Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Kivajat Dancers to kick off "Music on the Menu" at Portage Library June 22

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 22.

The Kivajat Dancers began in the fall of 2004 and are 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. They have performed in festivals in Finland, Canada, Minnesota and Michigan. Translated, Kivajat means the "Merry Makers."

Everyone is invited to eat and relax while enjoying the 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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