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Program #20651RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.


These instructors are participating on at least one day of one date of this program.
Please note that changes may occur.

Lauri Anderson

Lauri Anderson is a tenured professor of English at Finlandia University, and is the author of five works of prose and poetry including “Children of the Kalevala,” and “Hunting Hemingway’s Trout.” A former Peace Corps volunteer in Nigeria, Lauri taught high school English, lectured at the University of the Pacfic, and served as chair of English at universities in Micronesia and Turkey. Lauri enjoys sharing his own experiences as an author of Finnish-American works.

Adrienne Hilman

Singer, songwriter and musician, Adrienne Hilman, has pursued her passion for music for more than 20 years. Her focus has been on vocals and stringed instruments, including the guitar, mandolin, fiddle, and five and ten-stringed kantele. In 2011, Adrienne recorded her debut album, “Calling Hours.” Her love of music is infectious, and she enjoys sharing tunes on the kantele — a unique Finnish instrument — during Road Scholar workshops.

Ron Stewart

Ron Stewart has been an owner and chef (sometimes both at the same time!) at a number of restaurants across the country, particularly in Michigan. Always willing to learn the cuisine of any culture, Stewart has worked in Japanese, German, and African-American restaurants, in addition to his own primary culinary focus on modern Upper Midwestern cuisine drawing from a variety of traditions, and emphasizing local food sources. As the caterer to Indiana University’s annual Finnish and Estonian Independence Day celebrations, Stewart gained a following of fans craving his hand-made cold-smoked salmon, beef tongue, and braised cabbage. Despite his love for and understanding of Nordic foods both traditional and modern, you’ll still never find him at a lutefisk dinner.

Rosann Eero Angeli

Rossann and Eero Angeli of Ironwood, Michigan will lead dancers as they learn a series of new folk dances. The Angelis have devoted extensive time and talent to furthering the enjoyment of Finnish culture in America. Rosann has wide experience in cultural events ranging from music, language, newsletter organization dance. Eero, a recent emirge to America has served on Finnish Club Board of Directors, soundboard for Finnish radio, theater and has extensive training and involvement in folkdance workshops both in Finland and Sweden. He has studied under many famous Finnish folk dance teachers.

Group Leaders

Group Leaders make sure your program runs smoothly and are attuned to the needs of Road Scholar participants. These Group Leaders are participating on at least one day of one date of this program.
Please note that changes may occur.

Liz Baumann

Liz Baumann has been employed at Finlandia University for four years, where she holds the position of coordinator of University Relations and Academic Affairs. This is her first year serving as the group leader with the Road Scholar program and she is looking forward to the experience. Liz graduated in 2010 from Northern Michigan University with a bachelor’s in business management. Liz is originally from Hubbell, Michigan in the Upper Peninsula and is proud to call herself a “Yooper.” Her love for nature is what keeps her here. Liz enjoys fishing, hunting, hiking, backpacking and crafting. The Copper Country is a beautiful place and she is confident that you will love it as much as she does!

Les Haataja

Les Haataja is an assistant Road Scholar group leader, and you will find him to have volumes of information about the people and places of the Copper Country. Les is a third-generation American with 100% Finnish blood running through his veins.He remains active doing things from grooming snowmobile trails to volunteering for everything Finnish. His long list of volunteer work includes FinnFest, Heikinpäivä, interpreter at Hanka Homestead and joining us for his second year with Road Scholar..

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5 nights of accommodations
14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
4 Expert-led lectures
4 Field trips
4 Hands-on experiences
2 Performances


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