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Farsælda Frón -------------------------------------------- Volume No. 16 Issue No.2 May 23th 2014
From the President’s desk
Gleðilegt Sumar Our last board meeting was ‘a first’ in the association’s history; it was online. It was productive and efficient so we may have more of these in the years to come. We still miss though, getting together in a restaurant or at a member’s home, socialize and enjoy each other’s company, good food, and drinks. I hope we will do that soon. A few of our members met Iceland’s president, Olafur Ragnar Grímsson, who was in Chicago the other day lecturing on ‘Ice and Water in the 21^st century’. It was an interesting and thought provocative lecture, which you can access at www.forsetinn.is It was energizing and entertaining to meet Ólafur Ragnar and his Chief of Staff Örnólfur Thorsson. I am organizing a follow up meeting with them this summer in Iceland to discuss the ‘ins and outs’ of our Icelandic community in Chicago. Please note the most recent changes on our board. Óli Ólafsson is now Chairperson for Membership and Marketing and Kolla Kristjánsdóttir Fass, our Secretary, is the new Editor of Frón. In this newsletter you will also find information about our next events: Midsummer Festival in Vasa Park and Iceland’s Independence Day Celebration on June 14^th at Promontory Point where we will treat our members to free hotdogs from Iceland. I hope you can attend. The 9th Greater Chicago Icelandic Open will be held at Hilldale Golf Club in Hoffman Estate on the 14th of September, registration has started. Gunnar Thors and Mike Wothke are the 2013 Icelandic Open Champions. Like Þorrablót, the Icelandic Open has sold out for the last four years! Gleðilegt Sumar
Einar Steinsson President
From the Editor
I hope you are enjoying the lovely weather this Memorial Day Weekend. We look forward to many exciting events this summer and they are all described below. First, our Independence Day (17di Júní) celebration will be held on the 14^th of June at Promontory Point which is a fun family event with the oh-so-tasty Icelandic hot dog Hope to see you there. Then, make sure to reserve your spot at the Greater Icelandic Open held on September 14th at Hillendale Golf Course. We have sold out for several years! We also have information on fun Scandinavian events at Vasa park. Finally, we are experimenting with a new format for the IAC Newsletter. We use a program called Mailchimp and this should make viewing the newsletter on mobile phones and tablets much more streamlined. Please feel free to give your feedback to Kolla.
Iceland's Independence Day '17di Júní'
Saturday June 14th. Icelandic Hot Dogs! All members are invited to celebrate our Independence Day at Promontory Point,locally known as ‘The Point’. Please join us for a picnic style festival and a fun afternoon by the Lake. The IAC will treat everyone to hot dogs, pylsa, from Iceland, Icelandic style – eina með öllu – which includes dried fried onion and remolade! What makes Icelandic hot dogs unique and oh so good, is that they’re made from lamb meat. Please note that other than the hot dogs, the event is a BYO, so please bring drinks, sides, salads, sweets, or other plates you'd like to eat or share. Remember to bring picnic gear: blankets, lawn chairs, sunscreen, umbrellas... And, if anyone owns flags or other 17th of June decorations, please bring it with you – takk! We’re excited to celebrate 17di júní on the 14th of June and look forward to see you at 2 PM. This year we’re due for sunshine and, hopefully, warm enough weather for a quick dip into the lake! We'll have our parade with flags and balloons. A beach with life guards is close by for those who want to bring swim suits and go for a dive. Sign up by e-mailing Einar or call 773-489-4621. If the weather is questionable we will move the celebration to Lena and Einar’s house on Rockwell. Thus, it’s important you sign up so we can alert you of a different location.
Directions and Parking: The Point is off 55th Street, East of Lake Shore Drive (LSD). Use 5500 S Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60637 for driving directions (Google Maps, etc.). You’ll find a metered parking lot on 55th street,by Bar Louie, or you may find free street parking. The walk to the Point takes about 6 minutes through a tunnel, which passes under Lake Shore Drive at the east end of 55th street. Upon emerging from the tunnel you’ll see a statue and a fountain. Turn right and walk south until you see our flag. We’ll try to find a spot as close to the field house as possible. For more information, photos, and the history of the Promontory Point, check out: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Promontory_Point_(Chicago).
Midsommar Celebration at Vasa Park
Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 3:30 PM This year's event includes a picnic dinner at 6:00 PM free to 2014 Scandinavian Park members or a $5.00 donation per adult. Family memberships may be purchased that day at the park. Children under 12 are free. Parking is free. There will be activities and crafts for children, horse-drawn wagon rides and a bonfire and toast at sunset. You are encouraged to bring a dish to pass. Reservations are required by June 18, 2014. Call 630-665-7866 or email firstname.lastname@example.org The Board and friends have been working hard at making the park inviting and beautiful. The setting is relaxing and the price can't be beat. Come and support the organization that is the sole source of donations for our Icelandic Scholarship program.
Scandinavian Day at Vasa Park
Sunday, September 7, 2014 SAVE THE DATE and plan on helping in the Icelandic Glacial Water and Pop booth. Email Joni Shaw if you can help that day.
The Greater Icelandic Open
Registration for The Icelandic Open starts soon. It will be the same place, Hilldale Golf Club in Hoffman Estate, and same price, $35. We have sold out last three years! Trip to Iceland for a ‘hole in one’ and lots of other goodies. If you already know you are going to play, let Einar know to reserve a spot. Spread the word. -Upcoming Events- Iceland's Independence Day at Promontory Point Saturday June 14th, 2pm Come join us for Icelandic hot dogs with all the authentic fixings! For more info see main text.
-About the Icelandic Association- The purpose of our association is to ensure that the legacy of the Icelandic heritage will be preserved through cultural events, social gatherings and educational opportunities. We always welcome new members and look forward to hearing from you. - See more at: http://www.icelandchicago.org/#sthash.pW4BHEdS.dpuf View our blog (http://icelandchicago.blogspot.com/) Visit on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/IcelandicAssociationChicago) FARSÆLDA FRÓN - THE ICELANDIC ASSOCIATION OF CHICAGO NEWSLETTER. EDITOR: KOLLA KRISTJÁNSDÓTTIR FASS, WEB SITE:** WWW.ICELANDCHICAGO.ORG (http://WWW.ICELANDCHICAGO.ORG) . CORRESPONDENCE: THE ICELANDIC ASSOCIATION OF CHICAGO, EINAR STEINSSON PRESIDENT.