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Updated 5/20/2019. Event flyers with more details can be found under the "Newsletter" tab.
"100 Years of Diplomatic Relations Finland & US" Exhibit Friday, May 10, 2019
The Exhibit will be at the US Diplomacy Center in Washington, DC to May 10. On May 10, the Exhibit will move to the Embassy of Finland in the U.S. in Washington DC. From DC the Exhibit will travel to Consulate General of Finland in New York. By the end of 2019 it will be in California at the Consulate General of Finland in Los Angeles.
Crossroads: Change in Rural America at the DeKalb, IL, County History Center May 11 - June 22, 2019
A Smithsonian Museum on Main Street exhibit. This exhibit shows the complicated story of rural America by connecting local history to this national story. The inaugural exhibit of the DeKalb County History Center will coincide with DCHC's Grand Opening on Saturday, May 11th. This exhibit will continue traveling across the country. Address: 1730 N. Main Street, Sycamore, IL 60178. Closed Mondays, Fridays, and Sundays.
Finnish Fiddle Music Workshop/Minneapolis Thursday, May 23, 2019, 6-9pm
At A-Mill Artist Lofts, 213 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, MN. Cost: Sliding scale $20-$30. During the class with Sara Pajunen, you will be introduced to the types of tunes from Finland, and learn some to take home (including one by Konsta Jylha). All instruments/levels welcome. Call 612-802-2455 if you have a problem or question.
Apocalyptica performing in Milwaukee Saturday, May 25, 2019
"Plays Metallica by Four Cellos". Performing at Pabst Theater in Milwaukee, WI.
Vasa Park Paint/Rake/Dig Day Saturday, May 25, 2019
9am to 4pm. Coffee and donuts when you arrive. Grilling and potluck picnic lunch. Bring your rakes, leaf blowers, gloves, etc. Everyone welcome! Bring a friend.
Physical Theater Festival Chicago--two Finnish shows May 31, June 1 & 2, 2019
Two shows coming to Physical Theater: Kallo Collective, Finnish theatre company, and their show "Helga--the life of a diva extraordinaire" and the Danish/Finnish show "Next Door" by Out of Balanz. Both shows are performing Friday, May 31; Saturday, June 1, and Sunday, June 2. "Helga"--Tragedy and comedy meet as Helga invites us into her world, from the mundane details of her day to the fabulous memories of her life, skillfully performed by circus artist Henni Kervinen and directed by Jenni Kallo. Performed using mime, clowning and circus skills to describe Helga's life. "Next Door"--When Ivan Hansen's neighbor passes away suddenly, Ivan realizes he doesn't know anything about him. Intimate storytelling and high-octane physical theatre explore what it is that really connects us. Check Physical Festival Chicago on Facebook closer to the event.
Traveling Exhibit from Estonia "Masters of our own homes: Estonia at 100" May 31 - June 5, 2019
One of a kind, encompassing huge structure and has 244 different illuminated panels which each introduces a piece of Estonian history, culture, innovation, and people. To be set up on Daley Plaza, Chicago. Set-up 3:30pm Friday, May 31, to 2pm Saturday, June 1. Open for visitors 2pm-8pm Saturday, June 1; 8am-8pm Sunday, June 2, June 3, and June 4; and 8am to Noon on Wednesday, June 5. Take down Wednesday, June 5, 12pm to 8pm.
Chicagon Suomi Koulu Saturday, June 1, 2019
9:30 to Noon at the Estonian House, 14700 Estonian Lane, Riverwoods. The theme for the 2018-2019 school year is PEACE. June will be Outdoors End of the School Year Party. Chicagon Suomi-koulu Facebook page has more information.
Soiva Music Camp in Finland June 8-24, 2019
Soiva Camp is a music camp for students ages 11-19 of piano, violin, viola, cello, bass, flute, clarinet and saxophone, as well as composition and improvisation. Details are being confirmed; check the website for application information for 2019.
CYSO (Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra) Tour Send-Off Concert Sunday, June 16, 2019, 3-5pm
At the Fine Arts Building, Studebaker Theatre, 410 S. Michigan Avenue, 1st Floor, Chicago 60605. Join the send off of the CYSO on their Tour of the Baltics! CYSO will present the program they'll perform this summer during tour stops in Sweden, Finland, Estonia, and Russia. Tour is June 19 - June 29.
Scandinavian Park at the Geneva Swedish Days Saturday, June 22, 2019
Scandinavian Park will have a booth on Saturday, downtown Geneva, IL. Stop by and visit!
Heritage Day at Vasa Park Sunday, July 21, 2019
1pm at the Park under the Pavilion. Nordic countries will have a demo. Finland will demo making "Himmeli" a traditional Finnish mobile made of straw and string.
FAS Milwaukee "Finn Movie Event" Saturday, August 24, 2019
At the Marcus Theater, New Berlin, WI, at 10am. A world famous Finn movie "Cuckoo". Save the date.
FASM Board Meeting Sunday, August 25, 2019, 2pm
Linda Mayo presents "Finnish Coats of Arms" Sunday, August 25, 2019
FAS Milwaukee program will be presented at the Grace Lutheran Church, 3030 W. Oklahoma Avenue, Milwaukee.
40th Scandinavian Day Festival Sunday, September 8, 2019
10am to 5pm. Bonfire afterwards! FASM will have a Finnish merchandise booth. Stop by to visit and shop! 35W217 Route 31 South, Elgin, IL 60177
FASM ANNUAL MEETING AND MEMBER PICNIC Sunday, September 15, 2019, Noon
In addition to the Annual Meeting and Member picnic, we will be celebrating 25 years since the 1994 DeKalb FinnFest with pictures and other memories. Plan to join us. More information to come.
FinnFest USA 2019 - Detroit September 20-22, 2019
FinnFest USA 20a9 returns to Detroit, the second largest metro region of Finns in the US. Friday and Saturday, September 20-21, the FinnFest USA Tori will be open at the Sheraton Detroit Novi. Thursday before and Monday after will have workshops too. If you need sleeping rooms, the hotel will have a block of rooms specifically held for reservations from FinnFest USA attendees. An email about registration procedures will be coming early 2019
FAS Milwaukee hosts UWM Professor Thomas Dubois presenting Sami Sunday, September 29, 2019
At 2pm at Grace Lutheran Church, 3030 W. Oklahoma Avenue, Milwaukee. Easy access, no stairs.
Scandinavian Fish Boil Saturday, October 5, 2019
Delicious lunch at Vasa Park. More information later. Bring a friend!
Annual Membership Meeting Saturday, October 26, 2019
At Vasa Park, 35W217 Route 31, South Elgin, IL. More information to come.
FAS Milwaukee presents a Music Performance by the Pajunens, Timo and Sue Sunday, October 27, 2019
At 2pm at the Grace Lutheran Church, 3030 W. Oklahoma Avenue, Milwaukee. All are welcome!
FASM Lunch and Program by Dr. Richard Hansen "Rajalta Rajalle. A Ski Odyssey Across Finland" Sunday, November 3, 2019
Lunch at 1pm at the Estonian House. $12. Menu: Karelian stew, soup, vegetables, homemade bread, coffee, desserts. A Finnish merchandise table will be available. Program presented by Dr. Richard Hansen at 2pm. Bring a friend!
Vasa Park Fall Clean-Up Day Saturday, November 9, 2019
At Vasa Park, 35W217 Route 31, South Elgin, IL. More information to come.
6th Annual International Christmas Market Saturday, November 16, 2019
SAVE THE DATE! At the Chicago Estonian House, 14700 Estonian Lane, Riverwoods. FASM plans to have a merchandise table there again in 2019.
FASM Joulu Sunday, December 1, 2019
Mark your calendar! More information to come!
FAS Milwaukee hosts Hyvaa Joulua Saturday, December 7, 2019
More details to come. Save the date.
Sibelius & Nielsen: A Nordic Celebration February 27-29, 2020
Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Hannu Lintu with violinist Pekka Kuusisto. Thursday, February 27, at 8pm; Friday, February 28 at 7:30pm at Wheaton; and Saturday, February 29 at 8pm.
Sibelius & Nielsen: A Nordic Celebration--Chicago Symphony Orchestra Saturday, February 29, 2020, 8pm
FASM members are going to the Saturday performance. The CSO conducted by Hannu Lintu with violinist Pekka Kuusisto. At the Chicago Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago 60604.