Finns plan take-out fish fry and more

The Finnish American Cultural Center, at the corner of West 8th Street and Joseph Avenue in the historic Ashtabula Harbor, is constructed on the former site of Sovinto Hall. The center will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. every Saturday in August. 

ASHTABULA — The annual Finnish Fish Fry, sponsored by the Finnish American Heritage Association, will be a bit different this year, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic.

A take-out fish fry will be 5-7 p.m. Aug. 31 in the Bethany Lutheran Church parking lot, off Pennsylvania Avenue in the Ashtabula Harbor.

Tickets are $15 each and reservations are required. Call Elsa Shepard at 440-998-2061.

The Finnish American Cultural Center,1330 W. 8th St., will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. every Saturday in August. Tickets will be available at the center, as well as raffle tickets for the Finnish Pentik bowl (a piece of Nordic-inspired dinnerware, valued at $100 and donated by FinnStyle of Minnesota).

The film, “Sirkka,” will be shown at noon Aug. 9 in honor of Sirkka Holm, who will be celebrating her 100th birthday this year. Holm has been a contributor to the Finnish American Reporter, published by Finlandia University in Hancock, Mich. for many years. 

The museum is open to all, while practicing social distancing guidelines and wearing face masks. The center also is open by appointment. Call Elsa Shepard, 440-998-2061 or Linda Riddell, 440-964-2519.

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