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Falling into Festival Ruska with David Maki

September 22, 2017

This week Finlandia Fridays is joined by guest David Maki, who works at the Finnish American Heritage Center (FAHC). Also, based in the Heritage Center is the Finnish American Reporter, where Maki is an editor. The FAHC and the Reporter actively incorporate Finnish culture on campus, in the local area, and to Finnish Americans nationwide. One of the ways Finnish culture is honored in the fall is with Festival Ruska.

Learn more about Festival Ruska

David Maki previews Festival Ruska“Ruska” as Maki stated, “is the Finnish word for the color season.” With the color season well underway, Festival Ruska’s main event will happen on Saturday, September 30 with the Porvoo Choir. The a capella choir will perform at the Calumet Theatre at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased ahead of time or the day of at the Calumet Theatre box office.

While the choir will perform on Saturday, events for Festival Ruska begin Wednesday, September 27.  Author Meredith Fuller will have a book signing at North Wind Books from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Next door at the FAHC there will be a presentation at 2 p.m. on the Yooper dialect, and finally to top of the day there will be a dance at the Heritage Center starting at 7 p.m. Events will continue to the end of the week, finishing with the choir.

Finnish enrichment classes will begin a week after the Festival begins. A new class that will be offered this year will be “Intro to Spinning,” a class that will introduce fiber arts to anyone who is interested. Along with fiber arts, beginning Finnish classes will be offered through the Heritage Center.


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