Members of the Finnish Heritage House attended their winter meeting Jan. 16 in Jura Hall at the Finnish Congregational Church in South Thomaston.

There was a vote on the new officers, which included President Jacqueline Harjula, Vice President Gail Robinson, Secretary Jacqueline Laffely and Treasurer Edna Montgomery. The board of trustees now includes Fred Webel, Edna Montgomery, Kirsti Fish, Steve Gifford and June Ranta Wilcox. The next meeting will be Saturday, March 20.

Refreshments were served after the business meeting. The highlight of the afternoon was a program presented by Sara Cummings-Ridge, who demonstrated the playing of the kantele, a lap-harp and the national instrument of Finland. She talked about proposed kantele lessons that the Finnish Heritage House hopes to sponsor later this year. Cummings-Ridge is a founding member of the Maine Kanteles group from the South Paris area that has been performing for the last 10 years. Anyone interested in taking the lessons should contact Jacqueline Harjula at 354-6547.

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