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.

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



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