Jan 09-11

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2011: January: Jan 09-11
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Charlie at Pasty Central (Chopper) on Sunday, January 9, 2011 - 08:25 am:

The craziness begins again this week as mid-winter festivals start to pop up all across the U.P. Before we're done there will be dog races, wife-carrying races, and outhouse races. There will be snow statues and fireworks, parades and polar bear dives, food, fun and frolicking in the snow.

Some of the upcoming events include Heikinpäivä, which actually kicks off tomorrow with the world-famous Nisu class at Zion Lutheran Church, and many events to follow, leading up to the big parade in Hancock on the last Saturday of January.

This coming weekend the City of Negaunee will repeat the Heikki Lunta Winterfest on January 15-16. It's actually a legend that was born in the Copper Country, which you can read about here.

And looking ahead to next month, preparations are underway for the ever-popular Trenary Outhouse Races. I'm sure some of the sleek new competitors in this year's race are being fine-tuned as we speak.

It may be cold and snowy here in the U.P., but it's never dull.

Have a good week :o)

By kosk in Toronto (Koskintoronto) on Sunday, January 9, 2011 - 03:40 pm:

Thanks for that history lesson, Charlie. I remember owning a small
record of the song back in the day.

I look forward to being in the UP for Heikinpaiva one of these days.
(Sorry I don't know how to make the umlauts).

By jbuck (Jbuck) on Sunday, January 9, 2011 - 06:31 pm:

Just to show you have old i am ~ i have the Heikki Lunta songs on an old 45. AND i still have the turn table to play it! ;-0

Looks like Heikki Lunta visited several places in Michigan in the last few days!

Thanks Charlie!

By Uncle Chuck (Unclechuck) on Sunday, January 9, 2011 - 10:18 pm:

Jbuck, Im 52 and I have the 45 too, lol, Heikki and I are old friends, perhaps you have howled at the moon with him in our adopted town too! lol

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