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Bakersfield Basque Bookends

The Bakersfield Basque weekend stretched across parts of four days, beginning with a Basque symposium featuring Basque authors and then concluding with a farewell Basque breakfast.  And in between, there were plenty of more good times.

Thanks to our Kern County Basque Club friends for putting on another great weekend for us!  To read more about the Bakersfield 2010 Basque weekend click on euskalkazeta.com

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The Basque weekend started with a symposium featuring Basque authors at California State University, Bakersfield.  It was coordinated by Steve Gamboa, Ph.D. of the Philosophy Department there (who remembered to bring the Basque cheese for snacks!).  This is an ongoing series at CSUB.


Here local authors Steve Bass (L) and George Ansolabehere (R) present their recently published work Basques in Kern County: 1870-1940


Boise's Christine Echeverria Bender presented here written works including here first novel of historical fiction The Whaler's Forge. 

 

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Most folks conclude the Memorial Day Basque festival weekend with a farewell Basque Breakfast at the Woolgrower's Restaurant, featuring variations on pork items including "tripota."


Following the lunch music was played for dancing by the visiting group Luhartza.  They are from Bizkaia, and this was the second time they played at the Bakersfield festivities.


There was still some gas in the tank Monday afternoon as the dance floor was filled.

Thanks to our Kern County Basque Club friends for putting on another great weekend for us!

To read more about the Bakersfield Basque 2010 weekend click on euskalkazeta.com