Lunch and a Movie – March 22, 2014

Det_gamle_guldYou are invited to join us for lunch and a movie in the Church Hall, 272 Crichton Street, Ottawa, on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 12:30 pm. We will start with a Danish-style lunch consisting of various snitter, smaller Danish open-face sandwiches on rye or white bread, accompanied by a beverage of your choice. We’ll finish with coffee/tea and dessert.

With our hunger satisfied we will have a short introduction to Morten Korch (1876-1954), a popular and prolific Danish writer, by Rolf Christensen. Morten Korch wrote about 120 books and 19 of them were made into motion pictures.

The film we have chosen is“Det gamle Guld” which gives an excellent picture of farm life in Denmark after the Second World War. This movie from 1951 stars Poul Reichhardt as Niels. Two questions, among others, are: will Niels be able to keep the family farm and which girl will he marry? “Det gamle Guld” also features Tove Maës, Peter Malberg and Ib Schønberg – as well as Morten Korch himself. The movie also contains the popular song “Jeg har min hest, jeg har min lasso”. The movie is in Danish. Unfortunately, there are no subtitles.

The cost is $10 per person, which includes lunch, beverage, coffee/tea, dessert and the movie.

Please register by Friday, March 14, 2014, by phoning Bodil Jensen at 613-224-8052.

Fastelavn – February 23, 2014


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 23 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 SHEET and register BEFORE February 16th.

Renew Your Membership for 2014

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 January 31, 2014.

Oh, and don’t forget to tell your friends, as we always welcome new members as well!

We’ve attached the Membership Form for 2014, 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 Form for 2014.

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.

Danish Christmas Church Service

Danish Christmas Church Service
Sunday, December 15, 2013, 2 p.m.
St. John’s Lutheran Church
272 Crichton Street, Ottawa

As the year is coming to an end and we start celebrating the busy and wonderful Christmas Season, the Danish Club of Ottawa will celebrate with a Danish Christmas Service.

This year we welcome to Ottawa the newly arrived Pastor Kenneth Berg and his wife, Mette, from Toronto. We hope the Capital City will look beautiful with all the lit Christmas lights and white snow on the ground when they arrive. But not too cold!

The Service is in Danish, as are our beloved hymns. But afterwards in the Church Hall next door we will speak either Danish or English around the coffee table. It is customary that we eat æbleskiver med syltetøj (apple donuts with jam) baked by Eva, Bodil and Peter, as well as other Christmas goodies brought by some generous ladies who like to bake, accompanied by tea or coffee. Everyone is welcome! Hope to see you there!

On behalf of the Church Committee
Vita Christensen


Children’s Christmas Party

149537_157216247653527_154794194562399_247455_3131937_nSunday, December 8, 2013 at 14.00 (2:00 p.m.)
St. John’s Lutheran Church
272 Crichton Street, Ottawa
Click here to Register!

Time flies and soon the snow will be flying, too. Christmas is just around the corner and what better way to bring in the holiday spirit than by coming to the Children’s Christmas Party?  Mark Sunday, December 8th and bring the whole gang to this family event for all ages.

This event gets bigger and better every year.  There will be singing around the Christmas tree and there will be crafts for the children.  And this year once again members of ParLUGment will bring some of their LEGO to our party for a hands-on experience.  Finally, there will of course be goodies for young and old!  Æbleskiver, anyone?

Rumour has it that a guest appearance will be made by the man in “red” and he will be distributing gifts to all the good children – were you naughty or nice?

Please bring a wrapped gift ($10.00 value) for your children with their name clearly in place to be given by Santa during the event.

Make sure you register in advance – click here to download the Registration Form!

See you all there!


Annual Danish Bazaar

Saturday, November 16, 2013
11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Lakeside Gardens

shrimp smorbrodIt’s that time of year again. The Annual Danish Bazaar.

If you have been before, you know what to expect:

  • a restaurant with many delicious kinds of smørrebrød (open-face sandwiches)
  • a bakery with real Danish pastry, and many other edible Danish goodies to take home and enjoy with your family & friends
  • Danish embroidery and decorations
  • a lottery with excellent prizes
  • a book table with a selection that varies from year to year and
  • lots more….

bazaar smorbrodIf you have not been before, now you have an idea as to what you’ve been missing out on.

The place is the same as previous years: Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre (formerly known as Lakeside Gardens).  From the Queensway, take the Pinecrest exit and travel north until you can get no further.  You will then be in the centre’s parking lot where you can park for free.

Come one, come all!!  Our most popular event…. tell your friends, your neighbours, your work colleagues!!

bazaar needleBe sure to share the attached Bazaar Flyer with your local business, local drug store or grocery store!!

Post the Bazaar Flyer anywhere you think people will notice it.

Come one, come all to enjoy some Danish pastries, traditional open face sandwiches, christmas decorations and gifts!!

Take a glance of the Pictures from previous year’s Danish Bazaar to get some insight to all the wonderful goodies that will be available.

See you there!!

Past Event – Harvest Church Service

On Sunday October 6th twenty-nine people gathered at St. John’s Lutheran Church to celebrate the beginning of the Thanksgiving weekend. Pastor Lars Skjødt-Jakobsen delivered the sermon and we all sang our beautiful Danish hymns, giving thanks and praise for all the good things we enjoy at this time of year.

Afterwards we gathered in the Church Hall, where the large table was laden with all kinds of home baked buns and cakes, coffee and tea. Truly overflowing! We spent a nice afternoon in each other’s company. I want to thank the Pastor and his wife, Lis, and their guest from Århus for driving the long way from Grimsby to be with us. As well, thank you to Bodil and Peter for decorating the Church with fruit and vegetables, and thank you to Alice Daniels for carrying the Danish flag. Moreover, a big thank you to all the Bazaar Ladies who organized this Coffee/Tea party. They are always there and ready to help!

On behalf of the Church Committee
I remain yours truly,
Vita Christensen


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