Talent Show

The variety talent show on July 5 will feature an open mike, and we will also have karaoke! A good time will be had by all! Join us in the Dance Hall at 7:00 p.m. This will be a fun fundraiser, sponsored by the Bar Committee

FinnFolk – Säkkijärven Polkka

Steve Niemi, guitar
Hardy Kefes, violin
Don Reinholm, accordion
Ron Karvonen, mandolin
Joe Kylman, bass guitar

Juhannus

Our annual Juhannus celebration will be held on Saturday, June 21. We will be building on the success of last year’s horseshoe tournament that included youth as well as adults. Dancing to traditional Finnish music will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Dance Hall. The kokko (bonfire) will be lit at 10:00 p.m. The kitchen will be open Saturday from noon to 9:00 p.m. and on Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Sign-up sheets for kitchen work hours are at the beach. Juhannus buttons for grounds admission are $5 for adults; children 18 and under are free. We will also have a 50/50 and a raffle: tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. Raffle prizes are first prize, a 26-inch Panama Jack Comfort Cruise Bike (value $165), second prize, a Tiki Torch Package ($50 value) and third prize, a Canopy Folding Chair ($40 value). The drawing will be June 21 at 8:00 p.m. in the Dance Hall. You need not be present to win. All proceeds go to the Juhannus Committee. Raffle tickets are now on sale in the Clubroom, or see Mary Barie. Many hours of work are needed to make this event a success.

 

Finns Gather from Across the Country to Make Music

Finns and Finns at heart from around the country and Finland will gather in Hancock over July 15–17 to learn and play traditional Finnish and Finnish-American music at Finlandia University’s Finnish Folk Music Camp. Open to the novice as well as advanced musician of all ages, the camp—on Finlandia’s campus—will feature classes in accordion, fiddle, kantele, mandolin, bones and spoons, harmonica and harmonium, voice, dance, cooking, arts and crafts, as well as Finnish language, history and culture. Students can build their own kantele for an extra fee. Finnish musicians from both the United States and Finland will be on hand to teach, including Finn Camp’s own Steve Niemi and frequent guest here Don Reinholm. A free concert featuring the camp faculty and open to the public will take place at 6:30 p.m. on July 15 at Finlandia University’s Finnish American Heritage Center. The following evening will also feature a free dance, and the public is invited to the camp’s closing concert July 17. Tuition for campers for the three days of the camp is $170 (if paid by June 15); $195 (if paid after June 15). Two full-tuition scholarships are available. Campers may purchase meals and lodging on the Finlandia campus at a modest extra charge. For more information or to register, call 906-482-1413, or visit www.finlandia.edu/finnish-music-camp.html

Men’s Spring Scramble Golf Outing

The annual men’s spring classic golf outing is on Sunday, June 1, at the Riverbank Golf Course, 24095 Currie Rd., South Lyon (10 Mile and Currie). Registration starts at 8:00 a.m., with tee offs at 9:00. See Dave Niemi for more details.

Memorial Day Flag Ceremony

This year’s Flag Ceremony will be at Loon Lake on Memorial Day, Monday, May 26 starting at 9:30 a.m. preformed by VFW Post 2269 of Wixom.

Flag Ceremony 2009

Memorial day 2009

Gourmet Breakfast and Craft Bazaar

Don’t miss this Saturday, May 17, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., in the Ravintola Café and Dance Hall. Shop for crafts, funky treasures, antiques, garden art, jewelry and more. Proceeds will go toward installing new partitions in the ladies’ sauna. —Sponsored by the Sisu Sisters

Also see flyer and Ravintola Café menu.

Voima Boys

This Friday, May 16, Voima Boys games starts at 6:15 and 7:25 p.m. on the Finn Camp’s Aho Field. Game schedule is here (PDF).  The Friday Night Grill will be open at 6:00 p.m, enjoy a chicken sandwich, burger, hot dog soft drinks while you watch the softball game.

Campfire Sing-a-long

Calling All Finn Campers: Campfire Sing-a-long Sunday, May 25, at 8:30 p.m. at Leppi’s Landing, Loon Lake. Everyone is welcome to this second annual group sing—but please, no dogs. Bring your voices and musical talents. Start the season off with some good notes! See Flyer.

Campfire Sing-a-long 2013

Board President Dan Linick (center, on offkey mandolin) and a quartet of guitarists led the campfire singing on the Sunday evening of Memorial Day 2013 weekend at Loon Lake, a.k.a. Leppi’s Landing.

Annual Membership Meeting

The 2014 Annual Meeting is scheduled for April 27 in the Clubroom. Registration begins at 11:00 a.m. and the meeting begins at noon. It is very important that members attend the meeting. Many issues need to be discussed and voted on. The Board is looking to change bylaws and we need 51 percent of members in good standing to participate in the voting. (We plan to hand out “mail ballots” to all members in good standing who are in attendance and will mail ballots to everyone else who is not there, thus saving the association a lot of time and money.) We are offering some incentives for members to show up and we will be raffling off some prizes, which include a hand-blown glass mug donated by Chris Nordin, a $50 dinner gift certificate donated by Jim Santti, Finn Camp Store merchandise, a Sauna Card, a Friday Night Grill gift certificate and bar coupons. Please come to the meeting and be a part of the decision making of our association. The sauna will be open after the meeting.