition. Moreover, Sidwell has the advantage that its programs and facilities for both 10-year-old Malia and 7-year-old Sasha were on the same campus. The combined tuition for the two girls may run as high as $60,000 a year.
THE SIDWELLL mission statement argues, “The Quaker belief that there is ‘that of God’ in each of us shapes everything we do at Sidwell Friends School.” Unlike many Quaker schools, Sidwell is not attached to a particular Friends meeting, but many of its trustees are Quakers and the emphasis on open-minded pursuit of excellence and understanding is enforced by weekly worship meetings. Community service is integrated into the school day.
JACKSON ART CENTER’S traditional Winter Open Studios, in Georgetown, Washington, D.C., will be held on Sunday December 7th, 12 to 5 p.m. Address: Jackson School in Georgetown, 3048 1/2 R Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20007
KALMAR NYCKEL was one of two ships dispatched from Gothenburg in 1638 to establish the first Swedish colony in the New World. The Kalmar Nyckel brought 24 settlers to a “country so divinely beautiful that they called the area Paradise Point,” and they established New Sweden on the Delaware coast.
IN THE 1990s, the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation was formed to build a modern, full-scale replica of the original ship, and Peg Tigue headed the foundation and its efforts to raise money to pay for the construction. In 1997, the new Kalmar Nyckel was launched commemorating the 360th anniversary of its arrival on the Delaware coast.
PEG TIGUE, who is now retired from the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation, shared the story of the building of the replica of the famed ship in a presentation to the Swedish American Cultural Union at a luncheon on November 19 at the Pier 7 Restaurant in Washington, D.C. She described the painstaking work of the craftsmen who sought to recreate the details of the original ship, showing colorful photographs of the ship’s woodwork, its launching and its voyages.
THE KALMAR NYCKEL is now berthed at the riverfront on the Christina River in downtown Wilmington, Delaware, and tours are possible by making arrangements in advance. For more information, call (302) 429-7447 or visit www.kalmarnyckel.org.
ONE OF THE high points of Swedish culture and tradition is the celebration of the Christmas season – the food, the music, the trappings provide a rich environment of wonderful celebration and good times with family and friends. All combine to create a time of joy and delight in the darkness of the season.
SWEA (the Swedish Women’s Educational Association) in Washington, D.C., helped Swedes and non-Swedes alike in the Washington area celebrate these traditions with its annual Christmas Bazaar at St. Columba’s Church in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, November 22.
THERE WERE hotdogs, shrimp and salmon sandwiches (open-face Swedish-style), hot Glögg and lots of tasty sweets to eat. There were also tablecloths and other textiles, and homemade baked goods like cardamom cakes and saffron buns for sale, as well as Swedish Christmas music CDs, advent candelabra and foodstuffs such as Swedish cheeses, red cabbage and mustard. The temptations were many, and surely no one left with an empty stomach or without a lot of Christmas goodies.
THE PHOTO exhibition “More Than You Know” debuted at the Parish Gallery in Georgetown on Friday, Nov. 21. Featuring a select group of diverse photographers, most of whom or maybe all of whom are people of color, the show presented an eclectic mix of realism, stories, and abstract images that express a range of emotions and perspectives.
FEATURED ARTISTS included Irene Abdou, Harlee Little, Sonnie Mason, Bruce McNeill, Aida Muluneh, Chinaedu Nwadibia, Stan Squirewell and Zoma Wallace.
THE SHOW was an important part of Washington’s Foto Week, a celebration of the works of many photographers as a multiplicity of venues throughout the city.
THE PARISH is owned by Norman Parish and is located at 1054 31st Street, N.W. in Washington. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 12 noon to 6 p.m. Telephone: (202) 944-2310.
DURING FOTO WEEK DC, Lumas Editions Gallery in Washington, D.C., held its grand opening on Thursday night, November 20. The gallery already has locations in New York, Boston, Miami, Berlin, Paris and Zurich.
THE HOSTESS for the evening was Susannah R. Pegg, the gallery’s lovely director, and the guests could listen to wonderful lounge music by Mobile DJ Donald Syriani.
LUMAS HAS created a new space on the popular M Street in Georgetown for art, which offers collectors and art lovers a diverse selection of works by over 120 established and emerging artists. On the occasion of the grand opening, Lumas presented DOUBLETAKE, a show of works by the artists H.G. Esch and Robert B. Haas. Architectural Digest describes the show as “Contemporary photographic editions by exciting newcomers and renown artists, expertly chosen, captivatingly produced and, above all, affordable.”
LUMAS GALLERY is located at 3307 M Street, N.W. It’s open Monday-Friday 11 a.m.- 7 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Telephone: (202) 510-9725.
NATIONAL PRESS CLUB 31st Annual Book Fair and Authors Night in Washington, D.C., was held at the club on Tuesday, November 18. It is one of Washington’s largest literary events, and hosted more than 80 authors this year. Children’s books, cookbooks, photography books, Washington exposés, histories, and best-selling fictions were all represented.