Posted by boston.com February 19, 2014 10:00 AM
The following was submitted by Addison Gilbert Hospital:
Cynthia Kielinen and her sister Susan were recently a part of a tour of Finland led by Anita Smiley of Preston, CT. Their photo slide show will be presented at the Pigeon Cove Circle meeting at 6 p.m. on February 27, 2014, with a buffet potluck dinner and speakers at 6:45 p.m. Finnish dishes welcome. There is no fee or pre-registration required. All are welcome.
Participants of Anita's tour were exposed to Finland's past and present through a variety of experiences: museums, music, and foods of the country, Winter War prior to World War II, well known authors and artists both past and present, and the modern University system, and saw a play in an outdoor summer theater. This trip was a total immersion in Finnish culture.
After traveling along Eastern Finland, the group traveled to Lapland, just beyond the Arctic Circle and down the West coast to Hanko. Hanko was the port that over 250,000 Finnish emigrants and 150,000 Russians and Jews left for a better life in Canada, Australia, and the United States. This was an emotional port of interest for those whose ancestors who left Finland from 1865 and 1930.
The tour included stops in all areas of Finland. All on the tour came back with a greater appreciation of the land of our ancestors of the beauty and industry that Finland posses.
The Pigeon Cove Circle is located at Six Breakwater Avenue in Rockport, made-up of men and women throughout Cape Ann, a civic group who provide fund-raisers for community needs such as a yearly scholarship to a Cape Ann high school student, and other needs on Cape Ann. Those who would like further information about the availability of the Pigeon Cove function hall are welcome to call Michelle at 978-546-1195.