The 15th annual Heikinpäivä is later this month and each year, the Finnish Theme Committee selects one person whose work toward preserving and promoting Finnish culture in the area goes above and beyond normal efforts. That person is the festival’s “Hankooki Heikki” and presides over the festivities, wearing the crown and robe that come with the honor. This year’s Hankooki Heikki is Finnish Theme Committee member David Maki. He says he is honored to receive this distinction. Maki added that he will still be heavily involved in the organization of the festivities. A link to the full schedule of events and heritage classes is available here. Maki and fellow Finnish Theme Committee member Kay Seppala will be guests on this weekend’s edition of Copper Country Today.