Revontulet and Oivan Ilo—Finnish Music & Dance | Mariposa Museum | Peterborough

On First Friday, June 4th at 7pm the Mariposa Museum will host a performance by the Finnish folkdance group “Revontulet” accompanied by the music of “Oivan Ilo.”
“Revontulet”, meaning (Northern Lights) has been performing for the past 50 years.  They are dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Finnish dance traditions.  The dances, music and traditional dress are examples of those worn in Finland during the 18th and 19th centuries.

Folk dancing in Finland originated either with peasants frequently portraying some part of daily life or they were copied from dances of the gentry.  Currently there are about 30,000 Finns in Finland that regularly do folk dancing. There are 30 folk dance groups internationally, of which “Revontulet” is one.  Membership is open to anyone interested in learning to dance. The group rehearses at the Finnish Center at Saima Park in Fitchburg, MA.

Accompanying “Revoltulet” will be “Oivan Ilo” which includes, John Chambers, accordion, fiddle, mandolin; Christine Anderson, fiddle; John Rosenfelder, bass, fiddle; Sharon Rosenfelder, accordion; and Cedwyn Morgan, mandolin.

The name “Oivan Ilo” translates Oiva’s Joy, named for Christine and Sharon’s Finnish American father, Oiva Anderson, of New Ipswich, who did not play music but enjoyed dancing and listening, and met both his wives while dancing.
Following the performance the Mariposa invites their guests to participate in informal dancing to the music of “Oivan Ilo” and led by “Revontulet.”

From 6-7pm, preceding the performance, there will be a reception including special Finnish treats prepared and donated by the Finnish Heritage Society—Sovittaja.
From 5-6 will be KidCraft—Pop-up card.
First Friday events are free. Donations gratefully accepted.

The Mariposa is wheelchair accessible.
For more information phone: 924-4555 or email

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Mariposa Museum & World Culture Center
26 Main Street
Peterborough, NH  03458