Winnemucca Danak Bat Mus Tournament
The Euskaldunak Danak Bat Basque Club in Winnemucca, Nevada will host its annual Mus Tournament this Saturday, February 26th. Please join them at the Martin Hotel at 8:30am for breakfast and registration, and tournament play will begin at 9am. Cost to participate is $35 that includes breakfast and lunch. Club dues are $20 and you must be a club member to participate. Please register by 5pm on Friday, February 25th. To register, or for more information, email Katie Garijo or Maureen Macdonald.
NABO Winter Meeting
The North American Basque Organizations held its annual Winter Meeting last Saturday, February 19th in conjunction with the San Francisco Basque Cultural Center’s 40th Anniversary Festivities. Twenty-four delegates and guests attended the meeting in person at the Basque Cultural Center and were joined by thirty-two other delegates and guests via Zoom.
Meeting highlights included information provided by Unai Telleria, Delegate of Basque Country to the US, on behalf of Gorka Alvarez, Director of the Basque Community Abroad, regarding the current COVID status in the Basque Country. Benan Oregi, also from the Directorate for the Basque Community Abroad, attended and shared information with the delegates regarding last year’s and this year’s Basque Government grants. The North American representative on the Lehendakari’s Advisory Board, Jean Flesher, also shared information from their latest meeting and visit to the Basque Country that included a tour of the Basque Sheepherder’s Museum in Elgorriaga.
The winter meeting is designated for annual NABO Bizi Emankorra nominations. This year’s nominee is Mary Lou Urrutia who has been in charge of the NABO calendar for the last 25 years. Zorionak Mary Lou!
The NABO Program and Committee Reports followed including a surprising announcement by NABO Euskara Chair Martin Goicoechea who has decided to step down after twenty-two years of service. After making that decision, Martin had approached Ziortza Gandarias, Assistant Professor at BSU to see if she would be interested in taking over and she agreed. The delegates unanimously approved her nomination and we would like to welcome Ziortza to our NABO team. Zorionak Ziortza! We would also like to thank Martin for his many years of service, and for his passion and dedication to Euskara at the NABO level. Mila esker handi bat Martin!
We were also very pleased to welcome Joseba Etxarri, Director of EuskalKultura.eus after a long absence due to COVID who provided an update on that project as well. Juan Mari Aramendi from the New England Basque Club confirmed the dates of this year’s convention that will take place on August 26-28 2022, when the next NABO meeting will take place. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.The N.A.B.O. Bertsolari Special Tribute is on track and will be held on Saturday, March 12th at the San Francisco Basque Cultural Center: https://nabasque.eus/bertsolari_tribute.html
We were also very pleased to learn that Udaleku will return this year hosted by the Kern County Basque Club in Bakersfield, California. Camp dates are June 17-25th and all participants must be 10 by September 1, 2021, with maximum age set at 15 years old. Tuition for this year’s camp is set at $450 per camper with a sibling discount available. There is financial aid provided by NABO’s Aita Martxel Tillous Fund, please click here for more information on how to apply. As usual, the application process includes two steps. The first, the Intent to Participate, will open on March 1, 2022 at 6pm PST. Spots available are determined by the available housing in the hosting community. For more information, or if you have questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org