Monday, December 31, 2012

Time Again for Victorian First Night.

Earlier in the year Spice Drawer Mouse joined Ginni and her dog Shadow in the story of their visit from Three on a Pilgrimage Quest.  Once again New Year's Eve came, time again for Victorian First Night.  As Ginni put on her red hat the mail carrier arrived.  In the box Ginni found a nice card which featured a photo - a nice reminder of the Three, Porter, Rudyard, and Sylvia. They had waved goodbye to her as they flew back to the North Pole. 

Ginni usually gets her cards mailed out by Twelfth Night.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Choir Tour of Finland Diary Entry - by Linnea Gord, Piano Accompanist

We all took advantage of our holiday by sleeping late.  Then we washed clothes and hung them about the room to dry.  At twelve we had lunch at Kappellet and from there we were taken to a museum to while the time away.  At 3:30 we were taken by boat to Sveaborg, the fort.  We went directly to Ehrensvards' grave, where we stayed about an hour, listening to a long speech by some man.  We then walked over the whole island and saw the various cannons and outlooks, picked flowers and went through all sorts of dark tunnels. We were not allowed to take pictures.
Back in Helsingfors again, we went to dinner and then to the station to see Somppis, Mr. Frederickson, Mr. Goldman and Werner Aura off.  They all took the train for Vasa, so we won't see them again until we come there.  We spent the evening at a theater.  We saw Lon Chaney in "Laugh, Clown, Laugh".  It was pretty good--not talking, of course.  The words were in Swedish and Finnish.  Skratt, Pajassa!


Friday, December 21, 2012

Blog Added - Darryl Cunningham Investigates

Added a new blog to my list, Darryl Cunningham Investigates, the author of Psychiatric Tales.  Psychiatric Tales is a digital novel about working at a psychiatric hosptial.  Below, a wonderful Saturday Evening Post cover by Norman Rockwell which celebrates the holdiay season.
Picture Added for Holiday Value

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Runeberg Choir Tour Concert in Helsinki June 13,1930

The photograph:  Members of the Runeberg Choir in Helskinki 1930.

December 6th is Finland’s Independence Day. In December 2010 I included two blog posts about the 1930 Runeberg Choir Tour to Finland. I did transcriptions of two entries in Linnea Gord’s diary about the trip, an entry about Marieham and a second Marieham entry and an entry about  Åbo. . She was nineteen years old and the choir piano accompanist. It was fifteen years later, after World War Two, that she married and became the mother of my sister and myself. Part of our experience was the Runeberg Choir.
(Since those entries I have learned about the identity of the building in the photograph of the arrival of the choir at Marieham, which is explained in my previous blog post.)
The choir left Tacoma's railroad station in the Runeberg Express, their train car, on May 25, 1930. During three weeks of travel there had been many experiences before they arrived for the planned series of concerts. By the time they reached Marieham and then Åbo they had rehearsed at train stations along the way and performed on board their steamship the Georgic III.
Vocabulary: strömming are little herring, fished in the Baltic Seas.

We left the little town of Åbo at 11:40 and arrived at the big metropolis of Helsingfors at about 3:40 in the afternoon. There was a big crowd at the station to meet us, and the reporters were there to take our picture for the Huvudstadsbladet. Rooms had been "preserved" for us at the Hotel Fennia, across the square from the railroad station. My! what a grand hotel after our quarters at Åbo. The Fennia was a veritable palace, with wide stairways, thick rugs and what not. Blanche, Auntie and I had a very nice room on the fifth floor. On the same floor was the Somppi family, too, so Edith and I were together most of the time in Helsingfors, too. We had dinner that evening in the Kappellet--a restaurant near the park in which a statue of J. L. Runeberg stands. We had strömming for dinner, and boy! it was good. Our third concert was in the Vita Salen at 8 o'clock. Every seat had been sold out for weeks. We sang our first program, Mr. Jofs talked and Blanche sang. We received three beautiful bouquets, one of which had a poem of welcome attached to it. Then we were all presented with a Finland emblem. After all our songs on the program were sung the people just wouldn't let us stop. They clapped, whistled, hollered, and there was a regular riot. We had a request for "Engelbrekts Märsch" so we sang that and "Vårt Land". Still they weren't through. When we went outside they were all crowded in front of the entrance cheering. They all followed us through the streets of the town, and we stopped at Runeberg's statue and sang "Vårt Land". That moment will remain in our memories forever. On to the Muntra Musikanters hall, where we had a great reception in our honor. The hall was packed, and we were all mixed into the crowd as we were the night before. They had a very nice program and then dancing--which lasted until two o'clock. Walking back to our hotel that morning (at two o'clock) it was almost broad daylight.

The Old Customs Building of Marieham

When I included a photo from 1930 in my blog in 2010 I found no image of the building shown anywhere. During some discussions recently about MLK one intern, Nicholas Richter, recognized the building in my photograph. He could show me the building from Google Maps. On Google Maps I located a group with a Facebook Page with a photo of the building you located. On Facebook I asked about the building and they sent this answer: “The house you are referring to is the old customs building of Mariehamn (tullhuset or tullpackhuset in Swedish). If I am correctly informed it was built in 1899 and the name of the architect is Lars Sonck. It is beautiful, isn't it!” (Ålands fredsinstitut - The Åland Islands Peace Institute.)

Lars Sonck is listed on Wikipedia as a leading architect of Finnish Romanticism, architect of Kallio Church in Helsinki and Tampere Cathedral, as well as the home of Sibelius.