Frederick hosts a Finnish festival every year and what an effort that must be for a small community. We were welcomed by a master weaver Annikki Marttila and her two daughters who had done a lot for the festival. Our hosts were Cathy and John and their darling seven Britney spaniels, whom we sang "I have a secret for you". What an enthusiastic audience they were, almost reading from our lips the whole song! The dogs, I mean.
On Saturday night at dusk, they fired up the "kokko", a huge bonfire which was set on a raft in the river. We sang some Finnish songs while watching it. Lovely indeed.