Brief Historical Sketch of the Finnish Farmers Club
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The Finnish Farmers Club has traditionally observed its beginnings as 1935, when Finnish families in
For a few years the Club was very active until WWII took away so many men. Also, after the war many younger families moved to other parts of
As more interest in the Finnish hall was generated it was decided to seek funds for rest rooms and for finishing the coffee room. The project involved another major addition to the hall including bathrooms with indoor plumbing and hot water, a septic tank and drainage field, an updated electrical entrance, increased storage space and a rear exit. At that time the largest single contributor was the Finlandia Foundation. It was heartwarming to experience the standing ovation received at a dance early in the season when the Foundation’s support and the Club’s intentions to continue with the washrooms were announced. Though it was too early to measure the expected increase in attendance, it was obvious to everyone that the spider infested outdoor privies had been a definite deterrent.
The Club has been active in past years sponsoring performances by groups from Finland (Soittovat Sarat, Myllarit) and holding festivals promoting Finnish culture (foods, dance and folk music primarily) both at the Finn hall and other locations in the southern Piscataquis county area of Maine. The Club has been helped immeasurably by the generosity of accordionist Veikko Honkala, a friend from
Unquestionably the primary mission of the Finnish Farmers Club is the preservation and promotion of Finnish folk music and dancing with the fellowship of a country dance hall replete with coffee and pulla and an occasional potluck supper. Attendance at dances averages 40 - 50 adults. In addition a half dozen or so children are often there and are being introduced to Finnish polkas, schottisches, waltzes as well as Raattikko and Kerensky. Of course, the chicken dance is a necessity too!
Evidencing the interest in the Club is the $29,000 donated to the Club’s building fund by its members and friends over the last eight years, many of whom are no longer residents of the area. Besides a new kitchen and brand new electrical entrance and wiring, the coffee room, bathroom, new doors and windows were completed. Although the entire building is now sparkling white, it still maintains the ambiance and friendliness of a “not perfect” old building.
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