St. Urho Celebration (March 2013)
Photos by Bob Hursti and Bob Diotte
St. Urho aka Costa Kapsalis and his wife
Sinikka, aka Mirja Kapsalis
Lisa Koponen her father Vesa Koponen
Ritva Joki – enjoys a glass of wine – perhaps
thanks to St. Urho?
Lindy Hokkinen and Pat Hursti – relaxing after
a great meal
Bob Hursti and (at left) and Raine Bade long
time members, enjoyed the party
Most American and
Canadian Finns know that St. Urho drove the grasshoppers out of
Finland which saved the Finnish grape harvests from destruction.
But did you know that St. Urho was also an expert on what it
takes for a successful marriage?
Members of the Canadian Friends of Finland (CFF) in Ottawa were
privileged this year at their annual St. Urho’s Day dinner to
learn. that St Urho a.k.a. Costa Kapsalis and his wife Sinikka
aka Mirja Kopsalis, who are in fact celebrating their 40th
wedding anniversary and their 10th anniversary of guest
appearances at the CFF St. Urho dinner.
Most of the 60 or so at the dinner also knew that St. Urho
himself was celebrating 57 years since his birth in Minnesota
where American Finns, grew tired of those Irish Americans with
their St. Patrick’s Day festivities, so they invented the
mythical St. Urho so they too could celebrate - and a day
earlier at that, on March 1th.
We asked St.Urho to share some of his secrets for a long, and
successful marriage. He started by remarking that they always
hold hands when they go shopping because if I let go she goes
starts shopping. Sinikka, his wife also added that twice a week
they go to a nice restaurant, have a little wine, some good food
and even dance a bit. “I go Tuesdays, and he goes Fridays,” she
St. Urho asked Sinikka where she wanted to go for their
anniversary. “Somewhere I haven’t been in a long time! she said.
So he suggested the kitchen. And we both sleep in a king-sized
bed she added. His is in Ontario and mine is in B.C.
St. Urho added that he has come to realize that marriage is like
a workshop ...I work and she shops. To which Sinikka added that
she certainly did marry Mr. Right. I just didn’t know that his
first name was Always!
But St. Urho said that he was never surprised by anything that
happened during their relationship. Once Sinikka told me that
the car wasn’t running well because there was water in the
carburetor. I asked where the car was. “In the lake,” she
But seriously Urho, what advice would you give to our friends?
He replied, “the same advice I would give to our friends, living
near the St. Andrea’s fault in California.” And what is that we
When you find a
fault, don’t dwell on it!”
(by Bob Diotte)
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