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Jeff1The Finnish Heritage Museum chose June 14 to celebrate midsummer’s day or Juhannus. It proved to be not the longest day of the year but one of the hottest, with the thermometer reaching 91 degrees.

Linda Penttila and her husband Heikki organized the event, making sure that all the details involved in a successful picnic were carried out. That included not only the dietary/culinary interests, including pot luck with gluten free selections, but also the materials for the traditional bonfire or “kokko”.

About 45 members and guests attended, staying until the bonfire died out. Interestingly enough, the bonfire was hot enough to keep members within fifteen feet of the fire.ladies

 

 

 

 

 

Originally called “Ukon juhla” meaning a celebration for the Finnish god Ukko, the name was later Christianized and became known as Juhannus after John the Baptist.  Although the traditional celebration date is between June 20 and June 26, the museum decided to replace its monthly meeting (second Monday) with Juhannus.  “It was a very enjoyable event and everything just seemed to fall into place.  Good food, warm conversation, and a great bonfire,” said Linda Penttila who organized the event.

FHM ladies enjoy each other's company while waiting for the food. See News Herald story by Jonathon Tressler.

Text © Staff reporter, Photos © Lisa Potti Profughi

 

 

 

 

 

 

         

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