St. Urho’s Juhla

AuntieJ

Madison, Wisconsin, United States

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Location: St. Urho’s Dance; Little Finland, Hurley WI

Cropped top for panoramic orientation. Film- Ilford XP2

This photo was taken 10 years ago when I brought a couple of Finnish folk music researchers to my home town for the St. Urho’s Day Juhla (Finnish for celebration or festival). The local Finnish organization was holding a dance and this was the little band that was playing. There was a good crowd that polka’ed, walzed and jenkka’ed the night away.

Two of the musicians have since passed away. Bill the drummer was in his 90s and Al the banjo player was in his 80s. I sometimes see the other two, especially Elsie, when I go to the Little Finland store (open only Wednesday and Saturdays, 10-2, but closed for the winter) for coffee. Sometimes we are treated to a few tunes off the squeezebox.

St. Urho’s Day was invented by a northern Minnesotan who wanted a holiday for the Finns like the Irish have with St. Patrick and the Italians have with St. Joseph. The idea caught on and many Finnish Americans observe St. Urho’s Day on March 16 by wearing purple (for grapes) and green (for grasshoppers).

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