2019 Vappu Celebration
Saturday May 4th 3-6pm at Cornwall Park South Shelter next Horseshoe Pit Area.
Access from the Cornwall Avenue.
Low Key Potluck Get-together. Bring some food to share and your own beverages.
Check out the Spring 2019 Finnovations Newsletter
See our Newsletters page for archived newsletters.
Finlandia Foundation National was founded by Yrjö A. Paloheimo on January 21, 1953 in Southern California. The idea to form an organization to nurture ties with Finland and promote a sense of Finnishness for younger generations in the U.S. by Paloheimo in 1945. The Foundation’s mission is to promote Finnish-American culture in the United States and ancestral ties with Finland. The National Chapter celebrated its 60th anniversary in March 2013 in Pasadena, California
The Finlandia Foundation Suomi Chapter was founded in 2010 and three of the founding members are still active and with the board-Tapio Holma, Asko Hamalainen, and Brend Hunt-Holma. FFSC serves as the local Finlandia Foundation chapter for Whatcom, Skagit, and Island Counties.
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Welcome to the Finlandia Foundation Suomi Chapter’s website!
The Suomi Chapter serves Finns, Finnish Americans, and friends of Finland in Whatcom, Skagit and Island Counties. Annual events include a Juhannus (“midsummer” summer solstice) celebration in June and a Finnish independence day celebration in December. We also hold our annual meeting for all members and interested parties in the spring. In Check out our events page for more information.
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FFSC has been promoting both local and Finnish musicians since its foundation. Concerts have included jazz musician Olli Hirvonen, soprano Maria Mannisto, violinist Kati Valimaa, pianist Marja Kaisla, the Starry Night Quartet, Mt. Baker Youth Symphony, and the Wade King Singers. 2017 Tapio Holma served as tour guide for the North Stars Chamber Orchestra on their visit to Finland as a part of the centennial celebration of Finland's independence from the USSR.
Ice-Skating/ Ice-Hockey Party
Saturday December 7th 2:45-3:45 pm
1225 Civic Field Way
The ice will be split in half between Skaters and Hockey Players.
Skate Rental, Ice Time and Pizza is free thanks to Finlandia Foundation Grant.
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Single membership: $25
Family/Couple membership: $30
Supporting membership: $50
Lifetime membership: $300
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Finlandia Foundation Suomi Chapter
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Bellingham, WA 98227
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Speaking Finnish Group
December 2019 TBA
First Congregational Church
2401 Cornwall Ave
Bellingham, WA 98225
Downstairs Classroom #32
Tule puhumaan suomea,
se on kivaa!
Independence Day Brunch and Annual Meeting
Sunday December 8th 1-3:30 pm
At Anthony's in Bellingham
25 Bellwether Way
You have to pay for your own meal.
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