This page contains all the Newsletters, individual Pictures and Events recorded for this specific year. Scroll down the events and where you can see a camera icon there will be pictures related to that event. We are always ready to add missing items you feel should be recorded.

Newsletters in 2009

Gallery Pictures in 2009
Spring Fair - 28th May 2009

Events in 2009

2009 Festival of Carols

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The Christmas Festival of Nine Lessons ans Carols was held at Old Männistö Church, , on Thursday, 17th December 2009

Traditional Christmas Lunch

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The 7th traditional Christmas Lunch was served at Isä Camillo restaurant on Saturday, 12th December, 2009.

The menu was as follow:

* Cold smoked salmon with lemon cream cheese, dill oil and brown bread

* Roast turkey breast, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, bacon and sausage rolls, roast  potatoes, Brussels sprouts, carrots

* Christmas pudding with brandy butter

The price was 29 euros for adults, children half prize, drinks excluded.

Many thanks to kristiina Bailey who has seen to it that traditional English Christmas lunch can be enjoyed even here in Kuopio


Debating Competition Semi-finals

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Debating competition semi-finals for upper secondary school students took place at Kuopion Yhteiskoulun Musiikkilukio on Saturday, 14th November, at 11 am. The procedure follows the British tradition. Audience was welcome to listen to how the young people defended their views on the chosen topics. The finals will be held at the British Embassy in Helsinki in January. The first prize is a trip to London. The team from Kuopion Yhteiskoulun Musiikkilukio will represent Kuopio in the finals.

Guy Fawkes Night 2009

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Guy Fawkes night at Peter and Pirkko Hill's in Paasisalo, was celebrated by 36 people this year. Welcomed with a hot gloggi and sustained out in the snow with tomato soup and hotdogs, we listened to Peter recite the rhyme about 'Gunpowder, Treason and Plot', before the guy was celemoniously burnt on the bonfire.

We all then adjourned into the house for an enjoyable party. Lots of food had been provided and there was also some liquid refreshment available!


Nicholas Smith, the English Conductor

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The Kuopio Symphony Orchestra concert on Thursday, 8th October, was conducted by Nicholas Smith. He was the Music Director of the orchestra in Kuopio for seven years from 1983-90. During his time the orchestra moved into the new concert hall, expanded and attracted a huge increase in audiences. While in Finland he conducted nearly 100 opera performances, and was a frequent guest conductor with all major Finnish orchestras and the Finnish National Ballet. For the last 14 years, he has been the Music Director of the South Carolina Philharmonic. On Wednesday, the night before the concert,  he was our guest at Isä Camillo.

For more information,visit his website

JUNE 2009

Trip to the Lake District

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The Programme for the five days included:

Ullswater Lake – a trip on the steamer followed by Lakeside walks. Visit to Windermere, the capital of the Lake District: the Peter Rabbit/Beatrix Potter museum. Shopping. Cruise on the steam yacht Gondola on Lake Coniston. Keswick theatre visit: Summer Lightening by P G Woodhouse. Trip to Grasmere: visit to Wordsworth’s house, Rydal Mount and a walk up the local fells the Lion and The Lamb.
Also stops at the prehistoric Castlerigg Stone Circle, and other local attractions. A full day's walk up Helvellyn (850m) the third highest mountain in the area.

Evening programmes of talks and visits to local restaurants and pubs.

The trip had 22 participants who all thoroughly enjoyed the Lake District experience.

MAY 2009

Nick Hennessey

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Moss and Stones, Skin and Bones.

Nick Hennessey returned to Kuopio with British and Irish folk tales.  Hosted in the Town Hall, we had an enjoyable evening of music and tales, followed by a dinner for Nick.

For further information on Nick Hennessey, visit his website


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Greetings from the sunny market square.There were quite a few people who were interested in the activities of various organizations and friendship societies in Kuoipio. The programme on stage was enjoyable to watch.