Helsinki, Finland (Day 2) – July 6

Posted by smr on July 7th, 2010

For once it was NOT an early morning!  We arrived at the Vanha Kirkko (Old Church) in plenty of time – in fact, the building wasn’t open yet.  The short concert went well and then we were all off for some time in the main part of the city.  Our Finnish hosts and friends from Kuopio arrived around 4 pm and we met at Temppeliaukiokirkko to set up for the evening concert Wand to rehearse together.  We combined forces for three pieces and they went well.  What a great setting for music!

Now we are all at the hostel and awaiting breakfast before we head to Turku for two concerts once again.  It is about a 2 hour trip from Helsinki to Turku, so there is no rush – once again!  Here are some samples from our second day in Helsinki:

Notes from Pat Carr:

There were concerts in two churches today, both are in Helsinki center city. We drove to the first site and could not find anyone home so Essi phoned the security company whose number was on the building, the security company phoned the church office and the staff came to the door. A rather round about way of getting inside but it worked. About 50 people showed up for this noon time concert. People make many comments as they leave. One lady was from Pittsburgh, actually Venetia. A man was a handbell director from Boston.

After the concert we walked to find lunch. Jim and I ended back in the market area and ate there right next to the water. There was intermittent rain but who cares. We walked back to the church and looked around the cemetary then sat in the park and watched the people walk by. We have seen beautiful churches, the 52 Olympic park, many beautiful parks and handsome government buildings. We met back at the bus and drove about a kilometer to the Church of the Rock. This church was blasted out of a boulder. It is a tourist destination and while the kids rehearsed 70 some people sat down to listen. Here we were joined by a group that is based some four hours north of Helsinki and we will be spending a few days touring with them. If you have time do look up the Church of the Rock do so for it is quite unusual. A bit like a tiny stone quarry roofed with copper.

Back at the hostel we were joined by the Northern group, their name is Dolce, who brought food with them.

5 Responses to “Helsinki, Finland (Day 2) – July 6”

  1. Dear Pat,
    Yesterday I saw Glenice at the pool. She really misses you. I like seeing you in almost all of the pictures. It looks like u r having fun. what was that animal in ur bell? Charlie ran my hand over with a rocking chair. We all miss u especially juju and ava.
    Love Kailey a.k.a. K

  2. Peggy Wucher

    What a beautiful place…so good to see Teea playing with you all!! Hugs to all.

  3. rosenboyd

    Hi Olivia and Michael,
    Pictures are great!!!! Looks like everyone is having fun.
    Love to all,
    Gramma Rose

  4. Samantha

    Bell pads…..good for use as sleeping pads, construction cones, and well, bell pads.

  5. Lars Washburn

    Essi,
    Terveisiä Imatralta and from Ithaca NY. I was with my family in Finland for 2 + weeks, but we were in Tallinn on the day of your helsinki concert. Would have been fun to stop in and say hi over there after …. what… 30 years? Saw your uncle sing at Kaarina Tuomi’s memorial service
    Lars

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