Friday, June 17, 2011

"Music on the Menu" returns to Portage Library June 17

HOUGHTON -- The Portage Lake District Library invites everyone to bring a lunch and enjoy "Music on the Menu," an outdoor series of events held on the dock outside the library.

The Kivajat Dancers, under the direction of Kay Seppala, will perform traditional Finnish folk dances from noon to 1 p.m. on Friday, June 17.

The Kivajat Dancers began in the fall of 2004. Sponsored by the Finnish American Heritage Center at Finlandia University and the Finnish Theme Committee of the City of Hancock, children ages 7 - 14 learn the dances and perform in colorful costumes funded by a grant from Finlandia Foundation International.

The children performed for the President of Finland, Tarja Halonen, at FinnFest 2008 in Duluth; and they have danced in festivals in Finland, Canada, Minnesota, and Michigan. Translated, Kivajat means the "Merry Makers."

Everyone is invited to eat and relax during the lunch hour while enjoying this performance. In the event of bad weather, the program will be held in the community room.

This event is part of the library’s Summer Reading Program and is free and open to all. For more information, please call the library at 482-4570 or visit

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