Below is an up-to-date 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.
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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.
2018 Spring Programming
Sunday, January 21 2018: Eadric and the Wolves author David K. Mullaly discusses the Danish Viking conquest of England and turning historical research into historical fiction. Program followed by a business meeting where there will be election and installation of officers, approval of new member applications, and a brief review of the 2017 financial statement. Note: 3rd Sunday in the month.
Sunday, February 11, 2018: Marit Knollmueller, Cultural Leader of Drott Lodge will present on “Skansen and the Open Air Museum: A Very Swedish Idea”. Program followed by a business meeting. Note: This returns to our regular 2nd Sunday of the month.
Sunday, March 11, 2018: Annual Pea Soup Dinner with a presentation on the Vasa Lopp (Vasa Cross Country Ski Race) by a regular competitor. Free for Drott Members. $10 donation for non-members, $6 for children. 2nd Sunday in the month.
Sunday, April 8, 2018: Dr. Bob Dyer will present on Sport in Sweden. Cultural presentation from 2:30pm followed by a business meeting. Free and open to the public. See event description on the calendar or on Facebook for a full description.
Saturday, April 28, 2018: 4:00-8:00pm Valborg Bonfire Festival in MacLean, VA, location distributed after RSVP. Information to follow.
Saturday, May 12, 2018: No regular Drott Lodge meeting but we encourage members to attend the Viking Festival in Manassas, VA 10am-5pm. Location: Harris Pavilion & Manassas Museum Lawn. Sponsored by the Icelandic Association of Washington D.C., Inc., and Sons of Norway (Fairfax, VA).
August 25, 4pm-6:30pm an optional group outing sailing on the Kalmar Nyckel out of New Castle, DE. This is a reproduction of the 17th century ship that took the first settlers to New Sweden Colony in today’s Delaware in the 1630s.
We are on hiatus for the summer taking a break from our regular meetings but we still host a Midsommar Picnic (with maypole dancing and live Swedish folk music) at Carderock Park’s Picnic Pavilion June 24, 2018 from 3pm. All are welcome to participate and are asked to bring food for the potluck Smorgasbord.
This cultural program will be followed by a lodge business meeting.
Drott Lodge’s annual Lucia Festival will take place on December 10, 2017 in the sanctuary of St. James’ Episcopal Church in Potomac, MD. The ceremony will begin at 3pm but children participating in the pageant should arrive at the church by 1:45pm for rehearsal and costuming. We welcome non-members to participate and bring their children. The pageant will be followed by a holiday party and fellowship in the undercroft.
Drott Lodge Cultural Leader, Marit Knollmueller, will present a talk with images from her recent trip to Sweden on the history of the groundbreaking institution known as “Skansen.” Marit has a graduate degree from NYU in Museum Studies and has worked in the art/museum world. This presentation will consider the historic contribution that this first open-air museum has made to our very conception of museums and their scope of mission which became a model followed in miniature by ALL of the other nordic countries and in varying manifestations more recently in the USA and around the world.
The Presentation will be followed by a Drott Lodge business meeting with the installation of new members and a review of feedback and possible changes for our Christmas Bazaar season.
Join Drott Lodge for our annual afternoon dinner of Swedish yellow pea soup, baked ham, cheese, pancakes and a buffet of other treats. This year you may even sample the famous blåbärssoppa (“blueberry soup”), a traditional drink for racing competitors in the Vasa Ski Race.
On the heels of the 2018 winter Olympics, this year’s theme will celebrate the recently completed “Vasaloppet”, or Cross Country Ski Race held every year since 1922 in Dalarna in early March. With a presentation from a frequent participant in this week of racing events, Gunnel Hamilton, we will see imagery and learn more about this exciting sporting event that is both the oldest and longest cross country event in the world. It is a world class sporting challenge AND a historical celebration of the romanticized story of Gustav Ericcson Vasa’s 1520 ski run back from near the Norwegian boarder to Mora, having received word of growing support in Dalarna for his Swedish uprising against the Danish ‘Tyrant’, Christian II. With the start of the Vasa dynasty in 1523, Sweden marked its start as a modern state and threw off foreign rule.
FREE to Drott Lodge members, guests $10 donation.
The session lead by Dr. Bob Dyer, professor Emeritus of Marketing at GWU, will look at trends in Swedish sports participation including: Which sports are gaining popularity and which are losing (and why) over the Swedish population. How does a tiny country like Swedish continue to produce such large number of world class athletes over numerous sports? Is there any connection between Swedish nationals’ traits or characteristics (e.g. fair-play) and how they play their sports activities?
The session will also cover major differences between the U.S., Sweden and Norway with respect to world sporting dominance. Finally, the results a poll of readers provided by Dagens Nyheter newspaper will be used to look at profiles of Sweden’s Top Ten All-Time Athletes.
Bob has written a number of articles and case studies on sports trends in Sweden. His last presentation to Drott Lodge covered “Hovding: The Airbag for Bike Riders.” He has travelled to Sweden every year for the past two decades with each visit involving a few activities as a participant or spectator in sports such as XC skiing, sailing, soccer matches, tennis, golf, distance running, bicycling, fishing, car racing, and equestrian programs.
Join us at 2:30 pm on Sunday September 9th 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 $12 to guests over 10 (free to children 10 and under).
After our regular business meeting, we will hold a fun mixing event for our newer members to get to know our older members and vice versa. This will be a fun afternoon quiz on categories related to Sweden and the other Nordic Countries and teams will be paired up to ensure that newer members can mingle easily with Drott veterans. Come to show off your knowledge of all things Nordic and make new friendships ahead of our November 3rd group fundraiser, The Annual Swedish Bazaar.