Finding Your Ancestral Roots (Finnish in Particular)
Our next Finlandia Foundation chapter meeting will be on Saturday, January 27th, at the Fairhaven Public Library in the downstairs room. We will be setting up at 10:00 (which is when the library opens) and are suggesting that everyone should arrive around 10:15 as the presentation will start promptly at 10:30.
Our presenters are Judith Culver (see bio below) and Cathie Oberg – both members of the Whatcom Genealogical Society. Their presentation will be on how to research your genealogical roots and Finnish in particular. The program will include a Powerpoint slide show, handouts and lecture. Questions and open discussion will begin at 11:15 at the conclusion of their presentation.
Our chapter member Barbara Sanchez has Finnish genealogical books that she has graciously offered to let you peruse after the presentation has concluded around 11:30. Her books go waaay back.
This event is free and open to the public. Coffee and treats will be provided.
Judith Culver is a local genealogist and volunteer. She has received training at genealogy conferences in Washington State and Salt Lake City, plus she has taken many online classes. In 2012 she founded a genealogy study group affectionately called the Ferndale Genies. For the Genies, she taught classes in beginning genealogy, research websites, and DNA for genealogists. She loves sharing family history techniques, and during the pandemic she wrote a book about her immediate family.
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Annual Independence Day Dinner, Sunday, December 10, 2023
We met in the banquet room located in the Holiday Inn & Suites, 4260 Mitchell Way, Bellingham 98226. It is located across the parking lot from the Bellingham Airport terminal. The evening's events extended from 5:00 to 8:00 PM and included a Mediterranean dinner, speaker and festivities. We sold some merchandise, and the auction went quite well too. Two kanteles went for $50, the one with a gorgeous walnut case went for $150, and the walnut framed LED backlit photo of a Finnish sauna on a lake went for $300. These funds will go toward financing future events held by our chapter, such as the genealogy one mentioned above.
Juhannus (Midsummer Celebration)
Saturday, June 24 from 3-7pm at Birch Bay State Park
Activities for the day included a talk on midsummer traditions across Europe by WWU professor Dr. Vajda, a campfire and picnic fare (hotdogs, salads, s'mores supplies). A $15 suggested donation for food was requested of all. We had a banquet permit, so people were able to bring their own beer or wine to enjoy! We' also had lawn games (Molkky anyone?) and the beach wasjust a short walk away (low tide was at 4pm). It was a great time for all those who were able to join us.
Vappu (May Day) was celebrated on Sunday, April 30, 2023.
The event was held at the lower, fully-enclosed pavilion at Fairhaven Park from 12:00 until 2:30. All Finns, Finnish-Americans and friends of Finland were welcomed. Refreshments were of the pot luck variety, and many people brought along their favorite Finnish or Nordic dishes that were shared with others.
Very Successful Finnish Film Festival at the FireHouse Arts and Events Center in Fairhaven
Friday evening, February 3, until Sunday evening, February 5, 2023
Our inaugural Finnish Film Festival was a tremendous success. Roughly 250 people came to see 9 films and listen to a guest speaker talk about Tove Jansson. The films ranged from full-length feature Finnish films to documentaries about Finland to shorter movies made by local Bellingham students in association with students in Finland. Finnish snacks were available in addition to a variety of Finnish merchandise items for sale. The event was a great time to learn more about Finland, its history, its culture and enjoy some famous Finnish movies. Please click on the Film Festival link above to see photos of the event.