Danish Sisterhood Ellen Lodge No. 21

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Danish Culinary Talent

Posted by Pia on February 27, 2016 at 1:35 AM

The first ever Danish restaurant to be awarded 3 Michelin Stars:  Restaurant Geranium in Copenhagen - January 2016. the Danish news had a short program on this and dinner that night was 20 courses at a cost of $470.


Here are a few links which may be of interest:


Restaurant Geranium http://www.geranium.dk/en/welcome


Henne Kirkeby Kro - this is the one Joanna sent us an article about recently. It just earned it's first Michelin Star http://hennekirkebykro.dk/new/?lang=en




Across the plains to the D.S.S. NE/CO District Convention

Posted by Pia on October 10, 2012 at 1:30 AM

The NE/CO District Convention was held in Omaha, NE October 5th and 6th.  It was hosted by Danish Brotherhood Lodge #1 and Sisterhood Lodge #6, Danner Lodge.  We once again drove east across the Colorado and Nebraska Plains, Chris, Gitte and I - 9 1/2 hours each way to be specific.  We took turns driving and of course we never run out of topics for conversation, so the time went by pretty fast.  We checked into our hotel and then headed for dinner next door.  A pretty lively place with dancing, pool and loud music - felt like we were back in our more youthful days.  Friday morning we took off toward Elk Horn, Nebraska to the ever popular store, "Little Scandinavia".  The shop owner, Leonora is starting to recognize us when we show up.  We spent several hours perusing all the great items and left with bags full of treasures.  Then on to downtown Omaha in search of antique shops.  Well they were there at one point and it looks like they are coming back with a major "revamp" of downtown but at this time they are few and far between.  We returned to the hotel to pick up our national Rep, Trustee Kim Isager.  Then on to an evening with the other Lodges.  Great sandwiches and entertainment by comedian, singer and accordion player, Johnny Roger Gomez.  Lots of fun with no lack of audience involvement.  The next Morning, we were back at the Vennelyst Hall for a joint Brotherhood and Sisterhood meeting.  The guest speaker was John W. Nielsen, Executive Director Emeritus of the Danish American Archive and Library in Blair, Nebraska.  An excellent speaker who emphazised the importance of forwarding and preserving any and all items which have to do with the Danish American Immigrant experience to the DAAL.  After lunch we had our D.S.S. District meeting.  A very productive meeting with a memorial for the Sisters who passed away during the past year and another excellent and passionate presentation this time by National Trustee, kim Isager.    We had a little time after the metting to shop in a nearby quilt/antique shop and to take kim to the Scandinavian shop in Elk Horn. Then it was banquet time.  Wonderful company, great food, some of us lucked out in the raffle, some walked away with silent auction items and the son of our morning speaker was speaking this evening, John Mark Nielsen, Executive Director of the Danish Immigrant Museum.  He spoke of the importance of maintaining and promoting the museum - outreach, the great fianancial shape it is in, his trip to Denmark and being part of the Centennial Celebration of the Rebild Fest.  All very interesting.  We concluded the evning back at the hotel with a cup of joe and an after midnight chat.  Sunday we headed back east - 9 1/2 hours with new ideas and possibilities for Ellen lodge #21.

Winnie's 90th birthday

Posted by Pia on September 15, 2012 at 10:40 PM

Today's meeting was held at Ethel's house out in the country surrounded by far reaching fields and a view of the Rocky Mountains, her place really does let you forget where you are for a moment. As I told her, you turn onto the country road off the highway and you automatically take a deep breath and let all stress take a back seat. We had a short business meeting and then moved on to a wonderful lunch on the back porch with the reindeer watching the show. We celebrated Winnie's 90th birthday and what a day it was. Just take a look at the photos and you'll get the drift.

Wolcott Retreat 2012

Posted by Pia on August 8, 2012 at 1:15 PM

August 3-6, 2012 some of us headed to Wolcott for another unforgettable retreat at Ethel and Dave's Paradise in the Rocky Mountains.  We crafted, visited the Minturn Farmer's Market, checked out some garage sales, hiked, played cards, ate some delicious food relaxed and talked and talked and talked some more.  Thanks to Ethel for hosting another successfull retreat.  Please check out the photoalbum.

Craft Retreat in the Rocky Mountains Aug. 5-8,2011

Posted by Pia on August 10, 2011 at 1:20 AM

What a wonderful weekend.  Ethel and her husband, Dave invited us to their mountain home in the Rocky Mountains for a weeknd of crafts and as it turned out - some serious R&R.  Eight Sisters attended.  The purpose was to make crafts for our Christmas Fair sale in November at the Trollheim Lodge.  We made crafts but it was so much more than crafts - it was first of all an authentic experience of Danish "hygge" - for a definition check out www.visitdenmark.com/usa/en-us/menu/turist/nyheder/kunstenathyggesig.htm.  We talked, cooked, walked, crafted, ate delicious meals, played cards, checked out garage sales, a farmer's market  and up-scale shops, picked redcurrants and made a Danish treat - "ryste ribs" (shaken redcurrant), flew over the Rockies, searched for cabins from long ago, greeted the deer and the unbeliveably cute baby chipmunks and we laughed and laughed and laughed some more.  We missed those of you who for whatever reason were unable to join us - maybe next time.  I want to thank Ethel and Dave for their gracious hospitality - you are truly an amazing couple. - Pia

The Danish Immigrant Museum's Board meets in Denver

Posted by Pia on June 12, 2011 at 1:26 AM

The Danish Immigrant Museum's Board met in Denver June 9-11, 2011.  On that occasion they attended several events sponsored by Danish Clubs in the area.  Museum staff offered genealogy workshops and individual consultations and several Sisters attended and have given rave reviews.  The Board also invited area Danes to a cocktail party Friday evening.  Several Sisters and their families attended.  We had a very nice time socializing, meeting Board members and other Danes.  We also studied the traveling exhibit, "Church Basements and Children's Homes" about Danish-American Missions here in America and abroad in the late 1800's and early 1900's.  Very interesting.  The Presidents of four Danish clubs in the Denver area, including Ellen Lodge #21, were surprised to be honored with a brick - which will be engraved with the names of our clubs -  to be placed on the Heritage Path at the planned Jens Jensen Prairie Landscape Park at the museum in Elk Horn, Iowa.  To learn more about the Danish Immigrant Museum, about all the great work they do and what you can do to help - both in terms of artifacts and $ - go to www.danishmuseum.org.

Danish Royal Twins Christened in Copenhagen

Posted by Pia on April 14, 2011 at 2:12 PM

The Danish Royal Twins, daughter and son of  Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary were christened in Holmens Kirke in Copenhagen today.  Here are a couple of internet links where you can find articles, pictues and video links to the festivities. 






Royal Twins born January 8, 2011

Posted by Pia on January 10, 2011 at 12:11 PM

A Danish Prince and a Princess are born

Here you can find the official announcement: http://kongehuset.dk/publish.php?id=27633

Here are articles (in Danish) and pictures/videos: http://www.billedbladet.dk/Kongelige.aspx This is considered the "Royal Magazine", so in the coming days and weeks, I am sure there will be plenty of footage if you are interested.


Christmas Luncheon

Posted by Pia on December 16, 2010 at 1:53 PM

Ellen Lodge held the annual Christmas luncheon on Dec. 11, 2010 - hosted by Paula and Lois.  We had a wonderful time talking, laughing, exchanging ornaments, guessing who our secret sisters were, eating a supurb lunch and learning and experiencing some Danish Christmas traditions.  We installed the Board for 2011 and Paula reminded us to focus on what is really important with her story, "A Cup of Christmas Tea".  I wish everyone a glædelig jul og et godt nytår.


Julestue/Juleklip (Christmas crafts day)

Posted by Pia on November 30, 2010 at 10:11 PM

Thank you to Gitte for hosting today's Julestue - we had a wonderful time socializing, sharing ideas, cutting, gluing, sewing, weaving ..... We ate brune kager and æbleskiver and drank some excellent gløgg.  Thanks to all who showed up with their smiles, talents and good hearted humor.  Check out the pictures in the photo gallery.  My bet is we'll do this again in 2011.  Our next get-together will be the Christmas luncheon at Paula's house on December 11.  Please bring the potluck item you have signed up for, remember your secret sister and a Christmas ornament which begins with "K". We will be collecting non-perishable food as usual and also donations for the "Season to share" campaign - we will donate as a group, make checks payable to Ellen Lodge 21- mail to Lois if you can not attend the luncheon.