Farewell to Finns Event – Saturday, April 16

“If you are brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello.” – Paulo Coelho

It’s time to say goodbye to our Finnish friends. Please join us at The Drexelbrook Ballroom in Drexel Hill for a Farewell Dinner and Closing Ceremonies. The event is one of our favorites for the Exchange, and you will not want to miss this chance to close out our time together! Please click here to let us know how many of your family members will be there.

This don’t-miss event is on Saturday, April 16 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Click here to reserve and pay for your spot

Hawks players and our Finnish guests (parents and players) will be free of charge. Hawks family members (over 14) will be $45 each and siblings (14 and under) will be $25 each.

Your ticket includes a buffet of chicken, roast beef, potatoes, and vegetables (over 12) and chicken fingers and french fries (12 and under). There will be a cash bar at the event.

Request A Song from our DJ!

We will have a DJ and photo booth for entertainment. In order to cater to the wide range of ages attending, our DJ has provided a link to make requests prior to the event.

If you or your children would like to request a song(s), follow this link – http://djgaetanoentertainment.evpl.co/request/ and use the group name “hawks”.

A hashtag will be shared for videos and pictures from the week to be included in a slideshow at this event.

Drexelbrook Catering & Special Event Center | PartySpace

Disc Golf Outing for Parents – Tuesday, April 7

What is disc golf?

Disc golf is a flying disc (aka “frisbee”) sport in which players throw a disc at a target; it is played using rules similar to golf. It is usually played on a course of 9 or 18 holes. Players complete a hole by throwing a disc from a tee area toward a target, throwing again from the landing position of the disc until the target is reached. Usually, the number of throws a player uses to reach each target are tallied (often in relation to par), and players seek to complete each hole in the lowest number of total throws. Learn more about the game here.

We’ll be hoping for good weather but disc golf can be played rain or shine! This is a favorite sport for some Hawks parents and they are excited to share it with the rest of us.

About Our Event

On Tuesday, April 7, we will meet at Fort Washington State Park and – after a short “how to play” lesson – it’s GAME ON! We will play a round of disc golf in groups with our friends while enjoying the outdoor setting. We will borrow all the equipment you need to play, thanks to generous friends.

As of now, we are working to determine the best time (or times) to start this event. Please fill out this form to let us know you are interested in attending – that will help us figure out the timing. We will definitely finish in time to enjoy an early dinner and move on to our pub crawl!

What to bring: wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes. Don’t forget the sunblock, and a bottle of water.

Fort Washington State Park
500 S Bethlehem Pike
Fort Washington, PA  19034

Event leader: Justin Jesse – mobile – 215-327-4849 – email Justin.

Philadelphia Day Trip Details – April 8 (Wednesday)

For $40 or less*, Hawks and Viikingit players, friends and families are welcome to join us for our bus trip to the city of soft pretzels, cheesesteaks and Brotherly Love! We will leave 9:30 a.m. sharp on Wednesday, April 8.
Along the way we will be participating in a Selfie Scavenger Hunt designed to make sure you see all the top spots!
* we are budgeting for and collecting $40 per person, but hope to have actual costs lower and will refund any difference.

To sign up: first, fill out this form – then Venmo @Hawks-Finland $40 per person. Make sure to note “Philly Trip” in the comments. If you would rather pay by check, please email HawksFinland@gmail.com and we will make arrangements.

9:30 a.m.

Bus loads at the Skatium in Havertown for drive to One Liberty
1002 Darby Road
Havertown, PA 19083

10:15 a.m.

Visit the One Liberty Observation Deck – enjoy a 360 degree view of the city from one of its newest and most-popular attractions. Along with great views, you’ll find three state-of-the-art audio zones that narrate the monumental moments in Philly pop culture, music, and sports.

Once you are done at One Liberty, you can take a stroll through the heart of Center City. See the famous clothespin statue, and get your photo taken in LOVE Park!

12:30 p.m.

Our group will meet at the historic Reading Terminal Market for lunch and more shopping and sightseeing.

2:00 p.m.

Board the bus at Reading Terminal Market for the 10 minute ride to the Philadelphia Museum of Art steps.

2:10 p.m.

Free time in the Art Museum area for photos on the Art Museum Steps, Rocky Statue, Washington Fountain, and Eakins Oval.

3:00 p.m.

Back on the bus for the trip to the short ride to Independence VIsitors Center and the historic area of Old Philadelphia

3:10 p.m.

Explore the historic district of Philadelphia:

  • Independence Hall
  • Liberty Bell
  • Elfreth’s Alley
  • Philadelphia Visitors’s Center
  • Gift Shops

5:00 p.m.

Walk to Sonny’s Cheesesteaks for dinner

7:00 p.m.

Bus departs Sonny’s for the return trip to the Skatium

7:30 to 7:45 p.m.

Arrive back to the Skatium!

Philadelphia Day Trip Leader

Jennifer McCarty (email)- (610) 207-3078 (m)

Tavola Fundraiser on Wednesday, March 26

It’s Tavola time!

Hopefully the weather will cooperate and we can all enjoy some fresh air on the patio. Even if not -we will still have a great time with fundraising during lunch of dinner at Tavolas on Wednesday, March 26!

The restaurant and bar will donate 10% of your total bill back to the Haverford Hawks – Finland Exchange! Please show this flyer when you pay your bill to make sure we get “credit” for the event!

NYC Bus Trip Details – April 6 (Monday)

For $70 or less*, Hawks and Viikingit players, friends and families are welcome to join us for our bus trip to the big apple! We will leave at 6 a.m. sharp on Monday, April 6 – don’t miss it! (The full agenda is below.)
* we are budgeting for and collecting $70 per person, but hope to have actual costs lower and will refund any difference.

To sign up: first, fill out this form – and then Venmo @Hawks-Finland $70 per person. Make sure to note “NYC Trip” in the comments. If you would rather pay by check, please email HawksFinland@gmail.com and we will make arrangements.

6:00 a.m.

Bus loads at the Skatium in Havertown
1002 Darby Road
Havertown, PA 19083

6:15 a.m.

Bus departs the Skatium!

9:00 a.m.

Bus drop off Memorial Park near One World Trade Center
Fulton Street & Greenwich Street

9:00 to 9:50 a.m.

9:50 to 10:00 a.m.

Walk to Brookfield Place Terminal Port
199 Vesey St, New York, NY 10281, Battery Park City
10 min walk
Arrive by 10 a.m. for boat tour

10:20 a.m.

Anchors Away! Our Boat Tour begins!
Hop on board the CitySightseeing Ferry Tour to explore New York City and its famed waterways from the comfort of our contemporary ferry boat, complete with ample outdoor decks and a climate-controlled interior for those cooler days.
Our 90-minute tour is jam-packed with stunning views of the NYC skyline and the city’s most iconic landmarks!

11:50 a.m.

Boat Tour concludes
We will depart the boat at Pier 78 (Hudson Park)
455 12th Ave, New York, NY 10018
Once off the boat, you have a few options:

  • Option One: explore Vessel Shopping Center and outdoor art @ 20 Hudson Yards. Click here for tickets and more info. You can purchase tickets prior to the day’s trip, or try for free tickets that day (those tickets are first come first serve on-demand time slots.)
  • Option Two: walk the famous “High Line” (a refurbished elevated train). The walk south takes you to the Standard hotel and Bier Garden at the end of your walk.
  • Option Three: travel on to Times Square. Three travel options: 1) walk for Time Square (25 minutes) walk East on 40th Street to 7th Avenue; 2) subway station at Hudson, right where boat docks, take the 7 train 1 stop East to 42nd Street/Times Square; 3) jump in a taxicab.

12:30 to 2:45 p.m.

Free time in Times Square area – explore, shop and eat lunch. Several options to consider once in the area:

2:45 to 3:00 p.m.

Meet at Times Square Pickup location TBD
Board the bus for the return trip

3:00 p.m.

Bus departs NYC for return trip

5:45-6:00 p.m.

Arrive back to Philadelphia and the Skatium!

NYC Day Trip Leaders

Tom Bannister – (610) 247-1140 (m)
Joe Clifford – (267) 439-3902 (m)

Welcome Event Details – Saturday, April 4

We are really looking forward to our welcome event for all the players and families on Saturday, April 4 at 6:30 p.m.

The event will be held at the Haverford CREC (Community Recreation and Environmental Center) and should go until about 9:00 p.m. We have the use of the full facility – including the meeting rooms, lobby and gymnasium.

Cost & RSVP

Please fill out this form to let us know how many people from your family will be attending this event. This will help us with planning. We are asking for $10 per family to help with the costs of the event.

Once you have RSVPed, please Venmo $10 per family to @Hawks-Finland.

What to Expect

  • Special guests
  • Great food and desserts
  • Activities for all the kids

What to Bring

  • Adult beverages


Haverford CREC (Community Recreational and Environmental Center)
at the Haverford Reserve
9000 Parkview Drive
Haverford, PA 19041

Click here for a map and driving directions

Iron Hill Gives Back on February 17

Monday, February 17 is a special night for our Hawks/Finland Exchange family – it’s GIVE20 night at Iron Hill in Ardmore!

Just show your server this flyer (link and also below) and they will make sure 20% of your bill (excepting alcohol, taxes, and gratuity) goes to the Finland Exchange!

Tip: consider making a reservation in advance, as they can get busy for dinner. You can book over the phone or using the Open Table app.

Iron Hill – Ardmore
60 Greenfield Ave
Ardmore, PA 19003
(610) 228-2280

Reservations: opentable.com

Toni Roni’s Week: February 3-9

It’s a week of Toni Roni’s for the Hawks and the Finland Exchange! If you love fresh food, pizza, sandwiches, salads, strombolis and more, you will love Toni Roni’s! And this week-long promotion is good for eat-in, take out, and delivery!

Simply mention the Hawks or Finland Exchange when you order, and a portion of your bill will go to our program! Two of their area stores are participating:

Tony Roni’s of Havertown
800 North Eagle Road
***click here for menu***
Across from the YMCA by Swiss Farms

Tony Roni’s of Drexel Hill
4911 Township Line Road
***click here for menu***
(in the Pilgrim Gardens Shopping Center)

March 25 – Guac on into our Chipotle Fundraiser!

Please join your Hawks friends and family for our night at Chipotle. This is a great event for our program; from 5 to 9 p.m., 33% of the sales (when you mention the Hawks or the Finland Exchange) will go back to us!

***Don’t forget to show them this flyer (also below) when you order – or just mention our program!

Chipotle of Havertown
Quarry Center
116 W. Township Line Road
Havertown, PA 19083