The exhibition "Brooklyn/Norway: A Visual Interpretation" will hold an opening party on Wednesday, April 1st at 6:00 pm at the Danish Athletic Club. located at 741 - 65th Street.
This exhibit came out of the following Call to Artists. The relationship between Brooklyn and Norway, spans back 400 years. In 1609 a 14 year old boy from Arendal, Norway, Jens Munk, sailed up the Brooklyn coast as part of Henry Hudson's crew. This exhibit focuses on the perceptions locals from each place have about the other, whether realistic, mythological or somewhere in between.
Today, both places serve as symbols of exotica, but, for different reasons. The Merriam Webster dictionary defines exotica as " things excitingly different or unusual." Today, Brooklyn epitomizes hip or cool world-wide, whether or not warranted. While Norway remains a place of Caucasian exotica, unknown by most, due to its geographic distance from much of the world and it's small population, (a little over 5 million today).
Scandinavian artists who reside in the New York area were asked to submit pieces that exemplify their view of Brooklyn. Brooklyn artists were asked to submit a visual interpretation of Norway.
The text of the exhibit evolved from the pieces submitted. Most of the participating artists hail or live in Brooklyn. They worked in a variety of mediums and we are happy to have included amazing work from children, ages 6 - 15.
This exhibit has been curated by Victoria Hofmo, President of the Scandinavian East Coast Museum and is partially funded by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs through the Brooklyn Arts Council's re-grant program. For further information, please call Victoria Hofmo at 718-748-5950
Concert by The University of Southern
Denmark Chamber Choir
Saturday, January 17th at 7:30 PM
Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Bay Ridge
Corners of Ovington Avenues & 4th
Tickets are $15
The Scandinavian East Coast Museum
This 20 member choir is making its appearance at Carnegie Hall. Its repertoire spans a multitude of languages and styles, from Argentinean folk songs to sacred music in Hebrew. However, the choir’s main focus is Scandinavian music which is delivered with a trademark lyrical touch. In particular, the chamber choir specializes in the works of Danish composer Carl Nielsen, this year celebrating his 150th birthday.
Saturday, September 27th
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The cost is $20
Transportation is not included
For further information call 718-748-5950
Military Concert and Tattoo
The Scandinavian East Coast Museum is proud to announce that we will be having a performance by Norway's only all girl's marching band, Kolbotn-Garden. The girls range from ages 8 - 18 and have raised funds to travel to the states to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of Norway's Constitution.
Here is a link to their promotional video.
On Sunday, June 22nd from 3 - 6 Kolben Gard will be performing a military concert and tattoo in John Paul Jones Park (Cannonball Park.) I am also hoping to have local pipers and a color guard. I am also working with local historical groups to set up displays pf the areas military history and to have brief talks about the 2 monuments and the cannon in the park.
This event is co-sponsored by Senator Golden and Councilman Gentile. Please spread the word.
Viking Fest 2014
Scandinavian East Coast Museum will be hosting our annual Viking Fest on Saturday, May 17th from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm at Bliss/Owl's Head Park, located at 68th Street & Narrows Avenue in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.
This year the event is beginning two hours earlier and will feature our "Viking Village" from 10:00 am - noon, with the Norseman, half-size replica Viking ship and crew, the Society for Creative Anachronism and Historic Arms. *Please note that these groups will be displaying and exhibiting during the entire event.
Featured guests from Norway include: the Sandnes Trekkspill Orkester - accordion band and Sandnes Folkedanslag - Folk Dancers from the town of Sandnes. Our other Norwegian guests are musicians from Maya's School of Performing Arts playing traditional music on traditional instruments - Eli Storbekken: song and sallow flute/ Seljefløyte-Maya Østhassel on lyre/harp; Mary Barthelemy on fiddle/ Harlingfele, flutes and ram's horn; Magnar Storbækken on ram's horn" /"goat horn and Lur.
A note of interest, one of Magnar's horns (a real "ram's horn" /"goat horn"!) is played on the soundtrack to the Disney film FROZEN
Of course we will have our popular "Touched By the Vikings" performances featuring music and dance from cultures that have a connection to the Vikings. We hope to have: Clann Eirann Pipers, The Donny Golden School of Step Dance and YDIR (Young Dancers in Repertory), as well as others. Performance schedule will be available in mid-April. We will also have rides, Norwegian food and crafters.
This event is co-sponsored by Councilman Gentile, the Norwegian Consulate in New York, the 17th of May Committee and the Bay Ridge Baptist Church. For further information you can email us at email@example.com or call 718-748-5950.
On Sunday, February 23rd from 2:00 - 6:00 the Scandinavian East Coast Museum will be holding their Annual Fastelavn Celebration (Danish Mardi Gras) at the Danish Athletic Club, located at 735 - 65th Street.
All are invited to come and celebrate this wonderful tradition.
Decorate branches for the return of spring, hit the barrel to rid yourself of bad luck and eat delicious Fastelan buns to increase your good luck. Games, and prize for best costume. (Costumes are optional.) Music by Ellen Lindstrom.
All inclusive price: $30.00 for adults, $17.00 for those 7 - 17 and $12.00 for those 6 and under. For reservations call Victoria at 718-748-5950 or the DAC at 718-748-7844.
Come out and “Embrace Winter” while celebrating the arts & cultural treasures of Bay Ridge.
Saturday February 8th
12:00 -5:30 pm
Music, dance, history, art, games and crafts inside and outside stores along Third Avenue between 69th Street & 75th Street.
Get your passport stamped at each activity and WIN a prize!
Scandinavian East Coast Museum is a participant!
Santa Lucia Fest 2013!
The community is invited to watch and participate in a Santa Lucia program on
Friday, December 13h beginning at 4:00 at The First Free Evangelical Church located at 6501 – Sixth Avenue.
The event will begin with a Lucia procession and be followed by making cookies and 2 traditional Christmas crafts projects. Light refreshments will be served. This event is being co-sponsored by The Scandinavian East Coast Museum & The Ridge Creative Center. The cost to attend is $5.00 per person, including children.
Santa Lucia is celebrated on December 13th in Sweden. In the former Gregorian calendar this was the shortest day of the year, very apropos as it is a celebration of light and dark. Lucia was blinded for her faith, thus she wears a red sash as a symbol of her martyrdom the oldest girl in the family dons a wreath of candles around her head and carries Lucia (saffron) buns to represent the sun. She is followed by girls and boys dressed as star boys, bakers and a shepherd. The children will sing in Swedish with a Lucia procession.
For further information, please call Victoria at 718-748-5950.
The Scandinavian East Coast Museum invites all to Viking Fest 2013
Where: Bliss/Owl’s Head Park, use the entrance on 68th Street & Colonial Road.
Saturday, May 18th from noon to 5:00.
Featuring Re-enactment Groups: The Norseman, a half-size replica Viking ship and its crew, Historic Arms and the Society for Creative Anachronism Presenting combat demos, educational displays and hands-on activities. Have your runes read, Viking Food and Handiwork Demos.
Featuring ethnic dance and musical performances from countries that have a connection to the Vikings, including two guest groups from Norway. Lista Trekkspillklubb - Accordion Band and Hellevik Mannskor - Men’s Choir. (see schedule below). We thank the 17th of May Committee for sponsoring the Norwegian musical groups at our event.
Special guest Miss Lister traveling from Norway. Readings from our two essay contest winners. Norwegian of the year to be announced.
Games, rides, Scandinavian food and Scandinavian crafts. This event is free and is sponsored by Councilman Gentile. The Norwegian Consulate in New York, The Brooklyn Arts Council, the 17th of May Committee and The Bay Ridge Baptist Church. Call 718-748-5950 for further info. www.scandinavian-museum.org
Viking Fest 2013 Performance Schedule
12:00 - 12:45 - Lista Trekkspillklubb - Accordion Band from Norway
12:45 - 1:00 - Pas D’Armes - Entrance of the Re-Enactors - Norseman Crew,
Historic Arms & The Society for Creative Anachronism
1:00 - 1:15 - Scandinavian of the Year Announced
1:15 - 2:15 - * Harborlore Brooklyn Arts Council
2:15 - 2:30 - Game - Race of the Viking gods
2:30 - 2:45 - Clann Eirann Pipers
2:45 - 3:15 - The Donny Golden Irish Step Dance
3:15 - 3:30 - Game - The Vikings Drop In
3:30 - 4:15 - Hellevik Mannskor - Men’s Choir from Norway
4:15 - 4:30 - Game - The Viking Roll Call
4:30 - 5:00 - Young Dancers In Repertory - ethnic dances ending with the
Traditional Maypole Dance choreographed for this event
* This year we are thrilled to be part of the Brooklyn Arts Council’s Harbor Lore Program for 2013. The BAC is providing storytellers and dancers presenting pieces inspired by the sea.
"Hunting for Hecla" - Lecture & Literary Program
When: Monday May 13th, 6pm
Where: 58 Park Avenue @ 38th Street | New York, NY 10016
The discovery of a remarkable Danish-Norwegian contribution to New York´s modern architecture: Hecla Iron Works 1876-1913
Amongst the firm's many architectural achievments is Hecla's own factory headquarter on North 11th Street in Williamsburg, built in 1897, designated as a landmark by New York City Landmarks Preservation Commision in 2004.
The building's thin and elegant cast-iron facade ”anticipates the decline of masonry fronts and the rise of the modern curtain wall”, writes the commission.
For more information visit The American-Scandinavian Foundation's web site and scroll to the bottom of the page for ”Hunting for Hecla”.
Feel free to bring friends and colleagues with you to our show!
Jan Carlsen, architect and writer /firstname.lastname@example.org
Are Carlsen, photographer /email@example.com
Virtual Museum Launch
On Leif Eriksson Day, Tuesday. October 9th the SECM will be holding a launch for the most recent addition to their Virtual Museum, "The Norwegian Art & Craft Club of Brooklyn" at Nordic Delicacies 6909 Third Avenue at 7 pm. This project has been funded by JPMorgan Chase through the Brooklyn Arts Council’s Re-grant Program. The Project Manager, Designer and Writer is Victoria Hofmo and Website Designer is Jackie. Lund.
Special thanks to Elsa Waaganes Udbjorg for her assistance with research, knowledge and support. This is a work in progress and we look to you for any additional information. Our goal is to create the most comprehensive collection of the Club. Come celebrate this exciting initiative. RSVP to 718-748-5950.
Annual Essay Contest
During the month of October we will be holding our Annual Essay Contest in honor of Leif Eriksson Day. This year’s title is “Honoring Norwegian Women,” in coordination with the 17th of May Committee’s Parade Theme for 2012 and is open to children in 4th - 6th grades within the tri-state area.
Essays most be received by November 15th at: SECM 440 Ovington Avenue Brooklyn, New York 11209. For further information contact Victoria at 718-748-5950.
Norwegian pianist Knut Erik Jensen will be holding a concert with the SECM on Saturday, November 3rd
from 3 pm to 5 pm, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, which is located on the corners of Ovington Avenue and Fourth Avenue in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.
The cost is $20 and will include refreshments following the concert, and a meet and greet with the artist.
Viking Fest 2012
The Scandinavian East Coast Museum invites all to Viking Fest 2012 at Bliss/Owl’s Head Park, on Saturday, May 19th from noon to 5:00. Use the entrance on 68th Street & Narrows Avenue.
Featuring Re-enactment Groups: The Norseman, a half-size replica Viking ship and its crew, Historic Arms and the Society for Creative Anachronism Presenting combat demos, educational displays and hands-on activities.
Featuring ethnic dance and musical performances from countries that have a connection to the Vikings: pipers, Polish Folk Dance, Middle Eastern percussionists, Irish Step Dancers & Scandinavian Folk Dancers.
This year our band from Norway is Birkenes Hornmusikk. They come from Birkeland in Aust Agder, Norway and should be performing around noon for about 45 minutes. We thank the 17th of May Committee for sponsoring the band at our event.
Games, rides, Scandinavian food and Scandinavian crafts. This event is free.
Call 718-748-5950 for further info.
Come Celebrate Danish Mardi Gras
Sunday, February 26th
3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Danish Athletic Club
Dress in costume, hit the barrel, eat delicious Danish food -
special cream buns for dessert - and be part of this wonderful tradition.
All inclusive price: $30.00 for adults, $17.00 ages 7 – 17
$12.00 for those 6 and under
SUNDAY, March 4th, 2012
TIME: 2:00pm – 6:00pm
Cost: $20 per person
Includes: Lite Buffet and Dessert
Raffles, Door Prizes, 50/50 and more fun and games.
Event to take place at the
SALTY DOG BAR & GRILL
7509 – 3rd Avenue
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Past Events from 2011During the month of October the Scandinavian East Coast Museum
will be sponsoring its annual Viking Essay Contest, for children from 4th – 6th grade. This year’s topic is, “Traveling with Amundsen.” 2011 marks the 100th Anniversary of Norwegian citizen, Roald Amundsen reaching the South Pole, the first person to do so. Amundsen had stiff competition, as Englishmen Robert F. Scott was also alongside racing to beat the Norwegian led crew.
We encourage students to do research about Amundsen and Scott’s competition. The Museum of Natural History has some wonderful information in conjunction with their recent exhibition, Race to the Poles. Another good source is The Norwegian American Weekly, as they have been printing parts of Amundsen’s journal every week.
We are not looking for a regurgitation of facts, but rather for the writer to speak in the first person, as they take part in Amundsen’s journey. They can take the voice of a human, animal or inanimate object, as long as they are part of the expedition. All essays should be no more than 2 typed pages. (They can be hand written as well)
The Norwegians have been in our neighborhood, for over 400 years, when New York was a Dutch colony. They founded Lutheran Medical Center, the Norwegian Christian Home & Health Center and many other institutions in the Bay Ridge area. Leif Eriksson Park has been named for one of their greatest explorer and contains many Norwegian features, including a Viking ship playground.
Sporting Club Gjøa, America’s oldest soccer club was formed 101 years ago and is still going strong. The name of the club has a direct connection to Amundsen, as Gjøa was the name of a seal hunting boat he utilized to successfully traverse the Canadian Northwest Passage,(which goes between the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean). With no internet, or even television, one can imagine how proud the Norwegian immigrants were of their compatriot; so much so that they named their club after the vessel that carried him, to safely complete one of his first successful expeditions.
Please send essays in by November 30th to:
440 Ovington Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11209
There will be 2 winners selected. Prizes include: a gift certificate to Nordic Delicacies, Viking Memorabilia, and riding on a replica Viking Ship in the Norwegian Day Parade.
For further information, please contact Victoria Hofmo at 718-748-5950. If you would like more information about Norwegian contributions and or history in New York, we would be more than happy to provide an educational presentation.
Saturday, October 22nd
12:30 PM – 3:30 PM
BAY RIDGE – After securing nearly $1.4 million for the renovation of Owl’s Head Park Overlook and its 70+ year old terrace, Councilman Vincent J. Gentile is proud to announce the second in a series of free cultural family events at this beautiful new gathering space.
“I remember looking out at that million-dollar view of The Narrows a few years ago and thinking what a perfect spot this would be for performances and events,” said Councilman Gentile. “Now with newly paved pathways, benches, fencing and landscaping – the Owl’s Head Park Overlook will be the destination spot for families to enjoy beautiful weather, scenery and cultural performances sponsored by the Bay Ridge Arts + Culture Alliance.”
On Saturday, October 22nd from 12:30 PM until 3:30 PM, the Bay Ridge Arts + Culture Alliance will sponsor “A Down Home Family Event” featuring The New River Travelers, a bluegrass band from right here in Bay Ridge! This event will also be held on the newly renovated terrace overlooking the harbor.
“Bay Ridge is home to some of the best arts and cultural happenings in Brooklyn and now we’ve got a beautiful outdoor space to show it off,” beamed Councilman Gentile. “These events are testament to the fact that Bay Ridge is a creative and culturally vibrant neighborhood where something fun for all ages is always happening.”
Date: Saturday, October 29 · 10:00am - 1:00pm
Place: Leif Erickson Park at 66th Street (enter on 66 Street and 6th Avenue)
Council Member Vincent J. Gentile and the Scandinavian East Coast Museum invite you to join us as we recognize the longstanding historical connection between our two communities and remember those that lost their lives in Norway on July 22, 2011. RSVP: Sara Steinweiss at 718-748-5200 ext 200
Learn more about our Sister City in Norway here!
Sister Cities Norwegian Delegation in Brooklyn Spring 2011
The SECM has meetings every other month from October through June, usually on the first Thursday of the month. We will be alternating between the Danish Athletic Club at 741 - 65th Street and Our Saviour's Lutheran Church at 414 - 80th Street (entrance on the 4th Avenue.)
Thursday, February 3rd, 2011 7 pm at the Danish Athletic Club
Future dates to be announced.
We are gearing up for Viking Fest 2011, which will be held on Saturday, May 14th from noon to 5:00 in Bliss/Owls’ Head Park.
The Viking ship will be joining us this year, as well as the re-enactors, vendors, rides and games.
We will also have our popular Touched by the Vikings performance, featuring music and dance from countries that have a connection to the Vikings.
Please note that the Brooklyn Arts Council will be looking for Scandinavian stories at Viking Fest 2011. Anna Batcheller will be at the event collecting stories. Please see below.
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BROOKLYN, NY - (May 2011) - In the age of memoir, Facebook, and other means for promoting personal stories, the Brooklyn Arts Council is exploring the important cultural practice of telling traditional stories—folktales, ghost stories, hero legends and myths—and the role of storytellers as community artists. BAC Folk Arts will be present at the Viking Festival to video-document individuals who remember traditional Scandinavian stories, such as tales about trolls, fairies, and more.
About Once Upon a Time in Brooklyn
Once Upon a Time in Brooklyn responds to the epidemic national interest in storytelling, arising largely in the past 10 years, which has stimulated new public interest in narrative arts, widespread performance of them by professional storytellers, and the formation of numerous organizations that host gatherings, conferences, and generally promote storytellers and storytelling of various kinds. As storytelling becomes professionalized, what gets lost is the importance of local narrative performances contextualized through cultural identity, immigration and diaspora, religious belief, occupation, family legacy, and so on. Much of traditional storytelling in Brooklyn (as elsewhere) occurs within these contexts but goes unrecognized. Once Upon A Time in Brooklyn aims to tell a new (really an old) story about storytelling by forwarding the storytelling knowledge and skills of those who learned stories traditionally and for traditional purposes.
About Brooklyn Arts Council
Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC), a nonprofit 501c3 organization founded in 1966, serves Brooklyn artists and arts groups in all disciplines and provides residents with affordable access to the arts. BAC supports Brooklyn’s independent dance, music, film and visual artists, and independent arts organization. BAC also works to preserve the arts in Brooklyn schools, after school programs and community centers.
This event is free. For further information, please contact Victoria at 718-748-5950.
We are happy to announce that the Norwegian Folk Dance Society of New York is providing Norwegian Folk dance classes on Mondays from 3:30 – 4:30 (when public school is in session) at Christ Church 7301 Ridge Boulevard for children and families. The cost is $5.00 per session.
The classes are taught by Paul Busse, Dance Leader of the organization. There will be performance opportunities for those who are interested. Participants will also learn about Scandinavian culture and traditions through art projects and food samplings twice a month.
For further information, please call 718-745-3698.
On 3 Saturdays, December 4th, 11th and 18th From 11:00 – 3:00
Sunday December 12th From 1:00 – 4:00
Outside Nordic Delicacies 6909 Third Avenue
Special Christmas items and gifts for sale
Special performances and Christmas characters
Sponsored by the Scandinavian East Coast Museum
For further information call 718-748-5950
Friday, December 10th, 3:30 pm
Christ Church After School located at 7301 Ridge Blvd. (entrance on 73rd Street)
The children from the Christ Church After School Center will be presenting a Santa Lucia procession. Lucia Day is celebrated on December 13th in Sweden. In the former Gregorian calendar this was the shortest day of the year. It is a celebration of light and dark and faith. Lucia was blinded for her faith, thus she wears a red sash as a symbol of her martyrdom the oldest girl in the family dons a wreath of candles around her head and carries Lucia (saffron) buns to represent the sun. She is followed by girls and boys dressed as star boys, bakers and a shepherd. The children will sing in Swedish with a Lucia procession.
This will be followed by making cookies and two traditional Christmas crafts projects. This is a free event. This event is being co-sponsored by The Scandinavian East Coast Museum. For further information, please call Victoria at 718-748-5950.
Held during the month of October, in honor of Leif Eriksson Day and is open to children in grades 4 – 6 in the tri-state area. This year’s theme was chosen to be in conjunction with the theme of the 17th of May Parade in Brooklyn. It is celebrating Bjornstejerne Bjornson, who wrote the lyrics to Norway’s National Anthem, "Jet Vi Elske Dette Landet," ("Yes, We Love Our Country").
This year’s topic is, “If I Could Write My Own National Anthem, What Five Words Would I Include and Why.” Essays should be no more than one and one half typed pages in length. They can also be hand written if done neatly.
Please send essays in by
November 15th to:
440 Ovington Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11209.
There will be 2 winners selected. Prizes include: a Norwegian sweater valued up to $125.00, Viking Memorabilia, and a ride on our Viking Ship float in the Norwegian Day parade.
Sunday, November 21st from 2:00 - 6:00
The Danish Athletic Club at 735 - 65th Street in Brooklyn.
When the Dutch came to the New World they created a miniature of what they had back home, including a diverse population and their very liberal laws. Scandinavians were a large part of this early New York population. Under Dutch rule women could inherit property. One Scandinavian woman did. Come hear about Scandinavian women in Dutch New York. A dinner combining Dutch & Scandinavian delights will be served. The cost is $30.00. For further information, please call Victoria at 718-748-5950.
Saturday, September 18th 2:00 – 6:00
Danish Athletic Club
735 – 65th Street
$30.00 includes – Film, dinner, coffee & dessert
Inquiries & RSV: 718-851-6899
Saturday, May 15
Noon to 5PM
Owl's Head Park, Colonial Road and 68th Street, Brooklyn
Featuring “The Norseman” a half size replica of a Viking ship, two re-enactment groups, fencing demonstrations, rides, Scandinavian food and crafts.
This year’s performance is entitled, “Touched by the Vikings” and will include music and dance from countries that the Vikings either settled, or traded with, from North America to the Middle East, as well as a band from Norway. This event is free!
For further information, please call Victoria Hofmo at 718-748-5950.
The Christ Church After School’s Theater Program, Theater For Kids By Kids in partnership with the Scandinavian East Coast Museum is inviting the community to come to see Hans Christian Andersen’s beloved story The Nightingale. April is the author’s birthday so it is a perfect time to remember his work. There will be two performances: Friday, April 23rd at 6:30 and Saturday, April 24th at noon
The Christ Church Theater Program incorporates theater, musical composition and art. These three components will be integrated into this performance. We would like to thank all the instructors for their hard work and imagination. They include: Susan Huizinga - Theater, Jen Baker – Musical Composition and Janet Cerutti – Art.
After the performance children can learn what was used for the sound effects, do an art project related to The Nightingale and learn about other Danish things in New York. For refreshments we will have Danish boller (sweet rolls from Nordic delicacies) available for purchase.
We are asking for a donation of $3.00 per person. If you have any further questions, please contact Victoria at 718-745-3698.
Saturday, March 6
2:00 - 5:00 pm
Bethlehem Lutheran Church - corner of Ovington & 4th Avenues in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn
Admission is $20 and includes 10 raffle tickets, dinner and dessert. All proceeds to
benefit the Scandinavian East Coast Museum of Brooklyn.