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Celebrating Santa Lucia
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Celebrating Santa Lucia


with LynnAnne Vesper

Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Tuition: $30  Materials: $15

In the darkest time of the year, the Swedish saint of light comes singing, offering saffron buns and hot coffee, a wreath of candles in her hair to light her way. Come learn to make the traditional St. Lucia buns and braids which use saffron, the world’s most expensive spice that gives the bread its golden yellow hue. While we wait for the bread to rise, we will learn the traditional St. Lucia song and talk about other Swedish holiday traditions. Brighten your holidays with this cultural experience -- it's less expensive than a trip to Sweden! Suitable for inter-generational learning, ages 10 and up. 

About the instructor: LynnAnne Vesper has lived in the Ely area for about 20 years. Before that, she studied foreign languages, traveled a lot, and lived abroad. During her year in Sweden, she sang in a student choir. One night, some choir members kidnapped her told her it was her turn to get candle wax dripping on her hair. LynnAnne remembers this opportunity to portray St. Lucia as a highlight of her life. 


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