Does anybody know if the town of Mountain Home still puts on a big Basque celebration, where the town invites all the Basque folks in the area to a big Basque party? My dad and mom talk about these and what a fun night of dancing and celebration it was. I believe the town would provide the food, location (the Red Barn, I'm told), etc., make it open to the entire community and basically make it a celebration of the many, many Basque people near Mtn. Home.
I was too young to attend one, but I am thinking some on here might recollect one of these.
Does Mtn. Home still do this, or has it gone the way of so many other good old-fashioned events?
Even though I haven't been in many years, I know the annual Basque picnic is still going on every year just like in the good ol' days. They still have a big party with the Basque dancers, lots of food and beer, and the sheep auction. Moose told us he was high bidder on a sheep a couple years ago. Thank goodness, some things never change.
I'm not sure I'm smart enough to post on this site.
Alright, I think I have this figured out. Yep, I buy the lamb occasionally. The nice part is that these fine Basque people will send lamb buyers free tickets for the Basque picnic, the following year. Somebody stop me if I have already told this story: I was at the picnic, on my way to get more beer. I walked right past a clutch of young Basque women who were standing around talking and laughing. One fine formed, full grown woman was wearing a button that said,"Kiss me, I'm Basque." I eased over into the middle of all those girls, grabbed the one with the button, pulled her over real slow and kissed her on the mouth. Her friends laughed and cheered. She just stood there grinning. Old Jess always said that the Basque women were the best looking women on earth. That may be, but I have seen some dandies that were not Basque. On our last hunting trip, Pop, TJ and I went into New Meadows, after the hunt for a bite to eat and a little cold beer. That was our last time together before TJ had to go the the war. It turns out we drank a lot of beer. We had a good looking, well put up, blonde headed waitress with a smile that could melt a man's soul. We got a little crazy with her. She ended up buying us beer and she didn't want to take TJ's tip. So, what kind of women are the true heart stopping beauties? I think this question requires more research and more beer. Life is good.
Hey Moose. Seems like the Basque Picnic was about the same time as Air Force Appreciation Day..
Eddy Wilson, my brother and I used to make poppies for sale through the American Legion. The Dance used to be held in the park with the tennis court and street being barracaded.. It was a blast and I might add that those Basque Men were mighty fine too!!