Couple to open for film

Mora native Andy Vanecek and his Swedish born wife Madeleine will open the “Return to Sweden” Travel and Adventure Film program with Swedish songs, stories and humor on Friday, March 25, at 3 p.m. at the Richard G. Hardy Performing Arts Center at Cambridge-Isanti High School in Cambridge. They will also entertain during the “Scandinavian Supper” at 5:30 p.m. in the high school cafeteria.

Andy and Madeleine Vanecek in USA and Sweden Olympic jerseys.

Andy and Madeleine met while performing in “Up With People,” a not-for-profit international singing organization. Andy is a graduate of Mora High School, sang in a men’s A Cappella group while at Macalester College and was a performer in a dinner theater at a ski resort in Salen, Sweden near Mora and Rattvick, Sweden.

Madeleine, a native of Varnamo, Sweden attended a four year performing arts school in Gotenburg, sang in musicals in Spain, was a singer/dancer/actor in her home town, has taught dance, worked as a Tomte and Midsommer fairy and teaches a Swedish School at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis.

The film “Return to Sweden” will then be narrated live by its award-winning filmmaker Dale Johnson beginning at 3:30 p.m. The film is a wonderful documentary of Sweden history, culture, industry, farming, cities and wildlife from Gotenburg in the west to Stockholm in the east and from Gotland Island in the south to the land of the midnight sun and Kiruna in the north. The film also captures Dale’s discovery of his grandparents’ farmstead in southern Sweden and their immigration to Texas in the 1800s.

Advanced sale film and supper tickets must be purchased from Cambridge-Isanti Community Education using VISA or MasterCard by phone at 763-689-6189, or online at and clicking onto Community Education or at the office in Cambridge at 625 B Main St. N. Film tickets can also be purchased at the door.  However, Scandinavian Supper tickets must be purchased by March 17 from Community Education.