Saturday, May 31, 2014

Hancock Tori 2014 to open June 4

By Michele Bourdieu

Tori vendor Gustavo Bourdieu displays his hand-decorated stones. He also sells his honey at the Tori in season. (Photos by Keweenaw Now)

HANCOCK -- The Hancock Tori open air market will open Wednesday, June 4, 2014, on the Quincy Green next to the Finnish American Heritage Center in downtown Hancock.

John Lennington sells plants and fresh vegetables in the Tori. (Photos by Keweenaw Now)

The Tori will be open every Wednesday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. from June through September, rain or shine.

Sandy Soring, Tori manager, conducts an informational meeting of vendors on May 21, 2014, in the Orpheum Theater in Hancock. Seated at right (foreground) is Hancock City Manager Glenn Anderson. The City of Hancock provides awnings and garbage collection for the Tori, while Finlandia University provides space and restroom facilities. Anderson announced at the May 21 City Council meeting that he was glad to see 19 vendors at the meeting.

Tori vendors offer locally grown vegetables, berries, plants and flowers for sale. Some vendors sell locally made jams, jellies, honey and baked goods. In addition, artisan vendors offer locally crafted baskets, wool yarn, towels, jewelry, and more. Some also demonstrate their craft skills during market hours.

Mina, left, who sells Middle Eastern baked goods and tabouli, and Jeanne, a weaver, pause for a photo during the Tori last year in June. 

Come to the Tori and buy fresh food and locally produced crafts. Help contribute to our local economy!

Seamstress Carol Bird displays her creative use of ties, which she incorporates into a variety of hand-crafted items -- from scarves to purses.

For information email Sandy Soring, Tori manager, at or call her at 337-1391.

Keweenaw Now Editor's Note: During previous years articles on the Tori appeared on We are now updating the Tori blog site and will try to announce Tori events on both sites. See also the Tori Facebook page.

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