Finnish Midsummer Weekend

Flag of FinlandCome spend a weekend in Ely and learn all about things Finnish! Tentative plans for the Finnish midsummer weekend June 23-­25, 2017 include:

  • Celebrating Finland’s 100-year anniversary of independence in 2017
  • Flower  pounding  pillowcases – Finnish tradition of young, unwed girls picking seven different kinds of wild flowers on midsummer’s eve and sleeping with them under her pillow so that she will dream of her husband­-to-­be
  • Kantela – Finnish  instrument
  • Willow or Ash Picnic  basket
  • Picnic  blanket
  • Birch  bark  shoes
  • Desserts­ and Finnish foods:
    • Pulla  bread
    • Squeeky  cheese
    • Finnish  tarts
    • Traditional Sauna foods
  • Woodturning
  • Birch leaf crown  ­
  • Lostu – birch bark shavings –  ornament­ making
  • Sauna customs class including: making a birch bath whisk and visit to steam bath
  • Weaving
  • Magic path and traditional games, traditional  kids’ games
  • Finnish music and dancing – Concert by Diane Jarvi
  • Lecture on “growing up Finnish in Minnesota”
  • Bonfire -­  oldest man in village lights the fire
  • Blacksmithing
  • Finnish  fabrics  and  textiles
  • Architectural tour  ­of homesteads and Finnish buildings  in  the  area
  • Potential  Partners
    • Nelimark  Homestead  Museum,  Embarrass
    • Palo  Minnesota winter  festival
    • Ely­-Winton  Historical  Society
    • Finnish  choir – Finnish  music
    • Ladies  of  Kaleva – Interested  in  continuing  Finnish  traditions;  oldest  group  in  USA,  active  in  Virginia
    • Finnish  Friends – group  meets  in  Virginia
    • Irma’s  Finland House in Virginia
    • City of Embarrass

Let us know if you are interested in any of these topics or have any other topics to suggest!