Monday, June 17, 2013

Hancock Tori to be open all five days of FinnFest with extended hours

By Michele Bourdieu

Gustavo Bourdieu will be selling his hand-painted and engraved rocks at the Hancock Tori during FinnFest this week. He might even sell you a special shopping bag made on his sewing machine, whether you need one or just want one! (June 12, 2013, photos by Keweenaw Now)

HANCOCK -- As part of FinnFest USA 2013, the Hancock Tori farmers' market will be open in its usual location on the Quincy Green near the Finnish American Heritage Center in Hancock throughout FinnFest with extended hours.

During FinnFest, the Hancock Tori will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Wednesday, June 19, through Saturday, June 22, and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 23.

The Tori will feature all local crafts, baked goods, jams, jellies, home-made tabouli and more at reasonable prices. It is outside with free entry and open to the public.

Sandy Soring, Tori co-manager, said she expects 27 different vendors for the FinnFest Tori in Hancock. Here are some of the regular Tori vendors who plan to be there extra hours during FinnFest:

Carol Bird, seamstress extraordinaire, displays and wears some special necktie purses, scarves and bracelets she will be selling during FinnFest. They look like men's ties, but they are items creatively designed for women. Carol also makes lovely aprons, napkins and more!

If you're interested in some exquisite, hand-crafted jewelry, be sure to check out artist Carol Williams' booth at the Hancock Tori. You will be tempted!

Sandy Soring, Tori co-manager, sells home-grown plants and herbs. Follow the great aroma of fresh basil ...

Teresa Palosaari, Tori co-manager, displays a wide variety of hand-made items and homemade baked goods, jams and jellies. Be sure to check them out at the Hancock Tori during FinnFest. Just look for her sunny smile!

Mina Nikfarjaam from Iran, left, has returned to the Hancock Tori this summer after her introduction to it last year. She sells Middle Eastern style baked goods and homemade tabouli. Pictured with her is Jeanne Medlyn, Tori co-manager, who sells home-spun yarn. Knitters, check it out!

Dorn Dyttmer sells a variety of items at the Tori, including his hand-made post cards, homemade baked goods, music and more. Dorn is also a musician so you may hear him playing music as well!

At the Hancock Tori you will see some of the vendors all five days; others will be selling their wares periodically. Additionally, this special Tori will offer many of the elements that are usually seen there only during the Heikinpäivä midwinter festival. There’ll be a kicksled, vipukelkka (whipsled), vintage saunas, a Midsummer pole, an instructional exhibit on home weatherization, and more. Don't miss it!

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