Yooper Dance Party!

This Saturday night, August 23, it’s a Yooper Dance Party! Join the PasiCats Trio and members of Finn Folk for Copper-Country-style Finnish jam-band music, ranging from traditional Finnish to rock ’n’ roll! The fun begins in the Dance Hall at 7:30 p.m. There will be door prizes donated by U.P. stores, taste-of-the-U.P. food samples and Copper Country brewed beer! All ages are welcome: $5 per adult, free for children ages 17 and under. —Sponsored by the Cultural Committee

37th Annual Finn Fest

This weekend is the big Finn Camp’s Finn Fest! Come out to support this major fundraising event. Get some work hours in, visit with fellow members and friends and cheer on your favorite softball team.

Finn Fest Photo

Friday kicks off the festival weekend with the kitchen and beer truck opening at 5:00 p.m., followed by the Home Run Derby, beginning about 6:30 p.m. Come see the big hitters knock ’em into the woods! We will continue into the evening with music and dancing in the Clubroom.

Saturday the kitchen will open for breakfast at 8:00 a.m. with food available all day in the Ravintola and food tent. The softball tournament also begins at 8:00 a.m. with games on our “A” field and at Gilbert Willis Park’s two fields. Flagraising ceremonies will be at 11a.m. There will be music and entertainment from the Dance Hall porch plus a 50/50 raffle, the pitching booth, horseshoes and other games, face painting and the sale of Finn Camp and Finn Fest items throughout the day. Save some energy for dancing Saturday night, as our DJ will be playing favorites in the Dance Hall.

Sunday, FUNday, we will do it all over again! The kitchen will open for breakfast at 8:00 a.m., with food available all day. Softball will continue on all three fields, with the championship game on the Finn Camp’s George Aho Memorial Field in the late afternoon or early evening, followed immediately by trophy presentation. Music, raffles, horseshoes and other activities will continue as well.

Many members are needed to work in all areas throughout the weekend, especially in the security and kitchen areas. As a member of a cooperative association, please participate by giving a few hours of your time to pitch in and help make our festival successful! Every hour counts, and no task is too small—we heed your help! Work-hour sign-up sheets are posted at Sun Lake Beach, or contact Robyn directly for other available options for hours. For further information or if you have any questions, contact Robyn Jokinen, Finn Fest Chairman.

Children’s Play

ChrildrenPlayClick the image above to download a full size PDF flyer.

Buffalo Bill, with Dr. Jo, Flower of the Prairie Show

Some Finn Campers may remember Bill Boycott from the 1970s, when he and friends often played music in camp country around a campfire. Over the last 25 years, Buffalo Bill has been a full-time entertainer, harmonizing the good old western songs of long ago plus many original songs on the fiddle, banjo, mandolin and guitar, as well as being a world-class yodeler. He was also a member of the Grammy Award–winning New Christy Minstrels in 2005–2008.

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Buffalo Bill Boycott and Dr. Jo (Flower of the Prairie), winners of the 2011Western Music Association’s Harmony Duo Award

On Wednesday, July 30, at 7:00 p.m. in the Dance Hall, Buffalo Bill and Dr. Jo, both of Lander, Wyo., will present cowboy and western American folk music in the rich spirit of the Rocky Mountain West. Dr. Jo performs on vocals, banjo, and guitar. She was a strolling minstrel for years with the Henry Ford Museum /Greenfield Village Players, where she met Bill. They have been performing and touring nationwide for the past eight years. This is a free performance, but donations would be appreciated. For more information, visit their website: buffalobillboycott.com, or go to Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/william.boycott.

Western Music for All Ages

—Sponsored by the Newsletter Committee

Breakfast by Forest Management Committee

The Forest Management Committee is sponsoring a breakfast this Sunday, July 27 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Ravintola. Steak and Eggs, Biscuits and Gravy, and Blueberry Pancakes.

Voima Boys’ Playoffs

Finn Camp Voimaboys’ playoff game is this Friday, July 25, at 6:15pm
on Field #2 at Gilbert Willis Park. If the win, they will play again
next week. If they lose, the play right away at 7:25pm on the same
field. Attached is the entire league playoff bracket.

2014 Playoff Bracket

Click on image to download a PDF.

Friday Night Grill start at 6:00 p.m. at the Finn Camp’s Ravintola.

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