FINNFEST USA 2016 CRUISE
JULY 9-16, 2016
This is a preliminary program subject to change before we sail. However the events highlighted in yellow are confirmed though the times and locations might change. Watch this space; we’ll update the program as participants confirm their attendance and space on the Veendam is confirmed.
JULY 9, 2016 - SATURDAY
After 12 Noon and before 3:00 PM Boarding ship
4:00 PM Departure
4:30 PM Opening Ceremony
Venue:
The Showroom
5:30-6:30 PM Cocktail Party reception
Venue:
The Showroom
9:00 PM Meet for continued casual conversation
JULY 10, 2016 - SUNDAY
7:00 AM Asahi Exercise with Margaret Vainio
8:00 AM Finnish Language class for beginners (only those who know no Finnish) Dan Karvonen, Instructor
9:00 AM Jack Liimakka introduces Maine Finnish community
10:00 AM SUNDAY KEYNOTE LECTURE Deanna Bonner-Ganter, Maine State Museum, Curator of Photography, Art & Archives. retired
"KOSTI RUOHOMAA LEGENDARY PHOTOGRAPHER OF MAINE: CLOSE TO THE LAND, CLOSE TO THE SEA"
11:30 AM Free Time on ship or on shore
On shore options: Tour Arcadia National Park (organized by Holland America); visit Bar Harbor (on your own)
3:00 PM Everyone must be back on board the ship
3:30 PM Finnish Language Instruction for Advanced Beginners
4:30 PM Finnish North American Migration: When? Where? How? Marianne Wargelin, Independent Scholar
9:00 PM The Empress of Ireland Tragedy seen in the context of the Titanic Heimo Outola, Vaasa, Finland
JULY 11, 2016 - MONDAY - Halifax, Nova Scotia
7:00 AM Asahi Exercise with Margaret Vainio
8:00 AM Finnish for Beginners with Dan Karvonen
9:30 AM Leave Ship for FinnFest USA events on shore
10:00 AM

MONDAY KEYNOTE EVENTS

  1. Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 Special guided tour for FinnFest USA attendees
12 NOON    2.  Lunch with local Finns living in Halifax
2:00 PM    3.  Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
Special guided tour for FinnFest USA attendees
Emphasis on the Titanic and the Empress of Ireland sinkings both of which included Finnish migration victims
4:00 PM Exploring the two museums on your own
6:00 PM Everyone must be back onboard the ship
9:00 PM Finnish film curated by Prof. William Lockwood who also leads a post- film discussion
Proposed dance on deck with Toivo
JULY 12, 2016 - TUESDAY - Sydney, Nova Scotia
7:00 AM Asahi Exercise with Margaret Vainio
8:00 AM Finnish for Beginners with Dan Karvonen
10:00 AM TUESDAY KEYNOTE
Interview with Beatrice Ojakangas Interview conducted by Yvonne Lockwood
11:00 AM Departure for FinnFest USA's Juhannus-style picnic
12 NOON-4:00 PM Juhannus-style picnic (with catering supervision from Beatrice Ojakangas) Finnish sing-along and dancing
6:00 PM Everyone must be back on board the ship
9:00 PM Finnish film curated by Prof. William Lockwood who leads also a post- film discussion.
9:00 PM Open Mike: FinnFest USA in the 21st Century
JULY 13, 2016 - WEDNESDAY - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
7:00 AM Asahi Exercise with Margaret Vainio
8:00 AM Finnish for Beginners with Dan Karvonen
9:00 AM WEDNESDAY KEYNOTE
Finland and its current challenges Prof. Hiski Haukkala, University of Tampere on leave to the Finnish Foreign Ministry for strategic planning
10:30 AM-4:30 PM Free time to explore Charlottestown
4:30 PM Conversation groups: kahvikeskustellut
6:00 PM Everyone must be back onboard the ship
9:00 PM "Finnish children's literature favorites" Panel discussion and open mike
9:00 PM Finnish film curated by Prof. William Lockwood who also leads a post film discussion
JULY 14, 2016 - THURSDAY - Cruising the Gulf of the St. Lawrence River
7:00 AM Asahi Exercise with Margaret Vainio
8:00 AM Finnish for Beginners with Dan Karvonen
10:00 AM THURSDAY KEYNOTE
Finnish Food demonstration with Beatrice Ojakangas Yvonne Lockwood, Interviewer and M.C.
11:00 AM Sue Saffle, University of Virginia "Sota Lapsia, Finnish war children, another kind of migration"
12 NOON Lunch Conversations: Finnish Heritage preservation Small groups
1:00 PM Richard Ojakangas: "The Geology of the Northeastern America waterways"
2:00 PM Teresa Haukkala, Aalto University: "Mitigating Climate Change through
3:00 PM James Kurtti, Finnish American Heritage Center, Finlandia University: "Finnish immigrants and French Canadians: A Little known form of Finnish American cultural pluralism"
4:30 PM Iltapäivä kahvi keskustellut or "Conversations over Cocktails" Topic: Finnish America 25 years from now
9:00 PM Finnish sing-a-long and dancing
Finnish Film curated by Prof. William Lockwood who also leads a post- film discussion
JULY 15, 2016 - FRIDAY - Quebec City, Quebec
7:00 AM Asahi Exercise with Margaret Vainio
8:00 AM Finnish for Beginners with Dan Karvonen
7:00 AM-5:00 PM Free time to tour Quebec City
3:00 PM Proposed Iltapäivä kahvia with French pastry treats
Meet Henri Grondin, Quebec City's Finnish Honorary Consul and, with him (a French Canadian himself) as special guide, tour the French Canadian exhibit at the Museum of Civilization
5:00 PM Everyone must be back onboard the ship
5:00-6:00 PM Cocktail Reception in the Show Case
Musical performance by Toivo
9:00 PM Finnish film curated by Prof. William Lockwood who also leads a post-film discussion
JULY 16, 2016 - SATURDAY - Montreal, Quebec
7:00 AM Arrival in Montreal with departure from ship by 10:00 AM
Transfer to Hotel reserved for FinnFest USA 2016 cruise
10:00 AM-5:00 PM Free time to tour Montreal
5:00 PM Music and conversation
6:00 PM Farewell Dinner and Open Mike
Talk: Hiski Haukkala, Finland and its Current Challenges, Part II