Friday, January 27, 2012

Heikinpäivä 2012 to offer family fun Saturday, Jan. 28

Reindeer join the 2011 Heikinpäivä Parade on Quincy Street in Hancock. This year the parade will again start at 11 a.m. near the Bridge School and proceed to the Finnish American Heritage Center. (2011 file photos by Keweenaw Now)

HANCOCK -- Heikinpäivä, Hancock's mid-winter festival, offers fun for the whole family all day Saturday, Jan. 28. Here's the schedule:

10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Tori Market, Finnish American Heritage Center (FAHC) and First United Methodist Church.

10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Family Fun DayVipukelkka (Whipsled), reindeer, kicksleds, World's Largest Kicksled, Rakovalkea (log burning), Finlandia's Quincy Green.

Kids love to ride on the Vipukelkka (Whipsled) during the family fun activities next to the Finnish American Heritage Center (Finlandia's Quincy Green).

11 a.m. - Parade, downtown Hancock. Line up at BRIDGE School at 10:30 a.m. Prizes.

Immediately following parade:Wife-carrying contest and kicksled races, Finlandia's Quincy Green.

The wife-carrying contest, a Finnish tradition, is a favorite event at Heikinpäivä. This year it begins right after the parade.

11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Scandinavian Wheat Weaving by Midge Waters, FAHC, Hancock. $20 fee, materials provided.

1 p.m. Snow volleyball, Copper Island Beach Club, Hancock. For information call (906) 482-2422.

2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Open House, Reception for "Art from the Kalevala" exhibit, Community Arts Center, Hancock. Click here for details. Check out our slide show!

3 p.m. Polar Bear Dive, Copper Island Beach Club waterfront, Hancock. NOTE NEW LOCATION! There will be a warming tent.

The Polar Bear Dive is one of the highlights of Heikinpäivä. This year it will be in a new location: next to the Copper Island Beach Club on the Hancock waterfront.

6 p.m. Seisovapöytä (Finnish buffet), Zion Lutheran Church, Hancock. Tickets $16. Silent auction during the banquet.

Learn more about Heikinpäivä on their Web site.

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