Monthly Archives: December 2009

Holiday Cocktail Party at Susan Calloway Fine Arts

Kevin Pruiett, gallery owner Susan Calloway and Rick Pollock

Kevin Pruiett, gallery owner Susan Calloway and Rick Pollock

ON FRIDAY, December 18, Susan Calloway Fine Arts in Georgetown in Washington, D.C. held its Holiday Cocktail Party, which was complemented by a showing small antique paintings from Europe.

 

FOR MORE information, visit Susan Calloway Fine Arts, 1643 Wisconsin Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20007, tel. 202-965-4601, fax: 202-338-1660, www.callowayart.com. Open Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Painter Martin Paddack

Painter Martin Paddack

Georgetown Holiday Celebration at Dumbarton House

Angel F. Zambrano and Christine Beresniova

Angel F. Zambrano and Christine Beresniova

GEORGETOWN Business Association (GBA) held its annual meeting and holiday reception at the beautiful and historic Dumbarton House in Washington on Wednesday night, December 16, with a wonderful buffet and dance music by Radio King Orchestra. The meeting presented the election of 2010 board of directors and an award presentation. Georgetown Cupcake received the Business of the Year award, and Gunther Stern of Georgetown Ministry Center was awarded the Art Schultz Communitarian Award, and Full-Stride Officers of the Metropolitan Police Department, Second District received the Joe Pozell Public Safety Award.

Bo B?rje Jonsson of Georgetown Bank and Patrick Burke, Assistant Chief of D.C.'s Metropolitan Police Department

Bo B?rje Jonsson of Georgetown Bank and Patrick Burke, Assistant Chief of D.C.’s Metropolitan Police Department

Mallory Tablantino and James Packard-Gomez

Mallory Tablantino and James Packard-Gomez

Robert Devaney

Robert Devaney

Sue Hamilton and Martha King greet the guests.

Sue Hamilton and Martha King greet the guests.

Swedish Santa Lucia Party in Washington

Jessica William, Anne Davis and Liz Pfeiffer

Jessica William, Anne Davis and Liz Pfeiffer

A “SANTA LUCIA AFTER DARK” party was held at the House of Sweden in Washington on Saturday evening, December 12, to celebrate the Swedish Santa Lucia tradition. The sold-out event featured delicious food by Chef Martin Johansson, dance music and a Santa Lucia procession.

MARTIN JOHANSSON worked with his famous Swedish colleague Marcus Samuelsson, from the restaurants Aquavit and C-House in New York, and White House Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford and her team, on the menu at President Barack Obama’s and First Lady Michelle Obama’s first state dinner for the Indian Prime minister Manmohan Singh a few weeks ago.

Rodrigo Cabezas, Martin Johansson, Kenn Johansson, Jenny Maehlqvist, Domenico Tocchini-Valentini and Jamal Alassaad

Rodrigo Cabezas, Kenn Bengtsson, Martin Johansson, Jenny M?lt;/span>hlqvist, Domenico Tocchini-Valentini and Jamal Alassaad

Swedish Cultural Attach?Mats Widbom and his wife Annette

Swedish Cultural Attach?Mats Widbom and his wife Annette

Jan Thunell, Yvonne Thunell and her husband Lars Thunell, and Annika Thunell

Jan Thunell, Yvonne Thunell and her husband Lars Thunell, and Annika Thunell

Jason Tepperman and Monique Scuderi

Jason Tepperman and Monique Scuderi

Rebecka J?nsson and Ana Zovko

Rebecka J?nsson and Ana Zovko

Myra and William Hillburg

Myra and William Hillburg

Carlo and Erica from Italy

Kenn Bengtsson and Susanna Insulander

Kenn Bengtsson and Susanna Insulander

Olive Yuan and Urban Ramstedt

Olive Yuan and Urban Ramstedt

Anya Farquhar, Victoriana Spencer and Lauren Clark

Anya Farquhar, Victoriana Spencer and Lauren Clark

The Santa Lucia procession

The Santa Lucia procession

The Santa Lucia procession

Holiday Party Season in Full Bloom

Bipin Badhe, Janine Tursini (executive director) and Leslie Andrus of AFTA Arts, Inc.

Bipin Badhe, Janine Tursini (executive director) and Leslie Andrus of AFTA Arts, Inc.

THE HOLIDAY party season is here, and in December one event follows another in the nation’s capital. On Thursday night, December 10, Long View Gallery on Ninth Street, N.W., several hundreds of people gathered for the ReadySetDC launch party “For the love of DC,” with DJ Tittsworth, Bullfight Academy, Henry Mills & DJ Fleg performing. The majority of the proceeds from the event will benefit Arts for the Aging (AFTA), a nonprofit organization founded by Lolo Sarnoff to provide visual, performing, literary and intergenerational arts outreach programs specially designed to enhance the health and well-being of seniors (http://www.aftaarts.org/).

Sarah Newman and Joff Masukawa

Sarah Newman and Joff Masukawa

THE SAME NIGHT the German Historical Institute in Washington, D.C. held its Helmut Schmidt Prize Lecture and holiday party. Richard Tilly, a renowned expert on the history of financial institutions in Europe and the United States, and professor emeritus of economic and social history at the University of M?nster in Germany, was awarded the prize for this year. The Helmut Schmidt Prize is sponsored by the Ebelin and Gerd Bucerius ZEIT Foundation. The event was held in cooperation with the German American Business Council.

Manpriya Samra, Jehan-Ara Khan, Lauren Wessler and Tommy Gonzalez

Manpriya Samra, Jehan-Ara Khan, Lauren Wessler and Tommy Gonzalez

Eric Brewer and Kristin Guiter

D.C.’s fashion-forward, trend-setters Eric Brewer and Kristin Guiter

Henry Thaggert and Michael Cummings

Henry Thaggert and Michael Cummings

Jonathan Guyer

Jonathan Guyer

Janine Tursini and Kristin Guiter

Janine Tursini and Kristin Guiter

Reception and holiday party at the German Historical Institute in Washington, D.C.

Reception and holiday party at the German Historical Institute in Washington, D.C.

ReadySetDC launch party

ReadySetDC launch party “For the Love of DC” at Long View Gallery

Midsummer painting by Swedish artist Anna U. Davis at Long View Gallery in Washington, D.C.

Midsummer painting by Swedish artist Anna U. Davis at Long View Gallery in Washington, D.C.

ReadySetDC launch party

ReadySetDC launch party “For the Love of DC” at Long View Gallery

ReadySetDC launch party

ReadySetDC launch party “For the Love of DC” at Long View Gallery

ReadySetDC launch party

ReadySetDC launch party “For the Love of DC” at Long View Gallery

ReadySetDC launch party

Traditional Christmas Bazaar at House of Sweden and Lucia Celebration at Augustana Lutheran Church in Washington, D.C.

This year's Lucia at Augustana Lutheran Church in Washington, D.C. Julia Lazdins (in the middle), and her sister Sofia, to the left, and her mother Christina, to the right.

This year’s Lucia at Augustana Lutheran Church in Washington, D.C. Julia Lazdins (in the middle), and her sister Sofia, to the left, and her mother Christina, to the right.

THE TRADITIONAL Christmas bazaar at House of Sweden in Washington, D.C. was held on Saturday afternoon, December 5. And the following day Augustana Lutheran Church celebrated its Christmas service with Lucia procession. Rev. Gunilla Bradshaw officiated, Karin Olofsdotter of the Embassy of Sweden presented Christmas greetings to the Swedish community in Washington. And this year’s Lucia was Julia Lazdins.

Eva Perdahl, Arne Dunhem, Eva Dunhem and Christina Hoffman at the Christmas Bazaar at the House of Sweden

Eva Perdahl, Arne Dunhem, Eva Dunhem and Christina Hoffman at the Christmas Bazaar at the House of Sweden

Ann-Marie Brisbois and Daniella S?derberg at the House of Sweden's Christmas Bazaar

Ann-Marie Brisbois and Daniella S?derberg at the House of Sweden’s Christmas Bazaar

Lucia procession at Augustana Lutheran Church on Sunday, December 6

Lucia procession at Augustana Lutheran Church on Sunday, December 6

Lucia procession at Augustana Lutheran Church on Sunday, December 6

Lucia procession at Augustana Lutheran Church on Sunday, December 6

Lucia procession at Augustana Lutheran Church on Sunday, December 6

Lucia procession at Augustana Lutheran Church on Sunday, December 6

Augustana Lutheran Church
Augustana Lutheran Church
House of Sweden Christmas bazaar

SACC “Jul” Festivities at House of Sweden

Jack Spilsbury of U.S. Department of State; Marie Royce of Alcatel-Lucent and the wife of Californian congressman Ed Royce; and John Hunter of Federal Communications Commission

Jack Spilsbury of U.S. Department of State; Marie Royce of Alcatel-Lucent and the wife of Californian congressman Ed Royce; and John Hunter of Federal Communications Commission

THE SWEDISH American Chamber of Commerce (SACC) DC chapter celebrated the Christmas season with its annual Christmas party Thursday evening, December 3, at the House of Sweden in Washington, D.C.

THE FESTIVITIES included traditional Swedish “julbord” food, like meatballs, smoked salmon, herring and Jansson’s Temptation. The evening was capped off with a procession led by a Santa Lucia girl with lit candles on her head and with a group of similarly dressed attendants singing Swedish Christmas carols. Guests included Per Unckel, county governor of the Stockholm area; the Swedish ambassador Jonas Hafstr?m and his wife Eva; former U.S. ambassador to Sweden Thomas Siebert; and Gunilla Girardo, president of SACC-USA.

Nancy R. Powell of NRP Designs and former U.S. Charg?d'Affaires in Sweden Terrell R. Otis of ITT

Nancy R. Powell of NRP Designs and former U.S. Charg?d’Affaires in Sweden Terrell R. Otis of ITT

Barbara Baffer of Ericsson, Inc. and Gunilla Ekberg of Ekberg International

Barbara Baffer of Ericsson, Inc. and Gunilla Ekberg of Ekberg International

Santa Lucia Procession

Santa Lucia Procession

Santa Lucia Procession

Santa Lucia Procession

SACC DC Christmas party

Michael Wood, the former U.S. Ambassador to Sweden, speaks at a SACU Luncheon

Mrs. Ingrid Beach; the former U.S. Ambassador to Sweden, Mr. Michael Wood; Mrs. Judy Wood; the chairman of SACU (Swedish American Cultural Union), Mr. David Paul; and Mrs. Gunilla Stone, chairwoman of SWEA (Swedish Women's Educational Association)

Mrs. Ingrid Beach; the former U.S. Ambassador to Sweden, Mr. Michael Wood; Mrs. Judy Wood; the chairman of SACU (Swedish American Cultural Union), Mr. David Paul; and Mrs. Gunilla Stone, chairwoman of SWEA (Swedish Women’s Educational Association)

THE FORMER U.S. ambassador to Sweden, Mr. Michael Wood was the speaker – characterized by humor and self-deprecation – at a SACU luncheon on Wednesday, November 18, at The Pier Seven Restaurant in Washington, D.C.

IN HIS REMARKS that were characterized by humor and self-deprecation, he told the gathering, “I was not a career diplomat, but a businessman, and one of the founders of Hanley Wood Publishers. When I was 14 years old, I met George W. Bush in Andover (both the President and Mr. Wood attended Phillips Academy), and we became friends, and it is a friendship that has continued over the years. Later on, as President, he asked me if I wanted to become ambassador,” says Mr. Wood, who talks with warmth about the beautiful view of the Baltic Sea and Skansen from the American residence in Stockholm.

WITH A GREAT sense of humor and in an easy manner, he talked about the difference between being an ambassador, with a staff, that planned his schedule, a driver, two body-guards, and the life like an ordinary citizen.

“WHAT does an ambassador do? Mr. Wood said he was thinking.

HE GOT good advice from among others the former Swedish ambassador in Washington and former Swedish secretary of State, Jan Eliasson; Swedish prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt; Swedish secretary of state Carl Bildt; Jacob and Peter Wallenberg of the Swedish investment bank Investor; former U.S. secretary of state Condoleezza Rice - and, of course, President George W. Bush.

“THE RESPONSE was to focus on one strategic topic, which could be measured. Of three proposals – Swedish membership of NATO, to promote the democratization process in Russia, or to market alternative energy technology, the choice was the last one – a very critical topic right now. The Reinfeldt administration has been very supportive, and the cooperation in this area between our two countries and industries has been further strengthened,” Mr. Wood pointed out.

AND IT WAS as a part of this work that Mr. Wood got the opportunity to visit Sweden’s all 21 “l?” (provinces), with V?mland as the last one.

PRESIDENT OBAMA has further increased the financial support for alternative energy sources, and I think that there will be a climate change bill in congress.”

MR. WOOD pointed out that in France, for example, 80 percent of the energy is nuclear energy, but that that is a controversial energy source in the U.S. and Sweden.