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! 🙂

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!

Urban Hike 2017 – Recap

On a pristine Sunday morning, 30 members of the Young Scandinavian Club rubbed the sleep from their eyes and put on their hiking boots. The club was embarking on an urban hike, up and down the hills of our beloved city of San Francisco. Although our club name signifies “Young”, we had hikers from eight different decades, ages 19-82! The rainy weather delayed the event one week, but there was only sunshine and a cooling light wind this December day. Starting at Andrew Vik’s home near the Swedish American Hall, the six-mile hike saw several central San Francisco attractions that give the city its quirky reputation. Hidden gardens and colorful stairways, famous vista points, Seward mini-park and slides, and the city’s narrowest street– hikers sure got their Instagram photos in! Vik, long-time member and organizer of the hike, has lived in San Francisco his whole life. He organized a similar hike almost 20 years ago. Three members from that hike were also present this time around to lead the group, a testament indeed to Vik’s insider knowledge and tour-guiding bravado. Bagels, yogurt, fresh fruit and more were provided to fuel the sleepy hikers at 10am. Breakfast was washed down with some strong coffee (as our Scandinavian culture would command of us) before setting off to Corona Heights Park. Pausing to pet dogs at the park and take photos, the group continued onwards and upwards toward the Mount Olympus pedestal, where the dismantled Triumph of Light statue once stood. The statue was a gift to the city from the 24th mayor of San Francisco, Adolph Sutro, in 1887. The view from the Upper Terrace stretches out to the Pacific Ocean. Passing through the neighborhoods touching Tank Hill and the Interior Greenbelt off Stanyan Street, we hiked up to the famous Mount Sutro tower. After a small pause for water, the group continued on to the designated lunch spot at one of the humps of Twin Peaks. This mountainous crest is a famous vista point and, evidently for teenagers, one of the best makeout spots in the city. The club was surrounded by tourists and locals alike taking in the cityscape views. The rest of the hike was downhill from this point, if only figuratively and not in spirit. We went next to Seward Park for some fun on a mini playground and double-lane slide. A few rounds up and down the slide gave way to many childlike smiles from our elated hikers. Our second to last pit stop was outside the Alfred E. Clarke Mansion, a storied house that embodies the history of San Francisco. Built in 1891 by an Irish policeman with a colorful yet brutal reputation, the house survived the 1906 earthquake and fires in the Castro neighborhood. It has served as a hospital at one point, and became a city landmark in 1975. The mansion is an amalgam of architectural styles throughout the 20th century, and it remains one of the biggest formerly private houses in California with 45 rooms on five floors. It is now subdivided in 15 rental apartments and actively inhabited today. After all the history and vistas, the hikers descended back to the Castro around 3pm. However, it wouldn’t be a Scandinavian hike without a rewarding beer at the end of it! We congratulated our efforts with a resounding “skĂĄl” at The Lookout bar, grateful for our beautiful city and the new relationships we made that day. Want to join our hike on March 24th in the North Beach district of San Francisco, including Coit Tower and a snack at the Norwegian Seaman’s Church? Sign up here or purchase tickets from the link on the Facebook event. Tickets will sell out again! Written by YSC member Karolin Palmer-Picard

2018 Annual Meeting Recap

The Young Scandinavian Club general elections meeting was held this past weekend on Sunday, February 11th, at the Swedish American Hall in San Francisco. While an independent music event, with young attendees running about, was taking place upstairs in the Freja hall, the turnout was impressive. Over 50 members gathered in the Odin Hall downstairs, hoping to have their voices heard and to vote in new members on to the Board of Directors. With long-time members and new adjuncts in attendance, the first hour of the meeting went over the financial status in depth. The statistics and financial figures were presented by Lars Gunnilstam, club treasurer and board member. Overall, the figures reflected lower attendance and lower membership rates for the club in 2017 than has happened in prior years. However, this is a trend among most cultural organizations in the area according to current president Peter Nordström. The meeting then took a 20 minute break for socializing and welcoming in members who were not present for the first portion of business. Refreshments of beer and wine, and light bites were enjoyed. The meeting resumed, eager to tackle the issues forthcoming for the new year and voting in new board members. This year, the voting had changed to include more involvement on the board. Instead of nominating three new people to the board of 9 officials, the board decided to opened up a new spot for 10 people to be on the board of directors. This would allow more support for the club in its various responsibilities and initiatives, with more people delegated to lead the way. A great thank you to outgoing board members Joshua Brost and Stein Petersen for their extensive service on the board for the past several years. Carsten Hughes, long-time member heavily involved in Clear Lake activities and events in San Francisco, was the only incumbent to run for election again. We had four new candidates, for a total of five members running for for the board of directors: Solveig Barnes, Jesper Lundbaek, Natalia Nordström, and Andrew Vik. Lundbaek has spearheaded the management of the Tahoe cabin for the club. Nordström, wife of current YSC president, has helped out the club for many years, stepping in to manage activities and logistics consistently. Andrew Vik is a long-time member with legacy in the club, formerly serving on the board and as president, with multi-generation involvement in the club. Most recently, Vik has hosted happy hours in the city, started a film night series in partnership with Swedish Society of San Francisco, and lead an urban hike–stay tuned for the next hike in the next few months. New-comer Barnes has been in the club for several years, she campaigned on the promise to reinvigorate the website and activities at Clear Lake to promote membership for the club. Each candidate fielded questions from the audience, including their proposed idea for improving the financial situation of the club and to increase membership. Overall, everyone agreed more events need to occur in San Francisco and in Clear Lake to fund the cabin repairs. It is evident the great amount of contribution and commitment from each candidate has added invaluable wealth to the club, making the voting decision very difficult–and very close. There was even discussion of voting all of them in! However, only four were elected of the five to move forward and serve the YSC: Lundbaek, Hughes, Nordström, and Barnes. After the new board members accepted their positions, the club turned to the top agenda of the club. Board member Michelle Beason gave a presentation proposing several options for the new water system, and collected input from the members for a strategy ensuring the cabin has clean water in the years to come. The club also brainstormed new ways for growing and cultivating membership through volunteering in new events and setting a schedule for events at Clear Lake so summer vacations won’t conflict. Clearlake is obviously a huge part of the club, symbolically and financially, requiring a lot of input from the board, its members and guests. Former board members Allison Bakke and Mari Ă–lund together with Jeanette Flodell proposed the adoption of a code of conduct, with a sexual harassment policy, in precaution to all members of the club, attesting to the club’s core values of equality and anti-discrimination policy. After several hours of intense debate and exchange of ideas, the meeting was adjourned. The club was able to decide on the certain matters moving forward, setting itself up for success in 2018. Congratulations to all the new board members! Many thanks to all the volunteers that have helped run the club and continue to make it the unique social gathering we all benefit so greatly from in connecting with our past. Written by YSC member Karolin Palmer-Picard

Scandinavian Movie Night Recap

Wednesday night (Feb 7th, 2018) at the Swedish American Hall was the place to be! While swing-dancing took place in our Freja main hall, the Young Scandinavian Club members joined together for its first movie night. A popular event in the mid-2000s, the film night is back and hosted by the same YSC member today, Andrew Vik.

Partnering with Vik in the presentation was Swedish Society of San Francisco president Ted Olson. With a full-house, the club was treated to a viewing of “Sami Blod” (2016), a coming-of-age story of a reindeer-breeding Sami teen, Elle-Marja, and her attempt to escape the racism of Lappland the 1930’s. Elle-Marja and her sister Njenna are sent to state school where indigenous students are groomed to assimilate into Swedish society. The story unfolds as to how they struggle to hold on to their cultural traditions and the crumbling bond between two sisters.

The film won the top film prize in Göteborg Film Festival 2017 and the Valhalla Award for Best Nordic Film at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. When the film won the 2nd prize at the Tokyo International Film Festival, the actress playing Elle-Marja gave an acceptance speech in Sami.

Before the showing of the film, guests were welcomed with refreshments of wine and beer, and light bites in the Svea Room before sitting down in the library. With the high turn-out we saw the first night, the next film screening will be announced very soon. Watch the newsletter and/or Facebook for the details.

 By YSC member Karolin Palmer-Picard

The Young Scandinavians Club Happy Hour Recap – 10/13/17

First of the autumn season, members of the Young Scandinavians Club met again for our monthly Happy Hour on October 13th in downtown San Francisco. We had a reserved section of the cosmopolitan bar Press Club near Union Square, where members and newcomers enjoyed craft beers and wines while exchanging stories of their summer travels and beyond. Continue reading “The Young Scandinavians Club Happy Hour Recap – 10/13/17”