Calendar & Events

Below is a listing of upcoming events and programs hosted or sponsored by Drott Lodge No. 168 and our partner organizations.  You may change the view of the calendar to Month/Week/Day by clicking on “Agenda” or filter by categories by selecting the “Categories” button. If you are from a partner organization and would like your event or program listed in our calendar, please email us at info (at) drott-lodge (.) org  – please include “Calendar Entry” as your subject heading – our admin will review and post if the request meets our criteria. Regular business meetings and programs hosted or sponsored by Drott Lodge No. 168 are Open to the Public unless otherwise indicated. All meetings run 2:30-5:30pm, unless otherwise stated.      
St. Lucia Pageant & Julfest @ St. James' Episcopal Church Sanctuary and Undercroft
Dec 9 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Ashley Mullinax: Behind the Scenes of Swedish Reality TV @ St. James' Episcopal Church Undercroft, Potomac, MD
Feb 10 @ 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm

This event was postponed from Jan. 13th due to winter weather and rescheduled to accompany our annual Pea Soup & Pancake Dinner on Feb. 10th at 2:30pm.

Drott Lodge’s very own Ashley Mullinax was lucky enough to be chosen as one of the American reality stars of the 2018 Swedish TV series, “Ällt för Sverige”.  She will share her experiences, favorite clips from her series and some behind the scenes insights into what REALLY goes on filming reality TV. The entire series can be viewed now on YouTube.

This fun cultural program will be followed by our first business meeting of 2019 with the election of new officers. Thanks to all who came out to make our Lucia Fest and Julbord such a success in December. We hope everyone has enjoyed their holidays and we look forward to an exciting year ahead with new monthly cultural programs and Swedish social gatherings with your friends at Drott Lodge.

Abbapalooza 2: Here We Go Again… @ St. James' Episcopal Church Hall
Mar 23 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

After the great success of our 2013 event, Abbapalooza, celebrating the release of the film Mamma Mia, Drott Lodge is thrilled to present Mamma Mia 2: Here We Go Again… as a party watching the film on large screens, dancing to the Abba tunes and enjoying food and drink in a fun atmosphere. Abba or period costumes are encouraged. Take your picture with the band in the Photo Booth!

Tickets must be purchased online in advance and includes two drink tickets and food. Places are limited so act now to avoid disappointment. Go to to register and buy tickets ($20 Vasa Order of American Members, $30 guests).



Swedish Easter Traditions and Swedish Genealogy Presentations @ Undercroft, St. James' Episcopal Chruch
Apr 14 @ 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Karin Weeden of Drott Lodge will give a presentation on the many traditions in Sweden to celebrate Easter. She will show how to make authentic Swedish decorations and will offer insights into some “Holy Week” traditions that are very different to how it is celebrated in America. The buffet will feature traditional foods for Easter.

That will be followed by another 30 minute presentation by Charlotte Börjeson, a Delegate of the Vasa Order of Sweden and a representative from D.I.S (Digital Genealogical Society in Sweden) and member of Swede-Gen. Charlotte will give an overview of their online services which may connect with other genealogy websites our members are using or may be interested in. Her organization will participate in the May 2020 Scandinavian Genealogy conference being planned, in large part, by our Cultural Committee member, Janet Johnson.

This cultural program will be followed by a business meeting. Both parts are free and open to visitors.

Valborgsmässoafton (Walpurgis Night Bonfire and Picnic) @ Private Location in McLean, VA
Apr 27 @ 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Information about this picnic with lawn games and bonfire to usher out winter and welcome spring will be sent privately to Drott Lodge Members and its sister organizations promoting Nordic Cultures and Traditions in the DC Area. Specifics and directions will be included in your online sign up form.

Nordic Community Dances: Join members of the Nordic Dancers for easy folk and social dancing. @ Undercroft, St. James' Episcopal Church
May 19 @ 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm

“If you can walk, you can dance.”

Folk and Social Dancing with the Nordic Dancers.

This interactive workshop will offer you the chance to try your hand (and feet) at some of the dances that have held communities together both in the old countries and when the nordic diaspora came to the United States.

This cultural event will be followed by a brief business meeting. Drott Lodge will be on hiatus for the summer but we hope to see members at the June 29th Midsommar Picnic with Maypole Dancing at Carderock Park Pavilion at 3:30pm.

Swedish Midsommar Celebration & Potluck Dinner @ Carderock Park Picnic Pavilion
Jun 29 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Did you know? Midsummer is the most celebrated holiday in Sweden after Christmas!

Join in the fun at the 55th Annual Swedish Midsommar Celebration, hosted by Drott Lodge and the American Scandinavian Association, at Carderock Park, MD.

This is a potluck, so please bring a dish as designated by the first letter of your last name (see the flyer below for these details, including other things to bring and directions). Fun activities will include children’s games, maypole decoration and procession, dancing and live music.

Midsummer 2019 flyer

Welcome Back Crayfish Dinner and Sing-along! @ St. James' Episcopal Church, Potomac, MD
Sep 8 @ 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Join us at 2:30 pm on Sunday September 8th for our Welcome Back Swedish Crayfish Dinner with traditional (and non-traditional) group sing along. Come enjoy the fellowship of Drott Lodge with an afternoon meal including, but not limited to, crayfish which are a staple of Swedish summer celebrations. We will bring an end to the summer and gear up for our fall programming and Christmas bazaar.

This annual event is FREE to all dues paying members! Suggested donation of $15 to guests over 10 (free to children 10 and under).

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