One thing you can always count on during a Minnesota winter: the cold. From 20 below to 20 above in the span of just a day, it is not surprising that a popular remedy for the chilled-to-your-bones feeling that winter brings is the sauna.
Perhaps it's the strong Scandinavian roots in this state, as well, that influences Minnesotans' love of the Finnish sauna. Michael Nordskog and Aaron Hautala, authors of The Opposite of Cold: The Northwoods Finnish Sauna Tradition, will discuss this beloved, sweaty pastime tomorrow night at Magers & Quinn.
The Opposite of Cold: The Northwoods Finnish Sauna Tradition explores the lure and lore of the Finnish sauna, the history of how it came to be so popular here, the culture behind the steamy (that's löyly in Finnish) ritual, and its place in our modern society.
From the 180-degree heat, to the significant stones inside, to the act of jumping into a lake (or rolling in the snow), Nordskog and Hautala will be on tap for tomorrow to discuss it all.
The north woods are definitely home to cabins and canoes, but also saunas too. The book delves into its history, highlighting the oldest sauna in North America, saunas still standing from immigrant farmsteads, and other distinct saunas from around the Midwest.
Nordskog and Hautala's discussion will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday night at Magers & Quinn Booksellers on Hennepin Avenue in Uptown.