Finnish Special Events

SPECIAL FINNISH EVENTS

This page highlights Finnish cultural events at the hall.
For rental availability, please visit the page of the room you are interested in, located under the "RENTALS" tab, and check the availability calendar for that space.
 

Finnish Independence Day Celebration!

Sunday December 2nd, 2018 2PM - 4PM
Free Event Admission
$25 Afternoon Buffet
Live Music/Guest Speakers/No Host Bar

Come celebrate 101 years of independence!
Sunday, December 2, 2018 hosted by: 
The BERKELEY FINNISH HALL


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Featured speakers: 
Anja Miller: Perspectives on the Future of our Finnish-American Community
Michel Wendell, Honorary Consul of Finland, poet Signe 
Welcome greeting by Fred Mork

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Music featuring works by Toivo Kuula, Fredrik Pacius, & Jean Sibelius: 
Heikki Koskinen (e-tpt, piano)
Kati Pienimäki Schenker (vocal, percussion)
Rent Romus (alto, sopr sax, flute)
Kat Elliot (alto, tenor sax)
Jari Suomalainen (violin)
AFTERNOON BUFFET / NO HOST BAR

PROGRAM 
1:30 pm Kids crafts table
2:00 pm RECEPTION / PROCESSION / ANTHEMS / LIVE MUSIC
2:20 pm Guest Speakers
3:00 pm CATERED BUFFET

MENU
- Salmon sandwich: open faced sandwich on multigrain rye bread, with smoked salmon, sliced cucumber, arugula, cream cheese or herbed butter, and red onion.
- Vegetarian sandwich: roasted beet and yam , herbed goat cheese, cucumber, arugula on focaccia
- Ham sandwich: hickory smoked ham, cheddar cheese, lettuce, picked red onions, mustard, herbed mayonnaise
- Kesäkakku & pulla
Coffee, Tea, soft drinks, beer & wine

Free Event Admission
Buffet: $25 per person
Drinks: $3/$5


PAST SPECIAL EVENTS:

 The Blooming of the Spring / Vappu 

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Celebrate the springtime Finnish holiday of Vappu!
Fun & food for the whole family
Art Expo with artists displaying art for sale
Childrens’ Crafts / vappuhuiskas, balloons
Catering by a Finnish chef / delicious sandwiches, salads, herring, pulla, cake, tippaleipä Wine & Beer Bar
Roaming FinnPoets / Chamber Duo: Jari & Heidi / Finnish DJ
Dance music by Horsmas with The FinnHorns
(encore performance of their Suomi 100 show at Supercell)
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3 – 5:30 pm / Art Expo, Roaming FinnPoets, live music, DJ Renttu, Wine & Beer Bar

5:30 - 7 pm / Finnish Buffet & Raffle with Chamber Music Duo: Jari Suomalainen & Heidi Saario

7 – 9 pm / Dance music with Horsmas & The FinnHorns
* Horsmas: Tomi Huttula, Miikka Skaffari, Sami Keinänen, Steve Jadlos, Raimo Hirvonen
* FinnHorns: Heikki Koskinen, Rent Romus, Bert Carelli
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Free Event Admission
Buffet Food Tickets available at the door: $25 general, $15 senior/student
No host Bar
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MENU:
VOILEIPIÄ:
Open faced sandwiches on multigrain rye bread, with smoked salmon, sliced cucumber, arugula, cream cheese or herbed
butter, and radish vegetarian sandwiches on focaccia: roasted beet and yam, herbed goat cheese, cucumber, arugula
SALAATTEJA:
Herbed potato salad with chives and dill and a mustard vinaigrette
Silliä with small potatoes
Mixed greens salad with water melon radish, toasted sunflower seeds, snap peas, fennel bulb, with a light vinaigrette. 
JÄLKIRUOKIA:
Tippaleipiä
Suomalainen kesäkakku (same as the cake on independence day) with different berries.
ALSO
coffee, tea, & pulla
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Vappu or May Day is an annual international celebration. It is a holiday in Finland to celebrate & usher in spring, as well as a traditional workers’ & students’ day. The name of the celebration comes from the German “Walpurgis day,” & is celebrated in many countries under a variety of names. Vappu is a major holiday, like Christmas Eve & Midsummer (Juhannus). Today Vappu belongs to everybody, with its carnival-like atmosphere featuring sima (drink), tippaleipä (pastry), & cheerful partying. Vappu celebrations in many places in Finland begin early at sunrise welcoming Vappu with traditional choral singing. 


SUOMI / FINLAND 100 INDEPENDENCE GALA
Sunday, December 3, 2017
4:00 pm
BERKELEY FINNISH HALL

Featuring :
Ismo Alanko, solo concert
3 Course Dinner /Champagen Toast / No Host Bar
Music by: Heikki Koskinen, Kati Pienimäki Schenker,
Jari Suomalainen, Rent Romus



Rent Romus Life's Blood Ensemble
April 29, 2017

Northern Winds & Voices
Concert and Springtime Festival
May 7 at 4PM