Few Finnish events are scheduled during August, but here are a couple if you need to get your "Finnish fix" this summer before regular activities start up again this fall. The summer state meeting of the Minnesota Finnish American Historical Society (MFAHS) is Saturday, Aug. 4 at Sampo Beach on Little Grand Lake in Saginaw.
Most Finns all over the world head to the lake — or river or sea — to celebrate Juhannus. Some like to celebrate peacefully with time to relax, hit the sauna, swim, visit with friends and family and eat good food. Others like to do the same but add "party" to the day's activities, too, with liberal amounts of alcoholic beverages. After all, they don't have to go to work the next day.
About 1,000 adults and children started their Saturday, June 23, the right way: with a breakfast of eggs, sausage and pancakes; a chance to visit old and new friends and neighbors in the community; a beautiful sunny and warm day; and the opportunity to get up close to some cute small and big animals.
If you are looking for some more midsummer celebrating, head to the Juhannus Celebration on Sunday, June 24, at Sampo Beach on Little Grand Lake, 7095 Saginaw Rd., just north of the intersection of highways 2 and 194 in Saginaw. From 2-5 p.m., you are invited to come and enjoy the swimming, sauna, games, live music, sing-alongs and art activities. Coffee and pulla will be available and a grill trailer will be brought in. The event is free and open to the public.
Just days ago, we had more heavy, wet snow and high winds, and who knows if we will have more snow on the way. Several people have told me this is "the winter that just won't quit." I'm hoping we will get the rain showers (even thunder showers) and that we'll have the "good" signs of spring popping up all over. I'm talking about the flowers coming up, not the frost boils coming out. <
• The Kaleva Corporation, Virginia, will hold its annual spring rummage sale Saturday, April 21, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Kaleva Hall, 125 Third St. N., Virginia. Both floors of the hall will be filled with treasures. Refreshments will be available. Donations of items are welcomed and may be dropped off at the hall Friday morning, April 20. Come shop and visit.
Finn News writer Kim Samuelson writes about some cabin-reliever Finnish events to get out and enjoy this month.
The Sami Cultural Center of North America, 4915 E. Superior St. No. 205, Duluth, has three events planned for February. If you have any questions about any of the Sami Center's events, please contact them at 218-525-4757 or at firstname.lastname@example.org .
The goal of the Buffer Law, signed by Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton in June 2015, is to protect our state's water resources from erosion and runoff pollution. As a result of this law, there will be about 110,000 acres of "buffer" along waterways in Minnesota. "Waterways" include any lakes, rivers, streams, wetlands and other Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR)-designated public waters. The "buffer" is the land next to these waterways.
"The turnout absolutely surpassed any of our wildest dreams and imaginations," commented Hanna Erpestad, a member of the Finlandia Foundation Northland Chapter. "This is absolutely wonderful." As people started arriving after 5 p.m. for the celebration, they were greeted by blue and white lights on evergreen and birch trees, blue and white streamers hung from the ceilings, and Finnish flags proudly displayed everywhere you looked. As you entered the Great Hall, there were two huge maps of Finland. Every incoming person was encouraged to put pins on the maps to mark where they and/or their ancestors immigrated from.