Juhannus, the 2014 version here in Lake County Ohio had all the elements of a great party, which is what it is meant to be. The area was easy to find, marked by by Finnish flags.
Once again, Bill and Mary Newbury provided a sylvan setting at their home for an outdoor picnic and of course the traditional bonfire or kokko. There was no shortage of kokko materials as Bill had all the wood ready in the burn area. With the precision of an engineer, which he is, he designed and supervised kokko construction and both Dane and Heikki Penttila cut the logs to the right length an stacked them expertly to make a great fire, enviable by any blue blooded Finn. The Finn boys also trimmed the large birch tree and arranged the branches all the way around the deck to add to the Finnish atmosphere (tunnelma).
Mary Newbury had two serving areas: one in the house and the other on the deck. Both necessary because the variety and amount of food was incredible, not to mention, delicious.
Traditional Finnish sausage was prepared by Heikki Penttila, while The Happy Wanderers, Linda and John Riddell, Finns from Ashtabula, provided music for the forty people in attendance.
The party begins.
The group enjoy the Happy Wanderers, Linda and john Riddell.
Linda and John perform.
L to R: Cindy and Mike Loovis, Bill and Mary Newbury.
L to R: John Vrable, Chris and Connie Werronen, Cindy Loovis.
L to R: Sami, Veikko , and Theo Malkamäki.
L to R: Marsha Thomas Garris, Greg Mischo, guests, Eric Jylanki, Sandy Mischo, Diane Torrko.
Dorothy, Larry King, Sarah, Barb Olilla.
L to R: Ann Pohto, Carol Vrable, Dorothy King.
L to R: Guests, Kathy Gillette, guest, Heikki Penttila.
L to R: Suzanne Jokela, Mary & Dick Ohler, Janine LaBounty.
The fire is started.
It quickly catches and blooms.
It really is a hot fire. Perfectly built, it roars on.
And the fire lasted quite some time.
Let's meet the here again next year.
Text © Lasse Hiltunen, Photos © Linda Penttila