Chicago: The Day the Earth Froze!

When the lovely Annikki is kidnapped by the evil witch Marty Feldman, it's up to Lemon Kainen and Ill Marine N to build a horse and a Sampo to get her back.  I don't know what that is, but apparently it's a pretty big deal, since building one for the witch made their hometown sad, even though they didn't have a Sampo before.

Before he can marry Ankh Knee, Lemon Jell-O heads back to Witch Mountain to steal the Sampo, which he breaks on the way home, so nobody gets a Sampo now.  Even though they're now starving, everybody throws a big wedding for Lamont Cranston and Anknknki, which goes pretty well until the Witch stops by on her way to give Snow White an apple and makes the Earth freeze.  Don't let the title fool you; it starts several days, and possibly months, before the Earth Freezes, and I would argue that the titular day isn't even the most important day in the story.

No matter; The Day the Earth Froze, originally released in Eastern Europe as Sampo (at a guess people over there know what a Sampo is, otherwise why would you go see a movie about one?) is part of the Russo-Finnish Troika, and so while the names are, in my mind, proof that the Finnish people are just making this stuff up, its story is drawn from The Kalevala, the national epic poem of Finland (do we have one of those?  Maybe "Casey at the Bat?") and tells a rough approximation of how Finland came to be what it is today: an economically competitive nation with great vacation spots whose winters would make you pine for Chicago.

We meet at the Irish American Heritage Center in the Fifth Province, the center’s pub located on the first floor (look for a group of folks wearing name badges). Sometimes there will be an event charging money at the door; that's not us.  You're welcome to walk past them and come find us.  The evening starts at 6:00p for dinner/drinks in the pub (menu consists of burgers, fish & chips, sandwiches, and Irish fare such as Sheperd's Pie). At around 7:30p, we go to the viewing room to watch the show. For those of you driving, the center offers plenty of free parking in its lot. If you still can't find us, go ahead and call or send me a text message at[masked] (after 6 PM on the day of only, please; there are several avenues to contact me every other day of the month).

I charge an event fee of $5 to help recoup costs for room rental, A/V equipment, DVDs and a personalized, preprinted name badge. If your guest(s) also would like a personalized preprinted name badge, please put his/her name into the comments section of your RSVP.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Sun got stolen, Sampo was discussed, Mindy danced, you know, the usual.

    April 27, 2013

    • bob m.

      I downloaded the SAMPO app for my smart phone............

      April 28, 2013

    • Amanda C.

      I got some instant SAMPO at Jewel. Not as good as mom's recipe though.

      April 28, 2013

  • Collin

    "Oh cripes, I remember that day." I'll be there.

    April 27, 2013

  • Mindy

    I've been to Sweden, which is kind of close to Finland. Does that count for something?

    April 26, 2013

  • Rachel

    maybe 2 guests?

    April 11, 2013

  • Greg S.

    This is one of my all time favorites.

    April 5, 2013

  • Mike

    I've never seen this one, huzzah!

    February 15, 2013

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Rafaël

We just grab a coffee and speak French. Some people have been coming every week for months... it creates a kind of warmth to the group.

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