VinterJazz

February 26, 2015 “Jazz is about being in the moment” – Herbie Hancock   Thinking about music festivals usually conjures up images of sunshine, short sleeves and much, much warmer weather – and just thinking about these things right about now brings a deep longing for those far-off sweltering days of summer! Click here for how…

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And the Winner Is…

February 20, 2015   This Sunday the 87th Annual Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars, will be airing on ABC from sunny Los Angeles. It is currently minus one degree outside.  Even if I wasn’t a movie-watcher, I’d tune in if simply to get my mind off of this unreasonable weather!     However,…

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Vasa Park

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…

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Groundhog Day

February 5, 2015 This past week Punxsutawney Phil made his annual appearance from Gobbler’s Knob, and it is no surprise to anyone that six more weeks of winter was his prediction.  With historic snowfalls and the deluge of extraordinary winter storms happening all cross the country, hearing more bad news from the likes of a groundhog…

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Lad spillet begynde! (Let The Game Begin!)

One of the most popular ‘unofficial holidays’ in America takes place this weekend.  Here in the football world in which you play with your hands, rather than your feet, it is the Sunday of them all – Super Bowl Sunday.    Super Bowl XLIX is gearing up to be one of the most watched events…

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Rebildselskabet – The Rebild Society

January 9, 2014 The Rebild Society: A Danish – American Friendship Association   Last week I wrote about the New Year’s Eve journal entry made by Miss Mary, which I had found in the hope chest.  In it she wrote about the anticipation she had for the New Year, and her life as she was embarking…

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Godt Nytår!

January 5, 2015 Happy New Year! “I shall think of the start to this new year as a great ship embarking on its’ maiden voyage,” wrote a then eighteen-year-old Mary Thorsen on the eve of New Year’s Day, 1891.  That year would prove to be a very significant one in her young life, as she…

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Glædelig jul!

December 25, 2014   The countdown to Christmas began weeks ago, and this week finally culminates in the events that many of us have been looking forward to all year: Lilli Juleaften (Little Christmas Eve) and Julen (Christmas)!   All over the world families have their own special Christmas traditions.  Some gather to eat, sing…

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The Joys of Juletid (Christmastime)

It’s safe to say that Christmas was a more modest and tranquil affair back in Emma Thorsen, Anna Mikkelsen and Margrethe Olsen’s day.  They all had a shared heritage, coming to Chicago from Denmark in the late 19th century, which is probably what drew them so close to one another, but each had forged their…

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The Spirit of the Holidays

December 12, 2014 Both Denmark and America share many Christmas traditions, just as many other cultures do around the world at this time of year.  By now, most households have brought home the most perfect juletrae (Christmas tree) and have spent a lovely evening together decorating it.  Plates of our favorite Christmas cookies, such as the…

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