Schedule of Events

Wednesday, September 27

Book Signing by Meredith Fuller

1-4 p.m. – North Wind Books
Omaha-based author Meredith Fuller will be coming to the Copper Country for a book signing at North Wind Books. Fuller’s latest publication is Quarry, a Finnish-American mystery book about a young girl of Finnish and Irish descent who loses her father under traumatic circumstances and sets out to learn what happened to him. This event is free and open to the public. 

Presentation about U.P. Dialect by Wil Rankinen

2 p.m. – Finnish American Heritage Center
The residents of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula have a unique dialect, one that Dr. Wil Rankinen has studied in depth. Currently Dr. Rankinen is a linguistics professor at Grand Valley State University. This presentation will be free and open to the public. 

French-Canadian Dance featuring the Thimleberry Band

7 p.m. – Finnish American Heritage Center
Dance to the music of The Thimbleberry Band playing a variety of French-Canadian fiddle tunes and songs. Join in contra dancing, learn a French-Canadian folk dance, and enjoy waltzes, schottisches and other favorites.

Thursday, September 28

Bakers and Books

10 a.m. – North Wind Books
North Wind Books will be hosting Kayleen Holmstrom for the final Bakers and Books. Holmstrom will be selling the same delicious homemade Finnish cinnamon rolls, korvapuusi, that were featured recently on Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern on the Travel Channel, as well as voisilmapulla, a Finnish butter eye bun. This event is open to the public, will feature complementary coffee and will begin at 10 a.m.

Festival Ruska Mölkky Tournament

6 p.m. – Quincy Green
Finlandia University’s Student Senate is hosting the inaugural Mölkky tournament. Mölkky is a Finnish yard game that is suitable for everyone, regardless of age and condition. Having success in Mölkky is based on a combination of chance and skill, and on Thursday night we’ll crown the first Festival Ruska Mölkky Tournament Champion! This is free and open to the public. Please arrive by 5:45 to register your team, and first-time players are invited to stop by at 5:30 for a demonstration of how to play! Mölkky sets will be provided, and a concession stand hosted by Finlandia University Student Senate will be open. 

Friday, September 29

Festival Ruska Bad Movie Night

7 p.m. – Wargelin Hall, Room 303
Join Finlandia University students and employees for a showing of the Mystery Science Theater 3000 version of “The Day the Earth Froze,” a movie that has lovingly been rated 3.5 out of 10 on the Internet Movie Database. The film follows, rather loosely, the Sampo myth from Kalevala, the Finnish national epic. The film, which is free and open to the public, will be hosted by folklorists Dr. Hilary Virtanen and Dr. Tuomas Hovi who will lead a discussion–or perhaps a support group meeting–related to the film. Refreshments will be provided. This event is sponsored by Finnish & Nordic Studies Program and Student Life.

Saturday, September 30

Finlandia Lions Soccer

12 p.m. – McAfee Field
The Finlandia University men’s soccer team has been on the rise since head coach Brent Chase took over in 2014, and they’ll take to the pitch against Great Lakes Christian College. Tickets will be available at the door.

Finlandia Lions Football

5 p.m. – McAfee Field
Finlandia University has brought one of America’s favorite fall pasttimes to Hancock in NCAA football. The Lions will be hosting Lewis-Clark Valley in this contest. Tickets will be available at the door.

Runeberg’s Choir of Porvoo Finland

7 p.m. – Calumet Theatre
Runebergskören Borgå SångerBröder is a Swedish-speaking male choir from Borgå (Porvoo), Finland. This performance is a part of their American tour in celebration of Finland’s centennial year of independence.