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Last Saturday of every month! 

Raven Bakery is selling Ring Rye (Finnish-style rye bread) at the Bellingham Farmers' Market

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Annual Summer Picnic

Annual Summer Picnic on Sunday, September 18, from 2:00-5:00 PM
Hyvää kesää!  Happy summer!  The picnic will be held at the Fairhaven Park pavilion where we held the Vappu party in May.  The pavilion is up the hill above the large grassy area.  The picnic will be from 2-5 PM.  We ask everyone to please bring a dish to share and enjoy socializing and getting to know other Finns and Finnish-Americans.  We hope to see you there.

Finnish Film Festival at the FireHouse Arts and Events Center in Fairhaven

Saturday, February 4, and Sunday, February 5 - The film festival will include a wide variety of films ranging 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 will be available in addition to a variety of Finnish merchandise items for sale.  The event will run from the late morning through the evening both days.  It will be a great time to learn more about Finland, its history, its culture and enjoy some famous Finnish movies.  We will be posting more details regarding this event as they become available.


Saturday, September 25 (11:00 AM - 2:00 PM)
Celebration of Rye - Bread Lab tour, lecture, discussion and lunch
On a beautiful fall day a dozen people drove to Burlington to be treated to a very informative presentation by Washington State University's Dr. Stephen Jones who oversees operations at the Bread Lab.  He was ably assisted by two PhD students who then escorted us around the lab and answered a wide variety of questions.  The visit ended with a delicious lunch prepared by the students who used nothing but whole grain ingredients and fruits.  All those attended said it was a very enjoyable, informative and tasty outing.​

Sunday, December 5  (2:00 PM - 5:00 PM)
Finnish Independence Day Celebration

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.  People bought sausages, pretzels and beer from the venue, and several of our attendees brought a variety of Finnish desserts for everyone to enjoy.  We even had time for an intense set of games of mölkky. 

We want to hear from you!

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.

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We are back to having in-person events! See below for our upcoming and recent events.

Vappu (May Day) was celebrated on Sunday, May 1st, from 1:00-4:00 PM

The event was held at the upper pavilion at Fairhaven Park.  All Finns, Finnish-Americans and friends of Finland were welcome to attend, and over 25 people did so.  We were honored to have Kristiina Hiukka, the Honorary Vice-Consul for Finland, sharing with us her thoughts about the importance of Vappu to Finns worldwide.   She gave a very informative and entertaining presentation about this special day.  To add to the festivities, refreshments included coffee, sima, tippaleipa and munkki.  Voting for the upcoming board of directors was also held as part of the business end of the afternoon's activities.​