41st Annual Finn Fest

August 11, 12, and 13, 2017
It’s FESTIVAL time! Mark your calendars and plan to support this major fundraising event.  What a great time to work some of your hours, catch up with other members and friends and to cheer on our own Finn Camp Voima team in the softball tournament!

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 in to 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 the Finn Camp’s George Aho Memorial Field and the Gilbert Willis Park fields. Opening ceremonies will be at 11:00 a.m. There will be music and entertainment from the Dance Hall porch plus 50/50 raffles, prize raffles sponsored by the Scholarship Committee, kid’s activities are sponsored by the Recreation Committee, ‘Round Robin’ horseshoes tournament and other games for all ages. The sale of Finn Camp and Finn Fest merchandise is ongoing throughout the day.  We will then cut loose on the dancefloor with our DJ playing all our 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 our “A” field in the late afternoon/early evening. Followed immediately by trophy presentation. Music, raffles, horseshoes, and other activities will continue as well.

Juhannus

Our annual Juhannus celebration will be held on Saturday, June 17th. Bring the family out early for games, dancing, food and prizes! Fun for all ages! Horseshoe Tournament registration begins at 1:30pm with a 2pm start time. Cornhole, washer toss & mölkky (a traditional Finnish game) while the kitchen is open on Saturday from 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Second annual boot toss competition from 4pm-7pm! View the Kalevala Exhibit at the dancehall and experience some Finnish culture (see article below). Traditional Finnish dancing with light instruction in the dancehall from 6:30pm-8pm. The kokko (bonfire) will be lit at 10:00 p.m. Join us after the kokko in the dancehall for a live DJ and dancing! Admission for Juhannus is $5 per person.

Esther Cobb

Esther Cobb (nee Santti) died age 98 peacefully at home on April 23, 2017. Daughter of Eli and Alma Santti, among the founding members of the Finn Camp, she spent her summers at Loon Lake in those early Finn Camp days of canvas tents for camps, outhouses and no electricity, with morning milk fetched by hiking up Hopkins hill. Beloved wife (and life-time golfing partner) of the late Wayne Cobb, son as well of founders, they raised their children with summers in the camps from the day school ended in June until it resumed after Labor Day. She is the cherished mother of Ken Cobb (Betty), Pat AlFaiz (Brahim) and the late Bev Aaltonen (Scott) and the incredibly supportive and loving grandmother of Amal, Michael, Rebecca, Leila and Miriam and proud great-grandmother of Parker and Riley Boyle, Djibril Curley, Cooper Cobb and Samir Al Faiz-Eaton. And last surviving sibling of brothers Onne, Karl and Arne Santti and sister Eleanor Mustonen. Our condolence to the family.