Basque Diaspora Day Events
As previously reported, the Basque Government has designated September 8th as Basque Diaspora Day. This date was chosen from several suggestions from Basques around the world, and especially because it coincides with the first circumnavigation of the globe, in 1522, by a crew led by Juan Sebastian Elkano who was from Getaria, Gipuzkoa. The hope is, by designating a day dedicated to the Diaspora, activities organized would make the Basque presence around the world more visible. Following is a list of activities planned all over the US. If your club/community has something planned and we've missed it, please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Oso ondo ospatu!
If you are in the Salt Lake City Area, the Basque Club of Utah is hosting a Zikiro Besta or lamb BBQ to celebrate. The event begins at 4:30pom at the Bywater Park Pavilion (3149 E. Banbury Rd.). Cost of the meal is $5 and $3 for children. BYOB and RSVP by emailing Catherine Barajas.
If you are in New York, the Basque Delegation of Euskadi invites you to happy hour and a book presentation by Marti Buckley. Buckley, American chef, journalist and "passionate Basque transplant," will present her book Basque Country: A Culinary Journey through a Food Lover's Paradise. For complete information, contact the Delegation or click here.
Basque Educational Organization
The Basque Educational Organization will hold the next installment of its Basque Film Series with a special screening of Handia this Friday, September 7th at 7:30pm at the San Francisco Basque Cultural Center. Aitor Inarra will present the film and provide the film's historical context. He will also moderate discussion about the film afterwards. For more information about Handia, or to watch the trailer, visit their website.
If you are in the Reno are, the Center for Basque Studies has organized a walk from sheepcamp at Rancho San Rafael to the Sheepherder's Monument, approximate 2.4 miles. After the hike, stay and share some refreshments and each other's company. The event starts at 10am.
If you are in the Denver area, the Colorado Euskal Etxea invites you to join them for their annual picnic on September 8th at Clement Park (shelters 7 & 8). The day will be full of good food and friendship with performances by the Gauden Bat Dancers from Chino, California. The event will run from 12:30-5pm. For complete information, see their flier.
Marin Sonoma Basque Association
If you are in the Bay Area, the Marin Sonoma Basque Association will be holding its annual picnic on Sunday, September 9th at Penngrove Park. Lunch will be served from 12:30-2pm and costs $20 for adults and $5 for children. Everyone is welcome. For further information, call (707) 792-9258.
New England Basque Club
If you are on the east coast, please join the New England Basque Club for its Marinela Day Celebration paying tribute to "Basque fishermen and where we come from," in conjunction with Day of the Basque Diaspora. The event will take place in Bridgeport Connecticut at the Dolphin's Cove Restaurant & Marina with Basque style pintxos, paella, coffee and dessert to enjoy. Festivities begin at noon and cost of the meal is $30 for adults and $10 for children. For complete information, visit them on Facebook.
Santa Rosa Basque Club
If you are near Winnemucca, NV, join the Santa Rosa Basque Club for its two-day event. The festivities begin on Friday night with the Muma Scramble at the Winnemucca Golf Course, followed by pintxos, drinks and dancing to the music of Jean Flesher at Ormachea's Dinner House at 8pm. Saturday events begin with mass at 10am at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Paradise Valley celebrated by Aita Antton. After mass, there will be food, fun, dance performances, herri kirolak, vendors and more. The day will conclude with more dancing to the sounds of Jean Flesher and Mercedes Mendive. Cost of admission is $5. For complete information email: email@example.com.