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Heikinpäivä Festival Features Spinning & Squeaky Cheese Classes

As the push toward the midpoint of winter continues, the annual Heikinpäivä festival continues with more events this week.

The Finnish-American celebration of the season features a spinning workshop and a squeaky cheese making class Monday afternoon at the Finnish-American Heritage Center.  The spinning workshop is at 2pm and the squeaky cheese making workshop is at 2 and 6pm.

And although space is limited in her class, the Finnish-American Reporter’s Dave Maki says instructor Joanna Chopp will be featured in a new cookbook due out this month.  “We’re producing a cookbook called “Tastes of Finnish America: Foods That Make Us Smile” and it’s as much a coffee table book with a series of (I call them) award-winning photographs taken by a gentleman from Finland and this book will be published before Heikinpäivä. It’s not yet available but it will be very soon and Joanna is one of the eleven subjects that was chosen to be in this book because of her squeaky cheese,” Maki said.

There will be International Folk Dancing tomorrow evening and the Calumet Theatre will host a dinner and movie this Friday…featuring the Swedish film…”A Man Called Ove.”  “We showed it as part of out Nordic Film Series at the Finnish-American Heritage Center so some folks might have seen it and based on the feedback that we got from that showing a few months ago, I think those people might very well want to see it again,” said Maki.

The highlight of the festival is the Heikinpäivä parade on Saturday, January 26th, but there are events all this month.

To register for a class, call (906) 482-1413 or email mpekkala@charter.net. There is a cost for some of the events and space is limited. Payment can be made at the door.

For more information about Heikinpäivä , click here.

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