at Balboa Park
December 2nd and 3rd 2016
International Christmas Festival, ICF
at Balboa Park
December 2nd and 3rd 2016
Once again ICF was succesful for House of Finland with the help of all our volunteers. They took part in the preparation and the execution of ICF. Like each year, we sold traditional Finnish food at the House of Finland that was decorated to match the Christmas theme and we also sold alcohol at the stunningly decorated wine tent. In addition, Santa Claus made an appearance in his Santa hut for the second year in row. The idea was that people could take pictures of themselves and their loved ones with a REAL life Finnish Santa Claus.
The House of Finland is active in all things Finnish in the San Diego area. On Tuesday October 27th the Finnish American Chamber of Commerce (FACC), where HOF is also a member, held a meeting in Escondido. The Board was present to hear about FACC’s activities and to meet their brand new intern, Ilona Ahovuo. HOF has participated financially in this new marketing effort. Ilona will also be assisting HOF with marketing and hosting, but much more about her later after she gets settled in for her six-month stay in San Diego.
The consul general, Juha Markkanen, came to speak of the efforts of their 7-man office in LA, which covers the entire western U.S. to promote Finnish companies and ideas of cooperation in the areas of cleantech, health sciences and bioindustries. There have been a few successes already but more networking and outreach efforts were called for. Mr Markkanen made the point California is the world’s 8th largest economy, ahead of Brazil with 200 million people. He noted there are really three hubs in California – Silicon Valley which everyone knows, then LA and San Diego, which people in Finland have never heard of.
Other speakers included the bank of the West, and the Murrieta development council, who spoke of their efforts to educate and woo foreign companies to their respective business areas.
Networking, networking. Contact was also made with Teuvo Pulkkinen who heads up the Finlandia Foundation, another non-profit cultural organization with chapters nationwide. HOF has recently joined that as well. We look forward to more cooperation and news and information passing back and forth between our members and the Finlandia Foundation.
It was another warm September afternoon in that most beautiful of parks. We entertained the gathered folks from San Diego and elsewhere – there was a couple from Germany – as we do each year to celebrate and remember our native country’s music. Balboa Park turned 100, the House of pacific Relations turned 80 and our own House of Finland turned 75.
Most magnificently 2015 is the 150th anniversary of our dear classical composer Jean Sibelius. President Heikki Gronlund mentioned he is not the author of our national anthem, which remains as Maamme, or Our Land. His composition, known around the world, is Finlandia of course. A later festival at the Poway Lutheran Church featured his music and a local choir.
The little cottage was open and all our Board members turned out to offer traditional tastes of Finland – pulla, Karelian pastries and juices. If you don’t know what Karelian pastries are ask any Finn. Of course you can get the Finnish cook book on offer at the upcoming International Christmas Festival.
The entertainers were great. Terhi Miikki came all the way from Finland to serenade us with her beautiful voice and the accordion. The girls followed to show the next generation of Finnish performers for our stage and maybe others… Vilmiina Nupponen sang our National Anthem, Maamme. Aada Heikkila played clarinet and her sister Neida played violin.
Ensi sunnuntaina (13.9.) on Suomitalon vuoro järjestää ohjelmaa Balboa puistossa, talomme edessä olevalla nurmella (Lawn Program).
Talo on avoinna klo 12-16, nurmikko-ohjelma alkaa klo 14.
Pääesiintyjä: Music Director, musiikin monilahjakkuus Terhi Miikki-Broersma esiintyy ja viihdyttää yleisöä.
Talolla karjalanpiirakoita ja pullaa.
Sunnuntaipäivä jatkuu kirkossa klo 17 alkavalla Sibelius-konsertilla. Suomitalo on yksi konsertin tukijoista.
This Sunday, Sep 13th, is House of Finland's turn to organize the Lawn Program in front of our cottage in Balboa Park.
The cottage will be open from 12 - 4 pm, and lawn program starts at 2 pm.
Top performer: Music Director, multitalented Terhi Miikki-Broersma performs and entertains the audience.
Karelian pastries and Pulla available at the cottage.
Sunday evening continues at 5 pm with Sibelius Concert in the church. Please see the flyer. HOF is one of the event sponsors.
Hope to see you on both events!
There will be Confirmation Service at May 17th. It will be held in our familiar church Incarnation Lutheran Church in Poway at 4 PM. Address: 16889 Espola Road, Poway, CA 92064.
For more information:
As the days are getting noticeably longer, most of us long to get out and do something in the fresh air—play a sport, go for a walk, or do something active and positive! There are two upcoming local events where you can do something positive, and you can certainly be active before or after.
On Friday, March 13, 2015, the portable passport machine will be at the offices of the Honorary Consulate. Anyone who needs to apply for or renew a Finnish passport is encouraged to make an appointment. This will probably be the only time this year the machine will be in San Diego; individuals renewing their passports later in the year will need to travel to the Consulate General in Los Angeles or the Embassy in Washington, DC. Interested individuals should call Francisco Soto at (619) 236-9202 or via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. At present, there are openings in the late morning or afternoon. The Consulate is located in downtown at 1059 10th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101 (on 10th Avenue between C Street and Broadway). There are parking meters on the street ($1.25/hour) or a parking lot next door ($10.00 flat rate).
On Saturday April 11, 2015, advance voting for the Parliamentary elections will be held in San Diego. The advance polling station will be at the Hose of Finland (officially, 2212 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101) between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm. Votes cast in San Diego will be sent to Finland to be included in the official count. Voting in Finland will be on Sunday, April 19th. Voters can also appear at other locations, the closest to us being the Consulate General in Los Angeles. Information on other locations (including dates and times) can be found at the Embassy website: www.finland.org.
There is an exciting opportunity for young aspiring journalists from the West Coast. Applications for the Foreign Correspondents’ Programme 2015 are being accepted between now and March 15th. Winning journalists will participate in a three week program starting August 10th. Travel, hotel and most meals are covered. The program is open to aspiring journalists from across the United States, but the sponsors are especially interested in individuals from the West Coast. Applicants must have some media experience (including social media) and be born between 1986 and 1995. Further information and application forms can be found at the Embassy website: www.finland.org.
Kathrin S. Mautino
Hon. Consul, Republic of Finland
It is an honor to lead our House this year, together with a team of dedicated Finns who all want to do their utmost so we can have a fun year. 2015 will be a great year for the House of Finland! We are in the midst of a year-long celebration of the Centennial of our dear Balboa Park. At the same time we honor the House of Pacific Relations, our parent organization, for 80 years of continuous existence in promoting harmony among the nations of the world through the spreading of our individual cultural identity to all the citizens of San Diego; not to forget our many out-of-town visitors. Some of us may also not know that the House of Finland will be 75 years young this year!
In February of 1940, that coldest of winters during the “Talvisota”, the Red Cross and many Finns and other San Diegans came together to put together packages for Finland, and organized the House of Finland to accomplish that. We salute those civic-minded Finns of yesteryear and thank them from the bottom of our heart for our home away from home these many years. We hope and trust they look kindly on our efforts to date. I look forward to a wonderful time together as we celebrate our Vappurieha with the Finnish School, the Ethnic Food Festival which will be a two-day event this year, Juhannus on the lawn, our September weekend program on the stage, and of course the traditional end of year International Christmas Festival. Golf tournaments and cultural outings round out the usual events and plans for the year. Join us also in our new offering of Finnish films directly following the monthly meetings of the HOF, on the first Sunday of the month. These are free to all paid-up members. We have a brand new big-screen TV to show Finnish movies old and new. Popcorn and wine anyone?
Lots going on. There is so much to gain from membership, so do sign up for the simple little obligation of hosting once a year, to showcase our delightful little cottage which gets so much praise; and spread the good word from Finland. Stay tuned to the member announcements appearing in your e-mail inboxes!
The House of Finland (HOF) is a social and non-profit organization. HOF is one of the houses organized under House of Pacific Relations (HPR). HOF promotes and cultivates Finnish culture and traditions. It promotes social activities among its members and provides a meeting possibilities for Finnish people and friends of Finland.
The House of Finland is a Chapter of Finlandia Foundation National.
The House of Finland is part of Finland 100 programme.