KALEVALA DAY & MORE @ SAIMA 02/23/2019

Celebrate Finnish Culture Day/Kalevala Day at Saima Park!
Saturday, February 23. 8:00-10:00   Pannukakku Breakfast: Finnish oven pancake, bacon, sausage, fruit, juice, Finnish coffee bread, coffee/tea/cocoa. $8.
10:15-11:30  “Finnish Center at Saima Park: The Next Generation, Workshops”Premier showing of Judith Lindstedt’s film featuring four Kalevala-themed workshops held at Saima   Park in 2018:

  •   Painting demonstration by artist Scott Niemi
  •   Baking Karaljan Piirakka with Joyce Hannula
  •   Sauna talk and fashioning a vasta/vihta from leafy birch branches with Frank Ruosteoja
  •   Making a herder’s horn and weaving a bird with birch bark crafter Elaine Moe

Following the one-hour film, workshop presenters will take questions from the audience.
The film was partially funded with a grant from Finlandia Foundation National.

10:00-3:00  Ski/snowshoe! If there’s enough snow, the trails will be open to the public hotdogs, soups, pulla, and beverages will be for sale beginning at 11:30.

Reminder: The trails are open to members during all daylight hours. Park outside the gate and walk in. For conditions, call Frank Ruosteoja at 978 343-4654.

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Finland’s ‘free cash’ experiment

Finland’s ‘free cash’ trial fails to boost employment

But scheme did leave participants happier and healthier

“Europe’s first national government-backed experiment in giving citizens free cash failed to encourage its participants to work more as organizers had hoped – but it did improve their well-being.

Under Finland’s two-year basic income trial, which ended a month ago, a random sample of 2,000 unemployed people aged 25 to 58 were paid a monthly €560 (£475), with no requirement to seek or accept employment. Any recipients who took a job continued to receive the same amount.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/feb/08/finland-free-cash-experiment-fails-to-boost-employment

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Finnish Language Classes to begin March 18, 2019 at Saima Park

The Finnish Center at Saima Park has scheduled its spring session of Finnish Language classes.

For more information, please visit http://www.saima-park.org

Beginner: Saija Laurla, instructor

  10 Mondays: March 18, 25, 31; April 8, 15, 22, 29; May 6, 13, 20; June 3 (10 weeks), 4:00-6:00pm  (No class April 01 or on Memorial Day

  Tuition: $75 for FCSP members, $80 for others

Advanced Beginner: Saija Laurla, instructor

  10 Mondays: March 18, 25, 31; April 8, 15, 22, 29; May 6, 13, 20; June 3 6:15-8:15pm  (No class April 01 or on Memorial Day)

  Tuition: $75 for FCSP members, $80 for others

Intermediate: Liisa Liedes, instructor

  Mondays, April 8-June 3. (8 weeks*), 6:15-8:15pm. There will be no class on Memorial Day, May 27.    Tuition: $60 for FCSP members, $65 for others

*Note: Intermediate students wishing to attend for 10 weeks may attend two of Saija’s classes prior to April 8. Tuition would then be $75 for FCSP members, $80 for others.

See www.saima-park.com  for photos and bios of Saija and Liisa. 

To register, please email Lorna at LDSULIN@verizon.net or call 978 342-1908 and leave a message including your name and phone number.


    
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Fly your Finnish Flag for Vappu

Keep that flag out after “War Veterans Day” for May 1st: Vappu

What is Vappu?

With its northern latitude leading to cold. dark winters, the arrival of spring has always been a welcome event in Finland and a tradition of a festival to mark the turning of the seasons dates back to pagan times.

A Finnish twist on the May Day celebrations developed in the nineteenth century when engineering students would celebrate and party at midnight on 30 April, while sporting their traditional white caps.

This custom has now become widespread across Finland, leading to almost a carnival-like partying in towns and cities with large student populations.

Festivities begin in Helsinki at 6pm on 30 April, when students will gather at the Market Square to wash the statue of a nude female called Havis Amanda, before putting a white cap on her head.

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/75/Helsinki_HavisAmanda_at_Vappu_20050430.JPG

On 1 May, students and graduates will then lead a procession through Helsinki, ending in large open-air picnics in the parks across the city. Mead and doughnuts are traditional treats on this day.

Submitted by Joyce Hannula

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“National War Veterans Day”

Friday April 27
“National War Veterans Day”

It marks the last time Finland was at war, the end of the Lapland War in 1945.
On 27 April 1945, the very last German troops left Finland
and crossed the border to Norway - then occupied by Nazi Germany.

Submitted by Joyce Hannula

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Fly your Finnish Flag Monday, March 19 for the birthday of Minna Canth and “Day of Equality” in Finland

Fly your Finnish Flag
Monday, March 19 for the birthday of Minna Canth
and
“Day of Equality” in Finland

Minna, born March 19, 1844, was a writer and social activist.
She began to write as a widow while raising seven children.
She became a controversial figure.

Her most important works were plays which caused scandal:
“The Workers Wife” and “Anna Liisa”

She is the first woman to receive her own Flag Day in Finland,
starting on March 19, 2007

It is also the day of social equality in Finland.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minna_Canth

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Finland is the happiest country in the world, says UN report

Nordic nations take top four places in happiness rankings, with annual study also charting the decline of the US

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/14/finland-happiest-country-world-un-report

Top 10 happiest countries, 2018

(2017 ranking in brackets)

1. Finland (5)

2. Norway (1)

3. Denmark (2)

4. Iceland (3)

5. Switzerland (4)

6. Netherlands (6)

7. Canada (7)

8. New Zealand (8)

9. Sweden (10)

10. Australia (9)

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OLDEST ICE SKATES ARE FROM FINLAND

“The oldest ice skates that anyone has found so far were made in Finland 2,000 years before the birth of Christ, which is to say 800 years before the Trojan War depicted by Homer in the ‘Iliad’.” These primitive devices were made from the sharpened shinbones or jawbones of cattle.”  Noted in  NY Times 02/04/18  by Marita

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RAIVAAJA Preservation 04/18

Digital Preservation Update April 2018

Dear Friends and Supporters of RAIVAAJA:

The digital preservation project continues to move forward and now several exciting and important portions are completed and others planned:

  • February ’18 Another three years of RAIVAAJA newspapers are  digitized including the 50th Anniversary editions. We will preserve the remainder of the 1950’s this month.  Your donations and total for the 2017-2018 appeal are noted on a separate page.  http://www.raivaaja.org/Blog/?page_id=480  Each dollar given to the Foundation preserves about three newspaper pages!  Paljon kiitoksia!
  • October ’17- The Foundation digitized another three years (1957-1959) of RAIVAAJA newspapers bringing the total to over 4500 RAIVAAJA newspapers  which is an additional 3600 pages of RAIVAAJA During the 50’s, RAIVAAJA was published on 5 days each week.
  • August- The Foundation digitized another decade (1960-1970) of RAIVAAJA newspapers bringing the total to over 3600 RAIVAAJA newspapers  which is an additional 8905 pages of RAIVAAJA . We find that a few pages are missing or damaged and are searching for replacements.
  • MAY- All newspapers from Dec 1970 to the last issue in April 2009 have been preserved on microfilm, in computer search-able portable document format (pdf), and, in digital jpeg. format. There are 22080 individual pages now on multiple RAIVAAJA hard drives and we will archive all 1.4 Terabyte of the files to a cloud server in addition to maintaining copies locally .  Our intent is to make these files available to all. For the time being, many complete newspapers are available for viewing through our website: http://www.raivaaja.org/DigitalPreservationPage.html
  • All files will be available in the future for on line viewing when web hosting details are worked out. (Individual newspaper files are available though the Foundation for a small donation to cover our costs. Please note that a CD will hold up to 15 issues and a DVD around a year of complete newspapers.)
  • Finlandia Foundation National awarded Raivaaja Foundation $3000 in April to begin the digital preservation process. The award covered about 75% of digital conversion of the 1970-2009 microfilms. We added $1000 of your donor gifts to completely digitize the 1970-2009 films.
  • To keep the project going, we do need a continuing source of funds. Each donation, grant, and award gets us a fraction of the way to completing digital preservation of over 100 years of RAIVAAJA archives which will make the photos, the newspapers, and the books available to anyone with access to an Internet connection. Your support in any amount will help keep this project going and a donation form is attached for your use.  Each dollar to the Foundation preserves about three newspaper pages!

We are very pleased that over 100 donors gave $5750 to the Raivaaja Foundation in the 2016-2017 appeal for preservation of and access to this important Finnish American historical record. Your encouraging notes are gratifying. (Supporters are recognized on the donation pages at our website (blog):  http://www.raivaaja.org/Blog/?page_id=334

Paljon kiitoksia!

For the Board

Bob Hanninen, Treasurer 01/15/18

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RAIVAAJA

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the nonprofit publisher of the Finnish American RAIVAAJA

 

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Jet-Age Chic (Eero Saarinen)

It was the world’s most famous airport terminal 1, and the most beloved project of the mid-century architect Eero Saarinen 2. Likened to a bird taking off, the TWA Flight Center at New York’s Kennedy airport comprises four vaulted concrete shells perched lightly on the ground. There are few walls; instead, the exterior is dominated by canted banks of windows.

More:https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/05/jet-age-chic/521460/

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