Enrichment Programs

Annual festivals

Heikinpäivä   Juhannus   Ruska 

Enrichment classes

community pelimannit (“fiddlers” in Finnish)

Welcome! Do you want to experience the satisfaction of making music with others? Build your fiddling skills? Step into the rich Finnish musical heritage of the Upper Peninsula? The Community Pelimannit is for you! The Community Pelimannit (“fiddlers” in Finnish) is a series of six Finnish fiddling workshops to be held in January 2020.

What to expect:
Quality fiddle instruction in a fun, supportive group learning environment. You will learn a variety of Finnish fiddle tunes, taught by a combination of learning by ear and using sheet music. You can develop your fiddling technique and gain experience playing with others. Participants of all ages are welcome! Young children are encouraged to attend with a parent or another adult.

Community Pelimannit workshops dates:
Monday, January 6
Thursday, January 9
Tuesday, January 14
Thursday, January 16
Monday, January 20
Thursday, January 23
Saturday, January 25: Optional performance at Heikinpäivä, time TBD.

Beginner workshop sessions are 5–6 PM and intermediate/advanced sessions are 6–7 PM. Workshops are held at the Finnish American Heritage Center, 435 Quincy Street, Hancock, MI 49930

Questions? Reach Carrie, your instructor, at contact@carriedlutkowski.com.

You even have the optional opportunity to perform at the 2020 Heikinpäivä celebrations! Your instructor is U.P. musician Carrie Dlutkowski, an experienced teacher and performer of many different styles of fiddle music. She is eager to help other fiddlers experience the living tradition of Finnish music that is such a special part of our area. Learn more about Carrie at carriedlutkowski.com.

For further information about any FAHC programming, call (906) 487-7549, or like the Finnish American Heritage Center on Facebook to be among the first to find out about updates.


Kivajat dancers

The Kivajat Finnish-American Folk Dance group is a successful youth outreach of the Finnish American Heritage Center at Finlandia University. The Kivajat preserves, interprets and performs traditional Finnish folk dances and music, wearing traditional Finnish folk costume.

Since 2004, the Kivajat have been ambassadors for the Heritage Center, Finlandia University and the Copper Country, dancing at nursing homes and festivals throughout the region, including the Western UP, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Canada and even Finland.

The group will be open for new members this fall. Children, ages 5 – 17 are divided by age into three distinct groups. Contact Kay Seppala 906-523-6271 or seppala@up.net. Read more about Kivajat here or find them on Facebook.