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UPCOMING EVENTS in 2014 and 2015

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.


ScanFair on Saturday-Sunday, December 06-07, 2014 at the Memorial Coliseum, starting at 10:00 a.m. 

- FFCPC needs members to volunteer in our Food Booth and Joulupukki display at ScanFair, December 6-7, at Memorial Coliseum.

 - Members are needed between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. to help selling and serving this year’s menu items Karjalanpaisti (Karelian Pot Pie), riisipuuro (rice pudding), herring with potatoes and coffee and other assorted beverages. To help, contact Greg Jacob, jacobgk@comcast.net.

 - The Joulupukki (Santa Claus) display has promoted FFCPC and Finland very efficiently in the previous years. Members are needed for the setup and during the operation. If you are willing to help, please contact Katariina Lehtonen, harrskog@comcast.net.

 - Finland's Independence Day will be celebrated on Saturday, December 6, at 12:30 p.m. at the main stage. Finland will be 97 years old just on the day of the celebration. We need all the willing singers again to sing Maamme and another song to be chosen. Singers, please contact Seppo Saarinen, seppo.saarinen@comcast.net .

2014 Annual Meeting and Dinner will be on Saturday, February 14, 2015, in the Browsing Room (Rm. # 238) on the 2nd floor of Smith Memorial Union at  Portland State University

- A choice of salmon or vegetarian dinner will be served ($20 per person), with no-host wine and beer, and a short video and live music will be presented honoring the 150th anniversary of Jean Sibelius.

 - There will also be a review of the FFCPC's yearly activities and election of the 2015 FFCP Board.

 - This event is open to FFCPC and SHF members.





PAST EVENTS in 2014



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.
 
http://www.ollihirvonen.com
https://www.facebook.com/ollihirvonenmusic

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

PAST EVENTS IN 2013


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 www.historicroseberry.com. 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 (www.classicportland.com/)
- 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 (tokeo@msn.com)
- 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



PAST EVENTS IN 2012

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


PAST EVENTS IN 2011

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
    weather
  - 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



PAST EVENTS IN 2010

Finland's Independence Day Celebration at ScanFair

Independence Day Greeting from President of Finland

Finland's History and Path to Independence