Albert Erquiaga (1935-2022)
We were saddened to learn of the passing of NABO founder, and its first president, Albert (Al) Erquiaga, on September 10, 2022. Al was born in Boise and was instrumental in the creation of a number of Basque entities including NABO, the Oinkari Basque Dancers, and Boise’s Bihotzetik Choir, as well as Jaialdi, to name a few. He was fiercely proud of his Basque heritage and worked hard to create institutions to maintain and share that heritage with others. Al was one of the first recipients of NABO’s Bizi Emankorra Lifetime Achievement Award where he was recognized for his vision and “work to create places where we can come together…” As his nomination also states, “his pioneering efforts to create NABO also mark him as a man of broader vision as well; his efforts consolidated the creation of our national Basque club federation in 1973, that today serves as the reason we have all gathered together to celebrate.” On behalf of everyone at NABO, we extend our sincerest condolences to all of his loved ones. Eskerrik Asko Al bihotz bihotzetik. May he rest in peace/Goian Bego.
Special Celebration in Grand Junction, Colorado
Please join the Colorado Euskal Etxea for a special event at the Urrutia Plaza in Grand Junction Colorado on September 24th. The festivities will begin at 11:30am and will include a lamb BBQ, and exhibition pilota games featuring NABO pilotaris led by Chairman Tony Huarte. Please RSVP by September 17th. For complete information, including pricing and how to pay, click here, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Did you know that Ontario, Oregon was the birthplace of Ore-Ida Tater Tots? Our friends at Ontario Basque Club will be participating in this year’s Tater Tots Festival, September 17th on Depot Lane in Ontario. The club will be selling wonderful food and drink including paella, Tots-tilla (tortilla made with tater tots), tots-style Bravas, and Txorizo Sandwiches, accompanied by Kalimotxos. Instead of a conventional booth, they will be selling out of the train depot that the club has called home since 2007. The event runs from 11am-10pm and promises to be a lot of fun. Come down and try some old favorites with a new tater tots twist, while supporting the Basque club. For more information, visit them on Facebook.
The Reno Basque Club is also hosting its annual fall picnic this Sunday, September 18th from 11:30am-4pm at the Bartley Ranch Plaza Pavilion. Doors open at 11:30am with lunch served at 12:30pm. The menu includes NY Steak, beans, vegetables, salad, bread, cheese and wine. After lunch, stick around for Mus, and kid’s games, or just to catch up with friends. For complete information, including how to RSVP (deadline today!), please click here, or call 775-762-3577.
Please join the Seattle Euskal Etxea this Sunday, September 18th for its annual picnic at Lake Sammamish State Park at the Rotunda. Festivities will begin at 11am and Aita Antton will celebrate mass at noon, with a special remembrance of the community’s dearly departed. A picnic will follow that includes lamb and chorizo, Mus and games. Please email email@example.com for more information.