Friends of the Wirtanen Pioneer Farm

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2019 Late Summer Newsletter & Fall Festival

Dear Friends,

We are looking forward to this year’s festival.  It will be held on Saturday, September 14, 2019 from 10am-4pm.  As always, the festival is free for everyone, but donations are welcome.

As per tradition, we have many crafters and artisans that will be demonstrating and selling their wares.  Local authors, Dennis Esler and Pat McGauley will be there for book signings. Musicians Jon Niemi, Pete Garman, Don Guttormson, and Art Lehtonen will be performing.

Strawberry Fields will again be joining us to provide carriage and guided horse rides.   We will have several baby farm animals for the children to play with and hold.

Fresh produce will be available for purchase as well as various other lunch options.

We hope to see you there so you can “Experience Old World Serenity”!

Kiitos!

Darlene Saumer

President

Newsletter – Late Fall 2011

Dear Friends,

The Wirtanen Farm Day Festival event took place on Saturday, September 11, 2011 from 10 AM to 4 PM. Do you remember how cold and wet it was last year? What a contrast to the dry heat and sunshine this year. The Strawberry Farms draft horses came back and they also brought a wagon and gave rides! We had musicians performing all day. Art Lehtonen wouldn’t miss it and provided us with Finnish music. John Berquist sang and told stories. And for something different we had Rafter Shock and Jammin’ Joe with a little bit of Rock & Roll. Everyone, no matter their age, enjoyed it. There were artisans and crafters demonstrating and selling their wares. Lou Campbell gave antique appraisals to people that brought treasures. People came steady all day to “Experience old world serenity“.

Work was done on Eli’s residence this summer. The house was raised by H. J. McGregor House Movers.  The footings and foundation were put in place by Hakala Construction. Take a look at the bottom row of logs that Harold Johnson & Norm Jarva dovetailed together.  The restoration project was made possible through a grant the farm received.  This landmark will be standing for many years to come, thanks to the effort of everyone involved.

Are you ready to bake? In the mood for eating? Maybe shopping or hunting? If you are going to do any of the above, make sure to participate in the Annual Bake Sale to be held on Friday, November 4th & Saturday, November 5th from 8 to 5. Donated baked goods can be dropped off Thursday, November 3rd from 4 to 6 at the Colvin Town Hall. This year we plan to have lunch available for purchase between 11 and 4 (or until we run out). Cookbooks and postcards will also be available for sale, they make great gifts.

Thank you for your continued support.  See you at the bake sale.

Kiitos!
Darlene Saumer,
President

Video – John Berquist performing at the Fall Festival 2011

John Berquist singing a northern Minnesotan folk tune about our iron ore industry.