FAFF Midsummer Event

FAFF and the Naselle Archives Center are sponsoring a Mid-Summer event, “Juhannus” on Friday, June 24th at the Naselle Community Center: 14 Parpala Road, Naselle. Travis Boggs, local caterer from “Country Catering” and wife Jennifer Boggs, will be providing a delicious Salmon dinner or cheeseburger dinner of your choice. The dinner will begin at 5:00 p.m. with your choice of either salmon or cheeseburger with roasted potatoes, macaroni salad, beet root salad, coffee or lemonade. The Salmon dinner is $20 pre-sale or $25 at the door. The cheeseburger meal is $10 pre-sale or $15 at the door.

The Appelo Archives Center will be providing a wonderful beer garden outside with spirits also available, Please go to the link included for more info and pre-sale information: appeloarchives.org

Our performers for this special event hail from Arizona. They are Kathi Huhtaluhta and Marvin Todacheenie. We are excited to have them come here for this special event at the Naselle Community Center: 14 Parpala Road, Naselle, Wa. 98638. Kathi Huhtaluhta is a vocalist/composer and musician of Finnish/Sami decent who lives in Tucson, Arizona. She has written, composed and performed music in different languages including Spanish, Finnish and Turkish. Kathi began performing traditional styles of Sami music in collaboration with Native American flute player Marvin Todacheenie. Their collaboration and blend of Native American flute and original folk music is a magical combination. Kathi has produced 8 albums. She also has a number of music videos on You Tube. Kathi was a recipient of the National Finlandia grant. She composes her own music and sings and plays guitar and drums. Her music has brought an awareness of Finland, Scandinavia and the Sami people to the rest of the world.

Marvin Todacheenie is of Navajo descent. He is a 4th generation flute carver, artisan and craftsman, continuing the tradition of his people. Marvin crafts native drums and jewelry in ways handed down to him through generations. He is a world-renowned flute player. He shares his beautiful songs and the music of his native culture on the flutes that he himself carved. Marvin also plays guitar and is self-taught. Kathi and Marvin were both highlighted performers in Finn Fest USA.