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Finnish picnic Saturday

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Iron Mountain Finnish American Raja Ryhma organization has planned the annual Juhannus Picnic for Saturday at the Iron Mountain City Park, Bradley Maki Pavilion, the beautiful log structure with a sky-blue roof located near the Deer Park.

Attendees will gather for a meet-and-greet time at noon and are asked to provide a dish to share for the potluck picnic lunch to follow at 12:30 p.m. A spokesperson for the group said “a favorite Finnish recipe would be especially welcome.”

Coffee and lemonade will be provided, but attendees are asked to bring their own plates and silverware.

Tanja Stanaway has agreed to entertain with Finnish music with her accordion and guitar.

Everyone is welcome.

Juhannus is a Finnish celebration, which is traditionally held on the longest day of the year in June. After enduring long, dark winters, with few daylight hours between mid-December and mid-January, in Finland, some people get together on Midsummer’s Eve to enjoy time together and have a bonfire, or kokko, as it is called in the Finnish language.

Many also celebrate on Midsummer’s Day, which is the longest day of the year. Finnish settlers in the United States have continued the tradition.

For more information, call Arlene Huotari at 313-269-9452 or Karen Wertanen at 906-282-7302.

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