Basque Communities in the News
This week we are sharing various stories and/or videos of Basque communities recently featured in the news:
Carson Valley Basques
The first is an article that appeared in The Record-Courier "100 years of Basque presence in Carson Valley," by Lisa Gavon. The article features Gardnerville's Basque Club President, Anita Izoco, and her mother Emilia Zubillaga and recounts a little bit of their family history, as well as that of the local Basque community. The full article is available here.
Basque Mural in Eureka
The second bit of news that we would like to share comes from the town of Eureka whose Eureka Restoration Enterprise aims to beautify downtown. As part of this project, a new mural featuring James "Toutoun" Ithurralde was inaugurated this summer. The mural depicts Ithurralde next to a corral full of sheep, created by Anton Damele with the collaboration of local artists Abby Sweet and Adeline Callaghan. Mr. Ithurralde's sons are well known in the local Basque community, as well as many others in the surrounding area. Jim, has served as an MC at several Basque picnics over the years, and his brother Bob is also known at the Basque Club of Utah where he MCs for the club's annual dinner/dance. For more information on the mural, and to see more pictures, click here. For more information on Jean Ithurralde along with more information accompanying the mural, click here.
Boise's Basque Community
We have also come across a great video on Boise's Basque Block on CNN. The video, features many of the activities that take place regularly on the block and its many Basque institutions, Boise's Euzkaldunak, the Basque Museum and Cultural Center, Txantxangorriak, various dance groups etc. To watch the video and read the accompanying article, click here.
Santo Tomas in New York
The Eusko Etxea of New York will be celebrating its annual "San Tomas Eguna," on Saturday December 15th beginning at 5pm at the clubhouse. From 5:00-6:30pm there will games for the kids followed by a visit from the Olentzero. Please make sure that presents from the Olentzero are wrapped, and that each child's name is clearly written. Pintxos and beverages will be available for purchase at the event. For more information on the event, please visit their website.