(CNN) — When it snows, the flakes come at you like shards of ice. There’s a biting wind that freezes your ears off. Daylight lasts only a few hours.And no one talks much. Helsinki in the middle of winter sounds like a place to avoid at all costs. A dark, brooding city that shivers under piles of snow.Maybe it was once, but not any more…
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.
Interested in learning more about the Finnish language?
Fall classes are about to begin in the Function Hall at Saima Park and are scheduled as follows:
10 Mondays, September 16 through November 18 (Classes will be held on Columbus Day and Veterans Day)
New Beginners, with instructor Saija Laurla: 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Advanced Beginners, with instructor Saija Laurla: 6:15 – 8:15 p.m.
Intermediates, with instructor Liisa Liedes 6:15 – 8:15 p.m.
Tuition: FCSP members $75; Others $80. Children under 18 years of age may attend for half tuition.
Tuition may be paid by check made out to FCSP and mailed to FCSP, P.O. Box 30, Fitchburg, MA 01420.; or may be paid by cash or check at the first class.
Hoping to see you!
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
Fly your Finnish Flag
Monday, March 19 for the birthday of Minna Canth
“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.
Nordic nations take top four places in happiness rankings, with annual study also charting the decline of the US
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)
“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