A Basque in Boise

Olentzero brings joy to Boise’s Basque children after Boiseko Gazteak recital

Once again, Boiseko Gazteak Basque dancers (ages 4-14) put on a good show for friends and family at Borah High School in Boise yesterday afternoon. Despite the cold temperatures we’ve been suffering in the last few days (1 degree Fahrenheit at the moment), friends and family bundled up and ventured out of their homes to enjoy this year’s Winter show. It is also a great opportunity for the Basque community to contribute food to the Idaho Food Bank.

After the show, children and parents headed over to the Basque Center downtown to eat solomo sandwiches, bean soup, and chocolate chip cookies. Then we listened to Olentzero’s story and sang Christmas songs while we waited for Olentzero to arrive, loaded with presents for the kids. (Fine… You caught me! I was indeed anxiously expecting Olentzero’s arrival too, but technically not in the main hall, more like in the bar, with a gin and tonic. Don’t judge me.)

I did go inside when I saw Olentzero getting ready to make his appearance and took a few pics to prove it. I realize I’m a tiny bit bias in my picture taking ways, but I hope you’ll still enjoy our Basque dancing show and Olentzero’s arrival as much as I did.

Next, Olentzero will stop by Rhode Island’s Basque Club on December 14th, at 4:00 pm. I look forward to the recap and the photos.

Zorionak eta urte berri on!

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