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04 syyskuu 2017                                                                                                Vol.CXIII

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Marita Cauthen Dennis Hill
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Sept. 7 – The Singing Fellows of Viipuri - Viipurin Lauluveikot, 7:30 pm, Herbert Zipper Hall, Los Angeles. Tickets: BrownPaperTickets.com or 800-838-3006.  Sponsored by FF West Coast Chapters.
Sept. 10 – House of Finland Lawn Program,
2 pm, Balboa Park, 2125 Park Blvd, San Diego.
Sept. 24 – LAFF meeting,
470 W. Walnut St., Pasadena. Potluck lunch 1pm, program 2 pm.


Sept. 7 – Finnish American Heritage Society Membership Meeting, 7pm, Finnish Hall, 76 North Canterbury Road (Rte 169), Canterbury.
Sept. 7   Vellamo folk duo from Kokkola, Finland. 6:30pm: Bristol Public Library, Bristol, CT 
Sept. 20 – Movie Night, 6 pm, Finnish Hall, 76 North Canterbury Road (Rte 169), Canterbury.





Sept. 10 – 38th Annual Scandinavian Days, 10 am-6 pm, Vasa Park, Elgin. FASM will have a booth with Finnish food items. Juli Wood Jazz Quartet will be on stage.
Sept. 17 – FASM Annual Meeting and Picnic.
Program planned for celebrating Finland’s 100 years of independence.



Sept. 16 – Finn Fling, 10 am, The Finnish Heritage House, State Route 131 (172 St. George Road), South Thomaston,
Sept. 17 – Finnish American He
ritage Society of Maine meeting, 1 pm, Maple Street, West Paris. Business meeting, program and a coffee social.



Sept. 8   Vellamo folk duo from Kokkola, Finland. 7pm: Jonathan Bourne Public Library, Buzzard's Bay, MA  September 9, 6pm: Kingston Public Library, Kingston, MA. Concert at the Adams Center, 33 Summer St., Kingston     September 10, 2pm: Petersham UU, Petersham, MA    September 10, 6pm: The First Church of Templeton, Templeton, MA
Sept. 17 – Saima Car Cruise and Tori (Scandinavian Market), 10 am-2:30 pm, Finnish Center at Saima Park, 61 Scott Road, Fitchburg. Food & beverages, Finnish music.
Sept. 17 – Pianist Gail Olszewski will present works by a number of Finnish composers,
4 pm, Ashburnham Community Church, Main St. (Rt. 12), Ashburnham. $10.
Sept 23– Pannukakku Breakfast, 8-10 am, Finnish Center at Saima Park, 61 Scott Road, Fitchburg.  Finnish oven pancake, bacon, sausage, fruit, Finnish coffee bread, juice, coffee/tea.  $7. Artist Elisa Lomme will display and sell her paintings.
Sept 23 – Saima crafters
will meet, 10-11:30 am, Finnish Center at Saima Park, 61 Scott Road, Fitchburg. Bring a craft to work on in fellowship with other crafters. No fee.
September 17, 10am-2:30pm. TORI/MARKETPLACE & CLASSIC CAR CRUISE:
  Scandinavian wares, arts, crafts, jewelry, baked goods, books, music, and more!Show your classic vehicle; admire others!
Enjoy good food and music!
Vendors welcome: To reserve a table, please contact Maija at 978 582-7717 or mailis1@aol.com
Dec. 2 – Tickets for the The Finland 100 Gala event are now for sale - the early bird tickets are 90 dollars/person. Closer to the date the price will be 100 dollars, so get yours now! The event is hosted by Finlandia Foundation Boston Inc. and it will be held at the Exchange Conference Center at Boston Waterfront. Doors will open 6 pm for a social hour with cocktails and the event itself will start 7 pm.
There will be distinguished speakers, buffet dinner, music and dancing. This will be a fun way to celebrate Finland's 100th birthday! Tickets are available from Finlandia Foundation Boston Inc. website (through the Brown Paper Tickets link): Finlandia Foundation | Boston


Sept. 24 – Open House, Finnish Center Association, 35200 West Eight Mile Road, Farmington Hills.
Sept. 31 – Finnish film, 2 pm, Finnish Center Association,
35200 West Eight Mile Road, Farmington Hills.



June 16-17 – Finnish Expatriate Parliament 20th Jubilee Session at University of Helsinki, Helsinki.

Sept. 21-24 – Finn Fest USA 2017 in Minneapolis.



September 9,   Vellamo folk duo from Kokkola, Finland   11am: Fitzwilliam Town Library, Fitzwilliam, NH  September 12, 7pm: New Ipswich Library, New Ipswich, NH


Sept. 3 – ScanFest, Budd Lake.


Until Oct. 3 – “Independent Visions: Helene Schjerfbeck and Her Contemporaries exhibit,

Scandinavia House, 58 Park Avenue, NYC. 55 works from the collection of Ateneum, Finnish National Gallery.
Sept. 9 – Finland 100 Birthday celebration, 7-12 pm, Gary’s Loft, Empire State Building, 28 West 36th Street, NYC. $100. Singer GEA, DJ Rony Rex, media art by Oases from HEL, live painting by Susanna Sivonen and scanograph by Kira Leskinen. Tickets: https://www.picatic.com/FInland100NYC-earlybird?
Sept. 9 – Finland 100 Street Fair, 9 am-6 pm, on Bleecker Street, between Christopher Street and West 10th Street, in Greenwich Village, NYC. Finnish delicacies at the Suomi Cafe, buy handicrafts, experience a real Finnish Sauna on wheels, and participate in a Mölkky tournament.
Also a display of 100 watercolor paintings by Finnish American artist Irene Aunio. Those chosen will best typify Finland, the country of her birth: birch trees, water and forest scenes. Robert Saasto will have a booth with a visual display of photographs depicting the Finns in NYC, including Harlem, Sunset Park Brooklyn, and the Bronx.
Sept. 10 – Traveling Sauna will be in Red Hook Brooklyn.
Sept. 11-14 – House of Finland (THoF) exhibit at 287 Gallery, 287 10th Avenue NYC   The House of Finland (THoF) exhibition returns to New York City to highlight the best of Finnish art, design, technology and education.
Sept. 26 – Word for Word: The Cutting Edge of Literature from Helsinki, 7 pm, Scandinavia House, 58 Park Ave, NYC. This program presents the work of four talented younger writers who have been selected by faculty at the University of the Arts, Helsinki, and the Columbia University School of the Arts, New York, to represent the best of new writing in Swedish, Finnish, and English. In cooperation between these two arts institutions, the four Word for Word Writers have been engaged in a collaborative project of mutual translation, and will present excerpts from the resulting work here in a trilingual reading and discussion about international 21st century art -making with writers on the faculty of both institutions and guest translator Lola Rogers. Info: www.scandinaviahouse.org
Sept. 28 – Norma: Book Talk with Sofi Oksanen, 7 pm, Scandinavia House, 58 Park Ave, NYC. Info: www.scandinaviahouse.org
Oct. 25 – New Finnish Cinema, 7 pm, at Scandinavia House, 58 Park Ave, NYC. “Tyttö nimeltä varpu” (Little Wing). Info: www.scandinaviahouse.org
Oct. 27 – New Finnish Cinema, 6:30 pm, at Scandinavia House, 58 Park Ave, NYC. “Tyttö nimeltä varpu” (Little Wing). Info: www.scandinaviahouse.org


Aug. 21 – Annual Fish Fry, 5-7 pm, Saybrook Township Park. Sponsored by Finnish-American
Heritage Association of Ashtabula County.








September 11 Vellamo folk duo from Kokkola, Finland ,, 6pm: Varnum Memorial Library, Jeffersonville, VT


Sept. 22 – Iittala Bird Lovers’ Weekend, all day, Museum of Glass, 1801 Dock St., Tacoma.
Sept. 27 – Finnish film “Keisarikunta (Harbor Brothers), 7:30 pm,
The Swedish Cultural Center, 1920 Dexter Ave N, Seattle.
Sept. 29 – Finnish film “Keisarikunta (Harbor Brothers), 2 pm,
The Swedish Cultural Center, 1920 Dexter Ave N, Seattle.



Sept. 24 – Milwaukee Finnish American Society program, 2 pm, Grace Lutheran Church, 3030 W. Oklahoma Ave., Milwaukee. Sculptor Bruce Niemi will present his work and talk about how his Finnish sculptor father influenced his life, faith and work.

Events subject to change without notice!

Please e-mail your upcoming events or corrections to Marita, our editor:
raivaaja@net1plus.com     Kiitos!

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