Gourmet Breakfast

This Saturday morning, August 22, Sisu Sisters Gourmet Breakfast start at 9 a.m. to noon at the Kenttä. Download menu here.

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Vellamo Performance

Friday, September 4, 2015
7:30 p.m.
Finn Camp Dance Hall ~ $5.00 Admission at Door
(children under 18 free)

Vellamo combines the rich tradition of Finnish folksong with an appealing “retro” sensibility (recalling the likes of Judy Collins or Richard and Mimi Fariña), creating an exotic and magical acoustic experience. Pia and Joni have even been known to sneak in a “Vellamo-ized” Jethro Tull song now and then just to shake things up! A visit to the world of Vellamo is an enchanting, educational and unforgettable musical journey.

Download for Vellamo Poster

Sponsored by the D.F.C.S.C.A. Cultural & Bar Committees

Eighth Annual Wine Tasting

Finn Camp Wine Tasting Flyer Oct 2On Friday, October 2, at 7:30 p.m. the Bar Committee will proudly present its eighth annual wine tasting, in the Clubroom. This year’s event will feature wines from around the world, with an array of delicious complementing appetizers. And this tasting will showcase the Moonshine Stew Band!

Space is limited, so be sure to make your reservations by September 27. The payment of $20 per person is also due at that time. For further information and to sign up, email Joni Sennhenn at jsennhenn@comcast.net, or call 248-882-4626.

39th Annual Finn Fest

August 14, 15 and 16
It’s time to talk FESTIVAL!! Mark your calendars and come out to support this major fundraising event. Get some work hours in, visit with fellow members and friends, and cheer on our Finn Camp Voima softball team!
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. Flagraising ceremonies will be at 11:00 a.m. There will be music and entertainment from the Dance Hall porch plus 50/50 raffles, the pitching booth, horseshoes and other games, face painting, and the sale of Finn Camp and Finn Fest merchandise throughout the day. Save some energy for the dance floor on 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 our “A” Field in the late
afternoon/early evening, followed immediately by trophy presentation. Music, raffles, horseshoes, and other activities will continue as well.

Finn-ITALINO Night

Come enjoy a spaghetti dinner on Saturday, July 18, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Adults $7, children 12 and under $4. This is a fundraiser for the new bar, sponsored by the Bar Committee.



Our annual Juhannus celebration will be held on Saturday, June 20. We will celebrate Finn Camp’s 90th year by dancing to traditional Finnish music starting at 6:30 p.m. in the Dance Hall, and there will be a DJ about 9:00 p.m. A horseshoe tournament, led by John Mazurek, will begin about 2:00 o’clock. Look for sign-up sheets. The kokko (bonfire) will be lit at 10:00 p.m. Although because of the wet weather, it may not light the Kokko Master tells us. 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 will be 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 $ 1each or 6 for $5. The drawing will be June 20 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.

Voima Boys

Voima Boys

Voima Boys’ will play two games today, May 8, at 6:15 p.m. and 7:25 p.m. both at Aho Field.

Weather forcast at game time: Near 80 °F with scattered showers, chance of precipitation is 41%. Light south southwest wind becoming southwest 9 to 14 mph in the afternoon.

Friday Night Grill will be open at 6:00 p.m.

Voima Boys’ first game of the season

This ​Friday, April 24, marks the opener of the over-35 softball league season.  The Voima Boys game starts at 6:15 p.m. on the Finn Camp’s Aho Field. To start it off, St. Urho Queen Leah Honka Paukovits will throw the first pitch to King Rob Johnson. The Friday Night Grill will be open at 6:00 p.m. for some good food while watching the game.

Voima Boys game schedule is here.


Karen H. Pype

Karen H. Pype
July 18, 1940 – April 07, 2015
Karen Helen Pype of Wixom, died peacefully at home, surrounded by family on Tuesday morning, April 7, 2015. She was 74 years old. Born on July 18, 1940 in Detroit, she was the daughter of Arne Joel and Hazel Lillian (Finnila) Santti. Karen grew up in the large and loving Finnish-American community, summering on Sun Lake at the Finn Camp in Wixom where she served on the Recreation Committee. She graduated from Southfield High School in 1958. After meeting at a birthday party in Royal Oak, she soon fell in love with and married Richard “Dick” Pype on July 18, 1961 in Allenton, Michigan– her devoted husband of 53 years. Together they raised four children, for whom Karen was homemaker, chauffeur, Girl Scout Leader, short-order cook, Band Parent and Mom; she was active in American Field Service and serving as a Host Mom for the International Student Exchange Program. Karen was counselor and confidant and general comptroller. She was an expert, some would say, a “compulsive” organizer, but it served her family well.

Karen Pype loved deeply and lived life to its fullest with grace and good purpose. She was an avid reader and loved long days at the beach with a good book. She enjoyed the theater and held season tickets to the Fisher and followed the Broadway shows and organized outings to the young people’s productions for her children and then grandchildren. She enjoyed travel – to London and Germany, Italy, Morocco and Mexico – and anywhere to visit family and friends. To keep track of them all, she studied genealogy and joined Facebook to stay in touch with friends and family across generations. A woman of abiding faith, she was an active member of St. Mary’s Church in Milford.

Karen is survived by her beloved husband, Richard “Dick” Pype; children, Robyn (Wayne) Jokinen, Todd Pype, Julie (Jeff) Hoisington and Jeffrey (Justina) Pype; 12 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren; brothers, Joe (Carol) Santti, Karl (Carol) Santti; sisters, Tina Santti and Sue Andrews; sisters-in-law, Pat (Bill) Cutcher, Charlene Pype and Nanette Pype. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, extended family and dear friends who join with her family in mourning the death of a dear woman and giving thanks to God for her life among them. ?

A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Mary Catholic Church, 1955 East Commerce Road, Milford on Friday, April 10 at 11:30. Fr. John Budde to officiate. Friends may visit at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 404 E. Liberty St., Milford, Wednesday 4-9 PM & Thursday 2-9 PM. Rosary Thursday, 7PM.

Memorials may be made to: Finn Camp Special Project Fund.

For further information please call 248-684-6645.

Finn Camp is sorry to tell you that we lost Karen Pype early this morning of an apparent heart attack.  We are fortunate that she was able to return home from the hospital and then rehab on Saturday.  She had a nice quiet Easter at home on Sunday. Our condolences to Karen’s family.

Karen will be at Lynch & Sons in Milford 
404 E Liberty
Milford, MI 48381
visiting hours
Weds. 4:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Thurs. 2:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Rosary Thurs 7:00 p.m.

Funeral service  Fri. 11:00 a.m.
St. Mary Our Lady of the Snows
1955 E. Commerce Road
Milford, MI 48381
Lunch to follow at Finn Camp Clubroom

We will be writing up an obit for the newsletter so please wait for it.

St. Urho’s Party

St Urho logoSt. Urho’s party will be held on Saturday, March 14, in the Clubroom starting at 8:00 p.m. There is a $6 cover. Come enjoy a DJ, prizes, raffles, fun, food and the crowning of the new king and queen. And don’t forget to wear your purple and green, so you don’t get fined! St. Pat’s kin are very welcome too! —The St. Urho’s Committee

Update: Camp country will not be open for St. Urho’s weekend. There is too much snow and mud. The car tires put ruts in the roads when the ground is soft.