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Minneapolis, MN 55458-0708


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2018 Finnish Independence Day Celebration

Independence Day Reception: Thursday, December 6, 2018, 5:00 - 7:00 pm   (Formal Program at 5:45)
Place: Norway House, 913 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis

The 2018 Independence Day event will feature social time with friends while enjoying appetizers, desserts and range of beverages prepared by a volunteer catering team. Spirited singing of the national anthem and video greetings from the President of Finland will be a part of the formal program at 5:45 pm. Other ongoing activities are being planned including a running video of the Presidential Palace reception in Helsinki. As a special treat, the Norway House has graciously invited participants to view their ever-popular annual Gingerbread Wonderland exhibit in the gallery! The Independence Day celebration is a free event but donations to cover expenses will be welcome that evening.


Roof Top Sauna Party
Finland's 101st Independence Day Sauna at the Hewing Hotel:
Thursday, December 6, 2018, 7:30 - 11:30 pm
Place: Hewing Hotel, 300 N Washington Ave, Minneapolis

The festivities will continue with a unique "sauna after party". What better way is there to celebrate the anniversary of Finnish independence than to engage in that most quintessentially Finnish act of heading to the sauna? Join us for an evening of conversation and togetherness at the beautiful Hewing Hotel's rooftop lounge, where one can enjoy magnificent views of Minneapolis while cooling down from the sauna or relaxing in the whirlpool. Food and drinks for sale at the bar. Buy tickets on Eventbrite - $25 (+ fee)



Kauneimmat Joululaulut ja Joulutori

Kauneimmat Joululaulut: Saturday December 8, at 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Place: Christ Church Lutheran, 3244 34th Ave. S., Minneapolis (street parking available)

Celebrate the beautiful Christmas music from Finland in a sing-along program, led by Church of Finland Pastor Jarmo Tarkki and church musician and song leader Terhi Miikki-Broersma. Enjoy the same Christmas carols being celebrated in churches all across Finland.


Joulutori: Saturday December 8, at 2:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Place: Christ Church Lutheran

After the service, enjoy the festive Christmas marketplace - crafts, books, CDs, and gifts for Christmas shopping, music and singing, children's crafts, visits and photos with Joulupukki. Coffee and Christmas treats, provided by the Plymouth MLLC Laestadian congregation, will be available for purchase.


FACA January Program - Friday, January 18th 7:00 p.m.


"Ole and the Ice Scrapers"

Ole and the Ice Scrapers are a Nordic comedy band. They give the Al Yankovic treatment to other people's songs and wrap them into a Nordic humor skit. The band formed in the 1990's while working at The St. Paul Companies. They perform at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church's Annual Lutefisk Dinner in November, and on special occasions. Ole, Sven, and Lars relay stories based on their lives in Frozenfeetaville, MN. Larry Teppo (Ole), of Finnish roots, is an accomplished professional drummer in demand throughout the Twin Cities. In the 60's and 70's Larry toured on the Grand Ol' Opry circuit playing drums for the likes of Carl Perkins, Marty Robbins, June Carter, and Waylon Jennings. Ron Parker (Sven) is a singer songwriter with a background in folk music. He has performed at weddings, church services, the Minnesota State Fair, and The MN Songwriter Showcase in St. Paul. Dan Johnson (Lars) has performed in numerous music groups of various styles over the years including rock, jazz, and musical theater. He is also a writer.

Please join us for fun music and laughs at the International Institute, 1694 Come Ave, St. Paul, MN Friday January 18th at 7 p.m. Coffee and conversation will follow the program. Guests are always welcome.

FACA Program - Friday, January 18, 2019
7:00 PM International Institute of Minnesota
1694 Como Avenue, Saint Paul
(Across from the fairgrounds)


About 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.

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FACA schedules meetings and programs on the third Friday of each month from September to May, except for December.


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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