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Updated 5/24/2018. 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.
Salonen and Uchida May 24-26, 2018
"Esa-Pekka Salonen leads a program that pairs Brahms' captivating Variations on a Theme by Haydn with Schoenberg's hauntingly beautiful Transfigured Night and Bartok's serene expressive Third Piano Concerto, featuring Mitsuko Uchida." Mitsuko Uchida will sign CDs in Grainger Ballroom following performances on Thursday, May 24 and Saturday, May 26. Concert at 8pm May 24 and 26th; 1:30pm on May 25th. See website for additional information.
Paint/Rake/Dig Day at Vasa Park - Rescheduled Saturday, May 26, 2018
Due to inclimate weather on the 12th, the "work" day was rescheduled to Saturday, May 26. Coffee will be waiting for the early workers. Bring your favorite outdoor tool. Lunch will be provided. Everyone welcome! Bring a friend.
Chicago Suomi Koulu Saturday, June 2, 2018
End of School Year Celebration! Meets 9:30am to 12 noon at the Estonian House, 14700 Estonian Lane, Riverwoods. End of the School Year Spring Party. Check out their website or Facebook page for additional information.
Comedian ISMO Leikola at Chicago Improv June 7-10, 2018
Thursday, June 7, thru Sunday, June 10, show times vary. At Chicago Improv Comedy Club, Woodfield Mall, 5 Woodfield Mall, K120B, Schaumburg, IL 847-240-2001. $22 general admission.
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.
Finnish Midsummer Afterwork Party by Kyro Napue Gin Friday, June 15, 5pm-8pm
The Kyro Distillery is hosting an exclusive midsummer afterwork featuring the world's best Napue Gin. Gin along with beers, burgers, and hot dogs will be provided while learning the Kyro story and its plans to conquer the gin market in the Midwest. FACC members: $10; non-members: $20. FACC website, will have a link to purchase tickets soon. Event is at Landmark West Loop, 1035 West Van Buren Street, 8th Floor, Chicago.
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!
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.
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
Scandinavian Day Festival Sunday, September 9, 2018
From 10am to 6pm.
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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