SACC-DC’s Swedish Crayfish 2011 Party held at the House of Sweden in Washington

Barbara Baffer, Ericsson, President of SACC Washington, D.C., and Thomas Unander-Scharin, SACC-DC, a leader in the effort to launch a U.S. KTH (The Stockholm Institute of Technology) Alumni Group.Barbara Baffer, Ericsson, President of SACC Washington, D.C., and Thomas Unander-Scharin, SACC-DC, a leader in the effort to launch a U.S. KTH (The Stockholm Institute of Technology) Alumni Group.

THE WASHINGTON Chapter of the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce (SACC-DC, www.sacc-dc.org) held its traditional Crayfish Party on Wednesday evening, September 14, at the House of Sweden in Georgetown.

THE FESTIVE event started with a welcome drink on the beautiful rooftop, and was followed by a buffet dinner in the building’s Anna Lindh Hall. The crayfish tradition goes back to 17th century Sweden, and guests, wearing special party hats, eat crayfish and drink beer and aquavit. Additionally Snaps Songs (or traditional Swedish drinking songs) – such as “Helan g?” and “Vi ?er skridsko p?morsans golv” – were sung during the meal.

Elin Hofverberg, Patrik Lindkvist and Cecily RaynorElin Hofverberg, Patrik Lindkvist and Cecily Raynor

BARBARA BAFFER, President of SACC Washington D.C., and Jonathan Miller, VP Government Relations and Public Affairs, Volvo Group North America, delivered welcoming remarks, and Ambassador Jonas Hafstr?m was the special guest speaker.

THE DINNER was sponsored by Volvo Group North America and IKEA.

Terrie Nelson, Paul Johnson and Alec C. ZacaroliTerrie Nelson, Paul Johnson and Alec C. Zacaroli

Ryan Emge and Farleigh WolfeRyan Emge and Farleigh Wolfe

Craig Crutchfield, Carina Olsson and Jerker TaudienCraig Crutchfield, Carina Olsson and Jerker Taudien

Guests gather at the House of Sweden's Rooftop for a Welcome Drink.Guests gather at the House of Sweden’s Rooftop for a Welcome Drink.

View over the Potomac River from the House of Sweden.View over the Potomac River from the House of Sweden.

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