2023 Schedule

Heikinpäivä  2023

A Finnish-American Mid-Winter Festival

(updated 27 Nov 2022)

01.12 – 14.02 – Snowflake Challenge – Sew Cranky (322 Quincy St., Hancock) with Ginger Alberti (Mon-Sat – during business hours 1-6pm) – Heikinpäivä Snowflake Challenge project, for everyone, beginners too! Learn to quickly sew a pattern on a black felt square (with an antique hand crank sewing machine), which is then entered into the contest with cash and gift certificate prizes! $3 to enter. All ages. Winners in all skill levels. If bringing a group, or with general questions please call (818) 606-0065 .

11.01 & 18.01 (Wed) – Inkle Band Weaving Class (FAFS) Learn to weave a colorful strap on an inkle loom with Phyllis Fredendall. Jutila Center (5:30-8:30pm) $60 – Learn more and register at Finnish American Folk School

14.01 (Sat) – Sew a Laudeliina or Placemats Workshop (FAFS) Sew a linen sauna seat mat on antique hand crank sewing machines with Ginger Alberti. Sew Cranky (11am-1:30pm) $35 plus materials fee- Learn more and register at Finnish American Folk School

17.01 (Tues) – Vanhimmat (folk & ballroom dance lessons) – with Kay Seppälä – Finnish American Heritage Center (7:00 – 8:30 pm), In preparation for the Iltamat dance learn, or relearn, polkka, schottische, mazurka and raatikkoon. No partner nor pre-registration necessary. $5 per student.

18.01 (Wed) – Nordic Film Series – “Sirkka: Past & Present” – 2 p.m. – Finnish American Heritage Center. Free will offerings accepted. For more information call 906-487-7549.

19.01 (Thurs) – Traditional Straw Himmeli Mobile Workshop (FAFS) – Make a traditional Finnish straw himmeli with Alice Margerum – Finnish American Heritage Center (5 p.m.-8 p.m.) – $30 plus materials fee – Learn more and register at Finnish American Folk School 

20.01 (Fri) – Family Fun Night/Hobby Horse Hoedown – with Kay Seppälä & Ginger Alberti – Finnish American Heritage Center (6-8pm) An evening of fun for the whole family, including music and Finnish dances, Hobby Horse indoor games and obstacle arena, themed games, and dances, (all ages!) … If you have a hobby horse ride it in! (horses to borrow too). 6 – 8 p.m. Do not forget you can ride your horses in the parade on the 28th, too! $5.00 per family.

21.01 (Sat) – Club Finndigo – the Finnish film Pelican Man (Pelikaanimies) – Calumet Theater – 2 p.m. Screening is preceded by a coffee and nisu social at 1 p.m. Admission is $5 per person.

31.01 & 7.02 (Tues) – Knit a Neckwarmer Class (FAFS) –  Knit a neck warmer based on traditional Finnish sweater patterns from Vörå (Vöyri) with Clare Zuraw, Jutila Center (5:30-7pm) – $50 – Learn more and register at Finnish American Folk School

25.01 (Wed) – Finnish Cookies Workshop (FAFS)  – Learn to bake popular Finnish cookies with Finnish Canadian baker Harri & his renkiserkku Jim Kurtti – Finnish American Heritage Center (5:30-7:30pm) – $20 – Learn more and register at Finnish American Folk School

28.01 (Sat) – HEIKINPÄIVÄ

– Tori markets – (10 a.m. – 3 p.m.) – Finnish American Heritage Center & United Methodist Church

– Parade – 11 a.m – Quincy Street, Hancock. Cash prizes.

– Karhunpeijäiset – join the costumed parade participants in a circle dance

– Outdoor Games (including vipukelkka, kick sleds, Wife Carrying, etc.) -immediately following the parade

– Polar Bear Dive – TBA

– Mark Munger: book talk & signing – 1 p.m. – North Wind Books

– Iltamat (dance & buffet) – (7-10pm) Finnish American Heritage Center. $15. Music by Back Room Boys.

28.01 (Sat) – Animal Life: Art from the Kalevala – opening reception (2:30-4 p.m.) – Traditional Finnish refreshments will be served. Copper Country Community Arts Center.