Scandinavian Club of Columbus


  • 20 Nov 2022 7:02 PM | Ruth Briland (Administrator)

    IKEA in Columbus - Register for Upcoming Events

    Julbord on 12/9/2022 and Swedish Craft for Kids on 12/10-11/2022.

    See details and register at 

  • 28 Oct 2022 1:37 PM | Ruth Briland (Administrator)

    Scandinavian Dancing

    for Beginning & Intermediate Dancers
    Folk Dances from Sweden & Norway

    Clinton Heights Lutheran Church, 15 Clinton Heights Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43202

    8:00 pm     Beginning/intermediate class

    9:00 pm    Open dancing & requests

    First Mondays (except where noted)


    November 7
    December 5


    January 9   (2nd Monday)
    February 6
    March 6
    April 3
    May 1
    June 5

    No partner needed
    Wear leather-soled shoes
    $3 per person

    Covid protocols followed:

    • Vaccinated & boosted
    • K/N95 mask indoors
    • Contact info
    • Stay home if sick

    For additional information please contact:
    Tom Kangas 614-598-2269 or Suzanne Rizer 614-582-6612
    or email

  • 4 Apr 2022 11:42 PM | Anonymous

    The board recently reviewed the club financials for fiscal year 2020-2021 via audit. Details and information about the audit are available upon request. Please email with your request.

  • 9 Mar 2022 12:09 AM | Bette Madsen (Administrator)

    On March 5th, about 35 of us, young and young at heart, celebrated Fastelavn with delicious buns, coffee, and an assortment of other snacks.  The kids helped prepare the Fastelavnsris for table settings -- branches in vases decorated with feathers.  We sang the Fastelavn song, and then the kids took turns whacking at the barrel.  Katrina, Sean, Henrik, and Sigrid enthusiastically helped knock the black cat out of the barrel, and they were rewarded with candy, chocolate and even little stuffed mice. A great time was had by all!

  • 8 Mar 2022 9:57 PM | Bette Madsen (Administrator)

    Så ock på jorden (Heaven on Earth) -- Sweden 2015

    On 18 February 2022 about 30 members enjoyed the Zoomed session of our Swedish film, Heaven on Earth, which is the sequel to last year’s crowd-pleaser, As It Is in Heaven. Heaven on Earth was warmly and well received and included a hearty discussion following the movie. We also welcomed an out-of-state and some in-state visitors to our movie night. (There are some definite plusses to having Zoomed events like movie nights in which we can share important joint experiences remotely so that non-local attendees can also participate.)

    As a synopsis of the movie, the sequel follows a path similar to that in As It Is in Heaven, in that Lena and choir and orchestra gain confidence as the movie progresses, in spite of serious “nay-sayers” in the village and the church’s hierarchy. This small group of willing, but challenged musicians grows as a team and personally and muscially. They are neither professional musicians, nor do they even read music, but they have as their challenge to perform the Hallelujah Chorus of Handel’s Messiah for the 200th anniversary of their town’s church, with only a relatively short period of time to prepare. Lena needs to “live” the music and convince the choir and orchestra to do the same. Undaunted although aware that only a very few can read music, Lena tackles this technical deficit by creatively affirming that they ALL will learn the Hallelujah Chorus “note by note, from start to end”. She continues with her insight that drums “drive the music” and coaches them to envision this for themselves and to perform this with gusto and passion. With her leadership and several almost insurmountable challenges, the preparation for the 200th anniversary performance continues.

    It truly is the people’s choir and orchestra, not made of professional musicians. There is such passion during their actual performance, resulting in Lena not needing to conduct, as they ALL were living and experiencing the Hallelujah Chorus of Handel’s Messiah. Their performance was from the heart and quite the magnificent success, in spite of and because of the accordions!! J  This movie is inspiring and touching!
  • 17 Feb 2022 9:50 PM | Ake Hellstrom (Administrator)

    Hej Beloved Scandi Friends

    Today Thursday we got an OK from the Church that it is again permitted  to have in-person events of our kind. 

    So please apologize for the late event update. And also, we had technical problems where  the old meeting announcement was  resent multiple times - sorry-  but the  final one got it right.

    Note that we also screen the movie on Zoom for those that can not come. Please be prepared that we may need timing changes related to our in- person group, and we apologize you can't communicate with the audience.

    Greetings / Ake

  • 3 Jan 2022 8:33 PM | Anonymous

    Save the Date for upcoming Scandinavian Club Events through July 2022!

    Dates below marked in blue italics are tentative will be updated as new information becomes available.

    • Date TBD - Hockey night - when we can confirm COVID safety - last Columbus Blue Jackets game is in April

    • February 4, 2022 ~7pm - 8pm - Interview Carl Eriksson  Live broadcast with Virtual audience on WW2 memories  (date may be moved to January - check back!)  

    • March 5, 2022 - Fastelavn 

    • Movie Nights

      • February 18, 2022

      • March 18, 2022

      • April 15th, 2022

    •  June 25th or 26th, 2022 - Midsummer

  • 10 May 2021 9:03 PM | Anonymous

    Hi Scandi Friends!

    Happy May and belated Mother's day to you! 

    We are still looking for a Scandi News Editor (if you're interested, email to learn more!)

    Below you will find multiple sections of interest related to Scandinavia and the Club. Blue text is clickable, and if something interests you, we encourage you to click the blue-linked text to read more!

    With that, let's kick things off with some updates from the Board!

    Board News:

    • The board is starting to prepare to replace our Executive Assistant, Tayler.
    • The board has approved switching to a new member management system that will allow for automation of membership renewal, membership renewal reminders, and better event coordination and communication. Stay tuned for more.
    • Check out the Treasurers Report Here.

    Swedish Language SIG
    The Swedish Language SIG is off to a lively start! They are going to continue weekly meetings in the month of May. Learn more about what's been going on with this link.

    Upcoming Events:
    In addition to the listed below events, upcoming events are always available for viewing via our google calendar (click here to view).

    Event Recap: 

    We're always looking for contributors. Have news you want to share, email us!
    The Scandinavian Club

  • 9 May 2021 9:00 PM | Anonymous
    Hello Scandi Club Members!

    The Scandinavian Club of Columbus board has been hard at work investigating and testing potential replacements to Member Planet that will be easier to use and easier for us to administer and maintain.

    We have identified an excellent replacement, Wild Apricot, that will allow for special interest groups to post their events and to give YOU access to see your payments to the club and an option to auto-renew your membership each year via electronic payment. There’s a lot of good things about this replacement, including the ability to keep our website and events in one place and better newsletters.

    The purchase, if we buy before mid-June for two years, will be a total of $1,020 which represents a difference of $180+ above what we would pay for  Member Planet for the same period. We believe this is worth the cost for a better-paid member experience.

    We want to give members a chance to let us know if there is a concern before finalizing. We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Please email concerns prior to 5/17.

    The Board of Scandinavian Club of Columbus

Scandinavian Club of Columbus is a 501(c)7 non-profit organization. Scandinavian Club of ColumbusP.O Box 14296, Columbus,OH 43214-0296

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