AMERICAN SWEDISH INSTITUTE | An Extra/Ordinary Holiday in Extraordinary Times

Join the American Swedish Institute this holiday season as we bring stories to life through An Extra/Ordinary Holiday in Extraordinary Times.

Visitors are invited to step into a story trail, an immersive outdoor experience with a series of storytelling stations winding through ASI’s courtyard and around the Mansion grounds. The stations were designed by community partners from Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland and Finland, and visitors can explore why we tell stories and how these tales impact us.

Now until January 10, 2021.

Stories rise up through the ages, shared from generation to generation, to shape our dreams, history, traditions and especially our celebrations. Join the American Swedish Institute this holiday season as we bring stories to life through An extra/ordinary Holiday in Extraordinary Times.

Visitors are invited to step into a story trail, an immersive outdoor experience with a series of storytelling stations winding through ASI’s courtyard and around the Mansion grounds. The stations were designed by community partners from Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland and Finland, and visitors can explore why we tell stories and how these tales impact us.

Sweden’s story station will build on the famous books written by Astrid Lindgren about the rambunctious Pippi Longstocking and her friends. Traveling to Iceland, the focus shifts to a folk tale about the Yuletide cat – only a gift of clothing can protect a child from this hungry feline. For Norway, storytelling is explored through song, hay barrels, fire and Nissen, the gnome-like protector of farms. In Finland, Fox Fire is generated by arctic foxes running over the frozen tundra, sparking fires that light up the sky. For Denmark, the story of The Fir Tree by famed author Hans Christian Andersen encourages us to live in the moment as we experience a grove of fir trees – one of the most recognized symbols of the holiday season.

Indoors, ASI will continue its 40-plus year tradition of decorating the entire Turnblad Mansion, extending the bright colors and featured objects of the extra/ordinary exhibition with playful, contemporary decorations. An array of handcrafted hanging hearts collected from ASI members and neighbors will greet guests as they arrive.

Although the holiday season will be celebrated differently this year, the reasons we celebrate remain the same. We honor family, friends and loved ones, treasure our shared traditions and forge ahead with new memories that shape stories with hope for a brighter tomorrow. ASI is forever grateful for the ongoing support of a wonderful community and proud to be a gathering place for all. We look forward to welcoming you in person and online to learn, laugh, share joy and to experience An extra/ordinary Holiday in Extraordinary Times.

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