There’s plenty of opportunity to have some fun while learning a bit about Finnish American culture during this year’s Heikinpäivä. To register for any of these enrichment opportunities, call (906) 482-1413 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. EST.
Monday, January 13 will be a jouhikko workshop with Clare Zuraw — one of the founders of the Jouhikombo, the only jouhikko performance group in the United States.
Clare will provide instruction on how to play this ancient Finnish instrument, which has seen a recent resurgence in the region.
All interested participants are encouraged to contact Clare prior to attending the class; she can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. This class is $15 per person.
Wednesday, January 15 is the date of Kay Seppälä’s 5-string kantele workshop. If you can count to five, you can learn to play this instrument, which is considered the national instrument of Finland.
Some instruments will be available for use — beginners are encouraged to attend, and veteran musicians are welcome as well.
This class is $15 per person.
Monday, January 20 will be a läveri (Karelian reed instrument) making workshop with Alice Margerum, local musician and instrument builder. Having served as Finnish American Folk School visiting artist Minna Hokka’s “right hand woman” during Hokka’s stay in Hancock last June, Alice is well equipped to build upon the traditions taught by Minna just a few months ago. The class is about 2-1/2 hours long, and participants will be equipped with the skills and materials to build their own instrument. This class is $25 per person.
Also on Monday, January 20, visiting Finnish dance instructor Minka Järvenpää will lead a Finnish folk dance workshop for children; Minka is a personal friend and dance colleague of Kivajat Folk Dancers leader Kay Seppälä — to register for this course ($5 per person) call (906) 523-6271.
Additional classes offered during Heikinpäivä 2020 will include a birch bark ring making workshop, a Finnish folk dance workshop for adults, and a Finnish folk music workshop focusing on vocals and instrument accompaniment. Watch for details about these exciting opportunities coming soon!