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Celebrate Festival Ruska at the Finnish American Folk School

September 22, 2022

In their most recent newsletter, the Finnish American Folk School shares everything you need to know about Festival Ruska 2022! Established by the Finnish American Heritage Center and led by Phyllis Fredendall and Clare Zuraw, the Finnish American Folk School exists to ensure that Finnish-American folk traditions exist for centuries to come.

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Festival Ruska 2022

Join us in celebrating Ruska – fall color season – at the Finnish American Folk School. This year we’ll be featuring fiber artist Anita Salminen Jain to teach and demonstrate nuno felting techniques. We’re also thrilled to welcome U.P. legend Randy “Da Bones Man” Seppala to teach a two-day workshop, Making and Playing Rhythm Bones. And artist Terri Frew will be teaching students how to make and work with natural inks made from plants harvested locally, including from our very own Folk School dye garden.

There’s still time to sign up for our classes, but registration will be closing soon so don’t wait!

Festival Ruska Program Schedule

Many, but not all, of our programs require advanced registration. Click on the links below for full program descriptions and registration information.

Make and Play Rhythm Bones – Saturday + Sunday, September 24-25, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Randy Seppala)

Nuno Felting-A Playful Introduction – Wednesday, September 28, 1-5 p.m. (Anita Salminen Jain)

Nuno Felt a Breezy Tunic – Saturday + Sunday, October 1 (11 a.m. – 4.p.m.), October 2 (11 a.m. – 2 p.m.) (Anita Salminen Jain)

Banner Making with Anita Jain – Free Demonstration – Jutila Center Room 105 – Friday, September 30, 2-5 p.m.

Nuno Felting Presentation with Anita Jain – Free Lecture – Finnish American Heritage Center – Tuesday, September 27, 2-3 p.m.

Making and Creating with Natural Inks – Saturdays, October 8 + 15, 1-4 p.m. (Terri Frew)

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