The group arrived in Northfield yesterday evening after performing a concert at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis as part of National Night Out. Another Northfield host told me, as we waited to be paired up with our students, that he'd stopped to hear the concert on the way home from work and thought the band was phenomenal.
|The Wind Band of the Music Institute of Eastern Helsinki will perform Thursday at 1 p.m. in Bridge Square.|
The two young women we're hosting gave us several gifts last night: a Marimekko oven mitt and hot pad, a CD of their group, a bottle of Finnish shampoo, and a couple different kinds of candy, including salmiakki, a traditional and popular Finnish candy. We tried it, and it tastes like salty black licorice. My kids decided it was an acquired taste – one they're not likely to acquire anytime soon. The white chocolate-covered blueberries were a hit with them, though.
|These are the gifts we received from our Finnish youth band members.|