DSCI is proud to partner with the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra in promoting the performance SAGAS, featuring the work of Finnish composer Sibelius, happening this Saturday, January 13 at 7:00PM at the DECC.
Having composed much of his work during the time of Finnish independence, and being born to a Swedish-speaking father, Sibelius commands a large Scandinavian following and his work En Saga is sure to be music to your ears.
Come visit the DSCI table in the lobby to say “Hi” or ask any questions you might have about Duluth’s own Scandinavian connections.
Current DSCI members are invited to join us for an evening of refreshments and entertainment as we celebrate the year’s accomplishments around the Sister Cities holiday trees. Bring a friend! …perhaps they, too, will become a member.
Glenn Peterson will be recognized for his multiple years of service on the Board of Directors and the Växjö committee as he is presented with Duluth Sister Cities International’s Global Citizen Award. We are also pleased to announce that, with the help of Duluth Rotary 25, our original Ohara-Isumi-City peace bell and it’s beautiful cart have a new home at the DECC; come see it for yourself!
Complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres will be available and live music will be provided by pianist Parker Hinnenkamp.
Duluth Sister Cities International is now able to accept gifts of stock, in addition to cash or check donations! We are very excited about this development and hope that you keep us in mind as you move forward with your end of year giving plan.
Throughout the year, DSCI calls on members and others to help us keep doing what we’re doing; through your donations and renewed membership we are able to continue offering programming that enriches the lives of Duluthians by connecting them to a greater global community.
Want to get involved outside of your annual donation? Contact the office at (218)727-8375 and ask about ways to help! We have big plans for 2018 and your help is greatly appreciated!
Back in October, Duluthian Dan Stine and his family visited our Växjö, Sweden and set out on an adventure to explore our Swedish Sister City. Here is what he shared with us:
Just following up to let you know we had a great visit in Växjö Sweden this week. We spent most of a day there. We had both good and bad luck finding the sister city stone sculpture. We parked near the cathedral and walked into a café. No employee was readily available, so I asked a patron siting at a table, an older gentlemen, if he knew anything about the Duluth Sister City sculpture. Well, not only did he know, his friend created the sculpture. Plus, he had visited Duluth 25 years ago himself. He then hand drew a map to the sculpture. The bad-news part is that we could not initially find the sculpture based on his sketch – it was slightly off (but very close).
Well, as luck would have it, another person who visited Duluth as a young soccer player was able to help! We decided to have lunch and then visit the emigrant and glass museums. I figured, correctly, that the staff at the museum would be able to help us locate the sculpture. Turns out, of the two ladies helping, one was a high school student, working at the museum for school credit. They gave us a detailed city map and highlighted the exact location of the sculpture.
Although it would seem everyone in Växjö knew about Duluth and the sculpture, such was truly not the case. During our first attempt to find the sculpture, I talked to nearly two dozen walkers on a lakewalk and in a park. Although very friendly, none of them had heard of Duluth or knew anything about the sculpture! Maybe our questions will peak their interest.
However, we had a great time in Växjö, including a nice lunch, dinner and museum visit. It was well worth the couple extra hours drive on our trip from Oslo, Norway, via Gothenburg, Sweden, to Copenhagen, Denmark.
We (the Stines; Dan, Cheri, Kayla and Carter) have now visited three of the five Sister Cities; Thunder Bay, Petrozavodsk and now Växjö.
Have you visited one of Duluth’s 5 Sister Cities? Let us know! We’d love to hear your stories, view your photos, and share your experiences! Contact us via email at dsci@DuluthMNSisterCities.org or on the phone (218)727-8375.