Oinkari Basque dancers hold fundraiser to perform in Basque Country
Oinkari Basque dancers, a Boise-based Basque dance group and one of the most visible parts of Idaho's Basque-American heritage, are holding the first annual Cider House dinner fundraiser on Saturday, March 26th to raise money to perform in the Basque Country this summer.
A traditional cider house dinner consisting of steak, cod, cheese, walnuts, bread and cider will be served at Boise's Basque Center.
In addition to the wonderful meal, attendees will have the chance to win raffle items as well as bid son some silent and live auction items including SF 49ers tickets, 2 Southwest plane tickets, spa days, golf passes, restaurant gift certificates, hotel rooms, gift baskets, a guitar, a live lamb and much more.
About seventy dancers currently form the group and more than 800 have performed for the Oinkaris over the years, not only in Boise and Idaho but in many other places all over the United States, Canada, Argentina and of course, the Basque Country.The Basque dancers celebrated their 50th anniversary last year, which also saw thousands of people coming to Boise for the International Basque cultural festival Jaialdi 2010
. This year, they are planning to spend the summer touring the Basque Country, where they have already been three times, in 1985, 2003 and 2006.
Two Oinkari dancers during the Jaialdi. Photo: Jon C. Hodgson