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A busy winter ahead for Finnish American Folk School

November 30, 2022

The Finnish American Folk School has released its early winter newsletter! Established by the Finnish American Heritage Center and led by Phyllis Fredendall and Clare Zuraw, the Finnish American Folk School exists to ensure that Finnish-American folk traditions exist for centuries to come.

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It’s hard to believe, but we have just one more workshop left on our 2022 calendar before the new year begins. Finnish musician Lotta Hagfors will teach an online singing workshop for the FAFS December 10-11. During the two-session workshop, Hagfors will introduce students to rekilaulu, folk songs that were particularly popular in 19th-century Finland. You won’t want to miss this great online learning opportunity!

In the new year, we look forward to welcoming the return of Heikinpäivä, Hancock, Michigan’s winter festival. Here at the Finnish American Folk School we’ll be celebrating with workshops including baking, weaving, knitting, sewing, and himmeli-making.

Lotta Hagfors

Lotta Hagfors

Rekilaulu Workshop Online

December 10-11, 2022
11am-1pm EST (check your local time zone)
Class fee: $50
Location: Online via Zoom

Join Lotta Hagfors to learn traditional rekisongs. Sing, learn about the history of these Finnish folk songs, and write your own versions. No experience necessary.

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Heikinpäivä 2023 at the Folk School

This year the Finnish American Folk School will be offering hands-on classes during the month of January as part of Hancock’s Heikinpäivä celebration. Folk School instructors, students, and friends will also be demonstrating their skills during the Heikinpäivä Tori. Stay tuned to the Heikinpäivä website for updates on these and other events during the festival.

Inkle Band Weaving – Wednesdays, January 11 5:30-8:30pm + January 18, 5:30-7pm (Phyllis Fredendall)

Sew a Laudeliina or Placemats – Saturday, January 14– 11am-1:30pm (Ginger Alberti)

Traditional Straw Himmeli Mobile – Thursday, January 19– 5-8pm (Alice Margerum)

Knit a Neckwarmer – Tuesdays, January 24 + 31, 5:30-7:30pm (Clare Zuraw)

Finnish Cookie Workshop – Wednesday, January 25, 2023 – 5:30-7:30pm (Harri + Jim Kurtti)

Click on each class title for more information and online registration. As with all of our classes, advanced registration is required.

If you have any questions or need assistance with registration, please email clare.zuraw@finlandia.edu or call 906-487-7549.


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