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​Recent Events


Finnish Independence Day Celebration on Sunday, December 5, 2021  
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. 


Vappu (May Day) was celebrated on Sunday, May 1, 2022 

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.​  See Vappu photos below.


​Annual Summer Picnic on Sunday, September 18, 2022

Hyvää kesää!  Happy summer!  The picnic was held at the Fairhaven Park pavilion where we held the Vappu party in May.  The picnic was from 2:00 to 5:00 PM.  Everyone was asked to bring a dish to share, and there were certainly many delicacies from which to choose.  People also enjoyed socializing and getting to know other Finns and Finnish-Americans.  It was wonderful seeing so many people there.



Upcoming Events

Seattle's Nordic Museum's Julefest will be held November 19-20 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  The National Nordic Museum's Julefest takes place on the Museum grounds. Modeled on a traditional outdoor Christmas market, expect all the goodies associated with the Nordic holidays with some Northwest twists!  Museum members are free and non-members will be charged $10.00; youth from 12-18 are $5.00, and children under 12 are free.

Finnish comedian Ismo Leikola's show will be at Block 41 in Seattle on Saturday, November 26th, beginning at 6:00 PM.  Block 41 is located at 115 Bell St, Seattle 98121.  Ismo is known for using his outsider's point of view to find humor in the most ordinary things.  The show is in English with some small parts possibly in Finnish.  This is the first time Ismo will be performing in Seattle.  The show is organized by the Finlandia Foundation Seattle Chapter with support from Finlandia Foundation National.  For tickets, please go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ismo-in-seattle-tickets-411396687567

Our local Finnish Independence Day observance
This year our local Finlandia Foundation Suomi Chapter is holding its Independence Day celebration at Lombardi's on Sunday, December 4, from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM.  Eric Pihl of Seattle's Nordic Museum will be our guest speaker.  Cost for the dinner will be $45 per person which includes the tax and tip.  The buffet menu will include mixed green salad, grilled salmon picatta or chicken marsala, garlic butter fettuccine, seasonal vegetables and house focaccia bread.  Please RSVP to ffsuomi@gmail.com so we will know how many people to expect. We look forward to seeing you at this festive gathering.

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.


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