American Swedish Institute November Newsletter

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Time Tested. Tradition Approved. Holidays at the American Swedish Institute

On view November 16 – January 12, 2020

Step back in time with ASI’s annual holiday exhibition, this year celebrating ASI’s 90th anniversary with Time Tested. Tradition Approved. Explore holiday traditions over 90 years from Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Finland, our Celtic Junction community guests and the American Swedish Institute itself. The rooms of the Turnblad Mansion will be richly decorated to reflect the holiday customs of each country and era; immerse yourself in time and place and discover bits of the past and visions of the future.

Glögg Tours with The Theater of Public Policy
Experience Time Tested. Tradition Approved during ASI’s popular after-hours tours led by members of The Theater of Public Policy. Enjoy glögg (Swedish mulled wine) and light bites from FIKA as inspired by the countries and eras highlighted in the exhibition. These tours are a great gift idea and a way to spend time with friends and family during this busy season!
Tours: Select Thursdays at 7 p.m. from November 21 to January 9. Space is limited. Click here to view all dates and to register.
$50 ASI members / $55 non-members. 21+ event.

Jul Shop open November 15 – January 12
The ASI Museum Store’s annual Jul Shop, filled to the brim with wonderful Nordic and Nordic-inspired holiday gifts, opens for the season on November 15 with Member Appreciation Weekend. From Friday, November 15 – Sunday, November 17, ASI members receive discounts of up to 20% off purchases.

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Performance, Books, Crafts, Food & Spirits – Exciting Events at ASI

Chan Poling and Lucy Michelle – Jack & The Ghost Performance and Book Celebration
Sunday, November 10 & Monday, November 11, 6 p.m.
Celebrate the release of Chan Poling and Lucy Michell’s new illustrated book Jack & the Ghost with a hybrid reception, reading and performance in the Turnblad Mansion Ballroom. Stage actors Mark Benninghofen (on Sunday) and Sally Wingert (on Monday) will narrate the tale as Chan and Lucy provide musical underscore and commentary.
Ticket + Jack & the Ghost book and bag: $35 ASI members / $40 non-members / $20 child. Ticket only: $20 ASI members / $25 non-members / $10 child.
Register for Sunday’s event here and Monday’s event here.

Afternoons at ASI: Karen Jenson, Rosemaling Artist
Wednesday, November 13, 1-2 p.m.
Drop in to ASI’s monthly afternoon series for a special talk celebrating the work of master rosemaler Karen Jenson.
Included in museum admission.

A Taste of “Aquavit Week” at ASI
Wednesday, November 13, 6-9 p.m.
Skål to the spirit of the Nordics and join ASI for national Aquavit Week. Sample sips and meet representatives from 10 expected distilleries, both local (Tattersall and Norseman) and international (like Linie and Aalborg). FIKA will pass appetizers made to pair with this “water of life,” and there will be special remarks and trivia on the history of aquavit by Richard Tellström.
The ticket price includes an opening shot of Aalborg Aquavit, samples from all represented distilleries, light bites from FIKA and a commemorative shot glass. This is a 21+ event.
$50 ASI members / $55 non-members. Register here.

Food Historian Richard Tellström Returns to ASI
The charming and knowledgeable Swedish food historian Richard Tellström returns to ASI for three events this November: A drop-in talk on Wednesday, November 13, on the Essence of Swedish Food Culture; a presentation during Aquavit Week on November 13; and a lecture on Lutfisk, Herring and Other Fish Traditions in Swedish Food Culture on Saturday, November 16.

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Youth & Family Fun

Kids at the Castle: Thankful Hearts
Friday, November 15 & Saturday, November 16, 9-10 a.m.
Families can explore the museum an hour before it opens to the public and participate in activities related to Thanksgiving and gratitude.
$8 per family; no registration required.

Babies at the Castle
Friday, November 22, 9:15-10 a.m.
Take a tour of ASI’s holiday exhibition while carrying your little one and stay for sensory play. Designed for babies up to 15 months.
$15 for caregiver and child / $10 for an additional adult. Register here.

Julglädje – Christmas Joy Performances
Saturday, November 30, 1 p.m.
Popular ASI performer Ross Sutter and friends lead the whole family during these annual holiday performances. Dance to Swedish and American holiday tunes and become part of an interactive musical story.
$10 ASI members / $12 non-members / $5 kids ages 6-17 / free for ages 5 and under. Register here.
Additional performance dates: Dec. 1, Dec. 27 & Dec. 28

Lucia Concerts on sale Nov. 4

  • Tickets for the Lucia Celebration Concerts on Saturday, December 14, go on sale Monday, November 4 online, by phone or in-person.
  • Tickets for the ASI Members Only Lucia in the Mansion Concert on Friday, December 13, go on sale Monday, November 4 at 10 a.m. by phone or in-person only.

Wee Thee Vikings
The play-based exhibition for our youngest visitors in ASI’s Family Gallery will be open throughout the holiday season! Included in museum admission.

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Try Your Hand at … Nordic Handcraft
As November approaches (and daylight savings time ends), cozy up and craft at the Castle.

Makers Morning is held every Tuesday from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. in the ASI Stuga and is a great way to work on projects while connecting with other crafters. Makers Night is the monthly evening opportunity to do the same, meeting on November 27 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Studio Classroom. Free; no registration required.

Nordic Handcraft Workshops

November craft classes have been selling quickly, with only a few spaces left in the below workshops. Or, click here to view all upcoming classes in December.

Want to receive ASI’s printed Course Catalog listing all upcoming Nordic Handcraft and Nordic Table workshops? Fill out this form!

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Language & Culture: Lifelong Learning at ASI

Whether you’re looking for a brief introductory workshop on how to speak Finnish or Swedish or want to take an advanced Swedish literature course, there are plenty of opportunities to learn a language at ASI this November:

“Jul” Love It
Learn all about Nordic Christmas traditions in fun holiday-themed culture classes! Beginning November 18 is the 4-week Start Reading Swedish: Jul Edition course.

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Julmarknad and Winter Solstice

Save the date for ASI’s two biggest holiday celebrations!

Julmarknad – Holiday Market & Festival

Saturday, December 7, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, December 8, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
ASI’s annual weekend celebration features more than 55 handcraft artisans, plus music, family crafts, festival food and more.
$15 adults / $10 seniors / $6 children 6-18 / free for ASI members and children 5 and under. Purchase tickets at the door (no pre-registration).

NEW: Julmarknad Preview Party
Friday, December 6, 6-8:30 p.m.
This inaugural event gives attendees a first chance to shop the handcrafted wares in the holiday market and meet the artisans. Also, tour the Mansion after hours and enjoy glögg and appetizers.
$75 per person. Register here.

Winter Solstice Celebration
Friday, December 20, 6-10 p.m.
Mark the shortest day and longest night of the year with family friendly fun, festivity and performance.
New this year: Pre-registration required! Tickets will not be available at the door.
$10 ASI members / $15 non-members / $5 children under 18. Purchase tickets through Eventbrite.

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