Anyone hanging around the Clair Nelson Community Center the last few weeks will have likely noticed a new concrete slab near the swingset. What’s that going to be? Well, it’s going to be another picnic shelter. Down the road, when we can raise the money, it’s going to house a wood-fired oven for baking fun things, like bread and pizza. This new structure is happening for a number of reasons, the main one being that a local artisan, Heather Brown, received a Minnesota State Arts Board grant to become proficient at timber framing, and proposed to do so by building a structure that could be used for community purposes. The Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation has donated $2,000 for the concrete slab for the shelter. We have also requested funds from a variety of other sources to pay for the remainder of the cost of the slab. What this all adds up to is more room for outdoor programs and activities, such as the Finland Farmers Market, Camp Finland, community barbecues, cookouts, outdoor meetings, classes, and more!
Join us September 30th from 10am to 3pm at the Clair Nelson Center to help raise the timber frame for the new picnic shelter. We welcome seasoned builders or folks with no experience at all. Come and learn, or come and share your skills! Some snacks will be available to keep our energy up throughout the day, and the evening will be topped off with the monthly September Community Potluck – social hour and setup at 5pm, followed by dinner at 6pm.
Donate here to support this project! We are still raising $4,000 for the concrete slab, and we’re hoping to raise about $5,000-6,000 for the future wood-fired oven. We appreciate your support. Checks can also be mailed to Friends of Finland, PO Box 582, Finland, MN 55603.