We have many events planned throughout the year. Please visit our Finland100 page for details.
UPCOMING EVENTS in 2017
The Friday Night Lecture Series: "The Kalevala: It's Significance to the Finns"
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, 97201In 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.
2017 Portland International Film Festival: Hymyilevä Mies/The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki
Sunday, February 12, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
616 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97209
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
PAST EVENTS in 2017
Lordi concert at Hawthorne Theater
Friday, February 3, 2017, 5:30 p.m.
1507 SE 39th Ave, Portland, OR 97214Heavy 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
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.http://www.chinookobserver.com/co/naselle-grays-river/20170110/naselle-film-showings-kick-off-year-long-finland-100-celebrations
PAST EVENTS in 2016
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: http://www.finamhsw.com/lindgren.htm
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
$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 University, 1721 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.
PAST EVENTS in 2015
Award-Winning Finnish Christmas Film, "Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale," by Jalmari Helander, Director
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."
whimsies, with black comedy that evokes Joe Dante's work." - Slant Magazine
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
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
Nordic Vintage and Treasure
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.
and Perttu Concert:
Friday, Nov. 13, 7:30pm, at SHF's Nordia House.
Ware of Astoria, 28th Anniversary Sale:
Friday, Nov. 13 thru Sunday, Nov. 15.
Finn Ware is a supporter of FFCPC and SHF.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Free Finnish Film on Sibelius was shown at Norse Hall -Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent.
2015 Annual Meeting on Saturday, February 14, 2015, at 4:30 - 5:00 p.m. in the Finnish Classroom, Cramer Hall, Room 124
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.
- FFCPC had a Food Booth and Joulupukki display at ScanFair.
-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.
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.
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)
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 www.Pasicats.com
Scandia Imports 3-4 p.m. (The Christmas showcase is up!)
10020 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy, Beaverton, OR 97005
Maher's Pub 7:15 p.m.
352 B Ave, Lake Oswego, OR 97034
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.
August 16, 2014, 12:00 n - 3:00 p.m.
- 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)
Olli Hirvonen Trio Performance at the Tardis Room on May 31, 2014, starting at 9:00 p.m.
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
"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
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
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
Veteraanin iltahuuto; the singing group was an impressive 16 strong team of Finns and Friends of Finland, including a Swede, a Nordic brother
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
Finnish folk craft traditions, such as weaving, spinning, knitting,
woodworking and culinary arts.
Click here to see a selection of typical pictures.
has been the
curator of folk life at the Michigan State University Museum for three
and is the author of Finnish American Rag Rugs: Art, Tradition, and
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
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,
- 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 one‐half 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.
- 2013 POY,
Finnish-American pianist Marja Kaisla played music written by four
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 (email@example.com)
- Click here for the Event Press Release and Marja Kaisla Poster
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
We were at Memorial Coliseum again and FFCPC had three activities
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
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!
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.