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. In 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.
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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. was first conceived by Paloheimo in 1945. However, it took him eight years to gather enough interested individuals to form the first of the current 58 chapters in the national organization.
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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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. Check out our events page for more information.
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Are you a Finlandia Foundation Suomi Chapter member or interested in joining us at any events? Do you read our newsletter? Are you a Finn, Finnish-American, or otherwise have a connection to Finland and are living in the Whatcom, Skagit, San Juan county area? We want to hear from you! Please take some time to fill out a questionnaire about our organization and how we can better serve you.
Vappu (May Day) will be celebrated on Sunday, May 1st, from 1-4 pm at the upper pavilion at Fairhaven Park. All Finns, Finnish-Americans and friends of Finland are welcome to attend. We are honored to have Kristiina Hiukka, the Honorary Vice-Consul for Finland, sharing with us her thoughts about the importance of Vappu to Finns worldwide. Refreshments will include coffee, sima, tippaleipa and munkki. Voting for the upcoming board of directors will also be held as part of the festivities.
Single membership: $25
Family/Couple membership: $30
Supporting membership: $50
Lifetime membership: $300
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August 28 - 11am-2pm
We had a potluck picnic at a shelter in Whatcom Falls Park. People brought a dish to share and joined together for food, music and Finnish camaraderie.
September 25 - Celebration of Rye!
We enjoyed a tour of the Bread Lab in Burlington. The event included a lecture, a tour of the facility and lunch.
December 5 - 2:00-5:00 PM
Finnish Independence Day was celebrated at Bellingham's Schweinhaus Biergarten. It was a chilly outdoor gathering under a tent, but everyone enjoyed the chance to greet old friends and make new ones - all in person for a change. We even had time for an intense set of games of mölkky.