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June 23, 2017 - June 25, 2017
Upper Peninsula of Michigan
June 23 to 25
This 3-day, 4-site event will celebrate the Upper Peninsula’s enduring Finnish culture. The community leaders who brought FinnFest USA 2013 to the Copper Country have collaborated with several Finnish-American communities in the Western U.P. to create a festival with many of the elements of that FinnFest.
Friday, June 23: at Hanka Homestead, Baraga County village of Askel. Activities from afternoon through evening, Finnish flag-raising to tanssi at this restored Finnish immigrant farmstead will include music, re-enactments, plenty of tasty treats; noted log building expert Frank Eld of Boise, Idaho; Finnish fiddler Arto Järvelä; dance music by Ameriikan Poijat and the Pasi Cats
“Sisu” the Traveling Sauna, Finland’s North American mascot for its centenary celebration, will be at all of the Juhannus ’17 festival sites.
Saturday, June 24: on the Finlandia University campus in Hancock. Juhannussalko (Midsummer pole). Tori inside the center as well as the regular Hancock outdoor tori and an art fair on Quincy Green immediately east of the FAHC. Performances by The Ameriikan Poijat and the Kivajat Dancers. Genealogist Greg Isola, presentations on “Topics in Modern Finnish Genealogy” and “A History of the Quincy Hill Scandinavian Church” ; Arto Järvelä, music instruction; reception for Finnish-American artist Tammy Santti-Kero..
Also Saturday at Toivola: Activities and Juhannus kokko (bonfire) along the shore of Lake Superior at Agate Beach. Toivola’s 125th anniversary observance; Frank Eld, log building presentation. at the Agate Beach Hall at 4 p.m.; evening dance with music by Ameriikan Poijat and FinnFolk; kokko at 9 p.m.
Sunday, June 25: Full day of programming in Bruce Crossing at the crossroads of U.S. 45 and M-28 in Ontonagon County. The traveling sauna will be set up just outside the Settlers’ Co-operative Co-op (which celebrates its centennial this year); dedication of Heritage Wall. Premiere screening of a documentary film about the Co-op and its 100 years of serving the community. The film is by Bruce Crossing native Kristin Ojaniemi. Following screening, dance with music by FinnFolk.
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