Sommerfest was a sizzlin’, steamy event but that didn’t stop over 400 people from joining the fun in The Danish Home garden. The kids loved the games, petting zoo and everyone loved the music, magicians and wonderful Danish treats.
Residents and staff enjoying a late winter snow day.
When Chicago got a blast of winter, residents and staff joined for a friendly snowball fight.
Fall Fest at The Danish Home
Combine 2,000 frikadellers (Danish meatballs), 500 guests, dozens of Danish food, craft & gift items and mix well! Imagine making thousands of frikadellers by hand. If you were one of the more than 500 guests at this year’s November 6 Fall Fest — not including residents and staff — you saw and tasted the delicious results.
Chef Roger Sukhu and The Danish Home’s hardworking culinary team made more than 2,000 of these tasty Danish meatballs. More then 40 volunteers helped serve them up to eager guests along with red cabbage, boiled potatoes, cucumber salad, rolls and rødgrød (fruit pudding) with cream.
In order to accommodate everyone, there were three seatings in The Danish Home’s beautiful dining and gathering rooms. Before or after their dinner seating, guests shopped for Danish and Christmas-themed gifts at special booths. These items included baked goods, sausages, jellies, jams, handmade quilts, crafts made by residents and other gift items.
According to festival chair Esther Sorensen, the event always draws hundreds from the Midwest, including many who’ve had a family member or friend at The Danish Home.
“For many, Fall Fest is nostaligic. They want their children and grandchildren to know something of the Danish heritage. And frikadeller is the Danish national dish,” she said. “Seeing all the people is amazing. And working with such a wonderful, willing crew makes it run smoothly.”
Board president Jeff Anderson agreed.
Garden Party at The Danish Home
The weather cooperated perfectly as The Danish Home hosted its Garden Party in summer. Guests and residents strolled the grounds, toured the campus and enjoyed refreshments in the beautiful garden at The Danish Home, 5656 N. Newcastle Avenue in Chicago.
Musical entertainment was provided by Chicago Outskirts, a seventeen piece jazz ensemble comprised entirely of women from the Chicago area. The attendees at the event included visitors to The Danish Home, who are interested in learning more about the warm and hospitable senior retirement community. These guests had the opportunity to visit with current residents and have a tour of the community.
“This was a great opportunity for us to show off much of what’s best about The Danish Home; our friendly and vibrant residents; gracious facility and engaging resident life, not to mention the fabulous creations by our very own chef,” said Scott Swanson, executive director of The Danish Home.