The Queen turns 75 and the Club turns 40!

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As announced in the Danish Club of Ottawa Newsletter.

When:  Saturday, April 18 2015 at 18.00 (6:00 p.m.)
Where:  Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre, Britannia Beach, 102 Greenview Avenue
Registration Form:  Click here  – registration DEADLINE is April 1

These things we need to celebrate!

The food will be by Essence Catering and it will include herring, salmon, shrimp, flæskesteg (pork roast) and frikadeller (Danish meat balls). There will be a very nice dessert and a bit of cheese as well. Essence Catering is run by Chef Jason Laurin, a Cordon Bleu Cuisine and Pastry graduate, and it has a very good reputation. We can expect the best! In previous years we have had a buffet, but this year the food will be served at your table, family style. As always, Aalborg aquavit, Danish beer, wine and soft drinks will be available at the bar.

We are bringing back an old favourite to entertain us with his music for the dance after the dinner. Johnny Vegas is well-known in Ottawa, having performed over a number of years with a repertoire that is founded on music from the “Rat Pack”, but stretches over Elvis Presley and the Beatles to Rolling Stones and he does know the words to “Rock the Casbah” if it should come to that. He played for us in 2001 and he remembers that somebody asked for “Blueberry Hill” that night. It was not part of his repertoire then, but since he’s coming back he has now learned it and will include it. That’s Johnny for you.

There will be door prizes and there will be a lottery, there will be old friends and there will be new friends – this is a night not to be missed. Invite your friends, your neighbours, your colleagues and let’s show them how Danes have a party!

Easter Church Service 2015

Danish Easter Church Service Sunday
March 29, 2015 at 14:00 (2 p.m)
St. John’s Lutheran Church
270 Crichton Street, Ottawa

This winter has been very long, very white and very cold! But spring is on its way, and on Sunday, March 29 at 2:00 p.m. we will celebrate the coming of Easter at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 272 Crichton Street, Ottawa.

Pastor Lars Skjødt-Jakobsen and his wife, Lis, will be here from Grimsby to officiate this service. Let’s hope the weather will be co-operative for their long drive here.

After the service we will meet in the adjacent church hall for coffee/tea and home baked goodies, hoping our usual Church and Bazaar Ladies are willing to bake something for us.

The Christmas Doctor: The True Story of Dr. J.P. Weber by Tom Weber

Available at Amazon.ca.

The Christmas Doctor: the True Story of Dr. J.P. Weber.  His life was saved as a teenager by a wonderful Danish-American nurse.  Motivated by what she had done for him, he became a courageous country doctor in northern Idaho.

After finishing the eighth grade, J. P. Weber decided to catch a freight and head west to labor in railroad construction, save his wages and eventually be able to attend college and become a doctor.  He made quite a bit of money helping lay railroad tracks across Montana and was able to save most of his money for school, but his foreman was brutal.  Because of this, he left the railroad construction job and caught a freight headed for Portland, Oregon, hoping to find work in the timber industry.

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Renew Your Membership for 2015

39540_154799714561847_154794194562399_235684_4476963_nIt is that time again! Time to renew your Danish Club membership for another year!

We ask those renewing to send their membership to us before February 28, 2015.

New members are

We’ve attached the Membership Registration Form, please complete the form for yourself and your family and return to us along with a cheque payable to the “The Danish Club of Ottawa”.

As a non-profit organization we rely heavily on the help of volunteers.  The main reason The Danish Club of Ottawa has continued for survived for over 38 years is because of all the wonderful volunteers that have been so generous with their time.  If you are able to donate some time to help us at any of our events please complete the volunteer section of the membership registration form.

In addition, we also welcome your ideas for any new events, activities, etc.  Please feel free to send us an email with your ideas and/or write your ideas on the back of the Membership Registration Form.

We appreciate your continued support and look forward to another year of activities and hyggelige times with the new and continuing members of The Danish Club of Ottawa.

Fastelavn – February 22, 2015

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Fastelavn is a very old traditional Danish celebration.  In early days, Fastelavn was the beginning of a time of fasting to prepare oneself for Lent by eating very little.  Fastelavn was also a time to have a lot of fun: playing games, dressing up and partying.

Most people no longer fast on Fastelavn.  However, children still wear costumes and play the traditional Fastelavn games.  One is “knocking the cat out of the barrel” game.  In medieval times, this game was taken very seriously, and involved placing a live cat in a barrel.  The barrel was then beaten with sticks until it broke and the cat escaped.  The cat was chased out of the town, and it was believed that it would take the collective bad luck and evil spirits of the town with it.

Fortunately for cats everywhere the game is now symbolic and no longer involves any live animals.  Instead we use a wooden barrel filled with candy and one old black cat (stuffed toy).  The children take turns hitting it with a wooden bat until the barrel breaks whereupon there is a mad dash to pick up all the candy that spilled out (children only, please!).

The child that makes the barrel break and knocks the cat out of the barrel is crowned the “King of Cats” or “Queen of Cats” as the case may be.  Since a king must have a queen (and vice versa), the next child of the opposite sex in the line up to beat the barrel when it came down, is named King or Queen (again as the case may be) and each is given a golden paper crown.

We will have prizes for the best child costume and one for the best adult costume.  The entertainment (other than the barrel, the candy and the costumes) is a secret! There will be delicious food as always and we will finish off the day by handing out fastelavnsris (decorated branches).

Mark Sunday, February 22 at 2:00 p.m. on your calendar and join us at St. John’s Lutheran Church Hall on Crichton Street.

To register for this event, please see the Registration Form and register BEFORE February 16th.

Children’s Christmas Party – December 7, 2014

It is hard to believe but Christmas is just around the corner! Our Annual Children’s Christmas Party is on Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 2:00 PM at St. John’s Lutheran Church (272 Crichton Street, Ottawa).

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This event is a great opportunity to come together with other families in the club to share some of Denmark’s Christmas traditions, including singing and dancing around the Christmas tree, special crafts, and of course, enjoying Danish goodies, such as Æbleskiver. We will be joined by ParLUGment who will bring some of their LEGO for a hands-on experience and there will be a Duplo corner for the little ones. Rumour has it we might even be visited by a special guest dressed in “red” who will distribute gifts to all the good boys and girls.

If you plan to attend please complete the registration form send it in by December 1, 2014.

We hope to see many of you there!

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