Celebrate the halfway mark of winter in Finnish fashion. A smorgasbord dinner, dances, a concert and a Tori Market are offered along with cultural demonstrations, the Polar Bear Plunge, reindeer and a parade.
Thursday, January 9
2 p.m. & 6 p.m. — Nordic Film Series presents “Sirkka: Past and Present,” shown in honor of the 100th anniversary of women earning the right to vote, Finnish American Heritage Center, Hancock. Call (906)?487-7506.
Monday, January 13
7 p.m. — Jouhikko workshop with Clare Zuraw, Finnish American Heritage Center. $15 per person.
Wednesday, January 15
6 p.m. — 5-string kantele workshop with Kay Seppälä, Finnish American Heritage Center. Some instruments available for use. $15 per person.
Thursday, January 16
6 p.m. — Sami People of Alaska exhibit opening, with remarks by exhibit curator Marlene Wisuri, Finnish American Heritage Center, Hancock. Exhibit open through the festival. Call (906)?487-7549.
Saturday, January 18
6:30-8:30 p.m. — Hobbyhorse Hoedown Finnish American Heritage Center. For information, call (818) 606-0065.
Monday, January 20
6 p.m. — Läveri (Karelian reed instrument)making workshop with Alice Margerum, Finnish American Heritage Center. $25 per person. Class is about 2-1/2 hours.
6 p.m. — Finnish folk dance workshop for children, with Minka Järvenpää, Finnish American Heritage Center. $5 per person. Call (906)?523-6271.
Tuesday, January 21
6:30 p.m. — Birch bark ring making workshop with Alice Margerum, Finnish American Historical Archive, Hancock. $5 per person.
6:45 p.m. — Folk Dancing workshop for adults, with Minka Järvenpää, Finnish American Heritage Center. $5 per person. Call (906)?523-6271.
Thursday, January 23
5:30 p.m. — The Joy of Singing Finnish Favorites music workshop with Ralph and Jaana Tuttila, Finnish American Heritage Center. $15 per person.
Saturday, January 25
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. — Tori Market, FAHC and First United Methodist Church, Hancock.
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. — Vipukelkka (Whipsled), kicksleds, and plenty of outdoor fun! Quincy Green.
11 a.m. – Parade, downtown Hancock. Line up at La Cantina restaurant at 10:30 a.m. Prizes.
Following parade — Wife-carrying, kicksled races, whipsled, and more! Quincy Green. Prizes.
1 p.m. — Book talk, “Kotimaa” with author Mark Munger, North Wind Books, Hancock.
3 p.m. — Polar Bear Dive, Hancock waterfront, details TBA.
3 p.m. — Reception for “Animal Life: Art from the Kalevala,” Community Arts Center, Hancock.
7 p.m. — Heikinpäivä iltamat (hors d’oeuvres, dance), Finnish American Heritage Center. Silent auction during dance. $15 per person.
Sunday, January 26
2 p.m. — Finnish Hymn Sing and Concert, Zion Lutheran Church, Hancock. Open to the public.
Tuesday, January 28
6:45 p.m. — Contra Dancing, Finnish American Heritage Center. Call (818) 606-0065.
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