The Finn-Am Society and the Finnish Heritage House will hold a Finnish-American Dance Saturday, April 28 from 7 to 10:30 p.m. at Watts Hall, Main Street/Route 1. There will be Finnish dance lessons from 6:30 to 7 p.m.

Live music will be provided by Woodsong, Metsalaulu in Finnish, which features three Piscataquis County residents, Alexandra Conover Bennett, Ned Garner and Toby Hall. The trio has been playing together since 1998. Dance selections will include the polka, humppa, jenka and American dances.

Hall grew up near the Finn Hall in Monson, and Bennett has danced to Jorma Ranta’s accordion dance music there since 1983; later, Veikko Honkala of Massachusetts provided the music. Both Hall and Honkala influenced Bennett’s understanding and playing of Finnish music, and she and Garner had the good fortune to travel to Finland to study from masters. Another strong influence was from Don and Ethel (Kurki) Higgins, who loaned them recorded music; Ethel’s father used to play fiddle at the Hall and she passed some of his tunes along to the trio via piano.

Refreshments will be available including coffee and pulla (Finnish coffee bread). Suggested donation at the door will be: $10, free for children younger than 12. Are all welcome.  For more information, contact Mariann Ahola at 354-0115.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or dernest@villagesoup.com.