15th Annual Baltic Festival 2019

Planning is Underway for the 2019 Baltic Festival in October.

This years theme is “Springtime”. We have had our harvest and endured the harsh winter, now we excitedly await the return of spring, and all the festivities that come with it.

Spring is a joyful time of rejuvenation and regrowth. The snow melts away, the flowers begin to bloom and the animals return from hibernation. We also end our retreat and enter into a new world of fun and merriment with bountiful flower festivals.

We are currently seeking volunteers and expressions of interest for market stalls. Email: baltic@fsmelbourne.com.au

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Finnish Festival in Queensland

The AFFSC’s 53rd Finnish Festival is coming up in April, this year hosted by the Gold Coast Finnish Sports Club.  The Festival will be running from Friday the 19th to Sunday the 21st of April.

If you are interested in competing, please let us know by email to secretary@fsmelbourne.com.au before the 4th of March.  You can find a list of the available events in the link below.

Start of year BBQ

The start of year barbecue is coming up this Sunday the 17th of February. This marks the beginning of the Society’s calendar of events for 2019, which you can now find on our website at fsmelbourne.com.au/events. Alternatively, you can pick up your free calendar, at any time, when you visit the Finnish Hall.

Starting at 12 pm.  Food includes sausages, rissoles, coffee, and more for $10 per person. Vegetarian and gluten free options available.

The sauna will also be available after lunch with separate group times for men and women for $5. Let us know if you are interested.

Everyone is welcome! Come and celebrate the opening of the society for the year.

Perheiden Joulujuhla / Family Christmas Party

Our Family Christmas Party will be this Sunday, 9th of December, from 1 pm. Come for a traditional Finnish Christmas lunch and a fun program for the whole family.

Santa will be coming, so If you would like your child to receive a present from Santa, please bring one with your child’s name on it for Santa’s sack. You can also bring gifts for adults (max value $5).

Entry: $25 FSM members, $35 non-members; children under 12 years free.

Please RSVP, for catering purposes, by Thursday 6th December to Pirjo, ph. 0419 554 390 / tossavainen@bigpond.com.

Additional Info: fsmelbourne.com.au/events/family-christmas

Independence day

The end of the year is nearing and we will be off celebrating and holidaying with family and friends but before we do, we still have a couple of upcoming events at the Finnish Hall over the next few weeks.

This Sunday, on the 2nd of December, we celebrate our Independence by remembering those that bravely fought and through ‘sisu’ managed to maintain it through the many years.
The ceremony starts at 12 noon with a church service followed by celebrations.

Next weekend, on the 9th of December, is the Family Christmas Party. More details to come.

We are also going to be representing our Society at the Scandinavian Christmas Bazaar (svenskakyrkan.se/australien/melbourne/bazaar) – two days brimming with all things Christmas and Scandic, with an Aussie twist. Come and say hei! The Swedish church is also looking for volunteers to help with the bazaar, email christmasbazaarvolunteers@gmail.com if you are interested.