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A three-day festival in the heart of Finnish America
It’s been more than three years since some 8,000 Finns and friends gathered in the Copper Country for FinnFest USA 2013, and since that wonderful week, folks have been eager to relive those many magical moments.
While that festival can never be replicated, the Finns of the Copper Country are going to build off of that magic and host the “next best thing” – Juhannus ’17. Hosted by some of the most Finnish communities anywhere in North America, including Askel, Bruce Crossing, Hancock and Toivola, this festival will include all of the elements you’ve come to expect at a Finnish festival, wrapped in the small-town hospitality that’s made the Copper Country a favorite destination for Finns worldwide.
Scheduled for June 23-25, 2017, Juhannus ’17 will not only celebrate the Finnishness we all hold dear, but also the communities themselves — the communities you came to love when you visited here only three summers ago.
The festival will feature a tori at the Finnish American Heritage Center.
Hope to see you there!
24 June – Finnish American Heritage Center/Finlandia University (Hancock)
Celebrating bonds between Finland and the U.S.; Old and New.
9 a.m. -10:30 a.m. – “Topics in Modern Finnish Genealogy” by Greg Isola – Chapel of St. Matthew
Midsummer pole (Juhannussalko) dedication
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – The Traveling Sauna
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Outdoor tori (Quincy Green) and indoor tori (FAHC’s Martha Wiljanen Hall)
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Representatives from the World’s Largest Greeting Card project on site, collecting signatures
11 a.m. – Flag raising, and remarks from Ambassador Kauppi
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Music by Ameriikan Poijat & others w/ short performance by Kivajat Dancers
1-3 p.m. — Finnish Folk Music Camp class – Chapel, upstairs – Arto Järvelä
1-3 p.m. — “A History of the Quincy Hill Scandinavian Church by Greg Isola – Chapel, downstairs
4 p.m. — Tammy Santti-Kero art reception – Community Arts Center
24 Jun – Agate Beach (Toivola)
Celebrating the ancient traditions of Juhannus and the 125th anniversary of the community’s settlement.
1 p.m. – Registration for Toivola homecoming participants
1:30 p.m. – Welcome by 125th anniversary celebration committee
2:30 p.m. – Original play “Stories of Oar” by Kris Kyrö
3:30 p.m. – Group photo of Toivola 125th anniversary participants
4 p.m. — Log building preservation lecture by Frank Eld @ Agate Beach Hall
4 p.m. – Supper w/food vendors
6 p.m. – Raising of Finnish and American flags; greetings by Ambassador Kauppi
6-10 p.m. – Traveling Sauna on site
6-10 p.m. – Representatives from the World’s Largest Greeting Card project on site, collecting signatures
6:15 p.m. – Original play “Stories of Oar” by Kris Kyrö
7-10 p.m. – Dance with Ameriikan Poijat & others (Kivajat to perform during intermissions)
9 p.m. — Lighting of the Juhannus kokko