Monthly Archives: December 2010

Scandinavian Christmas Festival in Potomac, Maryland on Saturday, Dec. 11

The Santa Lucia Procession. Photo: Peggy OrchowskiTraditional Santa Lucia procession. The photo is from last Saturday’s successful SWEA Bazaar at the House of Sweden in Georgetown. Photo by Peggy Orchowski

THE HOLIDAY SEASON for Scandinavians will be celebrated with a traditional Scandinavian Christmas Festival in St. James’ Episcopal Church in Potomac, Maryland, on Saturday, Dec. 11, between 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. The event is hosted by The American Scandinavian Association of the National Capital, Area, Inc., and will feature a St. Lucia Pageant, which begins at 5 p.m. in the sanctuary and Bazaar Sales begin at 5:30 p.m in the parish hall. Additionally there will be dancing around the Christmas tree, a visit by Santa, Nordic Dancer’s and Children’s Dance Group, coffee, gl?gg (the traditional Swedish Christmas drink) and cookies. Admission: $6 for adults, $3 for ages 2-12, free under 2, and $20 max cost per family.

ST. JAMES EPISCOPAL CHURCH is located at 11815 Seven Locks Road, Potomac, Maryland 20854. For more information: www.Scandinavian-DC.org.

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Well-known Washington photographer Jason Miccolo Johnson promotes his latest publication, “Cooking Up South,” for which he did all the photography

Washington photographer Jason Miccolo Johnson Well-known Washington photographer Jason Miccolo Johnson

WELL-KNOWN Washington photographer Jason Miccolo Johnson held a reception on Sunday afternoon, Dec. 5, 2010, to promote his latest book, “Cooking Up South: Entertaining with Soulful Recipes, Poems and Remembrances,” for which he did the photography that illustrates the cuisine presented in the book. Sylvia Dianne Beverly is the author, with accompanying poems and remembrances by Nikki Giovanni, Tinesah Davis, Le Hinton, Susan Laughter Meyers, Van Garrett and Marjory Wentworth, and an introduction by Kwame Alexander.

MR. JOHNSON also presented exquisite photographs of landscapes, Africa and Jamaica, along with historic images of Thurgood Marshall, Dorothy Height and a reunion of leaders of SNCC (the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee).

FOR MORE information about Mr. Johnson and his work, visit his Web site: www.miccolo.com.

Swedish Advent Service held at Augustana Lutheran Church in Washington, D.C.

A beautiful Santa Lucia procession at the Swedish Advent Service in Augustana Lutheran Church in Washington, D.C. on Sunday afternoon. A beautiful Santa Lucia procession at the Swedish Advent Service in Augustana Lutheran Church in Washington, D.C. on Sunday afternoon.

THE TRADITIONAL – and annual — Swedish Advent Service at Augustana Lutheran Church was held Sunday afternoon, Dec. 5. The Rev. Kajsa ?lm? from the Church of Sweden in New York officiated and Ambassador Jonas Hafstr?m extended Christmas Greetings to the Swedish Community in the nation’s capital. After the service, the lights went down low and the congregation was treated to a traditional Lucia procession with lighted candles and the singing of Swedish Christmas carols. Afterwards, people gathered for the “kyrkkaffe” in the church’s social hall, where coffee, gingerbread cookies and home baked buns were served.

Record number of people come to SWEA Christmas Bazaar in Washington

A huge crowd came to the SWEA Christmas Bazaar at the House of Sweden on Saturday afternoon. To the right is the Santa Lucia procession. A huge crowd came to the SWEA Christmas Bazaar at the House of Sweden on Saturday afternoon. To the right is the Santa Lucia procession.

A RECORD NUMBER OF people – around 3,200 – came to the SWEA (Swedish Women’s Educational Association) Christmas Bazaar at the House of Sweden on banks of the Potomac River in Washington, D.C., on Saturday afternoon, Dec. 4. There were so many people that the lines quickly became long and the building filled up, starting at the opening at 11 in the morning, when Eva Hafstr?m, wife of the Swedish Ambassador Jonas Hafstr?m, presided over the opening ceremony and cut the ribbon.

AND MORE people kept coming during the entire afternoon. When the Santa Lucia procession started at 4 p.m. it was so crowded that a lot of visitors couldn’t get inside the building. But to resolve that problem, the Santa Lucia procession also made an appearance outside the entrance of the House of Sweden, singing the Swedish Christmas carols.

Anne Marie McGowan and Eva Hafstr?m, wife of Swedish Ambassador Jonas Hafstr?m, presided over the opening ceremony. Anne Marie McGowan and Eva Hafstr?m, wife of Swedish Ambassador Jonas Hafstr?m, presided over the opening ceremony.

The Christmas Bazaar is an annual SWEA tradition, hosted by SWEA Washington, D.C. and supported by Embassy of Sweden. It offers Swedish delicacies for sale, a cafeteria with typical Swedish sandwiches and home-baked cakes and the traditional hot Christmas drink gl?gg, among other things. There are also Swedish products such as crystal, artwork, crafts, textiles and books for sale. The highlight of the event is the Santa Lucia procession.

The Santa Lucia Procession. Photo: Peggy OrchowskiThe Santa Lucia procession. Photo: Peggy Orchowski

The Santa Lucia procession. Photo: Peggy OrchowskiThe Santa Lucia procession. Photo: Peggy Orchowski 

Sara Holmberg and Christopher HarvinSara Holmberg and Christopher Harvin

Jonas Sohlin and John W. HunterJonas Sohlin and John W. Hunter

Sofia Lazdins, Christina Lazdins, Julia Lazdins and Lena BehrensSofia Lazdins, Christina Lazdins, Julia Lazdins and Lena Behrens

Kajsa Uhlm?, the priest at the Swedish Church in New York and at the Swedish monthly service at Augustana Church in Northwest Washington, along with Gunnel HamiltonKajsa ?lm?, the priest at the Swedish Church in New York and at the Swedish monthly service at Augustana Church in Northwest Washington, along with Gunnel Hamilton

Kerstin Stewart and Peggy OrchowskiKerstin Stewart and Peggy Orchowski

Sandra Frejd and Fanny BerggrenSandra Frejd and Fanny Berggren

Paul Johnson and Bo B?rje Jonsson represented Swedish-American Cultural Union (SACU). Paul Johnson and Bo B?rje Jonsson represented Swedish-American Cultural Union (SACU).

The Swedish Residence as a ginger-bread house. The Swedish Residence as a ginger-bread house.

Bodil Millberg and Gunilla RamellaBodil Millberg and Gunilla Ramella

SWEA members Inka Reilly and Gunnel GyllenhoffSWEA members Inka Reilly and Gunnel Gyllenhoff

The Santa Lucia procession also sang outside the House of Sweden for visitors who were not able to enter because of the many people already inside the building. The Santa Lucia procession also sang outside the House of Sweden for visitors who were not able to enter because of the many people already inside the building.

The Santa Lucia procession sang outside the House of Sweden.The Santa Lucia procession sang outside the House of Sweden.

Opening reception for painter Nurieh Mozaffari at Parish Gallery in Georgetown

Painter and jewelry designer Nurieh Mozaffari and her husband Kamran Tiv Painter and jewelry designer Nurieh Mozaffari and her husband Kamran Tiv

AN EXHIBIT showcasing dramatic paintings by Vancouver artist Nurieh Mozaffari (www.nurieh-mozaffari.com) opened at Parish Gallery in Georgetown in Washington, D.C. on Friday evening, December 3, 2010.

MS. MOZAFFARI, who also is a jewelry designer, was born in Iran. She earned a bachelor’s degree in art, and a masters degree in painting at Art University. She has also served as a faculty member at an Iranian university. Upon her arrival in Vancouver in 1998, she pursued a diploma in jewelry design. Ms. Mozaffari’s work has been exhibited in Iran, Canada, the U.S. and Europe.

Gallery owner Norman Parish, his wife Gwen Parish, painter and jewelry designer Nurieh Mozaffari and her husband Kamran TivGallery owner Norman Parish, his wife Gwen Parish, painter and jewelry designer Nurieh Mozaffari and her husband Kamran Tiv

IN DESCRIBING her work, Ms. Mozaffari says: “I try to capture my emotions and my perceptions through the simplicity of shape, the harmony of color, and the paradox of light and dark. My paintings are symbolic of my interpretation of live, of my love of what is natural and true.”

MS. MOZAFFARI’S paintings will be at Parish Gallery through January 12, 2011. On Friday, December 17, 2010, from 6 to 8 p.m., Parish Gallery will have a reception for her to show her jewelry designs. All are invited.

Parish Gallery is located at 1054 31st Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20007. Tel. 202-944-2310. For more information: www.parishgallery.com.

Stephany J. Smith and Babak HafeziStephany J. Smith and Babak Hafezi

Paintings by Nurieh Mozaffari

Exhibit with photos of the Atacama Desert by Judith V. May opens at the Embassy of Chile in Washington, D.C.

Natalia Allende, the Cultural Department of the Embassy of Chile; Nicolas B?, Cultural Attach?of the Embassy of Chile; his wife Maria Jos?Larrain; and Emilia Edwards, Press Attach?of the Embassy of ChileNatalia Allende, the Cultural Department of the Embassy of Chile; Nicolas B?, Cultural Attach?of the Embassy of Chile; his wife Maria Jos?Larrain; and Emilia Edwards, Press Attach?of the Embassy of Chile

THE INAUGURATION of an exhibit with photos of the Atacama Desert – “A Desert Captured” — by Judith V. May was held at the Embassy of Chile in Washington, D.C. on Thursday evening, December 3, 2010. Ms. May’s approach to the landscape from multiple points of view results in surprising and very attractive images.

THE EMBASSY OF CHILE is located at 1732 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036. For more information and photos of the event: www.chile-usa.org.

Barbara Bennett, artist Rafael Gallardo and Irene ZimmermanBarbara Bennett, artist Rafael Gallardo and Irene Zimmerman

Counselor Julio Bravo, Chief of the Department of Political Affairs at the Embassy of Chile, and Jorge Velozo, Police Attach?at the Embassy of ChileCounselor Julio Bravo, Chief of the Department of Political Affairs at the Embassy of Chile, and Jorge Velozo, Police Attach?at the Embassy of Chile

Artist reception at POPPY One-of-a-kind Jewelry & Fine Art in Georgetown

V?onique Barbin and gallery owner Heidi HessV?onique Barbin and gallery owner Heidi Hess

AN ARTIST reception was held at POPPY One-of-a-kind Jewelry & Fine Art in Georgetown in Washington, D.C. on Thursday evening, December 2, 2010. The gallery is currently showing paintings by French artist Virginie Hoyaux (www.Virginie.Hoyaux.Artblog.fr), and during the reception, owner Heidi Hess talked about Hoyaux’s visions and inspirations that led her into the abstract world of “Urban Space, Concentration & Vacuum.”

Laetitia Brock, Dhawel Sharma and Rupa LalchandaniLaetitia Brock, Dhawel Sharma and Rupa Lalchandani

HOYAUX’S ARTWORK is a series of abstract paintings exploring memories, dreams, time and space. Brush strokes are repetitive and rhythmic, at once defining and erasing space. The artist works with this duality of repetition and absence to evoke built environments and their gradual dissolution and evolution.

POPPY is located at 3235 P Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20007. Tel. 202-290-1377. For more information: www.poppymetals.com.

SACC-DC holds Holiday Reception

Barbara Baffer, Vice President, Public Affairs and Regulations for Ericsson in its Washington, D.C. office; Congressman Ed Royce (R-Calif.); his wife Marie Th??e Royce, Senior Director, International Affairs for the Americas, Alcatel-Lucent; and John Barbara Baffer, Vice President, Public Affairs and Regulations for Ericsson in its Washington, D.C. office; Congressman Ed Royce (R-Calif.); his wife Marie Th??e Royce, Senior Director, International Affairs for the Americas, Alcatel-Lucent; and John W. Hunter, Deputy Chief, Pricing Policy Division, Federal Communications Commission.

A FESTIVE SACC-DC (The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce’s Washington Chapter) (www.sacc-dc.org) holiday reception with Santa Lucia procession and celebration was held at the House of Sweden in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday evening, November 30, 2010. The program included welcome drink of gl?gg, the traditional Swedish Christmas season drink; a photo exhibit by Ericsson titled “Technology for Good;” and a delicious traditional Swedish holiday buffet and sm?rg?bord, provided by Swedish Caterers.

The evening’s guest speaker was Dr. Joel Selanikio, CEO and Co-Founder of DataDyne and Assistant Professor at Georgetown University, Department of Pediatrics. Ericsson – a world-leading provider of telecommunications equipment and related services to mobile and fixed network operators globally – sponsored the event.

Oskar Litton, Barbara Wennerholm, Maxwell Litton and Amanda UhlmanOskar Litton, Barbara Wennerholm, Maxwell Litton and Amanda Uhlman

John W. Hunter, FCC; Janice Obuchowski, president of Freedom Technologies, Inc.; and Dr. Joel Selanikio, CEO and Co-Founder of DataDyne and the evening's speaker. John W. Hunter, FCC; Janice Obuchowski, president of Freedom Technologies, Inc.; and Dr. Joel Selanikio, CEO and Co-Founder of DataDyne and the evening’s speaker.

Gunilla Ekberg, Ekberg International; and Christian A. EkbergGunilla Ekberg, Ekberg International; and Christian A. Ekberg

Lynne Milne, Nese Guendelsberger, Secretary of French American Chamber of Commerce of Washington D.C. Jean-Fran?is Orsini and Audrey P. RasmussenLynne Milne, Nese Guendelsberger, Secretary of French American Chamber of Commerce of Washington D.C. Jean-Fran?is Orsini and Audrey P. Rasmussen

Cecilia Kullman, SACC-USA, and Anna Winberg, SACC Washington DCCecilia Kullman, SACC-USA, and Anna Wiinberg, SACC Washington DC

Kelley Shields and Desir? Ruiz, both with Ericsson, Inc.Kelley Shields and Desir? Ruiz, both with Ericsson, Inc.

Steven Brodd and Kerstin HendricksonSteven Brodd, organist at Augustana Lutheran Church in Washington, D.C., and Kerstin Hendrickson, leader and coordinator of the annual Santa Lucia procession

The Santa Lucia procession performs traditional Swedish Christmas and holiday songs.The Santa Lucia procession performs traditional Swedish Christmas and holiday songs.

Bradley J. Olson, Chairman of SACC Washington, DC, introduces the evening's speaker Dr. Joel Selanikio, CEO and Co-Founder of DataDyne.Bradley J. Olson, Chairman of SACC Washington, DC, introduces the evening’s speaker Dr. Joel Selanikio, CEO and Co-Founder of DataDyne.

Organist Steven BroddSteven Brodd