A Basque in Boise

Upcoming Basque summer picnics

50th Annual Mountain Home Basque Picnic at Mountain Home Basque Park


When: Saturday, August 11, 2012 at noon
Where: Mountain Home Basque Park (3rd W and 2nd N)


People from Mountain Home and surrounding communities will relive the traditions, culture and language of the Basque people during an annual festival scheduled for Aug. 11.

The 52nd Annual Basque Picnic will begin that afternoon at the pelota, or outdoor racquetball court, in the city’s Basque Park next to the Bengeochea Hotel.

Tentative schedule of events

1:00 PM: Mass in the fronton with Biotzetik Choir
2:00 PM – 8:00 PM: Basque food a la carte
5:00 PM -7:30PM: Youth/Adult Games       
8:00 PM: Oinkari Basque Dancers
9:00 PM – Midnight Live Music-Amuma Says No

There will be two major changes to the picnic this year.  The first change is the picnic will start off with a mass in the fronton honoring Saint Valentín de Berriochoa.  Saint Valentín was a Dominican Missionary Bishop in Indochina, who was martyred in 1861.  Bishop Valentín was beatified by Pope Pius X in 1906, and later canonized by Pope John Paul II in 1988.  He was declared the Second Patron Saint of Bilbao, after Saint Ignatius of Loyola, on August 18, 1989.

The second change is the food will be served a la carte from 2PM until 8PM.  There will still be delicious lamb, rice, and beans, but they will now be offered separately.  Kroketas will be added to the menu and of course chorizos will be offered all day.

For more information, email the club at euskal.lagunak.mh@gmail.com.

Seattle Euskal Etxea Summer Picnic at Yakima Sportsman State Park


When: Saturday, August 11, 2012 at noon
Where: Yakima Park (904 University Parkway, Yakima, WA 98901), at the S2 Pond Area Shelter. Park and camping information here.
Cost: $20 member, $30 non-member, $40 member family, $60 non-member family


Schedule of events

Noon – Picnic starts
1:30 – Mus starts, $30 per team
7:30 – Picnic ends

We will have many children’s games and children athletic events during the picnic, so children are not only welcome but are encouraged to attend.  The picnic price includes lamb, chorizos, salad, and wine/beer. Feel free to bring a desert, tortilla, or any other appetizer.

Directions: From I-82, take Exit 34, go east (Highway 24 towards Moxee), turn left on the first road after crossing the Yakima River (Keys Road), go North 1 mile. The park entrance is approx. 8/10 of a mile on the left.

For more information, visit the Seattle Euskal Etxea’s website at www.seattleeuskal.org.

New Mexico Euskal Etxea Summer Picnic at Santo Bueno Ranch in Peña Blanca


When: Saturday, September 1, 2012 from 12 to 6
Where: Santo Bueno Ranch, Peña Blanca NM
Cost: Free


New Mexico Euskal Etxea is proud to host its 2012 Summer Picnic! This year, we return to Santo Bueno Ranch in Peña Blanca. Please bring a dish to share; NMEE will provide Basque chorizo and beverages. Bring your folding chairs too. If you need directions to Santo Bueno Ranch visit this link.
For more information, visit the New Mexico Euskal Etxea website at buber.net/NMEE.

Other Basque festivals


Aug 11 (Sat): Gardnerville, NV festival

Aug 18 (Sat): Battle Mountain, NV festival and Buffalo, WY festival

Aug 19 (Sat): Rock Springs, WY festival

Aug 25 (Sat): Rhode Island festival

Aug 26 (Sun): San Francisco BCC annual Euskal Etxeko Jaialdia

Sept 1-2: Chino, CA Festival

Sept 9 (Sun): Marin-Sonoma, CA festival

For additional information, visit NABO’s website here.

Thanks for passing by: ↓

Steven Roosevelt Jabier

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