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

Aallotar Concert at Nordia House, 8800 SW Oleson Rd, Portland.  Ticket information coming soon. 

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.  FFCPC will barbeque and provide beverages.  Everyone is invited to bring potluck items to share.  Free tours of the Lindgren Cabin.


Saturday, June 9, 2018, 11am to 6pm, Helsinki Cafe, Portland Midsummer Festival, Oaks Park, Portland:

Stop by the FFCPC’s Helsinki Cafe at the Portland Midsummer Festival at Oaks Park for grilli makkara (grilled sausages), other Finnish delicacies, coffee, beverages, and ice cream; and information about FFCPC, the Lindgren Cabin, and more.  FFCPC congratulates Nordic Northwest and the League of Swedish Societies on the 90th anniversary of the Portland Midsummer Festival!

Finlandia Foundation Columbia-Pacific Chapter

Notice of 2018 Annual Meeting of the Chapter Membership

Saturday, March 10, 2018, 2pm

Finnish Room, Room 124, Cramer Hall, Portland State University

1721 S.W. Broadway, Portland, Oregon, 97201


In 2017, we celebrated 100 years of Finnish Independence.

We have many events planned throughout the year.  Please visit our Finland100 page for details.

December 9, 2017: Celebrating 100 Years of Finnish Independence!

Flag of Finland

Finland 100 Independence Gala
Saturday, December 9, 2017, 5-9pm
Nordia House, SW Portland

For 2017, the Finlandia Foundation Columbia-Pacific Chapter (FFCPC) Board of Directors endeavored to provide a year of events honoring and celebrating Finland’s 100-year anniversary of independence, Dec. 6, 2017.  We hope you enjoyed the events, including the recent Sibelius Inspiration concert.

Capping off the biggest year of events in FFCPC history is FFCPC’s Finland 100 Independence Gala on Saturday, December 9, 2017.  The celebratory evening will be held at beautiful Nordia House in SW Portland.  Featured will be a ceremony to honor Finnish veterans, festive Finnish Christmas dinner catered by Bröder Soder, music by Maria Männistö and her band, and speech by Honorary Finnish Consul for Oregon, Vesa Vihavainen.  Please see the attached flyer.

Tickets:  Don’t wait to buy your tickets, only 150 will be sold.  Tickets are $40 for members of FFCPC or Nordic NW, and $50 for nonmembers.  Tickets are available online at  Cursor down the page to Finnish Independence Day Gala to the Buy Now link.

Sponsorships Available:  To help keep ticket prices low and support the event, FFCPC is offering a variety of Finland 100 Independence Gala sponsorship levels.  Sponsorships include tables of eight, tables of four, meal sponsor, general sponsorships, and more.  If you are interested in helping sponsor FFCPC's most important event ever, please contact me at .  I will email you a list of the sponsorships levels and benefits.  FFCPC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  Your donations towards the Gala are tax deductible to the extent provided by law.

Many thanks to our Finland 100 Independence Gala sponsors to date:

Dave Alford
Greg Jacob
Karin Lahti
Laurel Ridge Winery
Katariina Lehtonen
Jukka and Judy Perkiömäki
Leena Riker in honor of Finnish Veterans Väinö and Lempi Koskela
Dirk and Pirjo Schulbach
Ray Wikman

If you have any questions, please contact us at

For more information, please view our Finland 100 Independence Gala flyer.

December 2-3, 2017: Finland-100 Events at Nordic NW's ScanFair

Portland Veteran's Memorial Coliseum

300 N Winning Way, Portland, Oregon

Finland-100 Events at Nordic NW's ScanFair, including 100 singers singing Maamme and other Finnish songs, Joulupukki/Santa Claus photo booth, and Finnish food booth.  ScanFair tickets available at the door.  At the Portland Veterans’ Memorial Coliseum, 300 N Winning Way, Portland, Oregon.

October 17, 2017: Sibelius Inspiration Concert by cellist Jussi Makkonen and pianist Nazig Azezian


Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

Nordia House

8800 SW Oleson Rd., Portland, OR 97223

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Finland’s independence, two Finnish musicians, cellist Jussi Makkonen and pianist Nazig Azezian, will perform an all-Sibelius concert, Sibelius Inspiration, from 7:30-9:30pm on Tuesday, October 17 at Nordia House, 8800 SW Oleson Road, Portland, Oregon.

“Sibelius drew inspiration from the heroic tales of the national epic poem, Kalevala, and from Finland’s beautiful landscapes – especially the forests and lakes of Karelia,” explained Azezian. “Our aim is for the music, videos and stories to transport the audience to a far-away world of beauty, myth and romance.”

The Sibelius Inspiration live concert will also include narration and videos of the musicians performing in costumes and scenes depicting the places that inspired Sibelius. The videos were filmed in Karelia, in Eastern Finland.

September 24, 2017: Ruusamari Teppo Concert (in a private home, SW Portland)

Ruusamari Teppo

Sunday, September 24th, 2pm

private home of Sonja L. Haugen

SW Portland

Ruusamari Teppo is the great great granddaughter of Jean Sibelius.  She will be giving an intimate concert as a fundraiser for the Portland Chamber Orchestra in a private SW Portland home.  Only 30 tickets available!!  Tickets are $75 and may be purchased at

August 26, 2017: Finnic Picnic and Paavo Nurmi Fun Run/Walk

Paavo Nurmi Fun Run

Highlight was the Fun Run/Walk and Blueberry Dessert Contest. This annual event is free and co-sponsored by the Finnish-American Historical Society of the West and FFCPC. Päivi Panttila Vargas won the Fun Run! And everyone ate all the blueberry desserts.

August 12, 2017: Viking Ship Float at Astoria Regatta Grand Land Parade

Viking Ship float

Finlandia Foundation Columbia-Pacific Chapter won the Mayor’s award in Astoria’s Regatta Grand Land Parade for the Viking Ship float with a big banner proclaiming the 100th anniversary of Finland’s independence. 

July 20, 2017: Winter War Aerial Combat Oil Painting Presented in Helsinki

Combat tribute painting presentation

FFCPC presented an oil painting depicting a famous aerial battle during the Winter War to honor those who have fought to create and preserve Finland’s independence.

The painting shows how Finnish Air Force and flying ace Lieutenant Jorma Sarvanto shot down six Soviet bombers, also killed the tail gunner of seventh bomber, all within just four minutes on January 6, 1940 during the Winter War.  Eila Sarvanto Chisolm, one of FFCPC’s founding members is the daughter of Jorma Sarvanto.

The painting was done by Ms. Jerry Ghiglieri, a volunteer for the Oregon National Guard. With a grant from Finlandia Foundation National, FFCPC paid for the painting materials, framing and shipping the painting to Finland for presentation to the Department of Defense and the people of Finland.

Making the official presentation of the painting to permanent secretary of Ministry of Defense, Jukka Juusti, as well as making the complex arrangements for the event in Helsinki was FFCPC’s Vice President, Katariina Lehtonen Harrskog.  Bearing the painting into the Mannerheim Room in the Defense Ministry were FFCPC Board of Directors members Elizabeth Newton and Pete Lee.  The prestigious room where our painting now hangs has not only a portrait of Marshal Mannerheim, the commander-in-chief of Finland’s defense forces during World War II and sixth president of Finland, but also a table used by Mannerheim during meetings.

Prints of the aerial combat painting are available for $10 each from FFCPC and are being made available to other Finlandia Foundation chapters for helping to defray Finland 100 event costs.

June 10, 2017: Portland Midsummer Celebration

Midsummer 2017

This year FFCPC had two booths at Portland’s Scandinavian Midsummer celebration at Oaks Park: one dedicated to Finland-100, the other our regular “Helsinki Café” served up grilled makkara (hotdogs), Elizabeth Newton’s delicious lusikkaleivat (spoon cookies)  and other goodies.

May 30, 2017: Viking Ship float at Portland's Rose Festival Starlight Parade

May 9, 2017: Finnish "Cook and Eat" Class with Leena Pölkki

Karelian pastries

Learning, laughter and great food were the results of a cooking class, the “True Flavors of Finland”, held at Nordic Northwest’s Nordia House on May 9, 2017 and attended by 25 enthusiastic Finnish-American students.

The instructor was talented Master Chef Leena Pölkki from Jyväskylä, Finland, assisted by her sister Anna-Maija. Leena, the Nordic Northwest Cook and Eat Committee, and Pirjo and her husband Dirk Schulbach were generous sponsors of the event..

This was a hands-on class, where students were able to do much of the preparation, even though some steps had been done beforehand by Leena, Anna-Maija, Dirk and Pirjo in order to save time in the class. On the menu were salmon soup (lohi soppa), Karelian pies (karjalanpiirakka) with egg butter (munavoi) and blueberry pie (mustikkapiirakka).  While the three menu items, rooted in Finnish tradition, were not surprising, some of the cooking hacks and improvisations that Leena demonstrated were eye-openers for class members.

April 30, 2017: Vappu Celebration

Nordia House - Fogelbo Grounds

FVappu was celebrated for the first time on the Fogelbo grounds. Forty people attended, including 10 children. Thanks to Pirjo and Christine for handling the food table and Minna the wine table. We had a small bonfire and a brief talk on Finland's 100 years of Independence by Seppo Saarinen.

April 18, 2017: Ida Elina Kantele Concert

Ida Elina

Nordia House

8800 SW Oleson Rd., Portland, OR 97223

Finnish singer-songwriter Ida Elina wowed the audience at Nordia House on April 25, 2017 with a concert of her own interpretations of traditional folk, classical and contemporary music sung in Finnish and English and played on the dulcimer-like kantele native to Finland and Karelia. The concert was sponsored by Finlandia Foundation National, Finlandia Foundation’s Columbia-Pacific Chapter (FFCPC) and Nordic Northwest.

On a mission to win recognition for the kantele  

Elina says she is on a mission to bring the sound of the kantele to new audiences. She began playing the plucked, stringed instrument, a relative of the dulcimer and zither, when she was 13. She also has played piano since she was eight and holds a master’s degree in music from Finland’s Sibelius Academy.  Elina is acknowledged as the first artist to play contemporary pop music on the kantele. She performs on a 38-string concert kantele; traditional folk kanteles have only 5-15 strings.

“Even in Finland, the kantele is underappreciated,” explains Elina. “It has a sound that is so different and yet so familiar at the same time. I love how much rhythm, atmosphere and beauty can be coaxed out of this ancient instrument.  It is a source of endless inspiration to me.”

A native of Espoo, near Helsinki, Elina has recorded four albums and performs internationally. For Finland 100, the celebration of 100 years of Finland’s independence, she will be performing in Seattle, Roseburg (WA), Sacramento, San Diego, Minneapolis and Washington, DC, as well as the April 25 performance in Portland, OR.

Notice of 2017 Annual Meeting of the Chapter Membership

Saturday, February 18, 2017, 2:00 p.m.

Finnish Room, Room 124, Cramer Hall, Portland State University

1721 SW Broadway, Portland, Oregon, 97201

Please mark your calendar for the Finlandia Foundation Columbia-Pacific Chapter's (FFCPC) annual member meeting, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, 2pm, in the PSU Finnish Room.  We will send the meeting agenda in a subsequent email.

If you are a yearly member, please renew your membership on or before Feb 18, 2017.  To renew your membership, please complete the  2017 FFCPC membership form, and send it and a check to the address listed on the form.

2017 Portland International Film Festival: Hymyilevä Mies/The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki 

Sunday, February 12, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

Cinema  21

616 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97209

The 2017 Portland International Film Festival starts this week!  The Finnish film featured this year is, “Hymyilevä Mies/The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki,” by director Juho Kuosmanen.  It will be shown on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, at 7:30pm at Cinema 21 in NW Portland. 

Film Description:  Winner of the Prix Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival and this year’s Finnish Oscar submission, Kuosmanen’s debut feature charmingly recounts the tale of legendary Finnish boxer Olli Mäki and his bid for the 1962 World Featherweight title in Helsinki.  Small-town hero Olli trains hard to win against his American foe and endures the hyped-up limelight pressures, but there’s one punch he can’t duck: he’s fallen in love.  Suffused with quirky Nordic humor and shot in a luminous black and white that celebrates the period and genre, this is not your standard boxing film. In Finnish with English subtitles.

Advance ticket purchase recommended.  For ticket purchase info and to see a trailer of the film, click on the following link:

The Friday Night Lecture Series: "The Kalevala: It's Significance to the Finns"

Kalevala  Greg and Katariina

PRESENTER: Greg Jacob, Ph.D.

New time: Friday, February 10, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

Portland State University, Cramer Hall 171

1721 SW Broadway, Portland, Oregon, 97201

In his presentation about The Kalevala, Greg Jacob will talk about the origins of this epic and its poetic and mythic expression of traditional Finnish culture.  He will look at an emerging ethnic identity, its homespun teachings, its archetypal motifs, its larger than life characters, and say a word or two about its poetic structure and meter. 

Greg Jacob was born and raised in Astoria; and grew up listening to his mother, Dorothy Luoma, and grandmother, Lillian Hakila, speak Finnish.  After receiving an MA in English from the University of Oregon, he earned a Doctorate in Rhetoric and Composition from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  From 1993 to 2011, Greg was an Associate Professor of English at Portland State University.  He retired from full-time teaching with the title of Emeritus.  Greg is President of the Finlandia Foundation Columbia-Pacific Chapter (2014-2017) and a member of the Astoria Lodge #2, Finnish Brotherhood. 

This lecture is co-sponsored by the Finlandia Foundation Columbia-Pacific Chapter as part of their 2017 year of events celebrating Finland’s 100-year anniversary of independence, December 6, 2017.  After the lecture, the Finlandia Foundation will host a reception in the PSU Finnish Room.

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Important Note about Parking in PSU Parking Structures:  Last fall, PSU changed their fee policy for PSU parking garages.  PSU now charges to park all days, all hours.  If you park in PSU parking structures, please check the signs near the payment machines for details.

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The Feb. 3, 2017 Friday Night Lecture Series lecture is co-sponsored by the Finlandia Foundation Columbia-Pacific Chapter, Nordic Northwest and Portland State University, Department of World Languages and Literatures.  Lectures are held in Room 171, Cramer Hall, at PSU, 1721 SW Broadway.  The lecture is free and open to the public. 

For further information regarding the Friday Night Lecture Series or Nordic Northwest, please contact call 503-977-0275 or check the website:

Lordi concert at Hawthorne Theater

Friday, February 3, 2017, 5:30 p.m.

Hawthorne Theater

1507 SE 39th Ave, Portland, OR 97214

Heavy metal fans rejoice!! Finland's Lordi - winner of the Eurovision song contest -- will perform in Portland this Friday, February 3, at the Hawthorne theater at 5:30pm.  Tickets can be bought at the door ($30), or in advance ($25+fees) through the link below:

Film "Under The North Star" ("Pohjantähden Alla")

Part 1: Saturday, January 21, 2017, 10:30 a.m.

Part 2: Saturday, January 28, 2017, 10:30 a.m.

Appelo Archives Center, Cramer Hall, Portland State University

1056 WA-4, Naselle, WA 98638

“To understand Finland and the Finns one needs only read one book: ‘Under the North Star,’ by Väinö Linna,” said Esko Aho. This historical trilogy, written in Finnish 1959-1962, was translated into English by Richard Impola in 2001. The trilogy has been considered the most significant novel published in Finland between 1917 and 1997. It won the Nordic Prize for Literature in 1965

Appelo Archives presents the film Under The North Star.  There is no admission fee, but donations of $5 are recommended. The film showing is split into two Saturdays, as the film is 193 minutes long (in Finnish with English subtitles).  It is not recommended for children due to sex and nudity, violence and gore, frightening/intense scnenes, profanity, and alcohol/drugs/smoking.

Part one, shown on Saturday Jan. 21st at 10:30am, covers the years 1884-1907. "In the beginning there were the swamp, the hoe - and Jussi." Jussi Koskela is a tenant farmer on the parsonage estate in the rural village of Pentti’s Corner in south central Finland. He lives there with his wife and three sons struggling to turn wilderness swampland into productive land. At this same time, Finland is becoming more secularized, socialist thought is becoming more popular, and the labor movement is gaining momentum. National newspapers such as Suometar, The Worker (Työmies), and the People’s Journal (Kansan Lehti) are gaining readership. The Russian czar, meanwhile, is attempting to curb the Finns’ “nation building.” Tension increases between tenants and landowners. Jussi’s son, Akseli, becomes an active socialist. In addition, the upper classes are upset with language strife and their homeland’s relationship with Russia. The film showing is split into two Saturdays.  

Part two, shown on Saturday Jan. 28st at 10:30am, covers the third book of the trilogy. “The Reconciliation” deals with the aftermath of the Civil War in Finland, the Lapua movement of 1929-1932, the depression in the 1930s, the Winter War of 1939-1940, the Continuation War of 1941-1944, and finally the calm of the post-World War II years. It includes the history of the Koskela family in these events.

Concert "All-Night Vigil" by Cappella Romana

Saturday, January 28 and Sunday, January 29

Concert, All-Night Vigil composed by Einojuhani Rautavaara, conducted by Timo Nuoranne, Cappella Romana, at two locations in Portland, Oregon. Tickets and more info:



Scanfair is on Saturday, December 3rd (10am-5pm) and Sunday, December 4th (10am-4pm), at Portland Veteran's Memorial Coliseum.
The Columbia-Pacific Chapter of the Finlandia Foundation (FFCPC) invites you to ScanFair this weekend, Saturday, Dec. 3, 10am to 5pm; and Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, 10am to 4pm, at the Veterans' Memorial Coliseum, in Portland, Oregon. Visit our Joulupukki/Santa Claus booth to have your photo taken with the Finnish Santa Claus, Joulupukki. And visit our food booth to enjoy authentic Finnish specialities. Proceeds from both booths will benefit FFCPC programs. 


Adults: $7 // Seniors & Students: $6
Families: $15 (2 Adults & 2 Students)
Children Under 12: Free


The Finnish-American Historical Society of the West and Finlandia Foundation Columbia-Pacific Chapter invite you to the annual picnic, Finnic.
Finnic is Saturday, August 20, 2016, from Noon to 3pm at the historic Erik Lindgren Pioneer Home near Warrenton, Oregon.
Please RSVP by Monday, August 15, 2016.

The Erik Lindgren Pioneer Home is in Cullaby Lake County Park, 89990 Hawkins Rd, Warrenton, Oregon, 97146
From U.S. Highway 101, turn East onto Cullaby Lake Lane (south of Warrenton, north of Gearhart).
Follow Cullaby Lake Lane for one-quarter mile; turn right onto Hawkins Road.
Stay on Hawkins Road until it ends at Cullaby Lake Park (about a half-mile).
The Lindgren Cabin is on the right hand side.
Note:  There is a $5 fee to park at Cullaby Lake County Park.  Cash or credit card accepted.
For more info about the Lindgren cabin:
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Burgers, hot dogs, coffee, pop and water will be served.  Please bring potluck items to share. 

Remember to bring chairs—seating is very limited.

A swimming area suitable for children and hiking trails are available in the park.
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To help us in estimating how much food and drink to buy, please let us know if you plan to attend the picnic.  Please send your response to me at by August 15.  Paljon kiitoksia!

88th Annual Midsummer Festival
Saturday, June 11, 2016, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Oaks Park, 7805 SE Oaks Park Way, Portland, Oregon

Presented by the Scandinavian Heritage Foundation and the League of Swedish Societies

Music, Dancing, Kids' Zone, Games, Nordic Food, Vendors, Beer Garden
Scandinavian of the Year at 1 p.m.
Raising of the Maypole (Majstång) at 2 p.m.

$7 Adults
$6 Seniors/Students
$15 Families (2 adults, 2 students)
Free, Kids under age 12

Enjoy the best food of the festival at the
Finlandia Foundation Columbia-Pacific Chapter's Helsinki Cafe
Serving open-faced salmon sandwiches, Karelian dogs, potato salad, ice cream, coffee, and much more!

Midsummer 2016 Flyer (PDF)

2016 Annual Meeting on Saturday, February 13, 2016, at 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. in the Finnish Classroom, Cramer Hall, Room 124

Full address: Finnish Room, Room 124, Cramer Hall, Portland State University1721 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201

(Click here to open the Annual Meeting Flyer)

·         Welcome: President Greg Jacob

·         2015 in Review

·         Finnish Expatriate Parliament, Finland-100: Satu Mikkola, FFN

·         Review 2015 Annual Meeting Minutes

·         Treasurer's Report: Dirk Schulbach

·         Auditor's Report: Dennis Usitalo

·         Election of Directors

·         Proposed Amendment to Bylaws

·         Announcements of Upcoming Events and Programs

·         PSU Finnish Room Volunteer Project

·         Raffle and Refreshments

Many thanks to Cannery Pier Hotel and Finn Ware Astoria for donating the raffle prizes.

(Note: Raffle is open to yearly members whose 2016 dues are paid and to life members. Must be present to win.)

·         Announce New Members of the Board of Directors

Each Member in good standing is eligible to vote.

According to the Bylaws of the Chapter, annual dues are payable before or at the Annual Meeting of the Membership.



Award-Winning Finnish Christmas Film, "Rare Exports:  A Christmas Tale," by Jalmari Helander, Director

 Where:  Norse Hall, NE Couch & 11th (two blocks north of E. Burnside St.), Portland, Oregon

When:  Tuesday, December 15, 2015, Doors 6:30 PM, Film 7 PM

Cost:  There was no cost.  FFCPC furnished the DVD for the Reel Nordic Film Night.  

"In the depths of the Korvatunturi mountains, 486 metres deep, lies the closest ever guarded secret of Christmas. The time has come to dig it up! This Christmas everyone will believe in Santa Claus."

 "A young boy named Pietari (Onni Tommila) and his friend Juuso (Ilmari Järvenpää) think a secret mountain drilling project near their home in northern Finland has uncovered the tomb of Santa Claus.  However, this is a monstrous, evil Santa, much unlike the cheery St. Nick of legend.  When Pietari's father (Jorma Tommila) captures a feral old man (Peeter Jakobi) in his wolf trap, the man may hold the key to why reindeer are being slaughtered and children are disappearing."

 The most Finnish Christmas Tale of this century . . . "a wildly original re-imagining of the most classic of all childhood fantasies and a darkly comic gem destined for perennial holiday viewing."  Oscilloscope Laboratories 

 "Deliciously Creepy, Alongside GREMLINS and THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, this audacious and unashamedly silly gift is an ant-holiday cult classic in the making." -  Village Voice

 "I demand that every man and woman of every nationality see the spectacular, glowing tribute to Santa Claus known as RARE EXPORTS:  A CHRISTMAS TALE." - Ain't It Cook News

 "Helander's direction recalls early Spielberg, resembles Jean-Pierre Jeunet's
whimsies, with black comedy that evokes Joe Dante's work." -
Slant Magazine

 Important Note:  This is not a film for small children.  

 Film Trailer:

Portland Scandinavian Chorus Christmas Concert:  
Sunday, Dec. 13, 7-8pm, at SHF's Nordia House. 
Beautiful Christmas songs from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden in the native languages!  
Several of our FFCPC members sing in the chorus.  Free.

ScanFair on Saturday, Dec. 05, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sunday, Dec. 06, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Portland Memorial Coliseum 

FFCPC's Joulupukki Photo Booth was again a success for the yearly holiday photos with Joulupukki. The photos serve as great Christmas cards that to be sent to your extended family and friends, or as a professional quality cover picture for your Christmas Photo Album. Our volunteers provided the pictures at a very competitive price and with friendly service.

23 Finns and Friends of Finland sang in Finland’s 98-Year Independence Day Celebration on Saturday at 12:00 noon. This was the sixth time we had an opportunity to celebrate Finland's Independence Day at ScanFair. This year we sang just two hours before Finland started the Independence Day celebrations and three days before Jean Sibelius' birth 150 years ago. Please click the links for the speech and event photos

FFCPC's Food Booth served Finnish baked goods to ScanFair visitors, as has been a multi-year tradition.

Nordic Vintage and Treasure Sale:  
Friday, Nov. 13, and Saturday, Nov. 14, 9am to 4pm, at SHF's Nordia House.  
Proceeds benefit SHF and Nordia House.  
Sale Included:
 Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, and Swedish items.  Brands such as Arabia, Figgjo, Hackefors, Iittala, Nuutajärvi, Nybro, Orrefors, Porsgrund, Royal Copenhagen, Rörstrand, and Seda.  Dolls, dishes, glassware, candleholders, books, records, Christmas decorations, sterling silver, textiles, and much more.

Pekka and Perttu Concert:  
Friday, Nov. 13, 7:30pm, at SHF's Nordia House. 
Tickets:  $15-20.

Finn Ware of Astoria, 28th Anniversary Sale:  
Friday, Nov. 13 thru Sunday, Nov. 15. 
Finn Ware is a supporter of FFCPC and SHF.

Portland Youth Philharmonic Concert:
Saturday, Nov. 14, 7:30pm. 
Concert included Jean Sibelius' Symphony 1.

Fin-Nic on Saturday, August 15, 2015, 12:00 n - 3:00 p.m.

The Finnish-American Historical Society of the West and Finlandia Foundation Columbia-Pacific Chapter organized the annual picnic, Fin-Nic.

 The Erik Lindgren Pioneer Home is in Cullaby Lake County Park, 89990 Hawkins Rd, Warrenton, OR, 97146

 For more info about the Lindgren cabin:

 Burgers, hot dogs, coffee, pop and water was served with potluck items shared by the attendees.

Midsummer Festival at Oaks Park on Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

 The 2015 Midsummer Festival  featured the Finns Olli Hirvonen, FFN Performer of the Year, and Saku Mattila. Read more about their music in the Midsummer News. The Midsummer Flyer tells more about the festival programs.

 FFCPC's "Helsinki Cafe" served Polish dogs, potato salad, salmon on rye, pop, coffee and ice cream.

Oaks Park address is 7805 SE Oaks Park Way, Portland, OR 97202.

 The 2015 Astoria's Scandinavian Festival was held the following week, June 19-21.

Vappu or Walpurgis Eve Celebration on Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.

We wanted you to come join the fun - there were snacks, sima and punch, varm korv, and sweets.  The Scandinavian Chorus sang and many  others joined  the singing.

The event was open children and grandchildren and dogs.  Read the Vappu Flyer here.

The celebration was at Don Leethem’s home at 25495 SE Hoffmeister Road, Damascus OR 97015. 

From Finland With Love: All-Sibelius Concert in Portland through FFN, Supported by UNESCO, on Friday, March 20 at 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

The concert was performed by
Jussi Makkonen, cello and Ruusamari Teppo, piano at West Hills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 8470 SW Oleson Road, Portland, OR 97223

Concert Flyer and Press Release.

FFCPC and SHF took care of the local concert arrangements.

Tickets were sold through and at the door.

Free Finnish Film on Sibelius was shown at Norse Hall -Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.

 The Finnish film, “Sibelius” (2003, 120 minutes) was shown on Nordic Reel Night Tuesday evening, March 10, starting at 7:00 p.m., at Norse Hall, 111 NE 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97232.  Doors opened at 6:30 p.m. and there was no admission charge.

 The film (with English subtitles) follows the life of Finland’s most famous composer, Jean Sibelius (1865-1957), born when Finland was a Grand Duchy of the Russian Empire.  Like many musicians and artists of the time, Sibelius was strongly influenced by the European movement called Romantic Nationalism.  Much of his music, such as “Finlandia” – originally performed under different titles to avoid Russian censorship – inspired Finns in their struggle for independence.  In the film, we watch Sibelius develop from an aspiring violin virtuoso to one of the leading composers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

 Directions to Norse Hall:  Going East on NE Broadway from MLK, turn left (North) on NE 11th to NE Couch St. (1 block).

 Complimentary snacks will be provided and beverages may be purchased.  

Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent.

Finlandia Foundation Columbia-Pacific Chapter would like to thank Sons of Norway Grieg Lodge for hosting the film.

2015 Annual Meeting on Saturday, February 14, 2015, at 4:30 - 5:00 p.m. in the Finnish Classroom, Cramer Hall, Room 124

(Click here to open the Annual Meeting Flyer)
Annual Meeting for Current FFCPC Members.
Highlights of year 2014.
Election of Board Members.

Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Composer Jean Sibelius on Saturday, February 14, 2015, at 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. in the Browsing Room (Rm. # 238) on the 2nd floor of Smith Memorial Union at  Portland State University campus

A salmon or vegetarian dinner was on the menu ($20 per person), no-host wine and beer, a short video and live music (the Melegari Chamber Players) honoring the 150th anniversary of Jean Sibelius. 

Please view the Sibelius Dinner Event Flyer.

This event was open to FFCPC and SHF members.

As part of 2015 Portland International Film Festival (PIFF) the Finnish Film Concrete Night (Betoniyö) was shown on Sunday evening, February 15, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. at the Whitsell Theatre.

Concrete Night was Finland's foreign language Oscar submission in 2013, and it is about a fourteen-year-old boy in a Helsinki slum who takes some unwise life lessons from his soon-to-be incarcerated older brother.

FFCPChosted a reception for FFCPC members at 5:00 p.m. in the Stevens Room at the Portland Art Museum. Wine and food was provided.


ScanFair on Saturday-Sunday, December 06-07, 2014 at the Memorial Coliseum

- FFCPC had a Food Booth and Joulupukki display at ScanFair.

 - Members volunteered for selling and serving the year’s menu items Karjalanpaisti (Karelian Pot Pie), riisipuuro (rice pudding), sillilautanen (herring with potatoes) and coffee and other assorted beverages. The food was well liked and the main menu items sold out quickly.

 - The Joulupukki (Santa Claus) display promoted FFCPC and Finland very efficiently with a new backdrop and display. A record number of customers wanted to get their picture taken.

 - Finland's Independence Day was celebrated on Saturday, December 6, at 12:30 p.m. at the main stage. Finland became 97 years old just on the day of the celebration. Seppo Saarinen spoke about nature and arts in Finland. We sang Maamme (Our Land) and Veteraanin iltahuuto (Veteran's Evening Call) with 26 Finns and Friends of Finland in our singing group led by Aino Bakos. We had a full audience. 

Pasi Lautala, the Finnish lead singer of The Pasicats music group in Portland on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at Scandia Imports 3-4 p.m. and at Maher's Pub at 7:15p.m.

Pasi Lautala, the Finnish lead singer of The Pasicats music group from Michigan was in Portland on Wednesday, November 12th and sang Finnish popular/ dance music in Finnish and in English with accordion (haitari) accompaniment at Scandia Imports 3-4 p.m. and at Maher's Pub at 7:15 p.m.

You will find more information about Pasi at his website

Scandia Imports 3-4 p.m. (The Christmas showcase is up!)
10020 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy, Beaverton, OR 97005

(503) 643-2424

Maher's Pub 7:15 p.m.
352 B Ave, Lake Oswego, OR 97034

(503) 305-8087

More information about Pasi Lautala and his music :

Arguably the 3rd best Finnish dance band in the whole Copper Country, PasiCats, was formed in early 2006 in the music town called South (or Strange) Range of the Upper Peninsula, Michigan. The formation of the band was a response to the numerous requests by the local Finns or “Finn-minded” people regarding today’s dance hall music in Finland. The original conspirators, Pasi and Raimo, took advantage of the regular blizzard conditions to start the creative chaos that was destined to become one of the most “omituinen” bands of the Copper Country. They were later joined by Kullervo, Paris, and Kerkko for the first PasiCats performance at the legendary South Range Community Hall in late March, 2006. By this time, Musti had also taken over as the creative and artistic leader of the band. After the first performance, the band was joined by the UP Finn-music master Oren (Tikka-Ori) Tikkanen, completing the current lineup.

Since the first performance, PasiCats have been performing in the indoor and outdoor dances, concerts and festivals throughout the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and Mid-West. In addition to dances, some of the most memorable performances to date have been a visit to Soumi Katsuu TV program, rocking the house at the Aura Jamboree in 2007-2009, playing at Finnfests 2008 in Ohio and Duluth, Minnesota, FinnFallBall concert with a legendary Finnish musician, Lannen-Jukka at Runeberg Hall in Dollar Bay and playing for World Folk Music Festival in Calumet Theater. In addition, Musti has found himself a partner, Valki, which makes him one happy cat.
PasiCats play a wide variety of dance music, ranging from waltzes and jenkkas to polkas, tangos, reggaes and even rock’n roll. In addition to the original tunes that come with a mystic combination of Finnish and English lyrics, PasiCats mixes original songs written by Pasi with songs written in early 1900s (such as Tuohinen Sormus) and the current dance hall music from Finland, performed by bands such as Yolintu. While maintaining the original soul of the songs, PasiCats brings their own twist to the music, whether it is new English lyrics, Raimo’s exceptional Finnish vocals, Paris’s guitar solo played behind the head or MC Tikka-Ori’s rap in the South Range Polka. Everyone from toddlers to senior citizens is welcome to the concerts and the more people twist on the dance floor, the better. Feel free to spin around the web site, take a look at the photos and listen or watch PasiCats music. If you have any questions or comments or want to book PasiCats for an event, you can contact us here …….and stay tuned for the upcoming shows!!!! See you there!!!


The Friday Night Lecture Series on Friday, November 7, 2014, 7:30 p.m. at Portland State University, Cramer Hall 171, 1721 SW Broadway, Portland, Oregon, 97201

TITLE:  Imagining the Possibilities:  A Nordic Cultural Center from Conception to Grand Opening

PRESENTER:  Gregory B. Smith

SHF's new Executive Director Greg Smith will take us through the complexities of conceiving, developing, building and operating a nonprofit cultural center, from the first kernel of an idea to the programming and day-to-day functioning of the new facility.  With planning still going on for the many kinds of programs that will be offered, Greg will be asking for YOUR input as well as to the types of things you would like to see happen there.

Read more in the Flyer.

FFCPC Book Club Meeting on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.

- The Book Club met at Johanna Kankare-Klarin's house, address 2645 Skopil Ave S, Salem, OR 97302

- The reviewed book was Hytti No 6 by Rosa Liksom

Fin-Nic on Saturday, August 16, 2014, 12:00 n - 3:00 p.m.

- Finnish-American Historical Society of the West (FAHSW) and FFCPCteamed up again to organize a picnic for the Finns and friends of Finland

-  Everybody enjoyed good company, good food, and the presentation of the Sauna Bucket Award

- Lindgren Cabin at Cullaby Lake, Clatsop County, Oregon (off Hwy 101)

Midsummer Festival at Oaks Park on Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

- FFCPC had again have a food booth called "The Helsinki Cafe"

- Salmon on rye, potatoes and herring, and the popular "Karelian" hotdogs were served

Olli Hirvonen Trio Performance at the Tardis Room on May 31, 2014, starting at 9:00 p.m.

 Address 1218 N Killingsworth St., Portland, OR 97217

 A brief description of the trio:

Olli Hirvonen - guitar
Marty Kenney - bass
Nathan Ellman-Bell - drums
Olli Hirvonen Trio is a NYC-based ensemble led by Olli Hirvonen, a Finnish guitarist currently based in Brooklyn, NY. They perform original compositions by Hirvonen, ranging from experimental jazz to more creative forms and rock-influenced sounds. 
Hirvonen (b. 1989) is one of the rare Finnish musicians based in New York. After years of hard work to become one of the top young guitarists in the Helsinki jazz scene, he was chosen as the Artist of the Year of Pori Jazz, one of the highest awards for jazz musician in Finland. After that he decided he wanted more, and relocated to New York City, where his musical aesthetic broadened considerably. He delved into contemporary classical music, indie-rock and experimental electronic music, influences of which can be heard on his debut album Detachment. 
He's been performing in NYC, Los Angeles, Boston and the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., and abroad in Finland, UK, Netherlands, Estonia and Russia. He holds degrees from Helsinki's Sibelius Academy and Manhattan School of Music.

Vappu or Walborg's Eve Celebration on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

- Dave and Melinda Carter hosted Valborgmässafton (Walpurgis to Swedes & Vappu to Finns) on their  farm in the Stafford West Linn area with a bonfire!
- FFCPC provided Sima and light hors d'oeuvres

- The address is 1470 SW Borland Road, West Linn, OR
- Driving directions:

    - From I 205 take the Lake Oswego Stafford exit.
    - Go north on Stafford Road (about 3 city blocks) to Wanker’s corner.
    - Turn right (east) on Borland Road. Their place is onehalf mile east of Wanker’s corner (on Borland where it meets Ek Road). 
    - Turn south onto a gravel road into the farm at the junction of Ek and Borland.

FFCPC Book Club Meeting on Saturday, May 03, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.

- The meeting was at Katariina Lehtonen's house, 14159 Taylors Crest Lane, Lake Oswego, 97035
The reading was anything written by Tove Jansson, the Finnish/Swedish popular writer
The group celebrated her 100th anniversary

Finnish film "Disciple" at Portland International Film Festival (PIFF) on Monday, February 10, 2014;
Reception at
7:00 p.m. , Film at 8:30 p.m.

- FFCPC co-sponsored the film with SHF at Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave., Portland, Whitsell auditorium

- The one-hour reception was from 7:00-8:00 p.m. and costed $20 per person. This included a movie ticket ($10 value), 

food, wine, beer and non-alcoholic beverages.

- Reservations were required. SHF sold the tickets.

- If you wanted to see the film only, tickets could be bought at PIFF.

The Film Napapiirin Sankarit on Tuesday, February 11, 2014, doors opened at 6:30 p.m.

The showing was during the Reel Nordic Film Night at Norse Hall
- The event started with refreshments at 6:30 p.m.
- The film started at 7:00 p.m.
-  The address is 111 NE 11th Avenue, Portland, OR 97232, at the corner of Couch Street

2014 Annual Meeting on Sunday, February 16, 2014, started at 12:00 n - 2:00 p.m.

-  The meeting was held at Messiah Lutheran Church of Portland
-  Address is 7434 N Charleston Avenue, Portland, OR 97203 (Map)

The Agenda:

Please join the current Board of Directors and other members/prospective members at the 2014 Annual Meeting of our
Finlandia Foundation
 Columbia-Pacific Chapter to celebrate 2013 accomplishments and review plans for 2014 with
food/drink, music, and two interesting presentations. 

 12-12:20  Food, drink, socializing (salmon sandwiches, pickled herring, pulla, fruit salad, coffee/tea/soft drinks)

12:20-12:30  Introduce FFCPC Board & accomplishments

12:30-12:45  Discussion of plans/ideas/suggestions – all members

12:45-1:00  Pirjo Brooks speaks on history of Messiah Lutheran Church

1:00-1:15  Musical performance – TBD (children’s chorus?)

1:15-1:30  Judy Lampi, the new President of the Finnish Brotherhood in Astoria, speaks about the Astoria Lodge

1:30-2:00  Discussion, refreshments, socializing

Members interested in running for the Board of FFCPC were asked to email Pirjo Schulbach

The Board asked for suggestions and participation to help make 2014 a great year! 

Your FFCPC Board of Directors


ScanFair on Saturday-Sunday, December 07-08, 2013, starting at 10:00 a.m.

FFCPC had again  three  activities at ScanFair:

- Our popular Joulupukki, reindeer and sleigh display was the best so far and was well attended and appreciated 

- Food booth with lihapiirakka (meat pie), pulla, coffee and assorted beverages sold almost all lihapiirakka and majority of pulla; customers gave very positive 
feedback on our products

- We continued with our tribute to Finland's Independence Day with a speech about 96 Years Old Independent Finland, and by singing Maamme and 
Veteraanin iltahuuto; the singing group was an impressive 16 strong team of Finns and Friends of Finland, including a Swede, a Nordic brother

The Message from the President of Finland

Book Club Gathering on Saturday, November 09, 2013 at 4:00 p.m.

- The club met at Maarit Reed's home in Tualatin

- The novel that was reviewed was Frans Emil Sillanpää's The Maid Silja/Fallen Asleep While Young (Nuorena nukkunut)

Folk craft traditions in modern Finnish America on Friday, September 13, 2013, starting at 7:00 p.m.

- 2013 LOY, Yvonne Lockwood gave a presentation on the continuity of Finnish folk craft traditions, such as weaving, spinning, knitting, woodworking and culinary arts.
Click here to see a selection of typical pictures.

- Lockwood has been the curator of folk life at the Michigan State University Museum for three decades and is the author of Finnish American Rag Rugs: Art, Tradition, and Ethnic Continuity.
Click here for the Event Press Release. 

- The event was at Multnomah Arts Center, address 7688 S.W. Capitol Highway, Portland, OR 97219

-  Admission was $5.00

Fin-Nic on Saturday, August 10, 2013, 12:00 N - 5:00 PM

- Finnish-American Historical Society of the West (FAHSW) and FFCPC are  teamed up
again to organize a picnic for the Finns and friends of Finland
- Lindgren Cabin at Cullaby Lake, Clatsop County, Oregon (off Hwy 101)
- FAHSW  barbequed hot dogs and hamburgers  
- FFCPC provided polish dogs, coffee and soft drinks
- Attendees were asked to bring side dishes, desserts and other favorite Finnish foods

- Greg Jacob:   Weather was good at Finnic. Around 30-35 people were there, including Cynthia, Judy, Jukka, and Dave. You should have seen Dave's sunglasses. On the outside lens were little Finnish flags, and I have no idea how he could see out of them. You should have been there. FFCPC brought coffee, pop, and polish dogs. Frank Eld won the "Sauna Bucket" award for his many years of work on saving authentic built Finnish cabins. See Frank lives in Roseberry, Idaho, and he has created the Long Valley Preservation Society. His e-mail is ImFinn@icloudcom.  

Midsummer Festival at Oaks Park on Saturday, June 15, 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

 - FFCPC had again a food booth called "The Helsinki Cafe"

- We served salmon on rye, Karelian hotdogs, potato salad, ice cream, assorted cold drinks, and coffee

-  We enjoyed a fun event and visited with fellow FFCPC members

- The Board and volunteers to signed up for one or two hour shifts, sold lots of our food and drinks and did very well this year

-  We  want to thank  FFCPC members and other customers for your support during the  great  event in very nice weather!

Vappu or Walborg's Eve Celebration on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.

- Dave and Melinda Carter hosted again  Valborgmässafton (Walpurgis to Swedes & Vappu to Finns) on their small farm in the Stafford West Linn area with a bonfire!
- There were also  snacks including: varm korv (Swedish hot dogs), hot drinks, breads and Sima served

-  Check out Vappu pictures:  Vappu stories   and   Flag and Vappu Hot Dog

- The address is 1470 SW Borland Road, West Linn, OR
- Driving directions:

    - From I 205 take the Lake Oswego Stafford exit.
    - Go north on Stafford Road (about 3 city blocks) to Wanker’s corner.
    - Turn right (east) on Borland Road. Their place is onehalf mile east of Wanker’s corner (on Borland where it meets Ek Road). 
    - Turn south onto a gravel road into the farm at the junction of Ek and Borland. Look for signs.

 Listen to the Landscape of Finland on Friday, May 17, 2013 at 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.

- 2013 POY, Finnish-American pianist Marja Kaisla played music written by four Finnish composers at Classic Pianos of Portland (
- The address is 3003 SE Milwaukie Ave, Portland, OR 97202 
- Tickets were $10, available at the door
- Tickets were requested to be reserved  from Elisa Boynton by phone (503-880-4880) or by e-mail (
- Click here for the Event Press Release and Marja Kaisla Poster

Sonore Chamber Choir, Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 7:00 PM
-  A Chamber Choir from Äänekoski, Finland
Click here for Sonore Flyer
-  Read the Press Release here
-  Concerts:

Sunday, 3/24/2013 at 3:00 p.m. - Spiritual and secular program

Messiah Lutheran Church

7434 N Charleston Ave

Portland, OR 97203


Tuesday, 3/26/2013 at 7:00 p.m. - Spiritual program

First Christian Church

1314 SW Park Avenue

Portland, OR 97201


Wednesday, 3/27/2013 at 6:00 p.m. - Secular program

West Linn Unity Center

20255 Willamette Drive

West Linn, OR 97068


Thursday, 3/28/2013 at 7:00 p.m. - Spiritual program

Peace Lutheran Church

565 12th Street

Astoria, OR 97103


Friday, 3/29/2013 at 7:00 p.m. - Spiritual program

Valley Bible Church

4723 SR 4 West

Rosburg, WA 98643


Sunday, 3/31/2013 at 12:00 noon - Spiritual and secular program

Finnish Lutheran Church

8504 13th Avenue NW

Seattle, WA 98117

-  Suggested $5.00 donation

Unfortunately we had to cancel the 'Sibelius by Glenda Goss' Event that was scheduled for  Friday, February 15, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
-  Glenda had a family emergency that forced her to travel back home on a moment's notice
-  Click to open the Event Flyer here
-  The Board will make an effort to find a new date
and inform the Members as soon as information is available

FFCPC Annual Meeting, Sunday, February 10, 2013 at 2:00 PM

-  The meeting  started with a Social Hour
-  Korvapuustit and drinks
were served   
Click to view the Agenda here 
-  Satu Mikkola gave an update on FFN
-  New Board Members were selected to keep FFCPC fresh and active
The meeting was in the Finnish Room at PSU


Finnish Composers, Friday, December 07, 2012 at 7:00 PM
- Elisa Boynton gave a presentation on Finnish composers and provided music samples and pictures
- The presentation was in the Finnish Room at PSU
- Refreshments were served

ScanFair on Saturday and Sunday, December 01-02, 2012, 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM (5:00 PM Sunday)

- We were at Memorial Coliseum  again and FFCPC had three activities during ScanFair:  
1. Pictures with Joulupukki, sled for the children and anybody with Christmas spirit to sit in, surrounded by Christmas trees
2. Food booth with delicious Finnish food, lihapiirakka and rahkapiirakka, coffee and drinks

3. Finland’s Independence Day celebration with a presentation (Finland from 1950's to today) and singing of Maamme

Finnish Book Club Founding Meeting on Saturday, October 27, 2012 at 5:30 PM
- Katariina Lehtonen  invited FFCPC members and your friends to her home to start a book club, as proposed by members
- Attendees were asked to bring a book, preferably by a Finnish author, and share it with other interested attendees

Fin-Nic on Saturday, August 18, 2012, 12:00 N - 5:00 PM
- Finnish-American Historical Society of the West (FAHSW) and FFCPC teamed up to organize 
a picnic for the Finns and friends of Finland

- Lindgren Cabin at Cullaby Lake, Clatsop County, Oregon (off Hwy 101)
- FAHSW  barbequed hot dogs and hamburgers  
- FFCPC  provided drinks and ice
- Attendees were also asked to bring side dishes, desserts and other favorite Finnish foods

Helsinki Cafe at Oak's Park, June 16, 2012, 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM
FFCPC served good Finnish style food again:
- Potato salad, hot dogs and buns
- Open faced salmon sandwiches
- Soft drinks, canned and bottled
- Ice cream novelties
- Our location was the same as the previous year, close to the picnic tables

Vappu or Walborg's Eve Celebration on Monday, April 30, 2012 at 7:00 PM
- Vappu is the celebration of a new summer in Finland and the other Nordic countries, when
young and old gather to enjoy the long days and spring weather
-  We  celebrated Vappu with New Sweden Group at Dave Carter's farm,
   1470 SW Borland Road, West Linn, OR 97068
- FFCPC provided hot dogs and drinks, FFCPC members provided Vappu spirit and the rain
   stayed away, probably due to our readiness for Oregon's sometimes wet spring weather

Sisu, the Finnish Truck, April 20, 2012
Seppo Saarinen  presented the history of Sisu, the Finnish heavy duty truck design and
manufacturing company based on history and his own experience as a Sisu team member

- The presentation was in the Finnish Room at PSU, 7:30 - 8:30 PM
- Refreshments were served
-  10 Finns and Friends of Finland attended the presentation
-  A second presentation date has been requested by a few members that had conflicts;
need and date to be considered in the fall season 2012

Annual Meeting, March 10, 2012
- The meeting started with a Social Half an Hour with Finnish refreshments
- We  added musical performances to the regular meeting agenda 
- The meeting was in the Finnish Room at 2:00 - 5:00 PM 
Annual Meeting Agenda
and Pictures from the Annual Meeting

2nd Annual Boris Sirpo Recital, February 11, 2012 at 2:00 - 4:00 PM
- The event featured talented, young music students from Oregon and SW Washington
-  The venue was Messiah Lutheran Church, 7434 N Charleston Avenue, Portland, OR 97203
-  Flyer for the Event

1886 and 1896 - Memorable Years for Finns in Astoria, January 20, 2012
- Greg Jacob shared the Finnish history of Astoria with the audience
- The presentation was at 7:30 - 8:30 PM  in the Finnish Room at PSU
- The Finnish Room was filled to capacity by members of FFCPC and other
   Nordic organizations
- Refreshments were served after the presentation
-  Presentation Flyer and Summary


ScanFair, December 3-4, 2011
- FFCPC had again delicious Finnish food for sale in our Food Booth
- Finland's Independence Day Celebration was on Sunday, December 4, 2011
   The First 50 Years of Independent Finland Presentation
- A new event for FFCPC and ScanFair was a picture opportunity with Joulupukki
   in a sleigh with kids and others wanting to share a picture with him
The 2011 ScanFair was at Exhibit Hall of the Veterans Memorial Coliseum,
     300 N. Winning Way, Portland, OR 97227

The Lapp King's Daughter, October 09, 2011
  - Stina Katchadourian is an author born in Finland, and a
    member of the Board of San Francisco Bay Area Chapter
    of Finlandia Foundation
  - Stina's book 'The Lapp King's Daughter' focuses on the
    Winter and Continuation wars in Finland
  - Stina gave an interesting presentation on her book to 24 attendees and sold all her
    books to interested FFCPC members and other attendees
  - Stina Katchadourian CV
  - Flyer for the event

Finnish-American Historical Society of the west invites all Finns to the great Finn gathering…FIN-NIC!

We enjoyed a BBQ and witnessed the announcement of the 2011 Sauna Bucket Award winner, Wilho Saari

Date: Sunday, August 7, 2011

Time: 12:00 N - 3:00 PM

Place: Cullaby Lake, Clatsop County, Oregon (off Hwy 101)

The FAHSW BBQed hot dogs and hamburgers.  

FFCPC membersbrought side dishes, desserts,and our favorite Finn Foods!

Midsummer Celebration

 Helsinki Café at Oaks Park on June 25

  Full Breakfast at FFCPC’s Food Stand, when you 

  need it, first thing in the morning!

  Start the day right with Sausage and Scrambled Eggs!

  Accompany the breakfast with juice and coffee.

  Authentic Finnish Pancakes!

  Aitoja suomalaisia juhannusohukaisia!

  We are back with the well liked Finnish Pancakes, delicious any time 

  of the day!  Enjoy them with your choice of toppings.  

  Various drinks available.

  Come and meet local Finns and Friends of Finland. 

Talk with us, we’ll tell you about the Finnish activities 
in the area.

Vappuaatto, Walborgis Eve, April 30, 2011
- Vappu is the celebration of a new summer in Finland
  - Young and old gather to enjoy the long days and spring
  - Kaino and Don Leetham established this celebration that
    is being continued by New Sweden Group at Dave Carter's
    farm in Stafford, West Linn
  - FFCPC members are kindly invited to join the celebration
  - The event is free to  FFCPC Members
  - Vappu/Walborgis Flyer includes directions and why/how
     we celebrate Vappu/Walborgis Eve; please read also page 2

C G Mannerheim Dinner on March 05, 2011
  -  The dinner was at 6:00 - 11:00 PM at PSU in
     Smith memorial Building, Parkway North
  -  71 guests  signed up to enjoy the                          
      entertainment and good company
  -  Dinner Invitation
  -  Dinner Program
  -  Dinner Menu

FFCPC Annual Meeting on March 05, 2011

  -  The Meeting was held at 2:00 - 4:00 PM in the Finnish
     Room at PSU
  - Annual Meeting Agenda
  - President's Message to FFCPC Members
  - 2011 Membership Form

Portland International Film Festival (PIFF)

  -  FFCPC is a co-sponsor with SHF
  -  Come and see a Finnish documentary film
     'Steam of Life' on Febryary 15, 2011 at 8:30 PM
  -  Reception at 7:00 PM before the film
  - Make a reservation as soon as possible
  - Please read more in the flyer


Finland's Independence Day Celebration at ScanFair

Independence Day Greeting from President of Finland

Finland's History and Path to Independence