Almost that time …

As we have finalized a lot of last-minute details the Festival dates are approaching. For more information on the various segments, use the “2016 Festival” links to get more information. Festival dates: July 29, 30, 31 Hope to see you here!

History of FAFF

Finnish American Folk Festival History The history of the Finnish American Folk Festival was intertwined with researchers from Finland from the beginning.  Pertti Virtaranta and graduate student Hanelle Jonsson Korhola traveled to Canada, Ohio and the Upper Peninsula to discuss the words used in these places for such common things as a log truck, coffee, …

My Finnish Memories

       The theme for this year’s festival is “My Finnish Memories.”  The Washington State Arts Commission considers our festival one of the most authentic folk life festivals in the state. The dates for this years festival lies on July 29th – 31st, and a Golf Tournament will be held on the 28th of July. …

Astoria Music Festival presents

  From Finland with Love From Finland With Love SONGS OF MY GREAT GRANDFATHER A concert of rarely heard music by the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius Featuring Pianist RUUSAMARI TEPPO Great Granddaughter of Composer Jean Sibelius With Famed Finnish Cellist JUSSI MAKKONEN SUNDAY, MARCH 22, 2015 3:00 PM, LIBERTY THEATER, ASTORIA Reception Follows the Concert …

Summary of 2014 Festival

NASEL HERITAGE DAYS The theme for the 17th biennial Finnish American Folk Festival reflects the history of the small community Naselle, in Pacific County, Washington. Mainly settled by immigrants from Kaustinen, Finland, starting in the late 1800s, “Nasel” is the original spelling of this unincorporated area. Held July 25–27 at the Naselle-Grays River Valley school …

Summary of 2012 Festival

Although attendance was low on Friday, Saturday brought dry gray skies, comfortable temperatures, and a couple thousand attendees to the sixteenth biennial Finnish American Folk Festival in Naselle. Folks came from Bellingham to San Diego; Astoria to Washington, DC; Alaska to Florida and numerous points in between. Nineteen states, Canada, Norway, and Finland were represented. …

2012 Festival Schedule

THURSDAY Finn Golf, Peninsula Golf Course Noon: Lunch 1:00PM: ShotGun Start THURSDAY Dress Rehearsal, The Commons MC: Darlene Bjornsgard 6:30 As a Sparrow 6:40 Finn-Am Choir 7:00 “ Roots Running Deep” (Reader’s Theater) FRIDAY Afternoon , The Courtyard & Commons MC :Lori Dearmore 12:30 :Maypole dancers, national anthems ,memories 1:00 Cooley/Wolfe Singers & Ringers 1:30 …

Feats of Strength – Winners from 2010 Festival

Men’s Boot Throwing Kris Harness – 86’3” Alan Erickson – 83’0” John Kandoll – 76’4” Women’s Boot Throwing Lauren Sexton – 58’8” Wendy Rimmelspacher – 53’11” Savannah Hegstad – 52’3” Men’s Nokia Throwing Dallin Caudle – 197’8” Rich Bennett – 175’0” Alex Caudle – 171’7” Women’s Nokia Throwing Lauren Sexton – 110’7.5” Haleigh See – …

Last Thursday’s Finnish Golf Fun

A fine group of 35 golfers met at Peninsula Golf Course in Long Beach, on Thursday the 22nd of July, for the Finnish-American Folk Festival’s biennial golf outing. The golf course was in excellent condition and each member of the staff in the clubhouse was very helpful. Special kudos for Sondra’s wonderful, Finnish dessert! Nine …