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View from an apartment in Finntown

The Board of FAWN wishes you a Happy Holiday Season!



Scandinavia House presents fall 2014:
Finnish Programs at Scandinavia House this fall

Many stimulating and exciting programs are in store at Scandinavia House, so read through the attached schedule, and like SH Facebook page and follow SH on Twitter @ScanHouse for up-to-the minute information and programs. will be updated shortly with the new season of programs.


Saturday December 13, 2014, FAWN makes an informal visit to IKEA.


Finnish & American Women's Network "Finntown", Brooklyn tour November 8, 2014

On Saturday November 8, 2014, members and friends of the Finnish & American Women’s Network (FAWN), joined in remembering Kati Moran by embracing an exciting part of New York City that offers a lot of culture and memories from the past – Sunset Park Brooklyn.
President of FALA (Finnish American Lawyers’ Association), Robert Alan Saasto, Esq., Attorney-at-Law was the guide and leading FAWN’s visit in Finntown and did a great job telling about the history of the area as well as talking about personal memories and insights.
When Bob was a kid (not that long ago!), he went to the Finnish Church and Imatra Hall with his parents all the time. Years later after becoming a lawyer, he went back into Finntown and became a board member of the Finnish newspaper and Imatra Hall. He ended up representing both in selling their property and closing the entities because there were no longer enough Finns in the neighborhood to support those groups. As part of the 100th year anniversary celebration of Imatra Hall he spearheaded the campaign to get the 40th street name changed to Finlandia Street which is the street where Imatra Hall and the Socialist Hall were located.

About 20,000 Finns settled in Sunset Park, purchased homes and buildings, started businesses, and formed clubs and organizations, often politically leftist. Finnish immigration began in the early 1900 in Sunset Park and remained in the area until the mid-1950’s. 

Highlights of the November 8 tour included: the Resurrection Church (formerly Imatra Hall), the co-ops, Sunset Park and the swimming pool, 40 Street/Finlandia Street, the previously Finnish Newspaper New York Uutiset building and the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church.
The tour ended with refreshments and hors d’oeuvres at the Mai Thai restaurant. 


October 27, 2014, Riitta Widen, former President and Co-Founder of FAWN who is visiting from Tampere, Finland, meets friends at Scandinavia House


October 8, 2014, FAWN networking season opener at the Refinery Rooftop


On May 11 Members and Friends of the Finnish & American Women's Network got together to enjoy ballet and learn more about Balanchine   “Balanchine and the lost muse”

We enjoyed the below ballets and then gathered at Restaurant Fiorello together with author and journalist Elizabeth Kendall who talked about her new book “Balanchine and the lost muse” and about the Balanchine ballet performance we had experienced. The all-Balanchine program featured four classical ballets, each with its own allure: Raymonda Variations (music Glazounov) , The Steadfast Tin Soldier (music Bizet), Le Tombeau de Couperin (music Ravel), Symphony in C (music Bizet)

at Lincoln Center

Pictures from
The Annual Scandinavian Luncheon on the Hudson River
Sunday, May 4, 2014 – 11:30 am to 3:00 pm
Cruising on Board “The Destiny”


FUTURES for WOMEN = FUTURES by WOMEN March 13, 2014
with Leena Maija Lauren, Turku University


February 11, 2014 for Finnish & American Women's Network Annual Meeting, Valentine Fun and Petra Tabry's, Organization with Flair, presentatio to learn basic tips how to organize your home.

There are three major initial steps:

1. Make a commitment to start organizing.
2. Sort in three different categories:
a. Items to keep b. Items to give away or throw away 3. "Maybe" items to decide about later.
3. Maintain order and ongoing organizing and sorting


more past events go to Past Events page