Past Events 2022

Friends of FFNCC Event:

Suomikoulu DC, Inc. - Open House & Fundraiser

Saturday, May 7, 10am to 1pm 

Location: Oak Street Elementarily School, 

601 South Oak St, Falls Church

Free event

Suomikoulu DC is offering only the most popular products that you have loved and purchased in the last years. All of the delicious products have been freshly delivered from Finland.

 

"Suomik­oulu DC is part of the world­wide Suomi-koulu or­ga­ni­za­tion, which is working to pre­serve Finnish cul­ture and lan­guage among young people of Finnish origin. The Suomi-koulu or­ga­ni­za­tion’s work is sup­ported by the Finnish gov­ern­ment. Our pri­mary goal is to sup­port par­ents in their ef­forts to transfer Finnish lan­guage and her­itage to their chil­dren. We focus on teaching chil­dren to un­der­stand and speak Finnish. Reading and writing are taught when chil­dren are ready. Our school also of­fers chil­dren var­ious ex­pe­ri­ences re­lated to Finnish cul­ture, such as art and crafts."

Note adapted from  https://suomikouludc.org/

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Event: FFNCC Kalevala Celebration

Thursday, March 17, Doors open at 6pm, Program starts at 6:30pm, Event ends at 10:00PM.

Location: Embassy of Finland

3301 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington DC. Closest metro: Dupont Circle (red line)

COVID-19 precautions at the Embassy of Finland: We follow DC Health safety procedures in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and to protect the health, safety, and welfare of our guests, clients and employees. Our staff is fully vaccinated, and we trust that all our visitors are, too.

Tickets: $60 per person

Payment required COB Monday, March 14th        -- Sold out --

The Kalevala is a 19th-century poetic epic compiled by Elias Lönnrot from Karelian and Finnish oral folklore and mythology.

 

The Kalevala was instrumental in the development of the Finnish national identity and the growing sense of nationality that was an important element in Finland's independence from Russia in 1917.

 

It is regarded as the national epic of Karelia and Finland and is one of the most significant works of Finnish literature. The poems have inspired great art including paintings by Akseli Gallen-Kallela and music by Jean Sibelius, during the blooming of Finnish cultural identity.

Click here to read more about Kalevala

 

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Pianist Ruusamari Teppo, PhD has both a direct family connection and a connection through her doctoral work to Finland’s beloved composer, Jean Sibelius.

 

While listening to her play the music of her great-great-grandfather, listeners can sense her deep and personal connection with his music.

 

In recent years she has performed as a soloist, chamber musician and collaborative pianist.

 

She is a prize-winner in the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition and the Petrof Piano Competition, and has participated in music festivals around the globe.

Click here to read more about Ruusamari Teppo.

 

Evening Menu by Chef Mikko, former executive chef of the Ambassador. 

Vegetarian option available if request received by March 14 at dhkpwagner@yahoo.com (Hanna Wagner).

Silent auction items include: 1947 Finnish language edition of the Kalevala, an antique spinning wheel, a ryijy, Nordic cookbook, vintage items, delicious Finnish treats and more!   

Bring your checkbook or cash to make purchases.

The Finnish-American Society of Cape Cod (an FFN Chapter) event - Lecture: "Restauration of Finnish Log Cabins"

Date: Saturday, January 15th, 12 noon (Eastern time)

Location: Zoom

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The lecturer is Frank Eld, a son of a Finnish immigrant carpenter and a distinguished Finlandia Foundation Lecturer.

 

Due to Frank Eld’s affinity for historic preservation, he earned a history degree from Columbia University after a postgraduate year at Exeter. His first major restoration work was to rebuild - together with volunteers - an old general store of 25 buildings, which they moved from other locations to a virtual ghost town Roseberry in Idaho. Buildings on site now include a schoolhouse, a blacksmith’s shop, a church and private homes, as well as eight Finnish-style log cabins and a Finnish barn.  


Frank Eld’s fascination with the craft led to his first book, Finnish Log Construction –The Art.

 

Click here to visit Frank Eld’s facebook -Finnish-Log-Construction-The-Art.

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