HANCOCK – Fall classes are underway at the Ruska Festival at the Finnish American Folk School in Hancock. Registration is still open for certain courses and workshops, including two unique musical opportunities. Kay Seppala will teach 5-String Kantele for Beginners in the hall of the Finnish American Heritage Center in Hancock from Tuesday October 12 to November 9 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
The kantele, a plucked string harp, is Finland’s national instrument. Students can bring their own kantele or borrow one from the Heritage Center. In November, the Folk School will host Jouhikko for Beginners Online taught by Clare Zuraw who studied the instrument in Finland. This less often heard instrument is a Finnish bowed lyre traditionally strung with horsehair. Rental instruments will be available for local students. Both courses cost $ 50 and registration is available online: www.finlandia.edu/fahc/finnish-american-folk-school
There are still places available in other Finnish American Folk School courses and workshops this fall. From October, the folk school is organizing two knitting classes: knitting socks and knitting with colors. In November, local instrument maker and carpenter Alice Margerum will teach students how to make their own Nordic wooden shaving ornaments. In December, Beginning Broom Making students will make and decorate their own working whisk broom. Details and registration for all classes are available on the Folk School website.
The Finnish American Folk School at Finlandia University was founded in 2017 to promote knowledge of Finnish folk arts and traditional skills and ensure that they thrive for generations to come. The folk school is based at the Jutila Center Fiber Studio and the Finnish American Heritage Center in Hancock, Michigan.
Contact: Phyllis Fredendall, [email protected] Phone: 906-487-7549.