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This week in Swedish America

The show must go on. Tragedy stuck in Las Vegas, but singers from all over the U.S., Sweden and the world are gathering there for their annual barbershop competition in hopes of spreading joy through music. If you're in other parts of the country, you may find yourself cooking with Marcus Samuelsson, searching for wild Dala horses or learning about a Viking runestone.


- in Las Vegas, NV
Swedish Sweet Adelines: The women’s barbershop organization Sweet Adelines International, is gathered in Las Vegas this week for their 71st Annual Convention and Competition. On October 9-14 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, the best barbershop choruses and quartets in the world meet and compete. This year Rönninge Show Chorus from Sweden, which won first place as 2016’s International Champion Chorus is giving a special performance in celebration of last year's big win. In addition to Rönninge Show Chorus, many American groups and others from around the world, there are three other Swedish groups competing: Malmö Limelight (chorus); RING (quartet); and Stockholm City Voices (chorus). The various finalist competitions are on Friday and Saturday.
In Vegas as a visitor? Don’t miss the educational class that the Swedes are offering on Saturday morning. Rönninge Show Chorus co-director and Sweet Adelines International Master Director Anna Alvring and members of the Rönninge Show Chorus will share keys to successful rehearsals, including how to plan and keep singers mentally and physically engaged. 9-10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 at MGM Grand Conference Center Room 121.

- in Minneapolis, MN
Blue Eyed Blondes: In their first visit to the Midwest, the Swedish folk and country duo is on tour to retrace their roots and family immigration history. The Blue Eyed Blondes - Lina Lönnberg and Kristoffer Emanuelsson - explore common factors between the past and the present and tell stories about Swedish immigrants’ life changing journeys, with musical expressions of restlessness, a longing for a home and the courage to follow a dream of a new life lived somewhere else. 6:30 p.m. at the American Swedish Institute. www.asimn.org

- in Lindsborg, KS
Svensk Hyllningsfest! The biennial celebration honors the Swedish immigrants who settled in the Smoky Valley in 1869 and features art, crafts, special foods, ethnic music, folk dancing, parade, a smörgåsbord and special entertainment. And of course there's always the search for the of herd wild Dala horses. Free with purchase of support button in downtown Lindsborg, from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. both days. www.visitlindsborg.com

- in Skandia, MN
Annie’s Swedish Coffee Party: Celebrate a traditional Swedish 3-course Coffee Party and tour Gammelgården’s five historic buildings. Choose one of two reservation times at 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. $15. Gammelgården, 651-433-5053 / www.gammelgardenmuseum.org

- in Milwaukee, WI
Viking Runestone in the Midwest: In 1898, Swedish immigrant Olaf Ohman discovered a Viking runestone near Kensington, Minnesota, the type carved by Vikings as they explored in early centuries. Is this an authentic Viking runestone? The 202 pound Kensington Runestone has been analyzed, researched, viewed and debated in Sweden and the U.S. Hear about the discovery and legend of the Kensington Runestone, and enjoy fika afterward. 1:30-4 p.m. at Redemption Lutheran Church, 4057 N. Mayfair Rd. www.sahswi.org

- in Downington, PA
Leif Ericson Day: Annual celebration with the crew of the Norseman Viking ship at 11 a.m. at Marsh Creek Lake Launch in Downington, followed by a lakeside ceremony that honors the life and accomplishments of Leif Ericsson at noon, then sailing until 2:30 p.m. RSVP for cocktails and dinner at 4:30 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Exton, 610.291.2991 / proudvikinglady@msn.com / www.vikingship.org

- in Chicago, IL
Bullerbyn: Children aged 6 months to 5 years are welcome with parents for singing cherished children’s songs, reading humorous tales and having lots of fun in Swedish. Only Swedish is spoken in Bullerbyn, so it’s helpful if Swedish is spoken regularly at home too! At 10-11 a.m. in the gallery or the Children’s Museum; kids are welcome to play in the Brunk Children’s Museum after the program. Swedish American Museum, 5211 N. Clark St. www.swedishamericanuseum.org

- in Minneapolis, MN
Swedish fiddle workshops: The Spelmanslag (fiddle club) sponsors a special opportunity for stringed instrument players to learn traditional Swedish fiddle tunes. Though this workshop especially targets young fiddlers, there is no age requirement. Learn a new tune each Sunday (Oct 15, 22 & 29) at 1-3 p.m. as well as the history of the music. Registration encouraged but not mandatory. Free. American Swedish Institute, 651.633.1607 / www.asimn.org

- in New York, NY
Yes, Chef! Join Swedish chef Marcus Samuelsson for a cooking demonstration and meet-and-greet with you and your children. He will cook up something delicious and will have something tasty for you to try, so bring the family for an afternoon of fun. 3-4 p.m. at Scandinavia House, 212.779.3587 / www.scandinaviahouse.org

- in Fargo, ND
40th Anniversary Party: Join the Swedish Cultural Heritage Society of the Red River Valley in celebrating their founding. 3-4:30 p.m. at Sons of Norway, 722 2nd Ave. N. 218.790.6066 / chriscarlson64@gmail.com

As always, check our online calendar for other events around Swedish America, and you can even add your own — it's easy, just follow the prompt anywhere on this website where you see the orange "submit event" button.


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