Viking Luau Pig Roast with Erde

It’s been three years since the last Luau at Clear Lake, and it was SO nice to revive this popular tradition! The weekend was a hit, although we think most people would agree that 10-20 degrees cooler wouldn’t have been all that bad! It was not just the pig that was roasting this weekend…

Jeanette on a paddle board

The mornings were cooler, and Saturday kicked off with a 45 minute yoga class, led by the club’s own yoga teacher Jeanette. The deck is an excellent place for this, as it’s still shaded in the mornings, and people weren’t yet melting.

Yoga on the deck

This weekend event got around 35 participants, and a 50lb pig was prepped for the roasting box. Erde has become the club’s resident pig roast expert, and supervised the team that tended to the hours-long process in the box.

With temperatures hovering around the 100F mark, people either chose to take it easy in the shade, or get out on the lake. With the low water level and hot temperatures, there was quite a bit of algae floating around. Saturday had pretty ok water quality, though, and people had fun in and on the water.

Long-time club member Tommy got his boat decked out in most of our Scandinavian flags, and was generously offering rides and water skiing / wakeboarding all weekend. Dave Skokan brought his fast boat too, and took people out as well. Thank you so much for providing this wonderful opportunity to cool down and get some much-needed breeze! ūüôā

Tommy on his boat

The lunch team prepped delicious open-faced sandwiches, Danish style. Shrimp, roast beef, pate, herring, and more!

A huge THANK YOU to Erde for organizing this lovely event again, and to all those that helped make this into such a wonderful and chill weekend!

Marin Hike with Jesper

Jesper's hike in Larkspur

On July 9, Jesper took us on yet another wonderful hike in Marin County, this time through Madrone Canyon in Larkspur. The city was covered in fog, but Larkspur showed itself from its best side. Sunshine and pleasant temperatures made for a great hike.

The hike was about 3 miles, with quite a bit of elevation gain. Downhill was steep, but we all like a bit of an adventure every now and then, right?

After the hike we all went to Perry’s restaurant in Larkspur and enjoyed some well deserved beverages and food. Thanks to Jesper for setting this up! We hope to add more hikes to the calendar soon!

Epic Clear Lake Opening Weekend – May 27-30

Disco people on the deck

What a party!!

This year’s ABBA themed Clear Lake opener was absolutely sensational. Taking¬†place over the long 3 day Memorial Day weekend, we celebrated¬†togetherness, welcomed new members, sang and danced our hearts out Saturday¬†and Sunday night. There was a little last minute cooler weather starting Friday evening into Saturday that we welcomed with open arms. The much needed rain and cool weather was short lived come Sunday through the remainder of the weekend.¬†

A couple of our members went up a few days early to work on the deck and to do some repairs to the dock, where the lower water level in the lake has caused some damage to the ramp. Thanks to Carsten Hughes and Dave Conroy for taking care of this!!

Yoga on the deck
Morning Yoga with Jeanette

We kicked off our Saturday morning with an incredible Yoga session, led by Jeanette Flodell. As it was still early in the morning, there were only light sprinkles of Abba in the yoga playlist, but it set the tone for the day. Not long after, the ultimate retro playlist started going and kept everyone singing around the clock!

We also cheered while watching the Champions League final match, Liverpool vs. Real Madrid. Sorry, Liverpool! Maybe next year.

The world could use a little more glitter!

After Happy Hour, all of the ABBA enthusiasts who dressed the part and looked like rockstars, gathered for an ultimate photoshoot on the deck. Then they strutted their stuff on the dance floor into the wee hours of Sunday morning, groovin to some solid beats played by DJ Lady Hammer. Have to admit, there is nothing sweeter than waking up Sunday morning and thinking¬†to yourself, “I have one more day to relax!” Thus the fun must go on! Like super troopers, everyone soaked up the fabulously warm sunshine on the dock, while a few brave souls took a quick dip in the lake. Water quality was reasonable and the weather was ideal.¬†

Disco people on the deck
Disco vibes!!

Back by request, the next morning also started with a yoga class. A good way to warm up after a remarkably cold and windy night. Some people had to pause their dancing to go chasing after their tents that blew across the lawn.

Soren and Carsten making breakfast
The breakfast crew

Sunday night libations started out with an epic game of rage cage to get the vocal cords warmed up for Karaoke. We heard all the classics that night, everyone took a turn on the karaoke stage and gave it their all. Singing, dancing and shots continued through till 4am. What can we say, Clearlake is back and it is a beautiful place to be. 

So gloriously 70’s!!

We would like to give a wholehearted¬†thank you to our party-meister¬†hosts, Solveig Barnes and Lala TM. You both did an incredible job organizing and coming up with an excellent new menu that everyone was raving about. Another wholesome thank you to our helpers, Allen Hinkelman and Seti Shay who did the shopping and helped run meal time. It really took an amazing team effort to pull off such an epic opener. Lastly, we’d like to say thank you to our members and their guests who attended. You all made it so worth it and we can’t wait for the next big celebration….MIDSOMMAR, June 24-26!!¬†

Clear Lake Kick-off Picnic at Crissy Fields, May 7

The perfect warm-up for an awesome CL season!

This years kick-off party for the Clear Lake season was held at Crissy Fields. Party-meisters Lala and Solveig had prepped picnic food and lawn games for participants of all ages!

The winds were really strong on this sunny day, but fortunately the picnic spot was somewhat sheltered by the hills and trees of the Presidio. Some of the younger members had fun flying kites.

May Happy Hour in Belmont

Club board member Aaron Zorndorf hosted a lovely Happy Hour in Belmont in San Mateo County. It was easy access so we even got some city folks to join! We gathered in the outdoor garden at the Waterdog Tavern and enjoyed a good selection of beverages and appetizers, and reconnected with new and old friends.

It sounds like Aaron has already scoped out some other venues for future Peninsula events. Stay tuned!

Valborgsmässoafton Bonfire at Ocean Beach

People starting bonfire on the beach to celebrate spring

Earth, wind and fire, and lots of awesome people!

A very popular tradition by now, Stein Petersen hosted yet another wonderful Valborg bonfire on Ocean Beach.

It was a wonderfully sunny day, but as always at this time of year it gets pretty darn windy out there. Most people were dressed for the weather, and the fire kept going until the sun had set.

Spring Hike in Marin

Good times on the Yolanda Trail

On April 16, a sturdy group of young Scandinavians went on an outback hike, hosted by Jesper Lundbaek, in Marin County. Although rain had been in the forecast, the sun shone through the clouds right as the hike started.

The hike took us up through woodland forests, streams, open vistas and back down to Deer Park.

Afterwards the group retired to the Split Rock Brewery for lunch and beers. A good day was had by all!!

If you have an idea for a new group hike, contact the board, and we’ll do our best to get it on the calendar! This is a great way to meet old and new members and enjoy our wonderful Bay Area outdoors!

Bus trip to Wine Country

Guests lined up outside the bus

The sold-out day trip together with the Vasa Order and Sons of Norway was a success!

At our last stop, Stockhome in Petaluma

A big Thank You! to our YSC member, and former president, Peter Nordström, for organizing yet another fun day in the Wine Country. The first one since before the pandemic! And a big shoutout to Jim Melin and Stein Petersen for setting us up with the two wineries.

Peter making the introductions at our first stop, Leo Steen Winery

The Google bus picked us up in Mountain View and at SF’s Civic Center, and we got to enjoy a fun and comfortable ride all the way up to Healdsburg.

Winery #1: Leo Steen Winery

Our first stop was in downtown Healdsburg at Leo Steen Winery, where we had the entire tasting room to ourselves. Leo was there to greet us, and gave us a lot of interesting information about each wine we got to taste, and the history of his journey into wine-making. The pours were generous, and everyone was in an excellent mood!

Leo Hansen, the Danish founder and owner of the Leo Steen winery
We did not get to try the unicorn wine. (It may be from a producer who shares the tasting room space).
The Leo Steen wines were all very high quality. Many of us started dreaming about what fish stew or oysters or cheeses to serve with them…
We got to try a few special wines that were not on the tasting menu.
Karen enjoying a taste of the wonderful Chenin Blanc
Having the whole place to ourselves was a treat!
Getting some pro tips on wine and food pairings
Chenin Blanc is the foundation of Leo Steen’s success as a winery, and he told us a bit about the chalky grapes, and where he sources them from.
Having three organizations come together for this event (YSC, Vasa Order, and Sons of Norway) made for a really fun day!
Steen and Stein!
Jim and Gordon enjoying the generous pours

Winery #2: Peterson Winery

Once we had tried all of Steen’s wines, at least once, we got on the bus again, and headed out to Peterson Winery, located in Dry Creek Valley, just outside of Healdsburg. Fred Peterson, whose roots are Swedish, had set up tables for our group in their storage room, and gave us a wonderfully warm welcome.

Fred Petersen, our amazing host!

Fred explained his history, and the philosophy behind their “Zero Manipulation” idea. The Peterson approach is to capture the essence of vintage and vineyard with low tech, yet high touch, to produce wines with soul.

Fred and his family had set up a room just for us.
No jackalopes were harmed during our event
Some of the wines that were poured for us this afternoon
Skål!!!
Happy faces all around!
The thought “yikes, what if there’s an earthquake?!” came to mind a couple of times, as we were surrounded by barrels of wine…

And we also had a birthday celebration for Henrik Flodell. He thought he could fly under the radar and keep his b-day a secret, but got a loud “Ja m√• han leva!” from those who know the Swedish birthday song.

Late lunch at Stockhome, Petaluma

Once we had tried enough wines, and done enough “Sk√•l!” (is there even such a thing as too many Sk√•l?), we got back on our bus, and headed to the Swedish restaurant Stockhome in Petaluma.

Stockhome is run by Swedish couple Robert and Andrea Sundell. The food is mainly Swedish, but there are some Middle Eastern and Californian influences as well. People were apparently quite hungry (and still thirsty), and the line to order food was long.

Hmmm… Tunnbr√∂drulle or Swedish meatballs?

And to the immense joy of a couple of Swedish YSC:ers, they even had banana & curry pizza on the menu!

Thanks again to Peter Nordstr√∂m for organizing the whole event. It was a full-day adventure, and we’re still so happy we are able to do in-person events again. Keep an eye on our event lists, more fun things will pop up there very soon!!

March Happy Hour at Foreign Lens, SF

We are SO happy that in-person events are happening more and more, and to see members and friends show up for our Happy Hours!

On March 24, long-time YSC member Erik Eklund hosted a happy hour at Foreign Lens in San Francisco, near Telegraph Hill. Foreign Lens is an interesting, bohemian combo of art salon and music venue.

The turnout was pretty good! We had about 30-40 people join that night. It was first quite cramped until people realized there was a spacious downstairs. Thanks to Erik for hosting, and cheers to many more fun events this year!

2022 – Annual General Meeting Recap

YSC Board

On Sunday February 27, the 9 member board of the YSC and about 35 members met at the Swedish American Hall for our annual general meeting. It was wonderful to have a chance to mingle and reconnect in person with our new and old members in our traditional location again.

The board reported on the current state of the club, including 2021 financial status, the condition and maintenance performed at our two properties and the events and activities we hosted during the year.

We were disappointed to report that we were unable to reschedule our delayed 70th Anniversary party in 2021 and asked the membership present whether we should continue to try and reschedule in 2022. The consensus and vote was to concentrate on moving forward and plan for a spectacular 75th anniversary celebration in 2025 instead. We will plan to do so!

There was good discussion about the future direction and longevity of the YSC. There was agreement and much excitement about the plans to focus on maintaining a full social calendar and get our membership engaged and positioned for growth in 2022.

For those of you unable to join us in person, the full board 2022 financials report, the ‘State of the Club’ presentation deck and meetings minutes can be found on our website at https://ysc.org/financials/.

The club thanked the board members who’s terms were ending, Erdman Rogge, Alan West, Henrik Thorenfeldt, Lars Gunnilstam and Laura Flink, for their years of service to the club.

In anticipation of increased 2022 activities, the directors had decided to increase the size of the 2022 board to 10 members and opened the nomination process with 5 seats to fill. After lively nominations and voting the following 5 new board members were elected to 3 year terms:

  • Lars Gunnilstam
  • Laura Flink
  • Jeanette Flodell
  • Aaron Zorndorf
  • Marthe Nyborg

Congratulations and thank you for your commitment to the YSC! You can learn more about the 2022 board of directors by reading their brief bio’s at https://ysc.org/about/

We look forward to an exciting 2022 and hope to see you all at many traditional, familiar events and new activities and occasions to celebrate our Scandinavian traditions and heritage.

Skål!

Ulrika Lidström
YSC President