Several Finnish cultural events surround Heikinpaiva festivities

Kali Katerberg/Daily Mining Gazette Starting next week, the Finnish-American Heritage Center is hosting several traditional Finnish events and classes as part of Heikinpaiva.

HANCOCK — Heikinpaiva enthusiasts can look forward to Finnish cultural events to last close to a month.

The scheduled festivities run from Jan. 10 to Feb. 5 and include more than the traditional events of wife-carrying, polar bear dive and parade. These classics take place on Jan. 27, but there are other Finnish cultural events being held at the Finnish American Heritage Center.

The center will be offering classes and performances on Finnish culture, though many are not free.

The first bit of cultural celebration takes the form of dance. Social-folk dance classes will begin on Jan. 10 with the eight sessions costing $50 a student.

The next day “The Fencer” film will be screened at 2 to 6 p.m.

Another Finnish film will be shown on Jan. 19 at the Calumet Theatre. “Invisible Elina” will be the featured film of the theater’s Dinner and a Movie event, with dinner catered by the Kangas Cafe of Hancock.

On Jan. 23, a traditional Finnish Jouhikko recital and lecture will take place at 6 p.m. at an $8 cost.

On Jan. 24, a songwriting workshop will be held at $15 a person, with artist-in-residence Jonathan Rundman. Rundman will also hold a harmonium workshop on Jan. 25 for the same price and perform a concert featuring his rock and roll selections at the Chapel of St. Matthew on Jan. 26.

These smaller events all lead up to Jan. 27, when the traditional Heikinpaiva festivities will take place in Hancock.

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