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Monthly Highlights

Welcome from the Board

February means we are smack dab in the middle of winter, and winter is really hard for some. Darkness. Cold. Humidity. And some people feel lonely, too. Our welcome always mentions mental health, and this month, we put questions and requests up here at the start: Need help, yourself? Someone to talk to? Contact us at AWC. Remember our suggestions for getting through the month.

  • Communicate with family and friends.
  • Feel gratitude. We in Denmark are still in a privileged situation. What we experience here can give hope to others in more difficult situations.
  • Stay positive.
  • Stay safe and stay in touch!

On the other hand, February includes Groundhog Day, Valentine’s Day, Black History month, Presidents’ Day – and Spunky Old Broads Day, Random Acts of Kindness Day, National Tooth Fairy Day and more! Check them out here.
AWC Denmark and our mother organization, FAWCO, are communities of love and caring, communities of people committed to improving our local and international environments. Sign up for the AWC Denmark Coffeeshop or FAWCO Region 2 Facebook groups, if you have not already done so; they immediately link you to a support network. If you need help with that – or have questions or suggestions about any event or activity – contact AWC’s FAWCO Rep, Jonelle Lemcke (jonelle@lemcke.dk) or any other member of the AWC Denmark Board, especially the President, Mary Stewart Burgher (emessbe@yahoo.com).

AWC membership – pay your dues!

Your dues enable AWC to offer activities and support charitable projects within and beyond Copenhagen. The club year runs from September to September and membership dues are as follows:

  • regular membership: DKK 300
  • senior membership (age 70+): DKK 200.

Pay by bank transfer to Den Danske Bank, Reg. No. 1551, Account No. 3023478 OR use Mobile Pay, in the following two-step process.

  • Email President Mary Stewart Burgher (emessbe@yahoo.com) for the code.
  • Enter the code in your Mobile Pay. Then you should see AWC20, plus the name of AWC’s Treasurer, Clarice Scott.
Pay your dues

Chinese New Year’s lunch

When: Sunday, 29/1, 13:00
Where: Yobi Sushi, Vallensbæk Stationstorv 29, 2665 Vallensbæk Strand (S-train line A)
Cost: DKK 238 per person, drinks extra, guests welcome
Contact: Mary Stewart Burgher (emessbe@yahoo.com, ) by Monday, 23 January, so we can make a reservation

Mark your calendars now so you can join us in stuffing yourself with lovely food and welcoming the Year of the Rabbit.
Prices have risen so much that we were worried about finding a venue with both plentiful food and drink and affordable prices. That’s why we are trying a new option in 2023: Yobi Sushi in Vallensbæk. Everyone can order whatever they want – veggies, hot foods on sticks, spring rolls, noodles, etc., as well as sushi – and pay only DKK 238 (current price) for all they can eat in two hours. Everyone must pay for their own drinks. You’ll definitely have enough to eat.

AWC Movie Group

Contact: Mary Stewart Burgher (emessbe@yahoo.com) to choose final dates, cinemas and show times

Mark your calendars now to see some excellent new movies in the next few months, always remembering that the dates set for premieres in Denmark sometimes slip a little bit. We usually see movies on a Friday or Sunday; if you want to join us, contact Mary Stewart Burgher (emessbe@yahoo.com, ) so we can choose the final dates, the cinema we go to and the show times. Tickets are cheaper if we book afternoon show times or go to cinemas like the Park Bio, Gentofte Kino and Valby Kino.

Also in February and March, you can see classic Danish films with English subtitles at Cinemateket (the Danish Film Institute). On two Sundays a month they screen a Danish film with English subtitles at 14:15. Tickets can be booked and purchased online. Booked tickets must be picked up no later than 45 minutes prior to the screening. The movies for December and January are:

  • Speak No Evil, 5/2
  • Armadillo, 19/2
  • Bleeder, 5/3
  • As in Heaven, 12/3.

February: Till

When: afternoon of Wed, 1/2
Where: Palads (close to Vesterport Station)
We are kicking off Black History Month (in the USA) with Till: a profoundly emotional and cinematic film about the true story of Mamie Till Mobley’s relentless pursuit of justice for her 14-year-old son, Emmett Till, who was lynched while visiting his cousins in Mississippi in 1955. Mamie’s journey of grief turned to action demonstrates the power of a mother’s ability to change the world. Whoopi Goldberg plays Mamie’s mother, and was instrumental in getting the movie made.
The critics rave about the movie: “Till reframes an historically horrific murder within a mother’s grief, brought heart-wrenchingly to life by Danielle Deadwyler’s tremendous performance [as Mamie Till Mobley].” Find out more about the movie on kino.dk and Rotten Tomatoes.

March: Corsage

Corsage is a biopic about Empress Elisabeth of Austria (“Sissi”); the movie is mostly in German with subtitles. Here’s the description from Rotten Tomatoes:
“Empress Elizabeth of Austria is idolized for her beauty and renowned for inspiring fashion trends. But in 1877, ‘Sissi’ celebrates her 40th birthday and must fight to maintain her public image by lacing her corset tighter and tighter. While Elizabeth’s role has been reduced against her wishes to purely performative, her hunger for knowledge and zest for life makes her more and more restless in Vienna. She travels to England and Bavaria, visiting former lovers and old friends, seeking the excitement and purpose of her youth. With a future of strictly ceremonial duties laid out in front of her, Elizabeth rebels against the hyperbolized image of herself and comes up with a plan to protect her legacy.”
The critics’ consenus is that “Corsage puts a refreshingly irreverent spin on period biopic formulas, further elevated by Vicky Krieps’ terrific turn in the central role.” Find out more about the movies, and see photos and the trailer on kino.dk and Rotten Tomatoes.

Monthly heart-pillow stuffing party

When: the third Tuesday of every month – Tue, 18/2, 21/3 and 18/4, 14:00–16:00
Where: Det Gamle Posthus, Gilleleje Stationsvej 6, Gilleleje (less than 2 minutes’ walk from Gilleleje Station)
Contact: Nancy Friis-Jensen (nfriisjensen@gmail.com)

The Heart Pillow Project is looking for volunteers to stuff and sew up pillows in Gribskov. We meet once a month, to fill the pillows with cotton wool over a cup of coffee.

The Heart Pillow Project was started in 2006 to help ease the pain of breast-cancer patients. The project is financially supported by the Danish Breast Cancer Organization, and hospitals give the pillows to patients free of charge. The pillows are made by 15 volunteer groups (including AWC Denmark since the beginning) throughout Denmark. The project has made about 3,000 pillows per year. See the projected dates for stuffing parties through April 2023 on the AWC events calendar.

Café Craft brunch, Salonen

When: Sat, 18/2, 11/3 and 29/4,10:30
Where: Salonen, 222 Østerbrogade (close to Svanemøllen S-train station and all the buses that go there)
Contact: Mary Stewart Burgher (emessbe@yahoo.com) for further info

Café Craft is for people to meet to chat and craft together on a Saturday, while enjoying a cup of coffee (or tea) and brunch at Salonen. Our only goal is to relax and do our crafts –  in good company. Any craft project is welcome! Non-crafters also!

We do good work and have good fun each month. A standard booking for 8 people is made at Salonen, so it is always smart to RSVP to secure a spot – or we will just squeeze you in! We’re listing dates through April – please put them in your diary so you can attend every month. 

Can you sew pillow cases?

Some AWC volunteers are making cases for the heart pillows, and more are much needed. Will you join them, or can you recommend someone else to do so? Contact Mary Stewart Burgher (30506356; emessbe@yahoo.com) to get the pattern and instructions.

Our Secrets walks

Our Secrets walks visit a different part of Copenhagen every month. Participation is free of charge, unless the group visits a café or restaurant for refreshments (when each person pays for themselves). To sign up, discuss/suggest the route or even change the day or time, contact Mary Stewart Burgher (emessbe@yahoo.com).

February: Copenhagen Light Festival

When: Tue, 14/2, 17:30
Where: Kongens Nytorv (accesible by bus and Metro)
Contact: Mary Stewart Burgher (emessbe@yahoo.com) for details and so we know you’re coming

Celebrate Valentine’s Day in a unique way with AWC! The light displays in previous years have been enchanting, and this year’s play off of Copenhagen’s selection as UNESCO’s World Capital of Architecture through 2023. Find out more through the Festival website.

We’ll meet in front of Det Kongelige Teater and go from there. We chose an earlier time than before and a weekday, in the hope that the crowds will be smaller than usual. Our route will, of course, go close to cafes, etc. for when we need warming up! Join us for fun and enchantment.

May: Ladywalk

When: Mon, 22/5
Where: “Tiøren” Amager Strandpark (across from Kastrup Fort, Amager Strandvej 246 – access by Metro line 2)
Cost: DKK 170, but DKK 210 after 24/4
Contact: Jonelle Lemcke (jonelle@lemcke.dk) for meeting time and place

While we go walking every month, it’s important to sign up early for Ladywalk – the biggest exercise event for women in Denmark. Join us on the AWC team – the cost is DKK 170 – but rises to DKK 210 after 24 April. Your entry fee comprises a donation to charities for women’s health, bu7t also buys you a Ladywalk exercise shirt (this year’s looks to be red) and a small backpack with gift and shopping offers, as well as fruit and a drink. Three different routes are available, but we usually do the 7-km one around Amager Strandpark. We’ll aim to start about 16:00, so we’ll be at the crest of the wave of walkers.

Ladywalk gives us not only exercise and fun, but also the chance to work to improve women’s health. The money raised by Ladywalk 2023 will go to Hjerteforeningen and Endometriose Fællesskabet (the Heart Association and the Endometriosis Community). Join us to have fun and enjoy good company and (we hope) good weather while helping other women!

Anna Syberg, The Beauty of the Moment, Hirschprung Collection

When: Wed, 22/2, starting 11:00
Where: the Hirschprung Collection (Den Hirschprungske Samling – accessible from Østerport Station)  
Cost: tickets are DKK 95 each
Contact: Mary Stewart Burgher (emessbe@yahoo.com)

Critics are raving about the new exhibition of watercolors by Danish artist Anna Syberg, a key figure in the Fyn Painters artists’ colony.

Apart from a few figure scenes, Anna Syberg found her subject matter in flowers and plants, in the vases and pots around her home, in her garden and in studies done out of doors in nature. She reinvigorated floral painting with her distinctive watercolours, using multiple layers that include sketched lines of pencil, transparent layers of watercolour and black ink contours to portray plants and flowers with superb technical skill. As well as presenting a large amount of her work, the exhibition also provides insight into the social, cultural and gender-related contexts Anna Syberg had to navigate as an artist and as a human being.

After feasting our eyes on the paintings, we can have coffee or even lunch in the neighborhood – two local restaurants give discounts to customers with tickets from the museum.

 

 

 

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