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Finn News: Fall time is Finnish time for celebrations!

Summer is gone. Kids are back in school. Time to settle down some? Nope! We Finns are still celebrating! We've had piles and piles of special events and celebrations for Finland's 100th Anniversary, and there are still more to come. Put these meetings and events on your calendar and plan to join us at some of them before the celebration year wraps up at the end of 2017.

The Finnish male choir Runebergskören, from Porvoo, Finland, will present a music concert at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, at Weber Music Hall at UMD. Come and enjoy a wide variety of great Finnish and Swedish music! The concert is free, but donations for concert and choir expenses will be greatly appreciated. Duluth is one of only six stops this well known Finnish choir will be making in the U.S. on this tour.

A one-act play direct from Finland called "The Reading Room," written by Ann Toumi and produced by Fiasko Theater, will be presented twice in the Northland. At 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, the play will be shown at the Douglas County Historical Society in Superior. Then at 7 p.m. Friday, the play will move to the Duluth Masonic Center. There will be a reception at 6 p.m. both days, as well as a meet and greet reception at 1 p.m. Friday at the Depot in Duluth. The play takes place in the reading room of the Duluth City Library in the mid-1900s and is about a teenage girl and two poor, lonely and homeless Finnish immigrant men. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door. The Ely-Winton Historical Society Museum is celebrating not only Finland's 100th but also the 150th year of Finnish immigration to Minnesota. A special exhibit, featuring 12 panels showing different aspects of Finnish immigrant life in Minnesota, will be shown at the museum until the end of October from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. The museum is in Vermilion Community College, 1900 East Camp St., Ely. Call 218-365-3226.

Another special Finland 100 anniversary exhibit — Dovetailed Corners — will be shown at the Nordic Center, 23 N. Lake Ave., Duluth, until Oct. 15. This exhibit was a documentary project comprised of pictures by Marlene Wisuri, vintage photos by Marlene's grandfather J.C. Hendricks, and poems by Duluth poet Jim Johnson. The exhibit was produced with assistance from the Finlandia Foundation National and the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council. This is a special Finland 100 showing, so if you have not seen the display before, this is a great time to see it! For information, contact

The next Finnish American and Friends meeting will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3. Due to the fantastic attendance at the last few meetings, the location has been changed to the Crown Ballroom, 214 E. Howard St., Hibbing. (Please use the Third Avenue entrance on the east side of the building. An elevator is available, if needed.) The October program will feature the very talented Kardemimmit kantele group from Finland. A coffee and goodies time will follow the program and meeting. All are welcome!

At 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8, at the Sami Center, 1915 E. Superior St. in Duluth, author Katharine Johnson will discuss her new book, "The Wind and the Drum" for those who can't make the Cloquet event this Saturday (see Page A2 for more). This will be a great book for adults and for children. Come and meet Katharine and get your copy! Then share your Finnish Saami heritage with your children and grandchildren!

The Ladies of Kaleva Aallottaren Tupa #15, Duluth, will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 9, at Kenwood Lutheran Church, 2720 Myers Ave., Duluth. The program will feature Duluth's well-known Finnish-American architect David Salmela.

The Knights and Ladies of Kaleva Pohjolaisen Maja #25 and Soinnuttaren Tupa #32, Virginia, will meet at 6 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 12 and 26, at Kaleva Hall, 125 Third St. N., Virginia. The first meeting will be a business meeting and the second meeting will be a program night TBA.

Come and enjoy a super special Fall Music Festival from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, at Historic Kaleva Hall, 125 Third St. N., Virginia. This "Happy 100th Birthday, Finland" party will feature the music of the local bands "The No Notes," "Horse Face," and "The Hutter Bunch." The festival welcomes families and people of all ages and has no admission charge. Donations are welcome and appreciated; coffee and goodies will be available. Bring your friends and family for a great afternoon of listening and dancing to some great music!

The Ladies of Kaleva Väinöttären Tupa #24, Cloquet, will meet at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, at Thomson Town Hall, 25 E. Harney Road, Esko. Friends and interested persons are always welcome to join them!

Tuesday, Oct. 24, is the next meeting date for the Ladies of Kaleva Vellamon Tupa #4 in Ely. They meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m. at the Grahek Apartments Community Room.

Finns and friends in the Embarrass area are still getting together each Thursday at the Nelimark Farm from 1-3 p.m. for a conversational Finn class activity. If you are interested in keeping the Finnish language alive in your life, consider joining them!