St. Urho’s Day celebration Saturday

IRON MOUNTAIN — There will be an abundance of purple and green at the Finnish American Raja Ryhma group’s 2019 St. Urho’s Day dinner on Saturday.

The celebration will begin with a meet-and-greet from noon to 1 p.m. at Recreation Lanes Antoine Room in Iron Mountain, with a catered meal to follow.

Music for the afternoon will be provided by Paula D.

St. Urho surely will make an appearance and lead the Grand March with his 2019 Queen of the Vineyard.

St. Urho is a mythical hero who, according to legend, was faced with an enormous flock of grasshoppers that threatened to wipe out the entire grape crop in Finland.

With a few select words, “Heinasirkka, heinasirkka, mene taalta hiiten,” this noble hero chased those grasshoppers right out of Finland and thus averted a major vineyard disaster.

In honor of this impressive demonstration of the power of the Finnish language, which translated means, “Grasshopper, grasshopper, go away!” Finns annually celebrate St. Urho’s Day on March 16. Actually this modern and humorous legend appears to be the Finns’ answer to St. Patrick, who drove the snakes out of Ireland. More importantly, it provides a reason to have an enjoyable get-together.

For more details about St. Urho, ask any Finn.

Everyone is welcome. Reservations are necessary, but it’s not too late — calling 715-528-4744 or 906-774-5378 by Wednesday.

Cost is $15 for adults and $5 for those younger than 12.

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