FinnFunn 2023

Schedule


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Friday, October 27 - Rockport
     All Events at Shalin Liu Performance Center (unless otherwise noted)



1:00pm – 5:00pm
Check-in & In-person Registration -                                                    (Lobby)



1:00pm – 3:00pm
Meet & Greet - Coffee Table -                                                          (3rd Floor)
– Jean Antrim Erickson, Ruth Levitz - flute / Bernie Nowak - accordion



1:00pm – 3:00pm
Decorate fins for Finns Parade of Fins - Jean Brunter, Arlene Baril -
                                                     
                                                       (3rd Floor)


1:00pm – 3:00pm
Sign up for all scheduled activities with limited seats -                  (3rd Floor)


2:00pm – 3:00pm
Decoupage: Creating Sisu Tile Coasters and Magnets (limit 8) -
                               Suzanne Maki -
Congregational Church Fellowship Hall



2:00pm – 3:00pm
Traditional Finnish Tin Melting - Hilary-Joy Virtanen            - Spiran Hall


2:00pm – 3:00pm
Ameriikan Poijat brass septet -                                                    Dock Square


2:00pm – 3:00pm
Video - Finnish Music on Cape Ann: A Celebration of Traditions (FMCA) - Valerie Nelson    (click here to view the concert program)               
                                                                                   - Rockport Public Library


3:00pm – 3:45pm
Humorous Finnish Stories and Jokes - Sharon Love Cook,
                                                                          Stephen Trimble
-   (Music Hall)


3:00pm – 4:00pm
Tonttu/Elf decoration (limit 8) - Suzanne Maki –
                                                        
- Congregational Church Fellowship Hall

4:00pm – 8:30pm
Abundance Mobile Sauna - Mark Babson -                                            (TBD)


4:00pm – 4:45pm
One Act - The Deciding Vote, or that Stubborn Finn, John Morton
- Lanes Coven Theater Company

-
Lily Narbonne and Justin Gena, co-directors
                            
(Music Hall)


4:45pm 5:45– pm
Reception -                                                                                          (3rd Floor)
– Marcus Johnson - piano


7:30pm – 9:30pm
Welcome-Opening Remarks
– Anita Smiley - founder FinnFunn Weekend
– Jarmo Sareva - Consul General of Finland, NYC
– Anne-Mari Paster - President, Finlandia Foundation National 

Buffet Dinner - Melissa Donati Catering
                                                               Rockport Art Association & Museum

– Marcus Johnson -
piano





Evening Entertainment (Open to the Public)
–
Muriel Anderson
- guitarist/harp guitarist, composer
– John Westmoreland - guitarist, singer, composer
–
Stephen Trimble - Update for Saturday
– Jackie Harjula - Raffle Information
                                                                                                          (Music Hall)
  
Saturday, October 28 - Gloucester
     All Events at Gloucester High School (unless otherwise noted)




Breakfast on your own    (List part of check-in materials)


By Reservation
Abundance Mobile Sauna - Mark Babson -                                         (TBD)


8:15am – 11:15am
Coffee Table -                                                                                    (Cafeteria)


8:30am – 1:00pm
Registration / Help Desk -                                                                   (Atrium)


9:00am – 10:00am
Rockport’s Main Street Murder - Wayne Soini, Robert Fitzgibbon -
                                                                                                       
(Room 1309)



9:00am – 10:00am
Our Cape Ann FinnTown - Valerie Nelson, Sarah Clark
Carl Rahkonen
, 
Hilary-Joy Virtanen -                                        (Auditorium)


9:00am – 2:00pm
FinnFunn Marketplace – Tori - Martha Silander                       (Gymnasium)
– Bernie Nowak - accordionist   



10:00am – 2:00pm
Visit Raffle tables - Jackie Harjula, Stan Karro -
FF23 quilt raffle
- Michael Cappello -                                                 (Hallway 2)
purchase tickets
                                                               (Throughout venue)


9:00am – 2:00pm
Local Finnish American Artists, Authors and Artisans -
                                                                                          (Auditorium hallway
)


10:15am – 11:15am
Warfare and Weapons in the Kalevala - Hilary-Joy Virtanen -
                                                                                                        (
Room 1309)



10:15am – 11:15am
Finland’s Conversation with the 21st Century World - Marianne Wargelin
                                                                                                    (
Auditorium)


10:15am – 12:15am
Folly Cove Designers, Quarry exhibits - (guided tour, limit 30) - depart for
                                                       Cape Ann Museum outside FF23 entrance



11:15am – 1:00pm
Box Lunch - Melissa Donati Catering                                             (Cafeteria)


11:45am – 12:45pm
Drop-in craft, Last call - Decorate fins for Finns Parade of Fins -                                                                                                             (Cafeteria)


1:15pm – 2:15pm
1892 Cape Ann - The Finns Are the Coming Race - Les Bartlett
+ A Day in the Life of a Quarryman - Fred Peterson -             (Room 1309)


1:15pm – 2:15pm
Reds & Whites: The Road to Finnish Independence and Civil War -
                                                     Sharon Franklin-Rahkonen
- (Auditorium)



1:15pm – 3:15pm
Workshop: Writing Our Finnish-American Stories (limit 15) -
                    
Suzanne Matson
, FFN 2023 Lecturer of the Year - (Room 1207)



2:30pm – 3:30pm
"Plummet to Adventure," animated film - Jim & Ben Wickey -
                                                                                                       
(
Room 1309)


2:30pm –4:00pm
A Cape Ann Home Companion, readers theater -
        
Sarah Clark, director - Rockport Community Players - (Auditorium)


4:00pm – 6:00pm
Reception - Finns Parade of Fins - Stephen Trimble leads -
                    
Oivan Ilo dance band

Buffet Dinner
- Melissa Donati Catering                                         
– Last chance to purchase raffle tickets & quilt raffle tickets
– Carl Rahkonen, fiddle -                                                                 (Cafeteria)


6:15pm – 9:00pm
Evening Entertainment
Star Spangled Banner
, Maamme, Finlandia chorus

– Share the Music & Friends - Wendy Betts, conductor
– Ameriikan Poijat Concert - brass septet - Paul Niemisto, conductor -
– Draw winning quilt raffle ticket, Post raffle                   outside Auditorium
– Children's Dance Performance - Emily Fritz, Annemarie Fritz,
                                                                                                              
instructors
–
Revontulet Finnish Dancers - Leila Luopa, director
– Learn basic dance steps/hand movements- Leila Luopa, instructor
– Oivan Ilo Finnish dance band plays
– Update for Sunday - Stephen Trimble -                                  (Auditorium)
Sunday, October 29 - Rockport




Hotel check out


8:00am – 9:00am
Nordic Pancake Breakfast - Claire Toppan Franklin & Members of Vasa
                                                                                                            Lodge #98

– Closing remarks - nδkemiin                                     Spiran Hall (1st Floor)


9:30am – 10:30pm
Musicians of the Finnish American Workers Movement - Carl Rahkonen-                                                                                        Spiran Hall (2nd Floor)


9:30am – 12:00pm

9:30am
– 12:30pm
  suggest 9:20am   arrival

– Bus Tour of Cape Ann FinnTown (limit 37)  Fred Peterson, Wayne Soini,
                                         
John Erkkila
departs Transfer Station Parking Lot
– Bus Tour of the Historic City of Gloucester - Jeanine Harris (limit 39)                                                              departs Transfer Station Parking Lot





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