Mendiko Euskaldun ClubaGardnerville Basque Picnic

Our friends at the Mendiko Euskaldun Cluba invite everyone to their annual Basque picnic on August 9th at the CVIC Hall in Minden. Festivities will actually begin on Friday, August 8th with a dance in the JT parking lot to the music of the Jean Pierre and Manuela Etchechury, Jean Flesher Trio. Saturday's events will begin at 11am with Mass celebrated by Fr. Mike Lastiri at the CVIC Hall, followed by lunch at 1pm. There will be dancing entertainment provided by the Reno Zazpiak Bat Basque Dancers and the local Mendiko Euskaldun Cluba Dancers at 3pm with kid's games and more fun to follow. Saturday night's dance will begin at 8pm again to the music of this well-loved trio. So come on down to Gardnerville for some great food, fun, and friendship. For more information email:

Gaztemundu and Dancer Exchange

GaztemunduThis summer many of our NABO dancers have been fortunate to participate in various activities to learn more about Basque dance. As many may know, seven dance instructors from various Basque clubs spent two weeks on the Gaztemundu 2014 program that focused this year on Basque dance. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn more about dances from all over the Basque Country from experts in each area. Participants not only learn from the best, but also get a chance to visit different areas in the Basque Country, and witness some of Basque dancing's finest. If you'd like to see how these folks spent their time, you can follow their day-to-day experiences on

Just after Gaztemundu, a younger set from the Zazpiak Bat Dance Group left for the Basque Country for a 2 week exchange in Iparralde. These dancers split their time between Barkoxe, Zuberoa and Arnegi, Behe-Nafarroa learning dances and performing in both regions. Dancers were hosted by local families in hopes of strengthening ties between the old and new worlds. To learn more about their experience go to Biba ziek!

Basque Wrestling at Baionako Festak

Here's something you don't see very often at a Basque festival…These photos were sent from this year's Baionako Bestak that took place last week where they also spent some time wrestling or practicing Borroka. If this is something you'd like to incorporate in your Basque club festivities please contact Bernard Cabos-Duhamel for more information since he is eager to share this ancient sport with others.






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