BEO Mus Tournament
The Basque Educational Organization (BEO) will host its second annual NABO Mus Tournament in the kantxa of San Francisco’s Basque Cultural Center (BCC) on Sunday March 27, 2022. The deadline to make reservations for lunch at the BCC is Friday, March 20th, and the deadline to register and pay online is Friday, March 25th. Cost to participate is $36.35. For complete information, or to register and pay online, click here.
Mendiko Euskaldun Cluba Mus Tournament
This Saturday, March 19th, the Mendiko Euskaldun Cluba will host its annual Mus Tournament at the Carson Valley Inn Ballroom. Registration will begin at 7:30am and play will start promptly after check in. No registrations will be accepted Saturday morning, so please register by 5pm (PST) on Thursday March 17th (today) by emailing email@example.com. You must be a club member to participate in the tournament. Dues are $35 for individuals and $45 if you are married, and the tournament fee is $35, which includes lunch. For complete information, please email them or visit them on Facebook.
NABO Bertsolari Special Tribute
On Saturday March 12, 2022, more than 120 people gathered at the San Francisco Basque Cultural Center to honor our local Bertsolaris, Gratien Alfaro, Jesus Arriada, Johnny Curutchet, Jesus Goñi and Martin Goicoechea. Sebastian Lizaso and Aitor Mendiluze accompanied them from the Basque Country, along with Xabi Paya, who contributed simultaneous English translations of the Bertsos with help of Xabier Berrueta and Valerie Arrechea. The Bertso Saioa was enjoyed by all, and was followed by a wonderful dinner and dancing with music provided by Mercedes Mendive on her accordion. Also participating in the event were Joxe Mallea who provided an explanation of the art of Bertsolaritza, and Todor Azurtza who provided the prompts for the Bertsolaris to follow. Franxua Bidaurreta was also instrumental in the planning and coordinating of the event. Members of the BEO were also on hand selling copies of Joxe Mallea’s book on Bertsolaritza Shooting from the Lip.
On behalf of everyone at NABO, we would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation to everyone who worked so hard to make the event a success, as well to its many sponsors. A special Mila esker to NABO President, Philippe Acheritogaray, for his persistence and hard work to make this event a reality. We would also like to thank our friend Joseba Etxarri at EuskalKultura.eus for providing a photo chronicle of the evening. Mila mila esker deneri!
Basque Women's Luncheon Slated for September in Elko
Basque women near and far, as part of Women’s History Month, we have been notified that there will be a women’s luncheon on September 24, 2022 at the Basque clubhouse in Elko. The goal of this luncheon is to gather Basque women from all over to enjoy a meal and an afternoon of comradery. There will be vendors, and potentially some speakers on the Basque culture and what it means to be Basque in the US. More information will be provided as the details are firmed up, but spots are limited. If you are interested in attending, please email Florence (Larraneta) Frye with your name and how many are in your party.
Celebrating Women's History Month: Noka
Also continuing the celebration of Women’s History Month, the Center for Basque Studies Press recently published “Witches” and Wily Women: Saving Noka through Basque Folklore and Song by Begoña Echeverria. Begoña is currently preparing book presentations in both New York City and Washington DC coordinated by their respective Basque clubs. In the meantime, we would like to share this article by Zoe Bray, discussing the form of address noka. It was written for the Basque weekly Mediabask.