Holiday Celebration Vappu

Sponsored by Finlandia Foundation Columbia Pacific Chapter & New Sweden

April 28, 2019, 3:00 – 6:00 PM – Fogelbo Lawn at Nordia House

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.

For the past three years, FFCPC has been hosting a Vappu celebration on Fogelbo Lawn and this year they are partnering with Nordic Northwest and New Sweden!

Karelian hot dogs and sides will be provided alongside beer and wine for sale. The Scandinavian Chorus will perform, lawn games will be available, and a fire will be roaring. All ages are welcome.

Upcoming Events

Pianist/Composer Jeffrey Jacob Plays Benefit Concert,

Classical pianist and composer Jeffrey Jacob will play a concert to benefit Nordic Northwest, “Sibelius and Grieg: Influences and Legacies”, beginning at 7pm on Sunday, May 5 at Nordia House, 880 SW Oleson Road, Portland, OR.   

Tickets are available online at or at the door. Ticket price is $20 for members of Nordic Northwest or Finlandia Foundation Columbia-Pacific Chapter, $25 for non-members.

“Sibelius and Grieg: Influences and Legacies” Program

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.

About the artist

Jacob has appeared as piano soloist with more than 25 orchestras internationally. He has also recorded over 120 works for solo piano, and piano and orchestra, including a critically-acclaimed series of CDs of the complete piano music of Samuel Barber and George Crumb and major works of Bela Bartok.

A proponent of contemporary music, Jacob has performed the world premieres of works written for him by George Crumb, Vincent Persichetti, Gunther Schuller, Samuel Adler, Francis Routh, and others. As a composer, Jacob has written five symphonies, three piano concertos, three string quartets and numerous works for piano and chamber ensembles.

For 38 years, Jacob served as chair of the piano division, Artist-in-Residence, and professor of music at Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana. He earned his Master of Music from the Julliard School and his Doctorate from the Peabody Conservatory.

For more information on the May 5 “Sibelius and Grieg: Influences and Legacies” benefit concert, log onto , call Nordic Northwest at (503) 977-0275, or log onto the website of Finlandia Foundation Columbia-Pacific Chapter .

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Friday, June 21, 2019 at Lindgreen Cabin, Cullaby Lake

Frank Eld (Harkonen)
Finlandia Foundation Lecturer
of the year 2018-2019

Everyone loves a log cabin! For most, it has become the symbol of the frontier. But how many know where it came from or how its built? For Finns, it’s much more. The log cabin is the icon of our Heritage. It was the mainstay dwelling of the Finns who ventured to the New Sweden Colony in 1638-55 and again during the North American “great migration” in 1890-1920.

Frank will speak at the Lindgren Cabin on June 21 at noon. Refreshments will be provided. More details to come.

Past Events

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