Our Lodge

Sveaborg Lodge # 449 is a fellowship that shares a common interest in Nordic culture and heritage. Sveaborg is a member of Vasa Order of America. Members of Sveaborg Lodge typically come together in the evening on the third Friday of every month for a program and dinner. The dinner is traditional Swedish dinner. For more information see the calendar. Most of the members are from central Contra Costa and western Solano counties (Concord, Walnut Creek, Martinez, Pleasant Hill, Antioch, Danville, Benicia and Fairfield).  We also have members from as far as Berkeley, Livermore, Oakland, Castro Valley, Novato and Redding

At our meeting you can meet members with different interests in the Nordic culture such as, cooking, crafts, dancing, film, genealogy, literature, music and travel. You can also meet with people who talk your ancestor’s language.

Our meetings are dress casual, are performed in English, are conducted with minimal ritual and formality, and are for all ages. Most of our meetings are open for guests

Sveaborg has an annual Christmas dinner, including traditional Swedish food, such as herring, Jansson’s Temptation, meatballs and ham.  Homemade glögg is also served.   After dinner, there is a Lucia celebration with the children from the Children’s club performing all the traditional Swedish Christmas songs.

We also have an annual Swedish pancake breakfast where we serve Swedish pancakes and ham.

Our annual crayfish party takes place in August with locally caught crayfish, cooked the traditional Swedish way with lots of crown dill.

We have an active Children’s club under the leadership of Rosemary Fassl.  They learn Swedish songs and folk dances and perform at our meetings several times a year.

There is a well attended Swedish language class under the direction of Ami Rådström Ditzel which meets weekly. 

A Scholarship is distributed to a local student annually by the Scholarship Committee, chaired by Rosemary Fassl.

Example of past events:

  • Scandinavian Mystery writers
  • Sami culture
  • Travel to the Nordic countries
  • Family histories of local members
  • Folk dancing
Membership is open to men and women over 14 years of age of Nordic roots (Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian or Swedish) and their spouses who would like to rediscover the traditions of their forefathers; and those who are not of Nordic ancestry but are committed to the promotion and advancement of Swedish and Nordic heritage and culture. More information on how to join our lodge is available here.