Events Archive

Membership Event, Meet and Greet – Nov 9th, 2019 at Fogelbo. The board of Finlandia Foundation Columbia-Pacific Chapter invites you to a social hour at Ross Fogelquist’s house on the grounds of Nordic Northwest. We will provide hors d’oeuvres and assorted drinks from wine to coffee. The address is: 8740 SW Oleson Road, Portland.

Pianist Ruusamari Teppo performs Dec 6, 2019 at Nordia House. Portland, Oregon, November 4, 2019 – Finnish pianist Ruusamari (Rosa)Teppo, great great granddaughter of composer Jean Sibelius, will give a concert as part of the Finland Independence Day celebration on December 6, 2019 from 7-9pm at Nordia House, 8800 SW Oleson Road, Portland, Oregon. This is a free event, donations are appreciated. Suggested donation is $20. Finlandia Foundation Columbia-Pacific Chapter is sponsoring Teppo’s concert at the celebration of the 102nd anniversary of Finland’s independence. Messiah Lutheran Church, Portland’s Finnish church, annually organizes an Independence Day celebration. Finland became an independent nation on December 6, 1917.

Friday Night Lecture – Benefits and Downsides of Scandinavian Health Systems: A Comparative Review Friday, Oct 11th 2019, 7:30pm at Nordia House.

Come explore the differences between the five Scandinavian Health Systems and the US and their success, challenges, costs, outcomes, and the impact on net happiness. What can we learn from the Scandinavian experience? Presented by Joanna M. Cain, MD


Pianist/Composer Jeffrey Jacob Plays Benefit Concert – May 5th 2019 at Nordia House. The program on May 5 includes: Mozart’s Fantasy in D Minor, Beethoven’s Sonata in C Minor, Op. 13, Sibelius’ Romances, Op. 9; Chopin’s Nocturne in E Minor, Grieg’s Nocturne and Wedding Day at Trolhaughen, Weiner’s Anagram No. 1 and Anagram No. 2, Debussy’s The Engulfed Cathedral and Fireworks, Chopin’s Polonaise Militaire and Ballad #1 in G Minor, and concludes with Sibelius’ Finlandia.

Vappu Celebration April 28, 2019 at Fogelbo. Also known as Walpurgis Eve, this holiday is celebrated on the last day of April throughout Finland and Sweden. May 1st is a national holiday, so these public events include warm food, large bonfires, choral singing and when the fire dies down, folks move on to the pub or the home of a friend to continue the celebration.

Saturday, Aug 24th, 2019 from 10am-3pm. Come join in the fun, sun and Paavo Nurmi run! At the Lindgren Cabin at Cullaby Lake. Some food will be available but it is a potluck so bring whatever food you would like to share and enjoy.

Friday June 21st, 2019 at Lindgren Cabin Cullaby Lake, Finlandia Foundation Lecturer of the year, Frank Eld will speak about Finnish log cabin construction.

Midsummer Celebration at Oaks Park

This Saturday, June 8th at Oaks Park. The annual Midsummer festival. Come by our booth for some Salmon chowder, a Karelian dog, or simply stop to say hello. Looking forward to seeing everyone.

“Sibelius and Grieg: Influences and Legacies”Sunday, May 5, 2019 in SW Portland

Sacramento-based pianist and composer Jeffrey Jacob will play a concert, “Sibelius and Grieg: Influences and Legacies” to benefit Nordic Northwest, starting at 7pm on Sunday, May 5 at Nordia House, 8800 SW Oleson Road, Portland, Oregon

Vappu Holiday Celebration, April 28th, Nordia House

Vappu kickstarts Spring on Fogelbo Lawn at Nordia House this month. The event is free and open to the public. Come join us for fun, food and a fire!

“Finland and the Cold War” free lecture by James Ford Cooper at Portland State University on Friday, March 1 at 7:30pm

James Ford Cooper, who during the course of a 34-year career with the U.S. Foreign Service, served at the American Embassy in Helsinki between 1976-1979 and again 1984-1986, will speak about the relationship between Finland and the U.S. during the Cold War on Friday, March 1 at 7:30pm at Portland State University, Cramer Hall, room 171. 

This presentation is part of the free Friday Night Lecture Series co-sponsored by Nordic Northwest and PSU’s Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures. Cooper’s talk is also co-sponsored by Finlandia Foundation National and Finlandia Foundation Columbia-Pacific Chapter.
Cooper is the author of On the Finland Watch, a 1999 memoir based on observations and analysis during his time with the State Department. He served as Political Counselor during his first posting to Finland and as Deputy Chief of Mission for his second posting. 

Saxophonist/Vocalist Juli Wood Puts A Jazz Spin on Folk Songs from Finland Thursday, February 28, 2019 at Nordia House in SW Portland

Portland, Oregon, February 4, 2019 –  Chicago-based jazz saxophonist, vocalist and composer Juli Wood and guitarist Paul Silbergleit will explore Finnish folk songs from a jazz perspective starting at 7:30pm on Thursday evening, February 28, 2019 at Nordia House, 8800 SW Oleson Road, Portland, Oregon.

Tickets are available online at https://www.nordicnorthwest.org/0228191 or at the door. Ticket price is $25 for members of the two sponsoring organizations, $30 for non-members. The concert is sponsored by Finlandia Foundation Columbia-Pacific Chapter and Nordic Northwest. Wood is Finlandia Foundation National’s 2019 Performer of the Year.

Sunday, July 29, 2018, 7:30pm, Aallotar Concert, Nordia House, Portland:

Aallotar Concert at Nordia House, 8800 SW Oleson Rd, Portland

Aallotar is Teija Niku from Finland and Sara Pajunen from the USA.  FFCPC has invited them to perform in the Great Hall at beautiful Nordia House on Sunday, July 29, 2018.  Ancestors of Sara Pajunen and Teija Niku lived within hours of each other in western Finland – speaking the same language, playing the same music, living the same culture.  In the late 19th century, Pajunen’s ancestors emigrated to northern Minnesota; Niku’s family remained in Finland.  Today, they explore a common heritage in Finnish folk music, even as they create new sounds that reflect their contemporary cultures and various interests.  Pajunen is a violinist, and Niku an accordionist; their lithe instrumentals and beautiful vocal harmonies in both Finnish and English demonstrate how gracefully traditional and modern folk music can speak together.  Pajunen is a former Finlandia Foundation National Performer of the Year.  Aallotar has performed throughout the United States and at European festivals, including Kaustinen Folk Music Festival and Sounds of the North in Gdansk, Poland.  They released their debut recording ‘In Transit’ in 2014.

Sunday, August 19, 2018, Noon to 3pm, Finnic Picnic, Lindgren Cabin, Warrenton:

Annual Finnic Picnic at the Lindgren House, Cullaby Lake County Park, 89990 Hawkins Rd, Warrenton, Oregon.    Free tours of the Lindgren Cabin.