Calgary Finlandia Cultural Association


October 2016

Choirs, Baking, Cycling, and Sibelius

The last couple weeks have been quite busy for CFCA members.

On October 16 we had the first of two baking classes, where members learned to make pulla and jelly rolls. We had an exceptional turn out for the event, both older and younger (and much younger) members, which pleased our instructors immensely. The new oven at the Scan Centre is amazing, and we completed many quadruple braided loaves of pulla, and many strawberry and raspberry jelly rolls. In between baking, many members also tried their hand at making various Christmas crafts, including Christmas gnomes (tonttu).

The following Tuesday we were treated to a choir event put on by the Sävelvakka Finnish singing group. It was a beautiful night of song, flowers, and delicious candies from Finland (yum!).

On Friday, the 21st of October, many CFCA members attended the talk by Ken Myhre, hosted by the Scandinavian Cultural Society. Ken talked about his two most recent trips to Iceland — one a biking trip around the country, and the other a hiking trip into the interior. Ken’s exquisite photography brought his tales to life, and we are now all planning our own trips to Iceland.

img_1392Finally, on Sunday, Oct. 23rd, our long-planned Evening with Sibelius finally took place. Tom Watrous and Suzanne McKegney, former members of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, came to share with us their love of the great Finnish composer, Jean Sibelius. They were accompanied by visiting Finnish Opera Singer, Kirsi Tiihonen and Pianist/Composer Mark Limacher You can read more about this event in our Winter (December/January) members’ newsletter.


Sauna Culture

This recent article from The Globe and Mail discusses the culture of cleansing around the world, including the Finnish sauna. It examines the past, present, and future roles of public baths in our communities.

Waiting for the savusauna to heat. Northern Savonia, Finland. (Photo by M. Peuramäki, 2014.)

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