HANCOCK -- Heikinpäivä -- Hancock's mid-winter festival -- is coming, and some events begin this week.
Monday, Jan. 10:
2 p.m. and 6 p.m. -- Nisu-making class by Edith Mäki, Zion Lutheran Church, Hancock. $15 fee. To register, call (906) 487-7505.
6 p.m. - 8 p.m. -- Build your own five-string kantele class by Jim Lohmann, Zion Lutheran Church. $125 fee includes materials. You go home with a kantele. Class continues on Jan. 17. To register, call (906) 487-7505.
Thursday, Jan. 13:
2 p.m. and 6 p.m. -- Nordic Film Series, presents Shadow of the Two-Headed Eagle, Finnish American Heritage Center. For information, call 487-7302. Click here for details.
Friday, Jan. 14:
6 p.m. - 8 p.m. -- Family Fun Night, by Kay Seppälä and Sherry Saarinen. Finnish American Heritage Center, Hancock. $5/family. To register, call (906) 523-6271. Kids of all ages (3 - 93) will have a grand time doing traditional Finnish song games! If you can walk, you can join in the fun, and the more the merrier! Get a Finnish name, learn a few Finnish words, make a mehupilli (Finnish straw whistle), join in the song games like pukki (goat) or BINGO (the singing game, not the number/board game). Learn a few simple folk dances and end the evening with an enchanting Nordic chain dance. Refreshments provided. Bring the family, bring grandma. A good time will be had by all!
Click here for the 2011 Heikinpäivä Schedule.