August 27, 2014

iStock_000026635664Small copyI am so excited to tell you that I am going to the 35th Annual Scandinavian Day Festival on September 7 in Vasa Park.   And, you will be able to sign up for chance to win $100 if you subscribe to the Hope Chest on or before that date.  Nice!  Just sign up here.

Scott Swanson, who runs The Danish Home where my Mormor lives, will be there with these cool t-shirts that were designed by April Pasquale who works closely with Scott.  Along with Paul Roge, the vice-chairman of the Board for The Danish Home, April chose a Viking Ship as the central image.  ship

There are six Vikings rowing and each wears a shield.  The first one is of the United States with the following shields representing Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.  According to April, the design depicts the long-standing relationship between the U.S. and the Scandinavian countries. It is pretty exciting that Denmark and the U.S. have had diplomatic relations since 1783 when Denmark signed a commercial treaty with the U.S.  Since 1801 there has never been an interruption in the diplomatic relations between our two countries.Let me tell you about this festival.  It always has performers and this year, I understand they will have ABBA Salute; the famous Swedish Recording Artist, Peter Nordberg; Nordic and Norwegian Folk Dancers along with folk dancing classes for everyone. Ole and Sven will also be there.  The kids love it because there are pony rides, a “Scandinavian” Zoo and lots of children activities.  When I was a child, the pony rides were always my favorite.

The festival is held at Vasa Park on Route 31 in South Elgin along the beautiful Fox River.  Vasa Park itself is 61 years old.  It is privately owned and sits on 25 acres of woodlands. There are quite a few buildings at Vasa Park, and the park can be rented for company picnics, weddings, concerts, family reunions and fundraisers. I have been to a few events there and they are always beautiful. A few weeks ago I attended the World of Faeries Festival.  I even wore my wings!  It was great fun but I really look forward to the food at the Scandinavian Festival, especially the fried herring, Danish Aebleskivers and the specialty pastries.

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Scandinavian Day Festival is one of thee parks biggest events of the year.  I always find wonderful gifts in the gift shop that represents Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.  Last year I purchased a Dala horse that is a small, hand-carved wooden horse that has been part of the Swedish culture since the early 1600’s, first as a child’s toy and now as a national symbol of Sweden.  Mine if not from the famous Dala painter Erik Erickson who came to the U.S. in 1887, but rather a locally made and painted keepsake. 

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If you need more information about the Scandinavian Day Festival, they have a hotline you can call, 847-695-6720.

Please remember to tell others to subscribe to The Hope Chest on or before September 7.  You or they might be the lucky winners of $100!