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Our invitation to “Step into the Saga” takes on special meaning to those who join us and enjoy the many special activities and events we put on every year.
2017 Event Schedule
Winter Season – Museum open Thursdays 10am – 4pm. Limited exhibits available and subject to change due to weather. Please call in advance to ensure the Museum is open.
May 12 Opening Day – Museum opens for the season until September 4.
May 14 Mother’s Day Lunch
Bring your mother or grandmother to enjoy the lovely grounds and gardens in spring, plus an authentic Danish lunch in the Saga Café. Every mother is given a flower. Reservations are required for lunch.
May 25 – 28 Federation National Conference in Red Deer, Alberta
The Danish Canadian Museum is hosting the annual conference of the Federation of Danish Associations in Canada. It will be held at the Sheraton Hotel (Red Deer) and at the Museum near Dickson Alberta with many interesting things to see and do. More information to come.
June 18 Father’s Day Pit-roast
This event, to honour fathers and grandfathers, is similar to the Mother’s Day event in May. Reservations at the Saga Café for the authentic Danish lunch are required. Every father receives a candy kiss.
July 1 Canada Day
Enjoy a treat of free cake and coffee as we celebrate Canada Day together. The Museum is located on the site where the people of Dickson gathered every July 1st from the early 1900’s to the 1960’s for the annual Dominion Day picnic [before it was called Canada Day]
July 2 Danish Service and Old Fashioned Picnic
The Danish Lutheran Church was an integral part of the community building experience for many immigrants from Denmark. To commemorate this, the Danish Canadian Museum, in partnership with the Danish churches in Calgary and Edmonton, and Bethany Lutheran Church in Dickson, puts on a traditional church service in Danish [with English translation!]. Following this is the old-fashioned picnic on the Museum grounds, with lunch, singing, visiting, a pie auction, and many other picnic activities, reminiscent of the July 1st picnics that were held on this site for many years in the earlier years of the Dickson settlement.
July 9 Æbleskiver N’ Jam
This is a day where you can enjoy “all-you-can-eat” æbleskiver [a traditional Danish dessert served with jam] together with coffee or juice. Volunteer musicians [who get paid with free æbleskiver] come and perform (jam) on stage. Other volunteers demonstrate how to make æbleskiver with the special pan. For those who are very hungry, there is the æbleskiver eating contest, where the winner is the participant who can eat the most in the time allotted. The day is rounded out by games for children [e.g. bean bag toss] and for adults [e.g. tombola] with prizes for those who come out the winners.
August 19 – 20 Viking Days
This is our biggest event of the year, typically attracting over 700 visitors who are interested in Viking lore. Through the cooperation of Viking re-enactment groups from Calgary and Edmonton, visitors can tour the Viking encampment, showing living accommodations, cooking methods and crafts. You will also see Viking warriors demonstrate the use of swords, shields, axes and archery. A favorite for everyone is the battle with the Vikings, where children are given “swords” to fight it out with the mighty, fearsome Vikings.
This is family-oriented event, with face-painting, Viking costume dress-ups, and telling of Hans Christian Andersen stories. Vendors set up tables around the site to sell their crafts and articles with a Scandinavian flavour.
Visitors can enjoy lunch at the Saga Café [reservation required], or have a Danish hot dog, Danish desserts, old time soft drinks or other confections outside.
August 19 Feast of the Vikings
For 80 – 90 individuals who have made reservations beforehand [it’s always sold out], this is memorable experience. Held in the Saga Café on the Saturday evening of the Viking Days weekend, participants take pleasure in an authentic Danish meal – roast pork with crackling, red cabbage, new potatoes fried in buttery sugar, roast potatoes and vegetables with brown sauce. Then there’s the dessert – with choices from traditional Danish recipes. You can also try some mead [a favorite of ancient Vikings] which is a type of wine made from honey. Participants tour the Viking village, experience some Viking history, and see them demonstrate a battle re-enactment. If you ask them nicely, a Viking might even join your table for dinner.
Tickets must be purchased in advance for this event. To purchase your ticket today, contact us at the Museum – 403.728.0019 or email@example.com.
September 4 Closing Day – End of Summer Season
The summer season where the Museum is open every day comes to an end. During the off-season, the Museum will be open on Thursdays, to recreate the Danish hygge atmosphere – warmth, coziness, good company with friends. This is also a time when the Museum facilities can be made available for community and family events [e.g. anniversaries, reunions], and activities organized around special interests [e.g. bird watching, admiring the fall colours] and the winter season.
October – Date to be announced – Volunteer Appreciation
A time of great food, served by Directors and good company to express our appreciation to the many individuals who generously give of their time and skills, each doing their part in contributing to the ongoing success of the Museum. Thank you to our volunteers.
November 4 Julestue [Danish Bazaar] at Spruce View Hall
This fundraiser, coordinated jointly with the Dickson Store Museum, provides an opportunity for a variety of vendors, including the Museum Gift Shop, to sell their Christmas wares. Examples include baking, Christmas crafts, antiques and pottery. A lunch is prepared by volunteers consisting of a selection of Danish open-faced sandwiches and desserts. Also featured are æbleskiver making demonstrations and tasting.
*Dates are subject to change. Please call in advance.