Kaleva Historical Society www.kalevami.com

  " Welcome to the Bottle House Museum in downtown Kaleva Michigan. Kaleva was founded as a community in 1900. The Bottle House was built using discarded soda bottles from the Kaleva Bottling Works. John Makinen built the house over 60 years ago. There are approximately 60 000 bottles in the walls of the house (look for the ""Kaleva"" label on bottles when you visit)." *********Kaleva Luminary Tradition********** The soft glow of dancing light is cast over the peaceful Kaleva Cemetery once again this year as the community comes out to celebrate the Finnish tradition of lighting candles for those who have passed. Luminaries, consisting of candles set aglow in transparent bags, are set out next to each grave which is reminiscent of the Finnish tradition of lighting candles on Christmas Eve for fallen friends or family. “Our community started honoring this tradition around 1996” says Cindy Asiala, KHS’s current president. About fifty members of the community arrived on the shortest day of the year, or the Winter Solstice, to help set out about 1,000 luminaries. “It was nice to see as many residents come out to see the luminaries as we did” said Kaleva resident Aaron Desarmeaux who brought his boys to see the lights. Kaleva resident Melvin “Red” Fennell also put together a small warming station for community members to gather and warm up during the festivities. Preceding the candle lighting, carols were sung, and a soup dinner was provided afterward at the Kaleva Lutheran Church. Megan Desarmeaux KHS Public Relations

Contact: President, Cindy Asiala
Telephone: 231.362.3480
Hours: Saturday & Sunday 12-4 pm.
Email: kalevabottlehouse@gmail.com
Address: 14551 Wuoksi Ave.
POB 252
City: Kaleva
State: MI
Zip Code: 49645

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