West Eight Mile Road
Founded in 1966, the Finnish Center dedicated their Cultural Center in September 1974, in Farmington Hills, Michigan . . . . (more)
Message from the
We have had a taste of winter with the first snowfall. Despite the hazards of the icy snowy roads and driveways, the snow brightens up the scenery and gets us in a Christmas spirit. My memories of Christmas in Finland include the snow and all the fun, outdoor activities despite the dark days of December. These included building lumilinna (snow castles) and snow lanterns, daily cross country skiing and snowball fights (I had brothers), making snow angels in the pristine snow, unforgettable stargazing in the darkness of night with occasional and remarkable displays of the Aurora Borealis - even in the south of Finland. And, lastly is the memorable, deeply moving, event and image of lighting candles at the graves of loved ones. I’m sure many members share these memories – Christmas in Finland was a beautiful time of year.
Our Scandinavian Market this year was hugely successful for everybody as was the Swedish Christmas Fair in the following weekend. These both have become traditions and nice preludes to the holiday season. The Finnish Center is becoming the true center for all Scandinavians in southeastern Michigan. Our dedicated volunteers, members and committees have helped with many special events before Christmas. December starts with a Finnish American Singers’ concert on December 2, following this, on the 5th, is an Independence Day coffee and cake after which, on Dec. 8, is our Independence Day Gala - and finally, on the 9th, a presentation by FinnFolk of “Finland: Independence and Identity”.
Make sure to mark your calendars for these events including the Friday night suppers,the Novi Band Concert, a Little Christmas concert, Pikkujoulu with a Finnish Christmas dinner and, finally, a Candlelight Memorial Service. Check our calendar for days and times of these events. Check also our gift shop where our very dedicated manager, Mary O’Brien, has brought in new gifts and foods unique to our culture – both Finnish and Finnish American. The Leipajuusto is pretty wonderful.
Finally, I want to thank all our tireless volunteers for another successful year. It takes a lot of effort to keep the Center in operation. Without our volunteers FCA could not keep its doors open.
Have a wonderful, peaceful Christmas Holiday - I look forward to seeing you at the Finnish Center in 2019.
Center and Gift Shop Open
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