The American Scandinavian Association at Augustana will hold its annual outdoor Crayfish Party (Kräftskiva), featuring a menu of traditional Swedish foods. Event will proceed rain or shine.
Traditional crayfish, Swedish meatballs, potatoes, lingonberries, bread, cheese and drinks will be provided. Please bring a side dish, salad, or a dessert to share. All table service will be provided, but please no alcohol at this location.
Scandinavian music and door prizes will add to the enjoyment of the evening. Must be present to win.
According to the American Scandinavian Association: "Crayfish have been a delicacy in Sweden since the 16th century. In the early 20th century, restrictions were introduced to crayfishing in Sweden and Aug. 7 was the official opening of the season. Thus, the month of August became the official start of crayfish parties across the country.
"Wearing paper hats, stringing crayfish decorations, including the man-in-the-moon paper lanterns, singing and the audible slurping of the juice out of the crayfish all set the mood for a festive Kräftskiva! Some say that parties in Sweden begin in mid-day and last until dawn, often ending with a skinny dip in the lake!
"Sweden is the largest consumer of crayfish in the world; 2,500 tons are consumed each year."
If it rains, the party will be moved inside to the church fellowship hall.
First Lutheran Church (Rock Island)
1600 20th St.
Rock Island, IL 61201
$15 members;$20 nonmembers; $7.50 students. Send reservations and payment by Aug. 13 to Loryann Eis, 2037 15th St., Moline, Ill.