Canadian Nordic Society Event – November 2, 2014

1:00 PM Sunday, November 2, 2014
303 Paterson Hall, Carleton University

Vikings: the North Atlantic Saga

William W. Fitzhugh, Director, Arctic Studies Center,
Department of Anthropology, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.

“Vikings: the North Atlantic Saga” explores the little-known story of the dramatic Viking/Norse expansion across the North Atlantic between 850 and 1000 AD, and their explorations and settlement in Greenland and Northeastern North America. Special emphasis is on fads and fallacies in popular beliefs about “Vikings” in North America as contrasted with new archaeological evidence from Arctic and Subarctic regions where Norse contacts occurred with Native Americans — both Inuit and Indian. Finally, the lecture addresses the likely causes of failure of the western Norse colonies and implications for future human Arctic endeavours.

CLICK HERE to see the Flyer for more details!

Welcome to the 2014-2015 Board of Directors

39540_154799714561847_154794194562399_235684_4476963_nOur AGM was held on October 3 and it was a very successful AGM in many ways. It was well attended and it was chaired by Rolf Christensen who kept the meeting flowing and told us about the Danish Canadian Conference, which was held in Ottawa earlier this year.

I am writing this as the new president of the club, although instead of “new”, “recycled” might be a more fitting description. Regardless, I am happy to do it again and I was excited to see a number of new faces at the AGM and especially that some of them joined the new board.
From the outgoing board, Grethe Kryger, Peter Jensen and Steven Hansen are not returning. I thank them for their contributions; they have done a lot of work for the club.

Those from the old board who are continuing also deserve a big thank-you for agreeing to do so! They are: Vita Christensen (Vice President), Vibeke Reid (Secretary), Bodil Jensen (Treasurer), Brittany Hansen, Neal Petersen and Sue Vye. An extra special thank-you to Vita for having been our President at the helm for the last year!
The new board is sporting three new members. They are: Jeff Jessen, Diane Nolan (“once a Nielsen, always a Nielsen!”) and Jessica Tomlin. I am very happy to have them onboard!

The new board has an excellent mix of younger and older people and it has people who are new to the board and people who have been there a while. I am very excited about the next 12 months and it should be interesting to see what we can do!

Søren Laursen

Danish Canadian Conference 2014

Danish Canadian Conference
May 22 – 25, 2014
Westin Hotel, Ottawa

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Danish Club of Ottawa is extremely pleased to host the Danish Canadian Conference of the Federation of Danish Associations in Canada this spring, and we would like for all club members to be part of it – as it promises to be interesting, informative and a lot of fun!

The conference is a marvellous opportunity to meet people from other Danish clubs and organizations from across the country and find out what they are doing. You can attend a single event or two, or sign up for the whole conference, if you like.

The theme of the Conference is “Getting Involved” and we encourage you to do just that! Join the conference delegates for social events, take in presentations on fascinating topics and enjoy making new acquaintances.

Most of all please join us in giving our visitors a warm and hospitable welcome to Ottawa!

The Conference Program at a Glance  – See REGISTRATION FORM for information and cost. Registration is required for all events.

Easter Church Service 2014

Danish Easter Church Service
Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 14:00 (2 p.m)
St. John’s Lutheran Church
270 Crichton Street, Ottawa

While I am writing this, it is still cold outside. Most of the snow is a dirty grey colour by now, but the days are getting longer and when the sun is shining, it can still be beautiful to look at the remains of winter.

On Sunday, April 13, 2014, Pastor Lars Skjødt-Jakobsen and his wife, Lis, will be in Ottawa to deliver the Easter Sermon at St. John’s Lutheran Church. The Service is at 2:00 p.m., followed by coffee/tea and refreshments in the adjacent Church Hall, where we will spend some “hyggelige timer” with each other.

If you are in the mood for baking some Easter goodies, please bring some to the coffee table. It is always very much appreciated. Looking forward to seeing Lars and Lis amongst us as well as everyone else!

Queen’s Birthday Party – April 2014

When:  Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 18.00 (6:00 p.m.)
Where:  Ron Colbus Lakeside Centre Britannia Beach
Registration Form:  Click Here  – registration DEADLINE is March 29th

We will have our annual party a little early this year, it will be on Saturday, April 5th, at Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre at Britannia Beach.

The format has not changed from previous years.  The doors open at 6 p.m. for drinks and at 7 p.m. we sit down in the main hall for dinner.  Herring and smoked salmon and shrimp and tartelletter (pastry shells with chicken) will be served at the table and the challenge here is to avoid eating too much.  Yours truly has often found himself at the buffet that follows, looking at the pork roast, the beef, the frikadeller and all the other goodies and wishing that he had room for just a little bit more.  Not to mention the dessert!

The bar will be well stocked with aquavit and Danish beer.  Danish wine is harder to come by here so we will have to make do with “regular” wine.

There will be door prizes as well as a lottery for those who feel lucky.  And what would a party be without music?  After dinner we will be able to dance to some good music provided by a live band.

Parking at Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre is free and it is easy to find.  From the Queensway, take the Pinecrest exit and head north until you can get no further.  You will then be in the parking lot.

To register for this event, please fill out the registration form it in before the March 29th deadline.  Please note that there is an early bird price and a not-so-early bird price.  Because of the food preparations, we need to know the numbers as well in advance as possible.

We look forward to seeing you all there!

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.

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