Vihanti local culture centre
In the centre of Vihanti on the shore of Lake Kirkkojärvi, you will find a red ochre building that curves like a tall wooden fence embracing the red and yellow buildings of the Municipal Centre. The buildings in the area are named Hietalankantti, Mikkelänkantti, Uhtuankantti and Ukonkantti. The word ‘kantti’ is a local expression that refers to a building. Ukko-Pekka, a former residential building for railway workers, was moved into the area in 2003.
In the local culture centre, it was reshaped to serve as a conference and accommodation facility. The Vihanti local culture centre is a truly unique and versatile hub of culture and recreation. In summer, the beautiful area provides opportunities for boating, fishing, swimming, tennis, beach volley and hiking on the old cattle trails around the Rantanen and Saarelanjärvi lakes. In winter, you can hop on a pair of skis and take to the illuminated ski trails that run through the wonderfully varying landscapes.
The main building of the local culture centre is Ukonkantti, which features an auditorium, youth premises, museum exhibition, and training and conference rooms. In the summer of 2004, a Stone Age dwelling and plaque introducing visitors to the rich prehistory of the area were added to the centre. The entire area is a local speciality, which combines modern times with tradition – the old with the new – to form an interesting attraction.
There was habitation in the Vihanti area as early as the Stone Age. The yard of the local culture centre feature a model of a Stone Age dwelling and a plaque that features information on the prehistoric era. The Läntisranta area contains plenty of locations where prehistoric people are known to have lived.
Ukonkantti Museum is located on the second floor of Vihanti Library. Open Mon–Fri 12 noon–7 pm. The museum cabinets present a variety of topics, such as the work of a cobbler.
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