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
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/
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.
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.
Evening Menu by Chef Mikko, former executive chef of the Ambassador.
Vegetarian option available if request received by March 14 at firstname.lastname@example.org (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)
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.