Mendiko Cluba Picnic
The Mendiko Euskaldun Cluba in Gardnerville, Nevada, will host its annual Basque picnic this Saturday, August 13th at the CVIC Hall in Minden. Festivities will begin at 11am with mass celebrated by Aita Lastiri, with the participation of the local Basque dancers and a Klika. Their famous Basque club lunch will be served at 1pm and will include BBQ lamb, chicken, lamb stew, beans, salad, cheese, ice cream and wine. Cost of the lunch is $25 for adults, and $10 for kids under 12. Dancing entertainment provided by the local Mendiko Euskaldun Cluba Dancers and Reno's Zazpiak Bat Basque Dancers will begin at 3pm. This will be followed by games for the kids, txorizo sandwiches, and a public dance at 8pm to the music of Jean Flesher, Michelle Iturriria and Jean Pierre and Manuela Etchechury. Stick around for Baratxuri Salda (Garlic Soup) at 11:30pm! For more information, visit them on Facebook.
Basque Kennedy Center Performances Available Online
As many of you may already know, there was quite a representation of Basque artists at the Smithsonian's Folklife Festival that took place at the end of June and the beginning of July in Washington DC. Besides performing on the National Mall, some of these groups also had the honor to perform at the Kennedy Center. Performances by NOKA, the Biotzetik Basque Choir from Boise, ID, as well as Kaperttarrak & Aukeran are now available here. Zorionak to you all, and thank you for representing our culture so well! Mila esker handi bat to NOKA for sharing this link with us. Biba ziek!
Basque Olympic Athletes
If you would like to follow Basque athletes at the Olympics in Rio, you can do so via the BAT Basque Team, a foundation that was created to sponsor Basque athletes competing in various sports. Our friends at EuskalKazeta have also provided a listing of Olympians complete with their sport and bio. You can also follow these athletes on Facebook or Twitter. Sorte on deneri!