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November 27th, 2018
November 27th, 2018
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Fall Lecture Series: Skiing in Finland, Searching for my Heritage

Join Tom Hakala. In the spring of 2016, his youngest son, Kalle, invited Tom to accompany him on a ski adventure to northern Finland. Being of Finnish heritage, Tom said yes without a second thought. 

Skiing is a national pastime in Finland, so there are cross-country ski trails and networks throughout the countryside. And they are free for everyone to use. But there is more to Finland than skiing, there is coffee (the national drink), saunas, herring, and reindeer. Finns are said to be stoic, but they can also be warm, welcoming and have a wry sense of humour. This presentation is illustrated by Tom's pictures taken along the way.

Tom Hakala was born into a Finnish household in Michigan. Though Finnish was often spoken at home, he seems to only remember the more colourful language that one must not repeat. He started skiing as a boy with his parents. He didn’t appreciate the joy of cross-country skiing until his family moved to Owen Sound, and they joined the newly organized cross-country ski club. Now that he is retired, he and his wife ski or snowshoe most days in the winter and bike or hike in the summer. 

This presentation is part of our Fall Lecture Series taking place on Tuesday afternoons in November at 2:30 p.m. in our Theatre. Complimentary refreshments following. Free with admission. Members free as always. Check out the advantages of being a Grey Roots member.

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