The New York Mills Regional Cultural Center and Niijii Radio will present an evening of music and culture at the Finn Creek Open Air Museum, at 55442 340th St, New York Mills, at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 21.

This event came about when the Cultural Center was forced to cancel our annual Kalevala Puppet Pageant due to COVID-19, and wanted to do something to honor the Finnish and Indigenous cultures of our region.

The evening will include cultural features of Finnish and Anishinaabe traditions and histories, and a concert by Annie Humphrey. The Cultural Center is pleased to be partnering with Niijii Radio, Finn Creek Museum, and local cultural experts. The plan for the evening includes about 30 minutes each of Finnish and Anishinaabe culture, followed by about an hour of live music by Annie Humphrey.

The Cultural Center would like to express gratitude to its partners in this event including Humphrey, Niijii Radio, Finn Creek Museum, and local residents Amy and Adam Tervola-Hultberg and Lisa Winter. Niijii Radio will share some of the Anishinaabe culture from the White Earth Reservation. The Tervola-Hultbergs, Winter, and some local children will share some the Finnish culture including characters from past Kalevala Puppet Pageant performances. There will also be coloring books available with Ojibwe, Finnish, and English words and illustrations, created by Cultural Center Programs Director and visual artist Cheryl Bannes.

COVID-19 guidelines and CDC recommendations will be followed, including physical distancing and masks when distancing is not possible. Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms, cough, fever, shortness of breath, etc., should not attend.

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Those in attendance should bring their own lawn chairs and or blankets and spread out in the wide-open spaces outdoors at Finn Creek. People are welcome to bring their own picnic. There will be pop, water and snacks for sale. No pets or alcohol are allowed at Finn Creek.

This outdoor event is open to all with free-will donations accepted.