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HANCOCK, MICHIGAN

Finnish-America’s Copper Country and the Sibelius Academy Music Festival

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Program #20651RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Sep 22 — Sep 27, 2014

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Facility on beautiful Portage Lake with breath taking views of the Portage Lake Lift Bridge. Located just steps away from the bridge and great beaches. Near Finlandia University, the only university in North America founded by Finnish immigrants.

Contact info:
99 Navy St.
Hancock, MI 49930 USA
phone: 906-482-8400
web: www.ramadahancock.com

Room amenities: Free WIFI, coffee maker, refrigerator, hairdryer, iron and ironing board, cable with over 70 channels (including HBO), free local telephone calls.

Facility amenities: Fifty-one quiet rooms with king or queen-sized beds. Waterfront Restaurant and Upper Deck Lounge onsite with a beautiful view of Portage Lake. Outdoor seating and boat docks available in summer months. Indoor pool, sauna and whirlpool with a view of the water. Business center off lobby. Coin operated laundry / dry cleaning service available. Coffee available in lobby 24 hours.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Check with hotel.
Call hotel for rate details.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Monday, September 22 - Registration, Orientation and Welcome!
Afternoon: Meet your group leader and receive your packet of materials with the details of your journey into Finnish America’s Copper Country.

Dinner: A buffet dinner will be served in the Road Scholar meeting space at the hotel.

Evening: Begin your journey with introductions and orientation led by your group leader. You will be given the details on the program activities and have a chance to visit and participate in an “ice-breaker” with those joining you on your adventure.

Lodging: Ramada Waterfront

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Facility on beautiful Portage Lake with breath taking views of the Portage Lake Lift Bridge. Located just steps away from the bridge and great beaches. Near Finlandia University, the only university in North America founded by Finnish immigrants.

Contact info:
99 Navy St.
Hancock, MI 49930 USA
phone: 906-482-8400
web: www.ramadahancock.com

Room amenities: Free WIFI, coffee maker, refrigerator, hairdryer, iron and ironing board, cable with over 70 channels (including HBO), free local telephone calls.

Facility amenities: Fifty-one quiet rooms with king or queen-sized beds. Waterfront Restaurant and Upper Deck Lounge onsite with a beautiful view of Portage Lake. Outdoor seating and boat docks available in summer months. Indoor pool, sauna and whirlpool with a view of the water. Business center off lobby. Coin operated laundry / dry cleaning service available. Coffee available in lobby 24 hours.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Check with hotel.
Call hotel for rate details.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Tuesday, September 23 - Finnish History/Author Presentation/Seaman Minera...
Finnish History/Author Presentation/Seaman Mineral Museum/ “Meet the Musicians” Sibelius Academy Musician Presentation

Breakfast: On the Finlandia University campus

Morning: Enjoy a presentation on the history of Finnish-America’s Copper Country beginning with the Finnish immigration into the area and continuing with an exploration of the unique culture, art, and way of life that were imported with them. A Finlandia University professor and published author will share his writing experiences, which have been heavily influenced by the persevering if not downright peculiar Finns who make the harsh yet beautiful Copper Country their home.

Lunch: Pasty lunch by Kangas Café

Afternoon: Explore the many galleries of the Seaman Mineral Museum, which houses the world’s finest collection of Keweenaw Copper District and Lake Superior Iron District Minerals, along with many impressive displays of other North American minerals. This is no ordinary museum!

Dinner: At the Finlandia Café

Evening: The “Meet the Musicians” evening will begin with a presentation about Finland’s Sibelius Academy. Sibelius student musicians will talk about their musical paths, the instruments they play, and aspirations for the future. They will welcome your questions and enjoy chatting with you after the presentation.

Lodging: Ramada Waterfront

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Facility on beautiful Portage Lake with breath taking views of the Portage Lake Lift Bridge. Located just steps away from the bridge and great beaches. Near Finlandia University, the only university in North America founded by Finnish immigrants.

Contact info:
99 Navy St.
Hancock, MI 49930 USA
phone: 906-482-8400
web: www.ramadahancock.com

Room amenities: Free WIFI, coffee maker, refrigerator, hairdryer, iron and ironing board, cable with over 70 channels (including HBO), free local telephone calls.

Facility amenities: Fifty-one quiet rooms with king or queen-sized beds. Waterfront Restaurant and Upper Deck Lounge onsite with a beautiful view of Portage Lake. Outdoor seating and boat docks available in summer months. Indoor pool, sauna and whirlpool with a view of the water. Business center off lobby. Coin operated laundry / dry cleaning service available. Coffee available in lobby 24 hours.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Check with hotel.
Call hotel for rate details.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Wednesday, September 24 - Hanka Homestead/Folk Dance Workshop/Folk Dance wi...
Breakfast: Ramada Inn Continental Breakfast

Morning: Learn about the old-world ways of the area’s Finnish immigrants on a fieldtrip to the Hanka Homestead. This restored 1920s self-sufficient farmstead is located on a beautiful, remote hillside at the base of the Keweenaw Peninsula. The house and nine outbuildings were built using Scandinavian techniques for log construction and was the home of Herman Hanka, a disabled miner, his wife, and their four adult children. Restoration of the farm is ongoing. Many artifacts are displayed on the grounds offering a view into life in this remote region of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Lunch: On Finlandia University Campus

Afternoon: Participate in a fun and easy Folk Dance workshop facilitated by expert instructors who will get you stepping right in no time.

Dinner: At the Finlandia Café

Evening: Enjoy an evening of dancing and music provided by area musicians. Even if you haven’t quite mastered your folk-dancing steps, or don't care to dance at all, you will have a great time.

Lodging: Ramada Waterfront

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Facility on beautiful Portage Lake with breath taking views of the Portage Lake Lift Bridge. Located just steps away from the bridge and great beaches. Near Finlandia University, the only university in North America founded by Finnish immigrants.

Contact info:
99 Navy St.
Hancock, MI 49930 USA
phone: 906-482-8400
web: www.ramadahancock.com

Room amenities: Free WIFI, coffee maker, refrigerator, hairdryer, iron and ironing board, cable with over 70 channels (including HBO), free local telephone calls.

Facility amenities: Fifty-one quiet rooms with king or queen-sized beds. Waterfront Restaurant and Upper Deck Lounge onsite with a beautiful view of Portage Lake. Outdoor seating and boat docks available in summer months. Indoor pool, sauna and whirlpool with a view of the water. Business center off lobby. Coin operated laundry / dry cleaning service available. Coffee available in lobby 24 hours.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Check with hotel.
Call hotel for rate details.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Thursday, September 25 - Porcupine Mountains State Park/Adventure Copper M...
Porcupine Mountains State Park/Adventure Copper Mine/ Lake of the Clouds Overlook

Breakfast: Ramada Inn Continental Breakfast

Morning: This morning we will head west towards the beautiful Porcupine Mountains. Our first stop will include a guided underground visit to one of the best preserved copper mines in Michigan, Adventure Copper Mine. Trace the steps of miners as you walk through the tunnels and view the large rooms where pure copper and silver were removed.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch at an area restaurant.

Afternoon: Our exploration of Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park begins with a stop at the visitor's center which sits alongside a large old-growth hardwood-hemlock forest. Through exhibits we'll learn the story of the rugged Upper Peninsula of Michigan. From here we'll stop at the Lake of the Clouds overlook as we take a scenic drive through the park to a boardwalk and viewing platforms with spectacular views of several waterfalls along the Presque Isle River.

Dinner: Dine at the Waterfront Restaurant, overlooking at the Portage Canal. Dinner will be followed by some free time to relax, swim, or take a sauna.

Lodging: Ramada Waterfront

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Facility on beautiful Portage Lake with breath taking views of the Portage Lake Lift Bridge. Located just steps away from the bridge and great beaches. Near Finlandia University, the only university in North America founded by Finnish immigrants.

Contact info:
99 Navy St.
Hancock, MI 49930 USA
phone: 906-482-8400
web: www.ramadahancock.com

Room amenities: Free WIFI, coffee maker, refrigerator, hairdryer, iron and ironing board, cable with over 70 channels (including HBO), free local telephone calls.

Facility amenities: Fifty-one quiet rooms with king or queen-sized beds. Waterfront Restaurant and Upper Deck Lounge onsite with a beautiful view of Portage Lake. Outdoor seating and boat docks available in summer months. Indoor pool, sauna and whirlpool with a view of the water. Business center off lobby. Coin operated laundry / dry cleaning service available. Coffee available in lobby 24 hours.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Check with hotel.
Call hotel for rate details.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Friday, September 26 - Finnish Cooking and Kantele Workshops/Free Aftern...
Finnish Cooking and Kantele Workshops/Free Afternoon/A Special Pre-Concert Dinner/Grand Finale Concert of the Sibelius Academy Music Festival

Breakfast: Finlandia Café

Morning: Here’s a workshop you can sink your teeth into! Our cooking demonstration/ workshop: Finnish Foods: Adventures in Tradition. Later, you can feast on the fruits of your labor at lunch. Even the most musically un-inclined can learn to play the five-string kantele. You’ll soon be plucking a catchy tune on this national instrument of Finland.

Lunch: Dishes prepared in the Finnish cooking workshop or the Finlandia Café.

Afternoon: Take the afternoon off! You deserve it. A chance to do your “own thing.” Perhaps you would like to visit the campus bookstore, take a walk along the canal, or browse the Hancock and Houghton downtown areas.

Dinner: Enjoy local fare at a historic restaurant with a plated meal offering dining options near the Calumet Theatre where we will attend our finale concert.

Evening: Attend the Grand Finale Concert of the Sibelius Academy Music Festival at the historic Calumet Theatre. The student musicians will delight and dazzle you with their obvious love for their music. Repertoires will feature both classical and contemporary music, and will not necessarily include the works of composer Jean Sibelius. You will be amazed by the talent these young semi-professionals bring to the festival!

Lodging: Ramada Waterfront

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Saturday, September 27 - Our wonderful experience must come to an end as w...
Our wonderful experience must come to an end as we say goodbye to our fellow Road Scholars!

Breakfast: Ramada Inn Breakfast Center

Morning: Get together one last time to exchange information and give your input on your Finnish-American/Sibelius Concert experience. Finlandia University can’t resist giving a “test.” Instead of a grade you’ll have a chance to win prizes. So, remember to pay attention—you might win something! Check out from rooms by noon.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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4 Expert-led lectures
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