Sveaborg Lodge (Concord, CA) celebrated its annual Julfest, attended by 150 members and guests. Held at the Martinez Masonic Lodge, highlights were the Lucia pageant, smorgasbord (25 feet long), glögg and even Santa.
Chairman Rob Laaback pronounced this the “most successful yet!”

Lucia this year was Caitlin McLoud, with 17 attendants, star boys and tomtar. They are members of Vasablad, Sveaborg’s children’s club. Rosemary Fassl directs the group. They sang 10 songs in Swedish, accompanied by Lois Johnson at the piano and Sven Chilton on violin. Sven also sang “Helge Natt.” A highlight was the violin performance of “Ave Maria” by 10-year-old Ingrid Nordberg. The smaller children sat by the Christmas tree to receive gifts handed out by Larry Ard.
Planning committee members were Larry and Judy Ard, Geneva Walker, Candi Walker and Marily Brar. Members of Eastern Star were most helpful also. Glögg was pepared by Rose-Marie and Sven-Ove Westberg.