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Merja Elisabet Korpivaara Wilenius

Feb. 2, 2019, 1:00-4:00 PM

Colonial Church

6200 Colonial Way

Edina, MN 55436

In lieu of flowers, donations will be accepted at the visitation to help our family cover expenses.

Cards may be sent to Rachel Higgins, 970 Miller St S., Shakopee, MN 55379.


February/Helmikuu 2019 Celebrate Laskiainen with Traditional Pea Soup, Music and Dancing!

Take a break from the doldrums of winter and come to FACA's annual Laskiainen celebration! Enjoy a hot bowl of wonderful pea soup along with a hearty potluck feast, lively music for listening and dancing with Ralph Tuttila and Finn Hall, and an engaging demonstration of Finnish-American folk-dancing by Kisarit. During the evening we will present the 2018 Sauna Bucket Award, honoring a FACA member who has contributed to FACA and the Twin Cities Finnish community in an exceptional way. For the dinner, FACA Board members (plus Kathy Jackson) will supply a variety of hernekeitto (pea soup), and there will be plenty of good coffee.

FACA members, please bring a dish to share if you can, based on the first letter of your last name:
A-D DESSERT; E-J SALAD; K-O APPETIZER OR SIDE DISH; P-Z BREAD.

Laskiainen customs have evolved through history. The origin dates back to pre-Christian times when it was a flax festival, signaling the time to put away the spinning wheels and end the winter spinning of linen, time to begin weaving the linen and to start thinking about spring planting. Later, Laskiainen became associated with Shrove Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday, and it heralded the beginning of Lent, much like Fat Tuesday during Mardi Gras. Sledding has been an important part of Finland's traditional celebration. Laskiainen means "sliding down," and the farther you slide, the taller your flax will grow! We'll skip the sledding Friday night, but we can warm up indoors with the spirited music and dancing with Kisarit and Finn Hall. See you there

Please join us for pea soup, music, and dancing at the International Institute, 1694 Come Ave, St. Paul, MN Friday February 15th at 7 p.m. Guests are always welcome.

FACA Program - Friday, February 15, 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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