ScanFair at Nordia House

This year, ScanFair returns in a modified format to fit within Nordia House and Nordic Northwest’s campus. We invite you to join us December 3rd, 4th, 5th for this family favorite event.

Tickets price is $5. Kids 12 and under are free. The tickets are valid for 1 ½ hours of shopping. There will be Joulupukki but there will be no live entertainment due to Covid restrictions. Everyone attending must show proof of vaccination or negative Covid negative (except for non vaccine eligible children).

Presale tickets are available on the Nordic Northwest website . We encourage you to go online and get your tickets early! If there are any tickets left, they will be sold at the door.  There will be two lines for entrance and those with reservations will have priority.

Finnish Genealogy Webinar

Finding Your Roots in Finland” hosted by Arto Saarinen.

Saturday, December 11th, 2021 at 12 noon. Hosted via Zoom.

The event will be a Zoom lecture and Q&A session given by Mr. Arto Saarinen, Board member of the Finnish-American Society of the Midwest (Illinois).

Mr. Arto Saarinen has become an expert in researching family trees, first his own and then for many others. He will discuss how to use genealogy sites on the web to trace your roots in Finland. His presentation will include a case study showing how much you can do when all you know is an ancestor’s name, birthdate and place.

​This event is co-organized by Finlandia Foundation Columbia-Pacific Chapter (FFCPC), Portland OR, and Appelo Archives Center, Naselle WA.

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Inaugural Nordic NW KUBB Tournament

Saturday afternoon ten teams competed in the Nordic NW Inaugural KUBB Tournament. Once again the aces Jacin Harter and Jake Mottern took top honors and are proudly holding the “Nordic KUBB Challenge Cup Trophy” made possible by the sponsorship of Nielsen’s Jewelers. Jacin and Jake’s names will be displayed on “tags” mounted on a separate board, and future winners’ names as well. The “Saucy Jespers” (Kristin McAuley and Ned Hayes) took Second place. Third place went to Dave Alford and Ray Wikman. The other Finnish team (Karin and Greg) competed and had fun along with everyone else.  A big thank you to Dave for organizing the event and to FFCPC for sponsoring the three wooden KUBB trophies to the top three finishers. There was a post tournament barbecue on the Fogelbo grounds, and our thanks to Kristi Gustafson for providing the hamburgers, buns, and tomatoes, onions, etc to garnish the burgers. Ross was present to draw the door prizes. 

Finnic 2021 enjoyed by all

“Finnic” takes place in August at the historic ax hewn Finnish log cabin built by Eric Lindgren in the 1920s. The cabin is at Cullaby Lake between Seaside and Astoria off Hwy 101. The event is open to all members of FFCPC, and we invite the Finnish community in the Astoria/Naselle area, as well. Salmon and hot dogs were served, beverages were provided, and people who attended brought a salad or dessert. Before the noon picnic there is a fun walk/run of 1.5 miles around the park grounds. After eating and socializing people gathered for the presentation of the Sauna Bucket Award given to a deserving Finn who has promoted Finnish culture.

Karl Marlantes and Liisa Penner were awarded the esteemed “Sauna Bucket Award” at this years “Finnic,” hosted by FFCPC and organized each year by Andrea Tolonen. The first picture is Karl Marlantes getting the “Sauna Bucket Award” for 2020 from Andrea, a board member of FFCPC (his award was delayed a year because of Covid).

Karl, as you know, is the author of Matternhorn, his debut novel regarded as a modern classic of war literature based on his experience in Vietnam, and Deep River, an epic work about the shifting fortunes of three Finnish siblings struggling to make a living in the early twentieth century in the Naselle/Astoria area.

The second picture is of Liisa Penner getting the award for 2021.

Liisa, born in Finland, is the archivist for the Clatsop County Historical Society. She has done so much over the years in preserving Finnish History in the Oregon and Southern Washington area and has contributed many articles to Cumtux, the quarterly publication of the Clatsop Historical Society.

Karl Marlantes 2020 Sauna Bucket Award winner
Liisa Penner 2021 Sauna Bucket Award winner

Past Events

You can locate information from all of our past events in the legacy events archive.