A big thanks to everyone who made day one of Festival Ruska an amazing experience, but now it’s time to focus on day two which will introduce a couple unforgettable Finnish elements to the people of the Copper Country – mölkky, voisilmäpulla and korvapuusti.
SAY FINNISH WHAT?
We thought you’d say that, let’s dive into what these things are.
You’ll want to try this, it’s a Finnish butter eye bun. Check it out: http://cakecrumbsbeachsand.com/2013/05/voisilmapulla-finnish-butter-eye-buns/.
Think cinnamon bun, but better and Finnish. Bring your Instagram, you’ll quickly have a use for the hashtag #YUM. Check it out: https://www.thespruce.com/finnish-cinnamon-pastries-korvapuusti-2952710.
Not quite as delicious, but definitely as memorable. This is a famous Finnish yard game. Check out a quick intro to it over on Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mölkky.
DAY 2 SCHEDULE
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. RSVP on Facebook!
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. For those that can’t make it early, check out an introduction to the game’s rules below. RSVP on Facebook!
How to play mölkky:
A LOOK BACK AT DAY 1
Day one of Festival Ruska was a busy one! Below are some links of interest from the opening day.
- Photos from Meredith Fuller book signing & Dr. Wil Rankinen presentation
- Author Meredith Fuller featured on WMPL 920
- Finlandia’s Festival Ruska celebrates explosion of fall, via Daily Mining Gazette
- Finnish choir headlines Festival Ruska, via Keweenaw Report
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