One World Day 2016
Finnish Garden Activities
By Ken Quiggle
The Finnish Garden One World Day Committee started the day early. Tables and chairs were set up in the Garden for brochures, Finnish cultural items, “Passport for Peace” passports and Finnish flag stickers. Several committee members plus a few other Finns formed up for the parade about eleven o’clock. Linda Pentilla wore a traditional Finnish dress and Gavin Lackey lead the group carrying a Finnish flag. The parade stepped off at 12:00 noon and marched along East Blvd. and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. At the end of the parade route, 25 new U.S. citizens were sworn in at the Keybank Centennial Stage.
The day was warm and sunny as visitors strolling from garden to garden gathered stamps on their passports in exchange for answering questions about that garden’s country. “Angry Birds” was a popular exhibit at the Finnish Garden. Most people did not know “Angry Birds” originated in Finland. Many gardens offered food and entertainment. The Finnish Garden presented “The Stubborn Finns” vocal ensemble. Under the leadership of accordionist Heikki Perttu, the group sang traditional Finnish music to everyone in the Garden.
On the Main stage located in the German Garden, the Finnish Garden presented classical vocalist Emily Stauch accompanied by Ben Malkevitch on digital keyboard. Ms. Stauch sang two compositions by renowned Finnish composer Jean Sibelius.
The day ended at 7:00pm when the committee packed up its equipment and went home tired but happy that the day was a success.
The Stubborn Finns perform.
So just where is Finland on this map?
Fielding many questions about Finland and the Finnish Heritage Museum.
Get your OWD passports stamped here.
Forever Friends enjoying themselves at One World Day.
Text©Ken Quiggle, Photos©FHM 2016