Finn Camp 90th Anniversary articles in Finnish American Reporter

Originally published in the Finnish American Reporter February 2016 issue. Click on the image for a PDF.


40th Annual Finn Fest

August 12, 13 and 14

Finn Fest 2016

It’s a milestone celebration as we prepare for our 40th annual FESTIVAL! Mark your calendars and plan to support this major fundraising event. What a great time catch up with other members and friends, and to cheer on our own Finn Camp’s Voima Boys 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 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 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, the pitching booth, horseshoes and other games for all ages, plus the sale of Finn Camp and Finn Fest merchandise throughout the day. Then we will cut loose on the dance floor 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.

Children Play


Singing the Good Old Songs Again

Bill Boycott Group

“Buffalo Bill” Boycott, Joanne Orr, Jackie Davidson and Gary  Brandt combine forces to present “Singing the Good Old Songs Again” —classic and original songs in a fun, energetic, entertaining show! Bill Boycott (Buffalo Bill) and Joanne Orr (both residing in Wyoming), who performed at Finn Camp a couple of years ago, are the Western Music Association harmony award winners. Bill is also a WMA yodeling champ. Jackie and Gary, of Ferndale, have performed for many years in the Detroit area. Jackie, an original member of the Grammy Award-winning group The New Christy Minstrels, has superb vocals and extraordinary banjo skills. Gary Brandt is an excellent singer-songwriter and 12-string guitarist. They are performing Wednesday, August 3, at the Finn Camp Dance Hall starting at 7:00 p.m. Come enjoy this exciting program of seasoned musicians and entertainers. And don’t forget it’s Taco Wednesday, starting at 6:00 p.m. This performance is sponsored by the Newsletter Committee. Donations would be very much appreciated.