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Big Sur, California – 90-mile stretch of spectacular coastline along Scenic Highway 1

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BIG SUR is located along the spectacular Scenic Highway 1 in California, approximately 150 miles south of San Francisco and 300 miles north of Los Angeles. The name was derived from the unexplored wilderness along the coast south of Monterey – “el pa? grande del sur.”

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BIG SUR REFERS to the 90-mile stretch of rugged and beautiful coastline between Carmel to the north and San Simeon/Hearst Castle to the south. In 1937 the highway was completed after 18 years of work, and has since been declared California’s first Scenic Highway. It was not until the early 50′s that electricity came to Big Sur, and it still it doesn’t extend to the more remote areas.

The proximity to the Pacific Ocean provides for a temperate climate, with mild winters and rainy days with periods of bright sunshine.

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Adult Swedish Language and Culture Immersion Camp in Wisconsin in June

“P?SVENSKA 2011″ – an adult Swedish language and culture immersion camp — will be in session again this year in Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary in Sarona in northern Wisconsin June 12-17.

EVA APELQVIST (www.evaapelqvist.com), who is the dean of P?Svenska, grew up in Stockholm, Sweden. She first came to the United States as an exchange student in high school. A few years later she returned to the U.S. as an exchange student to Gustavus Adolphus College. At the age of 25 she immigrated to this country.

MS. APELQVIST has worked with student exchange for many years, at the University of Uppsala in Sweden and the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She has also taught Swedish in her hometown, Spooner, for a number of years. She now works as a full-time writer and translator. Her book “Swede Dreams,” a young adult novel about Sweden, was published in 2007.

THE SWEDISH language and culture camp combines love of nature and a longing to learn more about one’s Swedish heritage. Except the language training, the camp also offers instruction in how to cook a number of popular Swedish dishes, as well as information about modern, and not so modern Swedish culture, history and politics. On the program is also Swedish dining, Swedish crafts, guided nature walks, and a genuinely Swedish midsummer celebration, and social evening programs and including lectures, movies and live music.

The registration deadline for “P?Svenska 2011″ is Friday, May 27. For more information, visit: http://hunthill.org/experience-hunt-hill/swedish-immersion-camp/.

New York – Christmas Wonderland

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Sailing Event with Kalmar Nyckel in Delaware to Celebrate Drott Lodge’s 100th Anniversary

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The replica ship of Kalmar Nyckel at the dock in Wilmington, Delaware

In connection with the celebration of Drott Lodge’s 100th Anniversary, the Scandinavian-American organization has arranged a sailing event on October 2, 2010, with Kalmar Nyckel, the replica of the ship that brought Swedish and Finnish settlers to America. Boarding will be at the dock in Wilmington, Delaware, at 11 a.m. for the 90 minute sail, while the crew in period costume gives the history of the ship and the immigration from Sweden to New Sweden, in Delaware.

Following the sail, there will be a lunch at Iron Hill Brewery and a visit to Old Swede’s Church with a guided tour of the church, graveyard and Hendericksson’s house. On the way back, a brief stop is planned at the Fort Christina Memorial with a short tour of the grounds where Fort Christina once stood.

For information contact Bob Dyer at 703-536-7244 or bdyer@gwu.edu.

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