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Tag Archive: Heikinpäivä

January 16, 2023

FAHC to show ‘Sirkka: Past and Present’ at Martha Wiljanen Hall during Heikinpäivä 2023 | Trailer

Sirkka Tuomi Holm was born just days before women earned the right to vote in the United States, a point her father considered vitally important and reminded her of it frequently. Her activism started then, and didn’t ever stop.

Holm, who died in October 2020 at age 100, was a walking, talking, living history book. From her grandfather fighting for the Reds during the Finnish Civil War, to her immigrant parents’ involvement in labor strikes, to being trailed by the FBI [...]

Heikinpaiva 2023 Poster
January 12, 2023

Heikinpäivä 2023 Festival Schedule

A Finnish-American Mid-Winter Festival Until February 14

Snowflake Challenge with Ginger Alberti |1:00 – 6:00 p.m. | Sew Cranky 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.

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December 23, 2022

Folk School announces winter 2023 classes

The Finnish American Folk School has released its winter 2023 class schedule! 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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Winter 2023 Classes

Click on each class title for more information and online registration. As with all of our classes, advanced registration is required. Need financial assistance? A limited number of scholarships are [...]

Lotta Hagfors
November 30, 2022

A busy winter ahead for Finnish American Folk School

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. [...]

Mark Munger
January 17, 2020

Mark Munger to visit North Wind Books January 25

On Saturday, January 25 author of “Suomalaiset“, Mark Munger will be visiting North Wind Books for a book signing and author discussion.

Munger recently released the final book in his historical trilogy, Kotimaa. In his new release, readers follow immigrant Anders Alhomaki on his journey from Finland to Minnesota in the 1890s to Finland’s Centennial Independence Day. 

“The first two novels in the trilogy have been popular in the Finnish-American community,” said [...]

December 12, 2019

Finnish American Heritage Center to host Finnish fiddling workshops in January

The Community Pelimannit, a series of six Finnish fiddling workshops, will be held January 6–23, 2020, hosted by Finlandia University’s Finnish American Heritage Center.

The Community Pelimannit (“fiddlers” in Finnish) offers the opportunity to experience the rich Finnish musical heritage of the Upper Peninsula by providing quality fiddle instruction in a fun, supportive group learning environment.  Classes are open to the community, and to all levels of playing experience.  Participants will learn a variety of Finnish fiddle tunes, develop [...]

Michael Babcock with Meeri Kataja and Riina Rastas
February 1, 2019

Finn-terns Meeri Kataja and Riina Rastas talk Heikinpäivä

Dropping by the Finlandia Fridays studios this chilly week are Finnish interns Meeri Kataja and Riina Rastas. Both Kataja and Rastas are working in the Finnish American Heritage Center (FAHC). The FAHC brings in Finnish interns throughout the year to bring in another aspect of Finnish culture to the university and the local area.

Kataja is from Espoo, the second largest city, located near Helsinki. Studying at the University of Helsinki Social Sciences, Kataja is assisting down in the archives [...]

January 21, 2019

Students and employees invited to participate in Heikinpäivä parade

All employees and students at Finlandia University are invited to join in the Heikinpäivä 2019 parade on Saturday in downtown Hancock. The parade begins at 11 a.m., and those interested in marching should plan to arrive around 10:30. The group will gather near the former Bridge School building on on Quincy Street (see map below).

Learn more about Heikinpäivä on the event’s official website. Please contact Karin Van Dyke with any questions about the parade.

January 3, 2019

Nordic Film Series resumes with uplifting Finnish documentary on January 10

The Nordic Film Series at Finlandia University’s Finnish American Heritage Center resumes January 10 with a Finnish documentary that will uplift the spirits of the audience and kick off the 2019 Heikinpäivä festival.

Hobbyhorse Revolution,” a 2017 film, will show at 2 and 6 p.m. on Thursday, January 10. It is a funny and moving film about the power of imagination and the strength of a community. The film follows three young girls, Aisku, Elsa and Alisa, whose lives have been [...]

Jonathan Rundman Finlandia Fridays
January 26, 2018

Musician Jonathan Rundman discusses artist in residency for Heikinpäivä

Finlandia Fridays was visited this week by musician Jonathan Rundman. Rundman is the musician in residence this year for Heikinpäivä. Originally from Ishpeming, Rundman currently lives in the Twin Cities and makes a living off being a singer-songwriter. Rundman stated that he always wanted to be a musician, even when he was little, and was glad his career kick started in the 90’s, before streaming was around. Heikinpäivä, and other small festivals, are great for independent artists [...]