Cultural Center

35200 West Eight Mile Road
Farmington Hills, MI 48335
voice (248) 478-6939
fax (248) 478-5671

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Founded in 1966, the Finnish Center dedicated their Cultural Center in September 1974, in Farmington Hills, Michigan . . . . (more)

Message from the


Your new chairman has arrived with enthusiasm and ideas. I am Mary O’Brien which doesn’t sound very Finnish but I can assure you that I am a Finn and very proud of it. And my last name is actually Makinen, I think that is very Finn- ish. My parents were both Finnish as were my grandparents. My mother was born in Oulu. One of my uncles, Evert Makinen, was very active with the music at The Finnish Center. He was also a music director for a period of time. He was my inspiration to be part of the center. About 4 years ago I took over the man- agement of the gift shop. This was a big job but I knew a bit about retail as my husband and I ran a store for about 29 years. The gift shop has consumed a big part of my life, just ask my son! But I must say I love it and the people I meet.

Secondly, there are things I would like to see here. I am a very peppy person with lots of energy and I see a lot of different ages here which I think is great. We need to embrace each age group and welcome new people. There are so many great people here and I have been welcomed so warmly. My goal is to bring in new members as well as welcoming and appreciating our long time members. Everyone is important at the Finnish Center. I value your input.

I would like to bring back some old programs like the drama club and start some new ones. Maybe we could help the scholarship fund so our youth can have a better start in life. And we need more volunteers.

Lastly, FinnFest 2019 is coming. What a wonderful opportunity to meet new people and teach non-Finns about our culture. Let them see that Finn’s are kind, friendly people. We will need volunteers for this event. If you can help, please let me know. You can call me on my cell at (248) 895-3231 or email us at

And remember, I like suggestions, so just give me a call.

Mary O’Brien


Upcoming Events

public welcome

FinnFest USA 2019
Coming to Detroit
Sept 20 - 22

April 27


Vappu Party


May 01



May 03

Friday Night Buffet

5pm - 8pm

May 05


Finnish American Singers of Mi Concert


May 12


Mother's Day Brunch

10:30am - 1:30pm

May 12


Finnish Film

"Ikitie" The Eternal Road


Donations appreciated

May 17

Friday Night Buffet

5pm - 8pm

May 19


Scolarship Reception


May 19

Jim Kurtti of Finlandia University

Lunch & presentation on Finnish American Heritage Center


May 27


Closed for Memorial Day

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