Monthly Archives: December 2011

‘Peruvian Christmas’ at the Embassy of Peru in Washington

AN OPENING reception for the exhibition “Peruvian Christmas” was held on Tuesday, Dec. 13 at the Embassy of Peru in Washington, D.C. The exhibition shows traditional Christmas items such as paintings and cr?hes from that country. The Peruvian imagery is part of the inheritance of thousands of years of Peruvian ancient civilizations successfully integrated with the Catholic religion. The tradition has been kept alive through generations among artisans.

THE EXHIBITION, which runs through Jan. 13, 2012, can be seen in the art gallery “Fernando de Szyszlo,” Embassy of Peru, 1700 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036. It is open weekdays 10 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Opening reception at the Peruvian

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Beautiful National Press Club event at the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Washington, D.C.

Ambassador Jason Yuan and Myron Belkind, chairman of the International Correspondents Committee of the National Press ClubAmbassador Jason Yuan and Myron Belkind, chairman of the International Correspondents Committee of the National Press Club

AN ELEGANT EVENT was arranged by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office for the National Press Club’s International Correspondents Committee (ICC) at the beautiful Twin Oaks Estate in the Woodley Park area of Washington, D.C. on Thursday evening, December 8. This was the second consecutive year that the Taipei Office opened its doors for an ICC event.

THE EVENING started with a cocktail reception and a delicious Chinese dinner with traditional delicacies. Afterwards Ambassador Jason Yuan gave an informative and interesting briefing about Taiwan-US relations and Cross-Strait relations, followed by questions about the upcoming elections on January 14, 2012, for president, vice-president and the legislature in Taiwan.

NPC President Mark Hamrick brings remarks, along with on the left Ambassador Jason Yuan and on the right Myron Belkind, of the National Press Club's International Correspondents Committee.NPC President Mark Hamrick brings remarks, along with on the left Ambassador Jason Yuan and on the right Myron Belkind, of the National Press Club’s International Correspondents Committee.

Lesley and Peter YeungLesley and Peter Yeung

Keith M. Hill and Marilyn E. CarlsonKeith M. Hill and Marilyn E. Carlson

Hugh Grindstaff and Joan KestonHugh Grindstaff and Joan Keston

TaipecEconomic&CulturalOffice.20111209 029.JPGAmbassador Jason Yuan and Hugh Grindstaff

National Press Club's International Correspondents Committee event at the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office at Twin Oaks Estate in Northwest Washington, D.C.National Press Club’s International Correspondents Committee event at the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office at Twin Oaks Estate in Northwest Washington, D.C.

Twin Oaks Estate in Washington, D.C.Twin Oaks Estate in Washington, D.C.

The Swedish School – Svenska Skolan — in the Washington area celebrates its 40th anniversary

The Swedish School -- Svenska Skolan -- celebrates its 40th anniversary.THE SWEDISH SCHOOL – Svenska Skolan – in the Washington, D.C. area is celebrating its 40th anniversary. The school is one of the largest Swedish language schools for adults in the United States and attracts students from all over the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area.

LOCATED IN Falls Church, Virginia, it provides five progressive levels of instruction from beginner to advanced, all taught by native Swedish instructors. For more information: www.theswedishschool.org.

Closing reception for Daphne Dougall Hogg de Zileri exhibition in Washington, D.C.

Fernando Quir?, Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Peru; Pedro E. Gracey Araoz, Defense and Air Attache at the Embassy of Peru, and his wife Rosa L?n de Gracey; Alexander Watson, former U.S. Ambassador to Peru; and Simon Henshaw, Director of thFernando Quir?, Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Peru; Pedro E. Gracey Araoz, Defense and Air Attache at the Embassy of Peru, and his wife Rosa L?n de Gracey; Alexander Watson, former U.S. Ambassador to Peru; and Simon Henshaw, Director of the Office of Andean Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.

THE EMBASSY of Peru held the closing reception of the fabulous photo exhibit – “Daphne – The Subtle Power of a Woman’s Eye” – with work by Peruvian photographer Daphne Dougall Hogg de Zileri (1936-2011) on Tuesday evening, December 6. Ms. Zileri’s works capture the quiet magic and sparkle of everyday life in Peru and elsewhere. Among the many guests during the opening reception on November 18 was Nobel Laureate in literature 2010 Peruvian author Mario Vargas Llosa and his wife Patricia.

Shirley Tejada, Carolina Carranza and Fiorela Gutierrez of the Embassy of Peru in Washington, D.C.Shirley Tejada, Carolina Carranza and Fiorela Gutierrez of the Embassy of Peru in Washington, D.C.

Photographs by Daphne Dougall Hogg de ZileriPhotographs by Daphne Dougall Hogg de Zileri

SWEA Bazaar at House of Sweden in Washington draws more than 3,000 visitors on Saturday

Santa Lucia procession outside House of Sweden in Washington on Saturday evening.Santa Lucia procession outside House of Sweden in Washington on Saturday evening.

THE SWEDISH Christmas Bazaar – arranged by SWEA (Swedish Women’s Educational Association, www.swea.org) and sponsored by the Swedish Embassy – was again a great success. It attracted more than 3,000 visitors to the House of Sweden on the Potomac River in the Georgetown section of Washington, D.C. on Saturday afternoon, December 3.

Santa Lucia procession.Santa Lucia procession.

THE EVENT was opened in late morning, when Eva Hafstr?m, wife of Swedish Ambassador Jonas Hafstr?m, cut the red-green ribbon, and already at that early hour there was a line outside House of Sweden! But people didn’t seem to mind. The line moved quickly and soon the visitors could enjoy Swedish gl?gg (a Christmas drink), traditional sandwiches and baked goods and other Swedish delicacies, and look at all the Christmas items that were for sale.

Santa Lucia procession.Santa Lucia procession.

THERE WERE also two Santa Lucia processions this day, with girls singing traditional Christmas hymns and songs. This year, the processions were held outside the House of Sweden so that more people could enjoy the singing and performance. And the beautiful evening contributed additionally to the ambience. The first procession was held early in the day for children, and a second one was held around closing time for the bazaar at 5 p.m. The second procession was led by Kerstin Hendrickson, who has led the Swedish Santa Lucia procession in the nation’s capital for the last 20 years.

Eva Hess and Arne Dunhem promoting Swedish Church in Washington, D.C.Eva Hess and Arne Dunhem promoting Swedish Church in Washington, D.C.

SWEA Bazaar at House of Sweden in Washington draws more than 3,000 visitors on Saturday

SWEA Bazaar at House of Sweden in Washington draws more than 3,000 visitors on Saturday

Santa Lucia procession.

SWEA Bazar at House of Sweden

SACC-DC celebrates the holiday season with party at House of Sweden in Washington

John Hunter, FCC; Robert McDowell, FCC Commissioner; Marie Royce and her husband Congressman Ed Royce (R-Calif.)John Hunter, FCC; Robert McDowell, FCC Commissioner; Marie Royce and her husband Congressman Ed Royce (R-Calif.)

THE WASHINGTON, D.C. chapter of the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce (SACC-DC, www.sacc-dc.org) held its traditional Holiday Party with a Santa Lucia procession at the House of Sweden on Thursday evening, December 1. Bradley J. Olson, who serves as chairman of SACC-DC and SACC-USA, gave the opening remarks in Anna Lindh Hall to this festive evening. Afterwards guests enjoyed a delicious Swedish Christmas buffet and sm?rg?bord. The evening’s keynote speaker was FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell.

Bradley J. Olson, chairman of SACC-DC as well as SACC-USA, gives the welcome remarks in Anna Lindh Hall. Bradley J. Olson, chairman of SACC-DC as well as SACC-USA, gives the welcome remarks in Anna Lindh Hall.

Representatives from IKEA Woodbridge - in the front row Stacey LeGates, Wendy Rogers and Ciannie Rodriguez. In the back row Fredrik Rabe, who is the head of Ikea Woodbridge and his wife Ashleigh. Representatives from IKEA Woodbridge – in the front row Stacey LeGates, Wendy Rogers and Ciannie Rodriguez. In the back row Fredrik Rabe, who is the head of Ikea Woodbridge and his wife Ashleigh.

Barbara Baffer, of Ericson, announces the winners of the raffle tickets, with fine prizes such as tickets to a Redskin Game, baskets with IKEA products and other great prizes. Barbara Baffer, of Ericsson, announces the winners of the raffle tickets, with fine prizes such as tickets to a Redskin Game, baskets with IKEA products and other great prizes.

Stefan Brodd, Ingrid Albaugh, Elisabeth Albaugh and Kerstin Hendrickson. Ms. Hendrickson arranged the traditional Swedish Lucia procession in the Washington area for the last 20 years. Stefan Brodd, Ingrid Albaugh, Elisabeth Albaugh and Kerstin Hendrickson. Ms. Hendrickson arranged the traditional Swedish Lucia procession in the Washington area for the last 20 years.

Emmy Melander of SACC-USAEmmy Melander of SACC-USA

Alan Schlaifer and Maja Persson, Manager of SACC-DCAlan Schlaifer and Maja Persson, Manager of SACC-DC

FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell was the evening's keynote speaker.FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell was the evening’s keynote speaker.

The Lucia ProcessionThe Lucia Procession

Congressman Ed Royce (R-Calif.) and his wife Marie. Congressman Ed Royce (R-Calif.) and his wife Marie.

The Lucia ProcessionThe Lucia Procession

The IKEA team from Woodbridge, Virginia The IKEA team from Woodbridge, Virginia

SACC-DC celebrates the holiday season with party at House of Sweden