West Eight Mile Road
Founded in 1966, the Finnish Center dedicated their Cultural Center in September 1974, in Farmington Hills, Michigan . . . . (more)
Message from the
Our yearly trip to Finnish Lapland was wonderful. The Pallas National Park never disappoints us with its beautiful scenery, excellent ski trails, peaceful, quiet atmosphere and spending time with good old friends and getting a lot of exercise along the way…… and now back to the U.S. and to the midst of the presidential elections…. what a contrast!
At the Finnish Center we are buzzing with activity. We have broken records in rentals during the first quarter. We have just had a very successful flea market, the gift shop is being remodeled and Vappu is just around the corner. This year we will have a Mother’s Day Brunch on Saturday, May 7th instead of the Potluck on Mother’s Day.
We also had the volunteer appreciation luncheon recently. Katri Ervamaa, our member and Tuomas Juutilainen, a Finnish pianist gave a delightful per-formance of Finnish music. Suomi Koulu students gave a recital of poems in Finnish that they had practiced with their teacher Maija Frisorger at Suomi Koulu. It was nice to see so many faces and to be able to express our gratitude for volunteer efforts in person. So many people volunteer their time at the center. Again, I want to thank all and everyone who has given their valuable time to benefit the Finnish Center. We really value everybody’s input in keep-ing the center in operation. I personally feel that this is the least we can do to honor our founding members who made this Center a reality fifty years ago.
We are planning several activities to celebrate this remarkable 50th Anniver-sary milestone. The first one being Finnish Folk Arts Day in September fol-lowed by Finnish Food Weekend October 15 & 16 featuring Food Workshop by Beatrice Ojakangas, and culminating in a Grand Ball. Details are still be-ing worked out. Please check the calendar for these upcoming events.
It is very exciting to report that the adult Finnish language classes got a good start in February. We have had many students diving into our difficult lan-guage with the help of a wonderful teacher Leena Mari Bowers. The classes will end at the end of April but will continue again in the fall. Please check the calendar and emails for the start of the classes in the Fall.
Hope to see you at the Finnish center! As always if you have any questions you can call me at (248) 478-6939 or my cell: (734) 834-6085.
Mia Lamminen, Chairman
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