FinnFunn 2017 / Finland 100

FinnFunn 2017 / Finland 100 is now in the history books.  Below you will find a collection of candid photos taken during the weekend.  We hope you enjoyed the weekend!!


Sisu - Traveling Sauna & Jouko Sipila Presentation

Friday Offsite

Fitchburg Art Museum

Edward E. Nummelin

Karin Altmayer, Ellie Jansson, Rebecca Joki

Laura Tilus-Korhonen, Vaughn Engman,
Craig Letourneau, Jesse D. Nordstrand

Evan Flinkstrom, Laura Tilus-Korhonen

Elisa Nivala Lomme

Sandor B. Nemcshik

Elisa Nivala Lomme

Leila Luopa

Ellie Koski Jansson, David P. Corbett, Elaine Moe

Elaine Moe

Joyce Hunnula, Vaughn Engman, Aune B. Ronkanen

Ann Corbett

 Laura Henrikson

 Laura Henrikson

Karin Altmayer, Laura Henrikson

 Laila Auvinen

 Edward E. Nummelin

 Adam Trombley, Ellie Koski Jansson, Jesse D.


 Karen Kemp, Dawn Kalinen Forde, Ann Corbett,
 Laila Suominen Washburn

 David P. Corbett
Fitchburg Historical Society

Finnish Center at Saima Park

Tori (Friday & Saturday)

Tori & Hall Entertainment

Bernie Nowak (Central Mass Accordion Club)

Brent Buswell


Jane French (Central Mass Accordion Club)

Raffles & Silent Auctions (and Winners)

Finnish American Heritage Society (CT) Hall Display

Antti Vänskä, Deputy Ambassador Modern Day Finland

Barry Heiniluoma – The Finnish Nation and Its People, Here and at Home

Sharon Franklin-Rahkonen – Finnish History

Susan Navarre – Immigration in the Fitchburg

Peter Heaney – Growing Up Finnish Panel Discussion 

Anita Smiley – 25 Years of FinnFunn

Carl Rahkonen – Music of the Workers' Movement

Frank Eld – Finnish Log Construction, the Lost Art

Joyce Hannula – Finnish Piirakkat-Pasties

Photos courtesy of Anita Smiley

A'Cording to Kantele (Maine Kantele Players)   

Photos courtesy of Jacqueline Harjula

Dignitaries & Speeches

Laila Auvinen (co-chair) welcomes FinnFunn 2017 / Finland 100 participants to the Friday evening banquet in the Grand Ballroom.

 Stan Karro introduces Antti Vänskä
 Deputy Ambassador at the Embassy of Finland in   
 Washington D. C.



Roy Helander introduces Leonard Koppleman

 Leonard Koppleman, Consul General of

Linda Byrne introduces Stephen DiNatale, Mayor of Fitchburg

Dinner is Served

Evening Entertainment & Dancing

Brent BuswellCentral Mass Accordian Club with special guest performers Brent Buswell and Carl Rahkonen.

Oivan Ilo

Revontulet Finnish Folk Dancers

Saul Ahola introduces Murial Anderson Guitarist and Harp-Guitarist.

A Few Random Photos

Random Photos courtesy of Steve Bousquet 
The 2017 Committee

Photo courtesy of Steve Bousquet