Finnish American Cultural Activities, Inc.
P.O. Box 580708
Minneapolis, MN 55458-4708

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Tervetuloa! Welcome to FACA!

Located in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN), Finnish American Cultural Activities invites you to join us at our programs and activities. FACA is a non-profit educational organization that offers programs with a rich ethnic flavor: literature, music, travel, food, the immigrant culture, contemporary Finland, and other topics. It is dedicated to preserving and promoting the cultural heritage of Americans of Finnish ancestry. FACA schedules meetings and programs on the third Friday of each month from September to May. FACA does not have a program in December, when, for the last several years, we have joined other organizations in the local Finnish American community to celebrate "Joulu - Magical Finnish Christmas."

The next FACA program will be Friday Sept. 15, 7:00 p.m. You can find information about the speaker here in early September. Location: International Institute of Minnesota, 1694 Como Ave., St. Paul (across from the Fairgrounds).

Below are items that came in too late to include in the May/June FACA newsletter, Uutiset.

A-Mill Artist Lofts, 315 SE Main St., Minneapolis
Sliding scale $10-20. Doors open at 6.30

Sara Pajunen and Teija Niku on violin and accordion. Aallotar is a transatlantic collaboration that uses Finnish and Finnish-American music as a starting point for an original "chamber-folk" style.

CHANGE OF DATE for House Concert (see Events, below) TO THURSDAY JUNE 15: Eric Peltoniemi, acclaimed songwriter, composer, and musician will perform a variety of folk, popular, American, and Finnish music.

Keeping the Beat

Join us and learn some basic Finnish dance steps and easy Finnish Folk Dances and Mixers! Dance lessons are free thanks to a grant from Finlandia Foundation, and open to all ages. Beginners are welcome, too! The purpose is to have fun while learning the steps of Finnish dance. Classes will be held at Tapestry Folk Dance Center in Minneapolis throughout June, July, August and September.

We have a team of instructors working with us that will help walk you through the steps in a fun, productive way. We will start with some basic steps including waltz, Jenkka (Schottische), Humppa, Finnish Polka, and Finnish Mazurka. We will plan to teach Finnish Tango at a later session.

This is Finland's 100th year of Independence, and FinnFest will be in Minneapolis in September. So to gear up for this fun event, we have organized a Day and Evening Dance at the Eagles Club 34, Minneapolis on Saturday, September 16th. This will be a day of live music, celebration, and of course, dance. There will be more dancing during the FinnFest 2017: Finland 100 events on September 21st through 24th.

Tapestry Folk Dance Center
3748 Minnehaha Ave S., Minneapolis

Tuesday, June 27, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Wednesday, July 12, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Tuesday, July 25, 7 p.m - 9 p.m.

Additional sessions for August and September to be announced later.

Contact Ralph and Jaana Tuttila at: for more inf>ormation, and to be included in regular e-mails about upcoming instruction and dances.

See you at Tapestry!


In Memoriam

From Jim Berry: After repeated strokes and suffering kidney failure, Bud Berry died peacefully yesterday surrounded by family. My father had a good life, but his body was worn out. A memorial service was held on May 22 at St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran Church, North Saint Paul.

We are sorry to say that Ruth Elizabeth Ervasti passed away on April 7, 2017. She and husband Marlyn enjoyed nearly 57 years together in the Twin Cities before his passing in 2013. She and Marlyn were active FACA members for many years. Funeral service was held on April 11 at Minneapolis Independent Apostolic Lutheran Church, Dayton.

Donald Gullickson, Sr., age 90, of St. Anthony Village, passed away on May 6. Don was born in Minneapolis; he moved to Foley in 1935, graduating from Foley High School, later serving in the Navy during World War II. Don married the love of his life, Blossom Santamaa in 1957. They were both retirees of the U of M and avid Gophers sports fans as well as members of the St Anthony Sister City Association, American Swedish Institute, and Finnish American Cultural Activities. Survived by wife Blossom; daughter Lynn Gullickson; daughter-in-law Christine Berkenpas and grandson Luke Gullickson. Services were held on May 13 at Salem Covenant Church, New Brighton.



Enjoy good music for a good cause! You are invited to two House Concerts in Woodbury. All the details are in these links.

CHANGE OF DATE to THURSDAY JUNE 15: Eric Peltoniemi, acclaimed songwriter, composer, and musician will perform a variety of folk, popular, American, and Finnish music.

June 26, Saana Ensemble reunites for a special performance with an eclectic repertoire ranging from hymns to folk songs, and dance tunes all sung in Finnish.

The Twin Cities Finland 100 Committee is sponsoring these benefits to raise funds for the Suomi Finland 100 Gala to be held Dec 6, 2017 celebrating Finland's Centenary (mark your calendars!)

Check on the plans for FinnFest USA 2017 at New information, such as registration forms and schedule of lectures and panels, will be posted there as soon as available.

See also This site is continually updating information about Finland100 events in the Twin Cities and all around Minnesota.


FACA Event Cancellation Policy

If St. Paul public schools are cancelled due to bad weather, then a FACA event scheduled for that day will also be cancelled. FACA members may contact any Board member if they have a question about whether an event is cancelled.

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