February 12, 2015
We are in the thick of winter, and what could be better than imagining yourself sitting in a lovely park on a warm spring day; the sun shining brightly among the trees as you breath in that sweet, warm air? Not much, really. Especially these days, as the temperature hovers around freezing and the thought of a spring thaw seems beyond reach.
Right about now, surrounded by the whites, grays and browns that winter brings, we are desperately craving some yellows, reds, pinks and greens to brighten us up! Just thinking about spring flowers, picnics in the park and the summer festivals that await us are almost too much to bear!
The Chicagoland area is famous for its many beautiful parks and green spaces, and Vasa Park in South Elgin is no exception. Within the Scandinavian community (and beyond!) Vasa Park is a very special place, symbolizing both the love for the outdoors and the importance of spending quality time with friends and family – cultural ideals that Scandinavians hold dear.
The park features a scenic twenty-five acres of lush grounds dotted with beautiful oak trees and is located on the banks of the picturesque Fox River. For over sixty years the park has been the proud site for countless private birthday parties, weddings, and reunions, as well as, festivals, public picnics, and concerts. The most famous being the annual Scandinavian Day Festival held each September. This year will be the 36th year!
Scandinavian Park, Inc. is a non-profit organization, which oversees Vasa Park. It is made up of a conglomerate of individuals representing many area Scandinavian organizations that “celebrates the culture, heritage and traditions of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.”
There are many ways to support Vasa Park! You can purchase a personalized paving stone for the Vasa Park heritage walk, where your donation will be proudly displayed for future generations; you can reap the benefits of becoming a member; you can attend the 11th annual Dinner Dance and Fundraiser for Vasa Park this March; and you can attend the 36th Annual Scandinavian Day Festival!
Upcoming Danish Home Event:
The next Chapter meeting and luncheon are scheduled for Saturday, February 21, 2015 at The Danish Home with a traditional hot frikadeller meal and beverages. Price is $20.00 per person. The social hour starts at 11:30 a.m. with the luncheon at noon downstairs and then we move upstairs for the meeting at 1 p.m. in The Home’s living room. Please RSVP to Chapter Secretary Linda Steffensen at 847-884-8079 by Monday, February 16!