News & Updates

Youth Programs coordinator Shannon Rinkinen joined Susie Landers and Todd VanDyke for this week's FinnFest USA 2013 update on 97.7 The Wolf. Hear their conversations each week at around 8:35 on Thursday morning, or listen here -

FinnFest update on WOLV 97.7 -Upcoming FinnFest events: Susie Landers from FinnFest 2013 visited Todd VanDyke on the Keweenaw's Own Morning Show on 97.7 The Wolf this morning. Hear about Sunday's successful Pannukkaku Breakfast and upcoming events here:

FinnFest update on WOLV 97.7 - Fundraisers, economic impact, business: Susie Katalin-Landers from FinnFest 2013 and Houghton City Manager Scott MacInnes visited Todd VanDyke on the Keweenaw's Own Morning Show on 97.7 The Wolf this morning with an update. You can listen to their discussion here

FinnFest Update on WOLV 97.7. Fundraisers, community events and business and technology: Kevin Manninen and Susie Katalin-Landers from FinnFest USA 2013 stopped by to see Todd VanDyke Overbeek on the Wolf (WOLV-FM) this morning- check it out! To listen click here


FinnFest USA 2013 update on WOLV 97.7 "the Wolf" 9/6/12

Listen to FinnFest USA 2013 Managing Director Susie Landers and WOLV's own Todd VanDyke discussing FinnFest USA and upcoming fundraising events on the morning show 9/6/12

To listen click here

Pannukakku Breakfast 9/23

FinnFest USA 2013 will hold a Pannukakku Breakfast fundraiser at the Shelden Grill in the Magnusson Hotel Franklin Square in Houghton on Sunday, September 23rd from 9:00 1:00 p.m.

In addition to pannukakku, there will be a tasty buffet featuring glazed ham, eggs, potatoes, muffins, coffee and juice. Information about FinnFest 2013 will be presented and live entertainment is being planned. The cost is $10.00 for those ages 11 and older, and $5.00 for kids ages six through10. Children age five and younger may eat for free.

Tickets are available at Superior National Bank in Hancock or from any FinnFest USA 2013 board member including Finlandia employees Duane Aho, Robin Bonini, Jim Kurtti, Dave Maki and Kevin Manninen

For more information  contact Susie Landers at 906-370-3110 or by email at



August 23 is FinnFest Preview Night in Chassell!



Join us for a night of FinnFesting fun at the Chassell Heritage Center! Kris Kyro Johnson will emcee and perform with Linda Kyro, Hilary Virtanen will experiment with whether talking about Heikki Lunta in August will make it snow, Bertha and Jack Rossberg will perform traditional music, and there will be other fun and surprises in store... We'll also have FinnFest merchandise and information on hand! The program will start at 7 pm and donations will benefit FinnFest USA 2013.

The Chassell Heritage Center is located at 42373 Hancock Street, Chassell. For more information, please call 487-7514.


July 9th is the FinnFest Preview Night at Calumet's Musical Mondays Series!

Join us for an evening of music and fun at the Keweenaw Heritage Center in Calumet at St. Anne's in Calumet as we get set for FinnFest USA 2013. Performances by the Kivajat Dancers, Ilon Kaiku Ensemble, Nyt Naura, Bill White and Randy Seppala, and emceed by Kris Kyro Johnson! FinnFest information and merchandise will be available, and so will refreshments! Donations will benefit FinnFest USA 2013 and the Keweenaw Heritage Center. For more information call 487-7505.


Attention vendors! 

The 2013 tori committee is now accepting applications for vendor booths. The popular tori market is always a big draw, and 2013 will be no exception! Please visit the FinnFest tori page for more information:

Toivola Juhannus Kokko at FinnFest 2013!

One of the highlights of FinnFest will be the traditional celebration of Juhannus, or the Finnish Midsummer. Observed in the Copper Country community of Toivola since the time of settlement in the 1890s, the Juhannus kokko (midsummer bonfire) is something that Finns worldwide recognize. Toivola is one of several local communities that will offer traditional Midsummer celebrations during FinnFest, and they are hard at work raising the funds to do it! Come out and support their efforts at one of the upcoming fundraisers listed below:

June 6: Toivola Community members will be at EconoFoods in Houghton, bagging groceries and collecting receipts from shoppers. They will receive a percentage of the receipt totals from those gathered, so it's an easy way to help them!

June 23: Come out to Agate Beach in Toivola for the 2012 Juhannus celebration!

August 4-5: Agate Beach Music Jamboree in Toivola. Come for the music and good times- concessions sales will go toward the 2013 Juhannus fundraising efforts!

August 19: Toivola Volunteer Fire Department Fun Day. Info TBA.

October 3: Bake Sale at Superior National Bank in Hancock.

Toivola's Juhannus happens each year due to the hard work of the Toivola Volunteer Fire Department, the Toivola Senior Citizens group, and the community of Toivola. Let's help them make their 2013 kokko unforgettable!



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