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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 [...]

January 26, 2018

Karl Bohnak and Kathryn Remlinger book signing scheduled for Heikinpäivä

North Wind Books welcoming two regional authors

Authors Karl Bohnak and Kathryn Remlinger will be on hand for Heikinpäivä 2018 with book signings scheduled for Saturday, January 27. Bohnak will be at North Wind Books starting at 11 a.m., and Remlinger will be at the Finnish American Heritage Center’s Historical Archive starting at 1 p.m.

The signings are being hosted by North Wind Books, the official bookstore of Finlandia University. Books from both authors are available now.

About Karl Bohnak

Karl Bohnak is [...]

January 8, 2018

Monday marks beginning of Spring 2018 semester

Another semester at Finlandia University begins today, Monday, January 8, 2018. The semester should be an exciting one for those at the university with all the fun that comes along with a spring semester. Below are some of the highlights of things to look forward to, as well as a quick look at the academic calendar.

MLK Day of Service

On Monday, January 15 there will be no classes as students, staff and faculty get out and get involved in service projects [...]

Finnish American Heritage Center
January 3, 2018

Social dance class open to Finlandia students and community

There’s no better way to warm yourself on a chilly winter’s evening than to dance. And Heikinpäivä 2018 is offering plenty of opportunities to do just that – even for folks who’ve never danced before.

That’s because the City of Hancock’s Finnish Theme Committee is partnering with Finlandia University to offer an eight-week class in social dance that’ll teach even the most firmly-rooted wallflower some of the most enjoyable and easy to learn dance steps. Led by Finlandia University Fiber [...]

January 2, 2018

Nordic Film Series opens Heikinpäivä with Oscar nominee

A film by the Copper Country’s favorite Finnish director will screen at the Finnish American Heritage Center on Thursday, January 11 at 2 and 6 p.m. as this month’s installment of the Nordic Film Series.

The Fencer” by Klaus Härö, which was Finland’s entry as the Best Foreign Language Film for the 2015 Oscars, tells the story of a young man who fled Russia to Estonia to evade the secret police. He finds work as a teacher and [...]

January 23, 2017

Ice conditions force Heikinpäivä Polar Bear Dive cancellation

The recent warming trend has weakened the ice on the Portage Canal, so the Heikinpäivä Polar Bear Dive for 2017 is cancelled.

“We just can’t risk the safety of our participants,” Polar Bear Dive coordinator Julie Knight said. “The Coast Guard recommends that nobody be on the ice, and since the weather is supposed to be warmer than normal for the coming days, it’s not likely the ice conditions will improve in time to try to have the dive.”

Folks are encouraged [...]

January 21, 2017

What in the heck is Heikinpäivä? and 5 reasons you’ll love it!

Liliana Lazo in 2016’s Heikinpäivä Wife-Carrying Contest

It should be no surprise that Finlandia University takes great pride in its Finnish heritage. According to The Finnish American Reporter, approximately 40 percent of Hancock’s population bears Finnish ancestry, the largest ethnic group in the region, making recognition of this history significant to many locals. Finnish traditions and culture are woven deeply into Finlandia and the Copper Country’s philosophies and approach to life, but there is one time each year [...]

Heikinpäivä Parade
January 17, 2017

Schedule for 18th annual Heikinpäivä now available

Hancock is once again playing host to the Finnish-American winter cultural festival Heikinpäivä. The 18th annual celebration begins Wednesday, January 25 at Quincy Green and continues through Monday, February 6, with events at locations throughout Hancock.

The main day of festivities is Saturday January 28, with such notable events as the opening parade in downtown Hancock at 11 a.m., and the Polar Bear Dive at 3 p.m., located on the Hancock waterfront near Copper Island Beach Club.

To see a [...]

Finnish American Heritage Center
January 6, 2017

Heritage Center to launch Finnish American folk school

“Although our region maintains a strong ethnic pride in its Finnish roots, the loss of language and traditional arts and crafts has left many among our residents very little onto which they can attach their ethnic identity.”

So says Finnish American Heritage Center Director Jim Kurtti, and he’s doing something about it. He and his staff at Finlandia University’s Finnish American Heritage Center are spearheading an effort to establish a Finnish American Folk School in [...]

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