Sunday, August 30, 2009

Mannerheim Comes to Lunch

This is priceless. (Via Helsingin Sanomat, 2002).
...The upright figure of Count Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim, Marshal of Finland, the Commander-in-Chief of the Finnish Defence Forces in WW2 and the 6th President of the Republic (1944-46), enters the dining room of Mikkelin Klubi, the Mikkeli Club, with a slight swing in his walk.

With a subtle nod he invites his table company to sit down.

"And what shall we be served for lunch today?" he politely asks the waiter, who informs him that the menu consists of Vorschmack and Zander Walewska.

The meal-times of the WW2 Finnish Defence Forces HQ in the town of Mikkeli in Eastern Finland have been restored to life by actor Timo Närhinsalo , who first played the part of Mannerheim a couple of years ago in a play called Airo and Brita at the Mikkeli Theatre.

The praised performance then led to this dinner theatre experiment...

1 comment:

Matterhorn said...

One slight error- he was actually "Baron" not "Count."