Fall NABO Meeting and Kantari Eguna in Los Banos

As you all know, the Los Banos Basque Club hosted our fall NABO meeting in conjunction with Kantari Eguna last Saturday, October 20th at the local fairgrounds.  The festivities actually began on Friday night with a meet and greet, where attendees delighted in wonderful appetizers, drink and had a chance to catch up with new and old friends.  The aperitif was followed by more fun and food at the local Wool Growers Restaurant.  There, besides more good food and drink, we also enjoyed music, dance and song provided by Mercedes Mendive and Jean Flesher accompanied by Jean Jules Flesher and Jean Pierre Etchechury.  The business meeting was held on Saturday morning with everyone begin greeted with a wonderful goody-bag at the door.  The club outdid itself again and provided us a wonderful breakfast buffet featuring many local products.  Lunch featured lomo sandwiches and the tables were set with wonderful Basque linen and napkins.  Also, in case anyone got hungry during the meeting, Tony Campos again provided us with his wonderful almonds in several varieties.  A special Mila Esker to him! 

Kantari Eguna began as soon as the meeting concluded, and was also very well attended.  Singers from all over California and Nevada participated including a special number by the NABO delegates “Txoria Txori,” under the direction of John Ysursa.  Children from the local Basque class, taught by Christine Barbot Etxepare, also delighted the audience with their songs.  Kantari was followed by a performance by the local Basque dancers directed by Anne Erreca.  After their performance, dinner was served. Dinner included local lamb chops, rocky mountain oysters, rice, green beans, bread cheese, dessert and wine.  The room was beautifully decorated with the flags representing all of the NABO organizations, and white linen on the tables. After dinner, we all enjoyed dancing to the music of Amerikanuak as well as Mercedes Mendive. 

On behalf of everyone at NABO, a heartfelt Mila Esker and Zorionak to Michael Etchepare, club president, and the entire Los Banos Basque club and crew on a job well done! Your effort and attention to detail did not go unnoticed!  Mila esker bihotzez! You can enjoy videos and photos of the event on the club’s Facebook page, as well as in the galleries below. Seeking Social Media Help is looking for some help.  They are in need of someone who is familiar with social media who would be willing to collaborate with this initiative.  The eligible person would speak Basque, and Spanish, or even French and English and would do some writing as well as sharing posts on various social media.  It is not necessary to reside in the Basque Country, so Basques in the Diaspora are also eligible.  If you are interested in helping out, or know someone who might, please email: Other points can be worked out one on one, once the candidate is identified. Please help us spread the word!


Euskal Herriko Laborantza Ganbara

EHLGWe received a message from the Euskal Herriko Laborantza Ganbara  a non-profit farming and rural development association.  Its goal is to “help the agricultural community with guidelines for agricultural practices, compatible to the Basque Country.” Although a fundraising campaign, we thought the video would be interesting to our readers.

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