FINN NEWS: St. Urho's Day is coming!
While we haven't had as much snow as many of us would like in northern Minnesota, we've had more than our share of way-below-zero-weather days and nights. And now the snow is finally coming, just in time for spring thaws. This unpredictable weather sure calls for sisu!
The following are some cabin-reliever Finnish events to get out and enjoy this month.
Due to the rampant flu bug, the program "Exploring Laponia" on Feb. 12 at the University of Minnesota Duluth had to be canceled. However, the Sami Cultural Center has rescheduled it for 7 p.m. March 19 at UMD's Kathryn A. Martin Library, fourth-floor rotunda. Contact the Sami Cultural Center at 218-525-4757 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more about Sami Cultural events.
March means that spring is coming and with it comes St. Urho's Day — a great chance to get out, celebrate Finns and let your "crazy side" shine through. The 43rd Annual St. Urho's Celebration in Finland, Minn., is Friday, March 16, through Sunday, March 18.
The theme for St. Urho 2018 is "Celebrate Everyday Heroes." That theme is appropriate as Urho means "hero." The parade will be at noon Saturday, March 17, and there will be other fun events. Plan to attend and have a great time celebrating the end of this cold winter.
The Carlton County Historical Society will also be celebrating St. Urho's Day on Friday, March 16, at 1 p.m. at the museum at 406 Cloquet Ave., Cloquet. The program will share stories and experiences of the Finnish families in the county who experienced the horrors of the 1918 fires.
This program is part of a year-long commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the fires, which occurred Oct. 12, 1918. After the program, everyone will celebrate the Finnish sisu of survival by toasting St. Urho with grape juice. Other refreshments will also be available and everyone can view the exhibit "A Century Ago—The Great 1918 Fire." Regular admission is $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 5-12 years and free for children under age 5 and for CCHS members. For more information, call 218-879-1938.
From the Sami Cultural Center also comes an encouraging reminder to local artists: Up to three works of art in any media are being accepted for the spring exhibit at the Dr. Robert Powless Cultural Center Gallery at Duluth's American Indian Community Housing Organization. All artwork need to be delivered to the Sami Center by March 13. Its address is 4915 E. Superior St., No. 205, Duluth MN 55804.
If you are interested in exploring your Finnish heritage, consider joining one of the Knights and Ladies of Kaleva groups around the Northland:
• The Ladies of Kaleva Aallottaren Tupa 15, Duluth, will meet Monday, March 12, at Kenwood Lutheran Church, 2720 Myers Ave., Duluth, for a short meeting at 6 p.m., followed by a coffee time at 6:30 p.m. At 7 p.m., all members of the Sampo Association are strongly encouraged to attend the Sampo annual meeting.
• The Ladies of Kaleva Vâinôttâren Tupa 24, Cloquet, plan to meet Wednesday, March 21, at Thomson Town Hall starting at 2 p.m. However, if the weather or roads are bad, the ladies will not meet until April.