Skål, Cheers, Drink Up

Stephen Brown, Linda Brooks, and Francine Steininger. Photo by Rebecca Peterson.

Stephen Brown, Linda Brooks, and Francine Steininger. Photo by Rebecca Peterson.

By Linda Brooks and Ross Schipper

On Sunday, February 7, nearly 70 Burleith residents got together at our home for the fifth annual Burleith Winter Gløgg Party. Every year since 2012, as a gift to the residents of the neighborhood, we have hosted this party featuring gløgg (pronounced gluhg), a typically Scandinavian hot alcoholic drink. (Click here for more photos.)

sheila hagy and beth mckinney. Photo by Alex Frederick.

sheila hagy and beth mckinney. Photo by Alex Frederick.

The revelers were joined by a few special guests, including Ward 2 councilmember Jack Evans. The event took place during a brief warming spell between Snowzilla and the frigid lead-up to Valentine's Day. Once again, Sheila Hegy volunteered to serve the potent beverage that nearly overflowed an 18-quart turkey roaster oven and Eric Langenbacher manned the registration table.

The gathering lasted from 4–6 pm, allowing the party-goers plenty of time for one last taste of the brew before returning to their homes to watch the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers fight it out in Super Bowl 50.

Now that Punxsutawney Phil has forecast an early spring, we can all look forward to warmer days. But the cold times will eventually return, and the gløgg will once again warm our souls and stimulate neighborly conversation a year from now.

Ward 2 councilmember Jack Evans, BCA president Eric Langenbacher, and Hosts Linda Brooks and Ross Schipper. photo by alex Frederick.

Ward 2 councilmember Jack Evans, BCA president Eric Langenbacher, and Hosts Linda Brooks and Ross Schipper. photo by alex Frederick.