FINNISH LODGE & EVENTS
The Finnish Hall in Berkeley invites you and your members and friends to join us at the Bay Area Finnish-American Community to enjoy a matinee concert by Viipurin Lauluveikot, the Singing Fellows of Viipuri choir from Finland at the Finnish Hall in Berkeley, 1970 Chestnut St @ University Ave on September 3, @3pm. After the concert there is a reception with refreshments, coffee and Finnish pulla (sweetbread).
This year, 2017, is the Centenary of Finland's Declaration of Independence on December 6, 1917. Viipurin Lauluveikot was founded 120 years ago in Viipuri (since 1945 known as Vyborg, Russia), then the third largest and most cosmopolitan city in the autonomous Grand Duchy of Finland in the Czarist Russian Empire. As a result of World War II, Viipuri and the eastern part of Carelia was ceded to the Soviet Union in 1944. The choir relocated to Helsinki, Finland.
Presently, the male choir comprises 70 active, and 30 veteran singers. It performs works mostly by Finnish composers and especially songs about lost Viipuri and Carelia. The link below opens up a list of their recordings:
Ticket sales: You can buy tickets ($20.00 donation) in advance from the website www.brownpapertickets.com. Electronic payment only, no checks. By mail: Send a check to Finlandia Foundation Suomi, P.O.Box 2544, Bellingham, WA 98227. Tickets will also be available at the door at the Finnish Hall in Berkeley.
All parking is free on Sundays and there is a nearby parking lot at Addison/Browning behind the Berkeley Unified School District Building.
Harry Siitonen 1926–2017 Memorial Sunday October 29th Time and Program: TBD
Finnish Genealogical Event Saturday November 11th Time and Program TBD
Suomi 100 Finnish Independence Day Celebration! Sunday December 3rd Time and Program TBD
Spring Vappu Fesival
Saturday April 29th, 2018
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.
Parking directions: There is limited parking at the hall. We are trying to reserve spaces for our elderly and disabled members. Parking in the vicinity is available on University Avenue. There are parking meters, but they are free on Sundays. You can also park in the school parking lot at Addison/Browning St. At the traffic light on University Avenue/Bonar, turn onto Bonar, then turn immediately right onto Addison. The parking lot entrance is on the right at Addison/Browning. See the FAQ page for a map.
Join UFKB&S! The Lodge meets officially on the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 7:15 p.m. in The Helsinki Cafe. Prospective members are encouraged to attend an event or a meeting, where they can ask questions and pick up an application. Future members must be voted in by members of the organization.
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The Finnish Hall and Lodge has served both immigrants and those seeking connection with their Finnish heritage and cultural practices. Lodge 21 is the second largest lodge in the United Finnish Kaleva Brothers & Sisters. Activities at the Finnish Hall have included stage plays, dances, orchestra, choruses, folk dancing, lending library, public dances, concerts, voting for Finnish national elections, movies, arts shows, poetry readings, and benefits.
Yearly events include:
- Finnish Independence Day - First Sunday in December
- Vappu Celebration - First Sunday in May or Last Sunday in April