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Tuesday, June 19, 2012 1:44 PM

Kivajat, a children’s folk dancing group from Hancock, will entertain at the Scandinavian Midsummer and Michigan Log Cabin Day celebration at the Iron County Museum Saturday, June, 23. (IC Museum photo)
CASPIAN—Kivajat, a children’s folk dancing group from Hancock, will perform at the Iron County Historical Museum Saturday, June 23, from1:30 to 2:15 p.m.  in honor of Scandinavian Midsummer and Michigan Log Cabin Day.

 Adorned in Finnish costumes, the children will perform on the stage of the Cultural center. They will be accompanied by dance instructor Kay Seppala, highly acclaimed as a folk dancer and teacher in the Copper Country area.
 Under her directorship, the Kivajat dancers traveled to Finland in 2009 and have performed at several Finn Fest celebrations since 2005 as well as at numerous other social functions.
 For the past three years, the Kivajat have also performed at the Heikinpaiva Family Fun nights held in Hancock each January.
 While at the museum, attendees are also encouraged to visit the log cabin homestead complex, in celebration of Michigan’s log cabin day.
 Maggie Scheffer, as “Ingaborg,” will be demonstrating traditional Scandinavian chores in the old farmhouse.
 She will show a glimpse of what life was like in the late 1800s, when farm women carried water, churned butter and baked bread in an old wood stove.
 Scandinavian Midsummer activities will conclude with coffee, lemonade and other refreshments in the cultural center.
 Special grants make it possible for the museum to offer this program at a reduced rate of only $6 per adult and $3 for children.
 The program is being sponsored by Finn Spark Inc., MCACA and in cooperation with the Kivajat Finnish Dancers of Hancock and the Iron County Historical Museum.