March in Gardnerville, Nevada is an unpredictable month regarding the weather – it may be snowing like there is no tomorrow, but the sun may also welcome visitors. This last one was the case on Saturday, when Mendiko Euskaldun Cluba celebrated its annual Mus Tournament. “It was another successful edition,” said Becky Sarratea, president of the Basque Club, to EuskalKultura.com. “The good weather helped to attract more players.” Miguel Perez and Agustin Oroz won the tournament.
He is originally from Getxo, Bizkaia and twenty-three years old. After studying Modern Languages at Deusto University he has been in Illinois since August doing a Masters in Linguistics while teaching Spanish at the University. He is one of the founders of the Artaburu Basque club at Illinois State University.
Piperade, an institution for Basque food lovers in the Bay Area, organized, this past Monday, the first Basque Hotel Dinner of the season. 30 people, most of them from the fog city, gathered to enjoy with good food and good wine, since Rioja winemaker Rafael Vivanco, co-owner of Dinastía Vivanco winery, was invited too. “We had an interesting mix of people and everybody enjoyed,” said Hirigoyen to EuskalKultura.com.
Basque Californian writer, Begoña Echeverria is currently in Australia where she will present her first historic novel, The Hammer of Witches, a story of the witch trials that took place in the Basque Country during the 17th century. “Writing The Hammer of Witches has been a cathartic and enlightening experience because the events took place in Baztan, where my family is from,” she told EuskalKultura.com.
The Feast of Patagonian Sovereignty is one of the largest celebrations in the Viedma and Patagones region, not just because of its significance but also because it involves many institutions in both cities that come together to celebrate. The Basque community participates annually in the event, thanks to the local Beti Aurrera Aberri Etxea Basque club.
Little changes at the British Columbia, Canada’s Zazpiak Bat Basque Club after 2015's annual meeting, attended by 30 members. Elena Sommer will be the president for another year and Mirari Duñabeitia will share the treasurer and secretary positions with Jeanne Desotels. The lunch-meeting also served to present this year’s program. “It’s a small Club, so everybody helps with something and that’s really helpful,” said Sommer to EuskalKultura.com.
Donostia-San Sebastian native Amaya Arberas is a well known soprano in the Basque diaspora, especially in the US. In 2010, she opened the exhibition ‘Basques: Hidden in plain sight,’ at Ellis Island, and in 2013, she performed at the New York’s Euzko Etxea centennial celebration. Those are just two of dozens of performances she has given in the US. She is her own agent. “It’s tiring, but I like it. And, honestly, nowadays that’s the only way to go,” said she, in conversation with EuskalKultura.com.
The genealogical expert, Iñigo Rementeria, shared his work with readers of EuskalKultura.com last year. His book “Gure Abi Izenak” included a register of manor houses and farmhouses in Bizkaia and Gipuzkoa, and it's well known that many Basque last names come from farmhouse names. Now, he has taken another step and has included a list of farmhouses in Araba that is also available to our readers. Eskerrik asko, Iñigo!
Gemma Sangines is a psychologist from Bilbao that lives in Valencia. She is integrated, and making her life there, but always faithful to the affection that she feels for Euskera, the language that she teaches at Euskaltzaleok and that will be celebrated now during Korrika in Valencia.
The race in favor of Euskera was part of the attractions provided by Basque clubs in Buenos Aires to thousands of neighbors and tourists that visited the Community Food Tasting on the Avenida de Mayo. Besides disseminating Euskera at the stands of Euskaltzaleak and Laurak Bat, there was also music, dancing and of course some great food choices.