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

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