Scandinavian Studies Program
of Jamestown, New York

Pippi Contest For Girls Ages 8 - 12
Click Here For The Pippi Application
The year, 2015, marks the 70th anniversary of the "Pippi Longstocking" book series by beloved Swedish author, Astrid Lindgren.
It's the story of an unconventional nine year old girl, who is assertive, mischievous, spunky and the "strongest girl in the world".
To commemorate this anniversary, the 2015 Scandinavian Folk Festival will hold a "Pippi" contest for girls ages 8 to 12.
Contestants should portray Pippi as close as possible in appearance to Lindgren's books and the original 1969 film starring Inger Nilsson. Costumes must be original (no commercial costumes). Contestants should also represent the animated Pippi personality, with a mischievous, spunky attitude, and sparkle. Details can be found in the Lindgren books and film.
Starting March 20, application forms will be available online at, on Facebook at, and on April 4 at the Culture Day held at the Jamestown Community College's Hamilton Collegiate Center’s cafeteria area from 10 a.m. to noon. All applications must be completed in full and postmarked by April 20 and mailed to: Sonja Fransson Pascatore, 3059 Garfield Road, Jamestown, NY 14701.
Auditions will be live "in costume" at the JCC Culture Days on Saturday, May 2, at 10:00 am.
Winners will be notified by phone by May 20.
There will be one winner and several runner-ups, depending on the number of entries. The winner will receive a prize of $50 and free adult weekend admission as the official "Pippi Longstocking" at the 2015 Scandinavian Folk Festival held at the Gerry Rodeo Grounds on July 17, 18 and 19. Winner must have their own transportation to the Festival and must be available for various two-hour shifts during the three days to move around the Festival; including photos with Festival attendees, signing autographs, sharing Pippi stories, and handing out small gifts or candy provided by the Festival. The parent/guardian of the winner and runner-ups must agree to accompany the participant at the Festival at all times and sign a liability waiver form. Runner ups will also receive one free pass to the Festival and will also be asked to participate in various two-hour shifts at the Festival acting as "Pippi". All contestants will receive a free one-day adult pass (children are free) for Saturday, July 18, to participate in the 11:00 a.m. Midsummer opening parade, and all must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.
For further information on the contest, please contact Julie Boozer at 814-757-8701 or Sonja Fransson Pascatore at 716-488-9276.
You can get an application H E R E

Swedish Hour
Sundays at 7 PM or 3 AM - WRFA-LP 107.9 FM or

November 2, 2014 is the 10th year celebration of the program. Gerd Brigotta is the host on this program.
We thank her for her weekly endeavors to prepare and record this show.
Julmarknad/Culture Day

December 6, 2014
Julmarknad 9 AM to 12 Noon
Culture Day 10 AM to 12 Noon
Julbord Please sign up to bring one of your families traditional dishes.
Holiday Korv Dinner
Saturday, December 6th, 2014
Immanuel Lutheran Church, 556 East 2nd Street, Jamestown, NY 14701
Three Settings: 4:30 - 5:30 - 6:30
"Tree Of Life Lutheran Community" invites YOU to a "delicious holiday dinner"!
Homemade Korv, Homemade Rye Bread, Homemade Pies, Plus all the trimmings!
(includes a bottomless cup of coffee)
(Meatball Dinners are offered in lieu of Korv)
COST - Adults: $10.00 - Children: $5.00
Tickets will be on sale each Sunday at both Immanuel and Holy Trinity Churches
on November 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th.
Tickets will also be be available by calling Al Johnson (716) 488-1555,
Holy Trinity Church (716) 488-4235, or Dennis Bechmann (716) 664-2733
(Ticket Cut-Off is December 2)
Funds from the dinner will be used for youth, church outreach, and special church projects.
Get your tickets early! You don’t want to miss this fantastic dinner! This would be an excellent opportunity to witness God's love by inviting your friends to share in this fellowship experience.
Lucia Pageant
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church - 2:00pm
December 14th (Lucia Weekend in Sweden)
The Lucia Pageant is one of the most popular and unique Christmas season celebrations in the Swedish Culture. The pageant is about the Saint Lucia who the Swedes have “adopted” from the Italians. It is said that Saint Lucia appeared during a famine in Sweden during the middle ages carrying food to the farmers across Lake Vännern. The pageant occurs during the darkest time of the year so it is also a celebration of the light glowing from Lucia’s candles.
This year’s Lucia celebration, sponsored by the American Scandinavian Heritage Foundation and the Scandinavian Studies program will be held Sunday December 14, 2014 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 825 Forest Avenue, Jamestown, NY at 2 PM. Following the Lucia pageant, coffee and juice will be served along with the lussekatter (sweet, saffronflavored buns.) These buns are shaped like curled up cats with raisin eyes. Traditional folk dances will be performed by the Thule Lodge Children’s Swedish Folk Dance Team.
This year’s Lucia Bride, for the second year is a row, is Emily Nelson. She is the daughter of Thomas and Debbie Nelson. Emily is a senior at Jamestown High School where she is active in the A’Cappella Choir, the Red Raider Marching Band and plays the saxophone in the concert Band. In addition, she is on the tennis team. Emily is a member of the National Honor Society and plans to become a physical therapist. At Bethel Lutheran Church she is a member of the bell choir and at the Prendergast Library she is on the Teen Advisory Council. Emily has been in the Lucia pageant for the past nine years and states “It is a real honor to be the Lucia Bride.
Scandinavian Culture Day

Scandinavian Culture Day
begins its 17th year at
Jamestown Community College
on Saturday October 4, 2014.

Opening day has many special events in addition to traditional workshops.
Since October 4 is Kanelbullen’s Dag (Cinnamon Bun Day) in Sweden, it will be celebrated at Culture Day with kanelbullar being served during Fika (coffee break). In Sweden, kanelbullar are the most popular treat with coffee. Kanelbullar typically have cardamom as an additional ingredient, are baked in individual paper cups in a very hot oven for just a few minutes, do not have a frosting or a glaze topping but instead pearl sugar and are not as sweet as the American cinnamon bun. The recipe will be available.
The Thule Lodge Adult Swedish Folk Dance Team will lead a workshop at 11 AM in order to teach and share their dances. This is also true of the Thule Lodge Children’s Swedish Folk Dance Team which will have a practice at 10 AM. Both groups are seeking new members.
The Scandinavian Folk Festival has two tickets to the Broadway stage production of Mamma Mia at Shea’s Theatre in Buffalo, New York for Friday November 7. They will be raffled at Culture Day.
Scandinavian Resources will have a display of Swedish and Norwegian cook and knitting books. They will also be available for sale below market price.
In addition to the above special events there will be at least 23 workshops about the Scandinavian culture. The first session of workshops is at 10 AM and the second session at 11 AM. Some workshops are repeated. The day begins with coffee and lingonberry drink at 9:30 AM, fika at 10:45 AM and adjournment at 12:00 Noon. Culture Day is open to the public with no registration or fees to attend any of the workshops. All activities are in the Hamilton Collegiate Center at Jamestown Community College.
An extra workshop is scheduled for 9:30 AM when Kathy Petersen from the Swedish band Svenska Spelmän will teach children Swedish tunes on their preferred musical instrument. Kathy performs on the fiddle and nyckelharpa. Later in the morning, Kathy will have workshops for adults with any musical instrument to learn a Scandinavian tune.
A book discussion group led by Dr. Julie Boozer and Lynne Meyers will continue their study of the Per Anders Fogelström (1917–1998) "Stockholm Series". He is among the leading figures in modern Swedish literature. Fogelström spent his whole life in Stockholm, and the most famous of his many works is this series of novels set in the city he dearly loved, describing the lives of successive generations of Stockholmers between 1860 and 1968. The focus will be on the fourth book in the series called “In a Transformed City” covering 1925 to 1945. Leading up to this study will be a review of the first three books in the series. Copies of all four books will be available for sale or library loan. These books cover life in Stockholm during the time when 25% of the population of Sweden emigrated to the United States with many of them settling in Jamestown and Northwestern PA.
A Folk Costume workshop will be led by Sonja Pascatore and Diane Grodecki. This includes a display of authentic vintage Scandinavian costumes as well as artistic and interesting books about costumes. Directions are available on how to research and make your own Swedish or Norwegian Parish costume. Some hat kits including Swedish floral fabric are available to buy and sew. The October workshop will provide instruction on making a folk costume skirt bag.
At the 2014 Scandinavian Folk Festival, Norm Owen and Paul Pearson presented a lecture entitled "Good Old Swedish Meat Markets in Jamestown." A video tape of this lecture will be shown at 10 AM. The Rosemaling (Swedish painting) workshop lead by Berit Benacci and Dorothy Levin will begin painting a mangle board in the advanced class and the beginner level will practice brush strokes. Gale Peterson’s knitting workshop will also be making a crocheted Danish heart. A wooden Swedish angel ornament will be featured in the craft workshop. Faith Woolson will be preparing and serving samples of a quick Danish dessert in the cooking workshop.
Additional workshops include learning the Swedish language with Jeff Kroon, chip carving led by Don Reed, Swedish huck towel weaving led by Jean Thompson and Denise Nickels, genealogy (bring your family information) with Karin Livsey, and playing the ancient Viking games of Kubb and Hnefatafl .
The goal of Culture Day is to pass the Scandinavian culture along from one generation to another. For more information contact Don Sandy at 716-665-0883.

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