Dance instructionNASELLE - Tired of dancing with your two left feet at the family dance of the Finnish-American Folk Festival of Naselle? Or of only being able to dance "The Chicken Dance" to the music of Sylvia and the Fjordsong band? Do you slip slide across the floor when Lyle Haataja dedicates an anniversary waltz or polka to a friend while he hosts the Scandinavian Hour on KMUN?
Here's your chance to learn just where to put your feet so you can "step lively" to the music of Finland.
Please join us for folk dancing instruction for all ages. The sessions will be aimed for all ages, including those who have never done more than sway to the music.
Classes will be held at the Naselle School on Saturdays, July 10, 17 and 24, from noon to 2 p.m. (After the first session, the instructor may break the group down by ages.)
Instructor Nina Tetri was trained in folk dancing in Finland. She is currently the dynamic pastor of the Messiah Finnish Lutheran Church of Portland on assignment from Finland. She also is a member of the large Northwest kantele group, "Livakat" inspired by Naselle's master musician and kantele player, Wilho Saari.
All are welcome. Folk Dancing burns 600 calories an hour! Come and bring your dancing shoes!
For more information, please contact Sue Pakenen Holway at 665-4684 or Barbara Swanson at 484-3602.
Calling all artistsNASELLE - Diane Pile, who is in charge of the Naselle Finnish American Folk Festival (FAFF) art gallery, issued the following statement.
"We are fishing for your art work and original crafts to display in this year's FAFF Art Gallery, one of the many attractions at this summer's three day celebration of all things Finnish. If you would like gallery scheduling details, call Diane at 465-2339."
This year's festival theme is "Sauna: The Saturday Night Connection" and boasts a lively schedule of Finnish music and dance with arts, crafts, food, flowers and history. The biennial festival will attract hosts of natives and tourists to the colorful grounds and halls of the Naselle schools on July 30, 31 and Aug. 1. For information, contact telephone numbers 484-3376 or 800-851-FINN, or check the Web site at (www.finnam.naselle.net)