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Updated 6/17/2018. Event flyers with more details can be found under the "Newsletter" tab.
Troll Creation at the Morton Arboretum May 14 - June 21, 2018
From May 14 to 21st, Danish artist Thomas Dambo and a crew will create six colossal trolls from reclaimed wood for the upcoming Troll Hunt exhibit at The Morton Arboretum. Those working on the sculptures/trolls will take a mid-day break from 11:30am to 1pm Monday thru Friday. Crews will not work Memorial Day.
Soiva Music Camp June 15-24, 2018
Registration is open. In Moorhead, Minnesota, Soiva International Music Camp is a music camp open for students ages 11-19, of piano, violin, viola, cello, bass, flute, clarinet, and saxophone as well as composition and improvisation. Email: for scholarship and/or travel grant information.
Troll Hunt at The Morton Arboretum June 22, 2018
See The Morton Arboretum site for additional information. The trolls are being built May 7 thru June 21, by Danish artist Thomas Dambo and his team. They will be creating six whimsical trolls from reclaimed wood, ranging 15 to 20 feet tall.
Scandinavian Park at Geneva Swedish Days Saturday, June 23, 2018
Scandinavian Park will have a booth at Geneva Swedish Days. Come see us!
Estonian House Folk Dance and Culture Day Saturday, June 23, 2018
Dedicated to the 100th Anniversary of Estonian Independence. At the Chicago Estonian House, 14700 Estonian Lane, Riverwoods. 1pm to 10pm. $20 adults, Free for 16 and under. Folk dance group GEVI from Estonia. Folk costume exhibition. Dance. Music. Market. Activities for children. Food and drink. The day ends with CEH Jaanituli. Viru-Nigula Folk Musicians play for dance.
FinnFest 2018 June 24 - July 1, 2018
Celebrate FinnFest in Tampere, Finland! Final plans are underway of current and historical context, local tours and day trips, singing, dancing, pulla, sauna, and comfortable lodging. Visit FinnFest USA Facebook page or website for additional information.
Tom Gronstrand of Nooa Global Inc. Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Business networking event at Willis Tower, 5:30 to 7:30pm. FACC members $10/Non-members $20. Get your tickets by emailing Ben Wheeler at Gamified SaaS platform Nooa makes change management fun, easy, and energized. Come to learn more about how "People Drive Change" and how "Transparency & Innovation" are a must for a Digital World companies. Tom Gronstrand, CEO of Nooa Global Inc. 5:30pm Networking & Cocktails; 6pm FACC President Tony Johansson Welcome; 6:15pm Gamified Change; 7:15pm Skydeck Visit - City of Chicago by Night.
65th Annual Event at Vasa Park Sunday, July 22, 2018
Herring Breakfast in the morning. In the afternoon bring your own picnic.
FASM Board Meeting Sunday, August 26, 2018
2pm at the Estonian House. All members welcome.
"Elokuva Paiva!" Film "Big Game" and snacks Sunday, August 26, 2018
Movie "Big Game" presented by Milwaukee Finnish American Society at 2pm at Grace Lutheran Church, 3030 W. Oklahoma Avenue, Milwaukee 53215
Steve'N'Seagulls Tuesday, September 4, 2018
Finnish country band, playing bluegrass versions of well-known hard rock and metal songs. At 8pm, Milwaukee Shank Hall, 1434 N. Farwell Avenue, Milwaukee. $20.
Scandinavian Day Festival Sunday, September 9, 2018
From 10am to 6pm. $10. DeKalb Footstompers will be performing on the main stage during the day. FASM will have a booth with Finnish merchandise--food and handmade items. Stop by and visit us!
Steve'N'Seagulls Tuesday, September 11, 2018
A Finnish country band, playing bluegrass versions of well-known hard rock and metal songs. At 9pm at Chicago Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, Chicago. $18.
FASM ANNUAL MEETING AND PICNIC Sunday, September 16, 2018
At the Estonian House. More details later
"The Making of Milwaukee" by Historian John Gurda Sunday, September 30, 2018
Presented by Milwaukee Finnish American Society at the Grace Lutheran Church, 3030 W. Oklahoma Avenue, Milwaukee 53215.2pm.
Scandinavian Fish Boil Saturday, October 6, 2018
Lunch at Vasa Park. Bring a friend!
Vasa Park Annual Membership Meeting Saturday, October 27, 2018
FASM Lunch and Board Meeting Sunday, November 4, 2018
Lunch at 1pm at the Estonian House. $10. Board meeting to follow lunch.
Fall Clean-Up Day at Vasa Park Saturday, November 10, 2018
Vasa Park, 35W217 Route 31, South Elgin, IL. Bring a friend!
5th Annual International Christmas Market "Joululaat" Saturday, November 17, 2018
SAVE THE DATE! At the Estonian House from 10am to 5pm. Live cultural entertainment, vendors, food & refreshments. FASM will have a table of Finnish food and other items. Hope to see you there--you can do your Christmas shopping or stocking fillers!
FASM Joulu Sunday, December 2, 2018
At the Estonian House. More details to follow.
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