Event Pictorials
12th Annual Heikinpaiva Celebration
January 30, 2011
The Annual Heikinpaiva Celebration, which is held to note the beginning of the second half of winter, was held the last week in January this year, and brought a number of events to Hancock.

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A number of workshops were held during Heikinpaiva for the public. Among them was a Tatting Class, taught by Judy Jarvela (brown sweater). Another workshop class instructed beginning music on the Finnish Kantele instrument, taught by Kay Seppala (standing at back). Both workshops were conducted at the Little Brothers, Friends of the Elderly Building. This year's Hankooki Heikki (Parade Marshal) was Esther Pekkala, selected for her efforts in Finnish heritage work in the area. Esther is the last remaining charter member of the Finnish Theme Committee. Kudos, Esther. Saturday morning brought the annual Parade, led off again by the Hancock High School Junior R.O.T.C. Color Guard.
The banner says it all. Heikinpaiva is sponsored by the Hancock Finnish Theme Committee. Some unusual Finnish costumes, and the Finnish-American Reporter contingent. Once again our favorite reindeer came to town from northern Minnesota.
The Sons of Norway group. The annual Barnelopet non-competitive ski race for those 3-17 (and parents) will be Feb. 13 at the Hancock Driving Park (fairgrounds) trailhead. Finlandia University President Dr. Phillip Johnson (center), leads the student delegation. The Hancock Finnish Theme Committee who make all this possible. A great job! Each year brings more colorful Scandinavian costumes.
There are two locations now for the Tori Market and Eatery. Here, the Hancock Methodist Church luncheon area. Our Finnish musical contingent, including a bones player. The second venue is at the Finlandia University Finnish-American Center. A large number of vendors show their wares, following the Parade.
The Copper Country Suzuki Association plays chamber music for the crowd. The Vipukelkka (Whipsled) gives this youngster a ride, as Finlandia student volunteers push him along. Always a crowd favorite, the Wife Carry Event. This couple leaves the start line, after which they will carry out several stops while being timed. After serving her 'husband' a cup of coffee, its off again, now to the finish line.
This youngster doesn't know what to make of these reindeer, while the animal in front checks out our photographer. Another big event is the annual Polar Dive, off the shore of the Ramada Inn. Some 171 persons took the dive this year. This female Caped Crusader is headed for the Cold Case file. And in the evening, The Seisovapoyta (Finnish Buffet), at Finlandia Hall, Finlandia University, and the Tanssit (Dance) that followed. Join us next year for Heikinpaiva 2012.
[ Photos: Roland Burgan ] r-burgan@charter.net
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