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2017 Aug 30

We haven’t had an official newsletter for quite a while. Hope everyone has had a good summer.

We have a picnic scheduled again this year Sunday Oct. 1st at Huguenot Park Shelter #1. Same place as last year. Coming into the park from Robious Rd. the shelter is on the right hand side. You can’t miss it. If you get to the rest rooms you did miss it. Hopefully the weather will be as nice this year as it was last year where we sat in the sun on a cool day and enjoyed some wonderful food. We have the shelter rented from 3-8 so we thought we would eat about 4:00 until probably 6:00. I will bring the horseshoe set again this year if anyone is interested in playing. It is immediately behind the shelter. There is also a volleyball court adjacent to the shelter. If anyone has a volleyball and is familiar with volleyball rules please bring it. The restrooms are maybe 100’ away and a great playground maybe 300’ down the road.
The Club will provide tablecloths, plates, plastic utensils, napkins, glasses, bottled water and iced tea. There are no alcoholic beverages permitted in a Chesterfield County park. Those of you who will be attending please let me know (preferably by email) or phone at 379-6214 what dish you will be bringing to share so we don’t get a lot of duplication.

Next topic is a Danish movie being featured at University of Richmond International Film Series. The name of the movie is The Infinite Happiness and it being shown November 17th and 19th. You will find details about the film and how to request a parking permit in the attachment hereto.

Next on the calendar is our annual Julefest at Walton Lake Clubhouse scheduled for Saturday Dec. 23rd. Details will follow with time (either 1-5 or 2-5) and reservation form. We are giving you lots of notice so you can get all those Christmas things done in advance and be able to come. For those who haven’t attended before, everyone brings part of the meal. We eat, eat and eat some more. Anyone wanting wine or beer are allowed to bring their own and then we sing carols in Danish and English, socialize, and of course clean up by 5:00.

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2016 Sep 10

Hi Friends and Members.

I hope you have all had a great summer and enjoyed some travel, whether it was near or far.
Now that school has started again it’s time to think about getting together to catch up.

I have reserved a shelter at Huguenot Park off of Robious Rd. for October 1st 3PM-8PM

The club will provide tablecloths, cups, plates, plastic ware, and bottled water (sorry can’t do coffee) and hopefully some good weather. If we should have inclement weather that day where we are not able to have it I can call Chesterfield County the following Monday and get it rescheduled. Other than that it cannot be changed or refunded.

Please everyone bring food to share. Please send me an email to let me know if you will be coming so that we have some idea of how many to expect and if you want to let me know what you will bring in the way of food and dessert that would be great too. Another reason to RSVP is so we will be able to contact everyone that morning if for some reason we wind up cancelling.

Time: October 1st 3:00-8:00 PM
Place: Huguenot Park Shelter #1 It is the Huguenot Park entrance from Robious Rd. and the shelter will be on the right side. We had this same shelter many years ago as some of you might remember.

11 tables in the shelter
Horseshoe Pit (I do have a set so those who are interested can play) We could even play for a prize.
I also have a Bocce Set I will bring if anyone knows how to play that.
Grill is available but you have to bring charcoal, utensils and everything – probably too much trouble
Volleyball 80’ from our shelter (you should bring a ball if you want to play)
Playground 400’ up the road
Restrooms 150’ up the road
Handicap accessible

So that was the October event. Now we skip to December/January. The Walton Lake Clubhouse is very busy this season and has already been rented for the 3 Saturdays in December, the 4th being Christmas Eve. We have pretty much ruled out Sundays because we find that most people can’t make it until 2:00 or after and want to be home by dark. Therefore, I have booked the Clubhouse for New Year’s Day from 12:00-4:00 and will await feedback from all of you. If anyone knows of other venues available at reasonable rates, please let me know. I understand it is appropriate in Denmark to celebrate Christmas well into January.

Finn Jensen informs me that the Danish Christmas service in Northern Virginia is December 18th. We can send more details to anyone interested in going. You get to sing Danish carols and they have coffee and cakes afterwards. I went once and it was most enjoyable bringing back memories of my childhood in Denmark.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

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2014 Nov 16

2014 Yulefest RVSP.pdf

directions to walton lake clubhouse

Christmas 2014

Danish Club Members, Friends and former members:

It’s hard to believe Thanksgiving is just around the corner so it’s high time we think about our Julefest.

Everyone seemed to be happy with last year’s event so we will go ahead and do a repeat performance. The date will be Sunday December 21st at Walton Lake Sports Complex and Clubhouse again. We will plan to eat around 1:30 to allow for churchgoers to get there and get home again before dark.

The cost of the function will be $5 for each member family to at least partially cover the cost of the rental of the facility. You may bring guests at $5 a piece. Each participating family/guest should bring a portion of the meal. Below are our suggested lunch items from which to choose.

1. Rugbrød (Danish rye bread, both regular and whole grain)
2. Franksbrød (French sliced bread)
3. Smør and margarine (butter and margarine)
4. Leverpostej (liver pate)
5. Sild (almindelig of i karrysovs) (herring both regular and in curry sauce
6. Fridedeller (Danish meat balls)
7. Rødkål (red cabbage)
8. Cooked salmon
10 Medisterpølse (Danish sausage).
11. Potatoes (if we have pork and sausage)
12. Skinke i skiver (sliced ham)
13. Roast Beef i skiver (sliced roast beef)
14. Svinekam (loin of pork)
15. Rejer (shrimp for sandwiches)
16. Salat (salad and dressing)
17. Ost (Cheeses)
15. Pålægschocolade (chocolate for sandwiches)
16. Desserts

As you sign up, please indicate which item(s) you would like to bring. When we determine the number of attendees we might have to make adjustments to your selection. We ask that you bring enough to feed your family plus 5 additional members. We also ask that you bring your items “table ready” along with any required serving utensils.

If you would like to drink anything other than water, iced tea or coffee please feel free to bring that as well. We will have ice,plastic cups and hot cups.

We estimate that we will start to eat around 1:30 p.m. Around 3:00 p.m. we will then sing the traditional Danish and English Christmas carols and dance around the tree, followed by clean up. We will not be taking the tree down until after the new year.

In order to get some idea of the size of the group attending we ask that you respond as quickly as possible as to whether or not you might or will not be attending. You then have until Dec. 10th to get your checks in. If there is a particular food that you want to sign up for let me know that up front as well.

Reservations and checks should be in by December 10, 2013 and sent to Lissi Ewees. .

Please use the form below to make your reservation and sign up for food choices.

Danish Club Lunch Reservation – Sunday December 21, 2014

Children’s names and ages: ________________________________________________________

I/we will bring _______________________________________



My/our check no. _______ in the amount of $5 for our family reservation plus $5 for each additional guest.
Total amount enclosed is $_____________

Please made checks payable to Danish Club of Central Va. and mail to

Danish Club of Central Va.
c/o Lissi Ewees
12811 Walton Lake Drive
Midlothian, VA 23114-7102


I have been contacted by a Lutheran pastor that Hanne Heymann has passed away. Some of you might remember her and her husband Hans from quite a few years back. Being there is no family in the US the pastor is arranging for an estate sale to sell most of their belongings. I was asked if any of the Danes in Richmond might be interested in looking at the many books, christmas plates, furniture, etc. before the estate sale. I would like to go and look so if anybody else is interested in arranging for a showing we can find a convenient time. Call Lissi 379-6214


I could use some help in setting up the 8′ Christmas tree late in the day either on Thursday 12/4 or Friday 12/5 as well as taking it back down after the new year Anyone who doesn’t mind climbing a ladder and wants to help please either send me an email at or call me at 379-6214.

Thanks. Hope to see you at Julefest.

Lissi Ewees

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2012 Mar 25

Danish Movie Announcement
Friday, March 30 and Sunday, April 1
In a Better World (Hævnen)
Denmark/Sweden, 2011, directed by Susanne Bier
112 min., NR

Parking Information: A limited number of visitor parking spaces are available in lot R10 (adjacent to the Robins School of Business). Visitors can also obtain a guest parking pass by contacting University Parking Services at (804) 289-8703, email or complete the online visitor vehicle registration form at

Go to and select Events for more information.

40th Jubilee of the Queen of Denmark
This January 2012; has a little bit of history and a little bit of Now for the Danish people! Celebrations were held for H.M. Queen Margrethe II in all of Denmark for the 40th Anniversary as the reigning Monarch. Beginning January 10th and carrying on through until January 15th Official Special Events were held across Denmark. A number of places that held a variety of programs including the Folketing, which is the Danish Parliament, photo and press conference in the Great Hall, Christian IX’s Palace, Amalienborg, opening of an exhibition at The Museum of Natural History, Frederiksborg Place, opening of the exhibition “Royal Gala” at Amalienborg Museum, and other places. H.M. The Queen began her reign at the death of her father January 14, 1972. There was also a wreath laying ceremony at the graves of her father and mother King Frederic IX and Queen Ingrid at Roskilde Cathedral.
This is a recap of an article from The Danish Pioneer.

Spring Event
Walton Lake, Saturday May 19th 1:00 to 4:00
The Danish Club of Central VA would like to invite you to a Spring Celebration Smørrebrød! This year’s event will again be hosted at the Walton Lake Clubhouse. Please see the enclosed directions. The luncheon will be much like the previous years, good friends sharing good food.

The bad news …
After many calls, meetings and conversations, the DCoCVA has realized just how much of a contribution was being made by Ken Thers by arranging to host the annual Julefest at The Place at Innsbrook. Unfortunately, the loss of his contributions prohibited the club from having the Julefest this past season. Currently, this function is being reviewed by the board to locate a replacement facility with a kitchen staff and chef to provide the Danish foods we’ve come to love and appreciate. If anyone has any suggestions as to a new location to host the Julefest, please contact Lissi.

The GOOD news …
As a result of the bad news, the board has chosen to suspend the membership fees for last year for all current members.

Fall Event
The date of 9/22 is a tentative at Finn Jensen’s house for the Fall pot luck picnic limited to 20 people where we hope to be able to invite University of Richmond students. More information will be available as it’s available.

Member list
The current member list is attached. Please review your information and forward any corrections to the board.

Smørrebrød Invitation

When: Saturday, May 19, 2012
Where: Walton Lake Sports Complex/Clubhouse
Time: 1:00 – 4:00 PM
Cost: $10.00 per member if you choose to bring dessert or beer (must specify on reservation form) or
$15.00 per persons if you choose to come empty handed
$15.00 each for guests
RSVP: Advance reservations only – should be in by 5/12


This year we will have stations set up where you “make your own” smørrebrød” since we do not have volunteers to spend the hours it takes to prepare. Some members seemed to like the choice of paying more and not having to bring something so we will continue to offer that for those who are pressed for time. We must know in advance though so we can shop and prepare accordingly. Please be sure to specify below what type of dessert you will bring or Danish Beer (available at Total Wine). The Club will provide soft drinks, iced tea and coffee
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Complete and mail form below no later than May 12 please. Call Lissi with any questions 379-6214 (home) after 5:30 or 639-4646 (work)

Name of Attendees: _____________________________________________________
Tel.# __________________
# attending at $10.00 each ________________ # attending at $15.00 each _________

We will bring: Dessert ____________(preferably Danish) Beer__________________

Mail to: Danish Club of Central Va.
c/o Lissi Ewees
12811 Walton Lake Dr.
Midlothian, VA 23114

[tel: (804) 423-3500]

From Rt. 288:
Get off at Lucks Lane. If you’re coming south. on 288 you want to turn left on Lucks Lane. If you’re coming north on 288 you want to turn right on Lucks Lane. Go approx. ¼ – ½ mile to the four way stop sign. Turn left on Walton Bluff Pkwy. Continue for about a mile until you cross the lake. Turn right on the first street (Walton Lake Dr.) Go up the hill and immediately after crossing the Walton Creek intersection you will see the Walton Lake Sports Complex/Clubhouse on the left.

From 95 or 64:
Take 64 and/or 195 So. to 76 (Powhite Pkwy). Get off at Courthouse Rd. North. Bear right at the end of the ramp and come up to the traffic light at Lucks Lane and make a left. The road will narrow from four to two lanes after a couple of miles. Shortly thereafter when you come to the 4 way stop sign, turn right on Walton Bluff Pkwy. Continue for about a mile until you cross the lake. Make the first right on Walton Lake Dr. Go up the hill and immediately after crossing the Walton Creek intersection you will see the Walton Lake Sports Complex/Clubhouse on the left.

From Rt. 60 (Mithlothian Tnpk):
Coming West into Midlothian, after passing Walmart and Sam’s, take a left at the traffic light at the top of the hill (No. Woolridge). Stay to the left and take another left at Walton Park. Continue to the very end of Walton Park Rd. until you get to the stop sign. Make a right on Queensgate and come down the hill and make a left turn on Walton Bluff Pkwy. Make a left on the 3rd street which is Walton Lake Dr. Go up the hill and immediately after crossing the Walton Creek intersection you will see the Walton Lake Sports Complex/Clubhouse on the left.    Send article as PDF   

November/December 2010

Welcome new members

We would like to give a warm welcome to three new member families to the Club! Eric and Elizabeth, owner of Longhorn & Lager Meat & Beverage Co. at Sycamore Square (Attached is an article from the Richmond Magazine in which Eric was featured) – they didn’t mention that he has medisterpølse, flæskesteg med svær (pork with skin on) by order, as well as specialty meats, fish, imported beer. Check it out! Also, Simon is a law student at The University of Richmond, and Sue and Jack.

Have you been to our Web Site?

The link to the Danish Club of Central Virginia is – Many thanks to Barry for building our website and to John for his assistance. This was years in the making.

We have not yet seen many visitors. It is up and running even though we still need to add “News”, “Announcements”, “Events”, “Newsletters” and “Recipes” of our activities as time progresses. All in due time … Clicking on the Flag will get you back to the Home Page.

Don’t be afraid to come see what’s new!

A couple recipes have been posted as tests and more would be welcome. I know we have a number of great cooks who have worked in the kitchen in the past and I do have some recipes from these people. The plan is not to post any recipes unless the “Cook” has given us permission.

DVDs and VHS tapes

As Hanne & John are getting ready to downsize to a smaller house, they have donated Danish DVDs and VHS tapes to the Club. They now “live” at Lissi’s house and can be borrowed by anyone interested in viewing them.

DVD titles are as follows:

Victor Borge Comedy & Music Victor Borge The Early Years
Victor Borge Then & Now 2 Victor Borge Then & Now 3
Victor Borge Birthday Gala-Wolf Trap

VHS tape collection is as follows:

Nøddebo Præstegård Ta’ Det Som En Mand, Frue Jul I Købmandsgaaden
De Røde Heste Far Til Fire Min Farmors Hus
Baronessen fra Benzintanken Biskoppen Lystspil
Det Store Løb Bolettes Brudefærd I Selskab med Margrethe
Ditte Menneskebarn Barndommens Gade Victor Borge Birthday Gala
Victor Borge Act One & Two Victor Borge Great Comedy Performances


A speedy recovery to Bitten who has returned home from St. Francis Hospital and Sheltering Arms Rehab recovering from a knee replacement. Get back on your feet so you can come to Julefest.

Best wishes for a speedy recovery also go out to Helle who has not been having a very good year. We hope things look up for you and that we will see you soon.

Anytime any of you have any news to share, whether it is the birth of a baby, a death, a big anniversary, etc. please let one of the board members know so we can get the word out.

The Christmas service at the Faith Lutheran Church in Arlington, VA takes place this year on December 19th at 11:00 a.m. The address is 3313 Arlington Blvd. (Rt. 50), Arlington, Va. Anyone interested in carpooling please contact Lissi and I will try to coordinate it.

***Hope you all had a good Thanksgiving.***
It has been brought to our attention that the Danish church service in Arlington is at 2:00 PM. The English is at 11:00.


NOW for our big event – Julefest – it is planned at The Place at Innsbrook again this year on Sunday, December 12th. It is my understanding that Ken Thers has sold The Place but will oversee the catering for us to make sure we have the usual wonderful spread we are used to.

For those of you have not had the pleasure of enjoying one of Ken’s hot and cold tables, the cold table usually includes several different variations of herring, homemade liver pate, salads, salmon cheeses, fruits, etc. The warm table is usually a type of fish, frikedeller, pork roast, duck, vegetables, potatoes, red cabbage and other surprises. Dessert usually includes citron fromage, ris alamande (of course with a marzipan pig as the almond prize), and a variety of other desserts. As usual, there will be a cash bar available.

This year is very special. Since we are celebrating when school is still in session we might have all 8 Danish students from the University of Richmond dance around the tree with us. They have all said they are interested in coming. Anyone coming from Southside or the near west end that might be able to assist in transporting them please contact Lissi to coordinate.

Another very special treat this year is a DJ. Barbara’s daughter Susanne has volunteered to donate her time and effort for the party to coordinate our music. Her daughter has also volunteered face painting for the children (and probably adults too if anyone is interested).

Casper has graciously offered to supply all the door prizes. Thanks in advance Casper.

Anyone interested in the “Dirty Santa” gift exchange as we have done the past few years, please bring a wrapped gift (value approx. $10). Some members are not at all interested but then there are others who think a Christmas party is not a Christmas party without gifts. To try to please everyone we will have it but we will make it short and sweet.

The pricing will be as follows:

$25.00 each for members in good standing. If you have not yet paid your membership for 2010 you had better enclose it with your reservation or you will be considered a guest.
$30.00 for guests (non-members)
$12.50 children ages 3-10
No charge for children under age 3

Schedule will be approximately as follows:

4:00-5:00 Cash bar and socializing, decorating the tree
5:00-6:30 Dinner
6:30-7:00 Gift Exchange/Door prizes
7:00-8:00 Dance around the tree/sing carols

For additional information, call Lissi at 804-379-6215(h) or 804-639-3898(w).
(Reservation Form Link) Please complete, attach your check and have reservations in no later than December 8th.

2010-12-12 – danish club cva – julefest reservation form

2011 – danish club cva – membership form

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Newsletter November/December 2009


Christmas is just around the corner and it’s time to finalize plans for our Julefest celebration at The Place again.  I’m certain you all had it marked on your calendars since we first set the date so we will see all of you this year.  The reservation form is attached and should be completed and sent in with a check no later than December 14th.  Please make checks payable to The Danish Club of Central Va.  Please be sure to list names of all attendees as we will be making up name tags in advance.   They like to have an approximate count sooner so if you know you will be attending, please don’t wait to the last minute.

As we have asked in the past, if you have made reservations and find that you have to cancel, please contact Lissi at (~edit~) no later than Dec. 16th.  After we give the final count no refund can be given.

We will have similar arrangements as in previous years.  For the newcomers, our Danish chef and owner of The Place at Innsbrook, Ken Thers, will be preparing the wonderful Danish spread as he has in the past which have included a cold table with a selection of herring, salmon, his wonderful liverpostej, salads, cheeses, cold cuts, etc. The hot buffet table has included frikedeller, fish, duck, pork loin with red cabbage and potatoes, vegetables, etc.   For dessert he has had ris alamonde, citron fromage and a selection of other treats.  We always leave the selection to him and he has always come through with the most wonderful food.   Iced tea, hot tea and coffee will be included.   There will be a cash bar available and we will have Afkavit for those who like and have designated drivers.

Decorate Tree & Socializing 4:00 – 5:00

Cash Bar & Dinner 5:00 – 6:30

Door Prizes,Tree and Carols        6:30 – 8:00

The price will be $25.00 each for all adult members and guests.  $10.00 for children ages 3-10.  No charge for children under age 2.

For additional information, contact Lissi at (~edit~)

October Picnic

The October picnic at Tish and Finn’s house was great again this year despite the rain.   We set up the tables indoors and had a wonderful afternoon of food and friendship.   We had 3 Danish students from University of Richmond join us – Katrine, Liv and Kristian.  We enjoyed frikedeller, leverpostej, shrimp, cold cuts, salads, quiche and lots of wonderful desserts.  What surprised the students the most was the Carlsberg.  They did not know it was available in the US.

Thanks again Finn and Tish for hosting.

Kristian and Katrine

Liv, Kristian and Hanne

Liv, Kristian and Finn


Danish Church Services

Anyone interested in Lutheran services in  Danish?   November 29th is the date at 2:00 PM.  It is conducted by Kristian Hein from the Danish Seamen’s Church in Brooklyn, NY.  Location:  Faith Lutheran Church,  3312 N. Arlington Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201.    The December service we believe is the day of our Julefest.

New Addition to Family

Hanne and John are the proud grandparents of another boy.

Parents are daughter Pamela and Niels from NYC. Max, age 2, is the proud big brother.

New Club Members

We are happy to welcome new members Soomie and Casper as well as their little girl Sydney.  They live in Midlothian.

We have also rediscovered an old friend (Gina) from the days of the International Food Festival who will hopefully be able to join us at our next gathering so we can catch up.


Finn is suggesting for anyone interested in the history of the Danish flag to check out website below.

The legendary origin of the flag of Denmark

Membership Dues

A few of you still have not paid your membership dues for 2009. Those of you who are on the “to mail list” will have a little reminder if we do not have a record of receiving your membership.  If we email you the newsletter and we have no record of receiving your membership dues you will get a separate reminder email.  Please get in touch if we are in error.    Send article as PDF   

Newsletter September/October 2009

Hi everyone.  Hope you all have had a wonderful summer.  Now that the weather is getting cooler it’s time to get together again for a Fall Picnic (pretending we are sitting outside in Denmark in the summer).

Tish and Finn have graciously offered their deck again this year for the event.

The picnic will be limited to 25 total so please get your reservations in early.

Date:          Saturday October 24th

Time:         1:00 PM

Place:        Home of Tish and Finn

We ask everyone to bring a dish to share (preferably Danish), along with whatever serving pieces are needed to serve it.  The Club will furnish soft drinks, cups, plates and eating utensils.  Feel free to bring beer or wine if you wish to have that with your meal.  There is a swing set available to occupy the children.

We are hoping some of the Danish students from The University Richmond will be able to join us again this year.

We are limiting this event to 25 people so in case of inclement weather we can move indoors.  Please email to (~edit~) to register. We ask that if you register and find later that you can’t make it after all, please be sure to call and let us know in case we have a waiting list.

If anyone if interested in a church service in Danish, it is offered the 4th Sunday of the month in Arlington.  This month it will be on October 25 at 2:00 PM. and will include communion.  It is conducted by Kristian Hein at 3313 N. Arlington Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201.  We will try to ascertain the dates of the November and December services before the next newsletter.




4:00 – 8:00 PM

The Place at Innsbrook

Details to follow in November

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