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Celebrating a Swedish Midsummer in the "Bronx"
Saturday, June 14th, 2014
Bronx, New York
“The Swedish Meatball"
Ellen grew up “living” Swedish traditions -- daughter of Swedish emigrants, Hans & Maud Lindstrom, this Swedish Meatball comes from a strong Swedish and Swede-Finn (Åland) background, a hands-on dedicated 2nd generation Swedish-American. The Manhem Club – it was there that Ellen, as a small child, went with family to the club and experienced live Swedish dancing and accordion music for the very first time. This event set the stage for Ellen’s Scandinavian musical future. Intrigued, Ellen wanted to learn the accordion and as a young girl, took lessons at a local music school. Later, Ellen studied with Eric-Olaf Eriksson, and then with studied with Walter Eriksson – renowned accordionist, recording artist, and Musical Director of the Scandinavian Accordion Club of NY. To add a little spice to her music, Ellen also took lessons from Italian-American Frank Busso, President of the NJ Accordion Association & Director of the Staten Island Accordion Club.
Ellen pursued her talents, especially enjoying Scandinavian / American music – never stopped – and still continues carrying on the old traditions through musical appearances in the tri-state Scandinavian / American Community. Ellen’s band, “The Swedish Meatballs” – or just this Swedish Meatball – can be seen at just about every IKEA special event! You've probably seen Ellen strolling the grounds with her little white accordion strapped on at such events as: ScanFest – bringing smiles to everyone she encounters – and, at the Norwegian Christian Bazaar/Home, Eger Home, Viking Fest, Norsk Høstfest, Vasa Order of America & Sons of Norway lodges, the Circle Line, Norwegian Chamber of Commerce, Scandinavian Club, Scandinavian House, Scandinavian East Coast Museum, Danish Home, Annual Danish “Fastelavn” Celebration, Danish Athletic Club, Manhem Club, Gjoa Club, Swedish Football Club......and many other events and private parties where Scandinavian music is longed for. Ellen is a current member of the Vasa Order of America, Lindbergh Lodge #505, and has been since a youngster. She served her Swedish culture starting out as a member of Vasa Order Children's Club Jr. Wings #101, then with the Vasa Folk Dancers of Long Island, and finally the Vasa Folk Dancers of NY – dancing at various events, and singing in Luciafests – she even had the pleasure of dancing in Lincoln Center for the King of Sweden. Ellen also served as a member of the Åland Society, and – of course – the Scandinavian Accordion Club of NY.
Ellen lives in the old Scandinavian community of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn (Yellow Hook). Ellen is also a successful businesswoman when not squeezing her accordion. Ellen has held positions with General Mills Toy Group, CBS Fox Video, PolyGram/Universal, National Basketball Association, Answerthink Consulting, Goodman&Company, and is now working at GfK Consumer Research North America. Even with her heavy work schedule, she manages to continue to promote her Swedish heritage with every spare moment. In addition, she carries on the old tradition of brewing and donating gallons of homemade glögg every Christmas, following in the footsteps and recipe of her Stockholm-born mother (Maudie). SKOL
It is with great sadness . . .
It is with great sadness that we mourn the passing of Edwin Emerson on Feb. 24, 2013. Miriam passed away in 2012. Ed and Miriam were energetic and devoted supporters of Sweden Day. They were "Couple Of The Year" in 1998. We will truly miss them.
Sov I Ro
Ulf and Mette Mårtensson
Honorees Of The Year
When Ralph A. Pearson first chaired the Sweden Day Committee back at its inception in 1941, it was viewed as
"an annual event where old and new acquaintances meet."
We hope that you will enjoy this trip through the old and new Sweden Days
This Year Sweden Day honors
Sweden Day Woman of the Year - 2013
The Swedish "Godfather" 2009
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MISS SWEDEN DAY CONTEST -
Katie Hansen Miss Sweden Day 2011
As lovely as the contestants all seem to be, beauty is only a small part of the attributes leading up to being chosen as Miss Sweden Day. Poise, confidence, appearance, writing skills, interview skills . . . all have a part in judging the young lady who will wear the crown for an entire year and represent Sweden Day at various events throughout the New York metropolitan area. The winner also receives some very beautiful gifts, including 2 Round Trip Tickets to Sweden, courtesy SAS.
Click for Application
If you or someone you know might be interested in participating, email to MissSwedenDay@hotmail.com
T. EDWARD and ALVALENE P. KARLSSON SCHOLARSHIP -
2011 Scholarship Winners (Photo courtesy Jeanne Andersen)
Each year scholarship monies are awarded to a lucky applicant to aid in their educational pursuits. Winners are chosen on the basis of their written application. Submit your application TODAY for a chance to win. You have nothing to lose and much to gain!
Print the APPLICATION and complete all required information. Then mail completed Application to: Y. Dryden, 782 Forest Ave., Larchmont, New York 10538 Click here for application page.
Contributions to this Scholarship Fund should be made payable to "Sweden Day Committee" and sent to Y. Dryden, 782 Forest Ave., Larchmont New York 10538 with an appropriate notation that this is for the "Scholarship Fund."
EVENT JOURNAL -
Every year a Journal is published describing the event and giving a biography of the selected "Person of the Year."
Ads can be taken out to show your support for this event. The Ad Form can be downloaded at Journal Ad.
For more information on the Journal, contact Ken at (631)312-1085 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
SWEDEN DAY "YESTERDAY" . . .
Click here for a glimpse into past Sweden Days, beginning with 1941.
We are putting together an historical profile of Sweden Day and are gathering copies of past Sweden Day journals to complete our research. To date, we are missing a few years.
If you have a copy of any of the following years in your possession that you would be willing to give or "loan" to us, as we compile the information, we would be most appreciative. Please contact me at email@example.com
1941 1948 1949 1950
1951 1952 1955 1956
Thanks for your help.
Chairpersons for Sweden Day - Past & Present
|1941 - 1943|
Ralph Pearson (Founder of Sweden Day)
|1962 - 1965|
|1992 - 2001|
Elaine McGrath & Jeanne Eriksson Widman Andersen
|1944 - 1954|
Dr. Harry Berglind
|1967 - 1976|
Gustave A. Kvalden
|2002 - 2006|
Kenneth H. Johnson
|2010 - 2013|
|1955 - 1961|
|1977 - 1991|
Gustave A. Johnson
|2006 - 2008|
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