Each year Lithuania commemorates two Independence Days - February 16 and March11th. This year we will celebrate March 11th at the University Club, on UW campus, with the culture & especially the food of Lithuania! Our Lithuanian specials have received an outstanding response, and we look forward to continuing the tradition again this year. Join us the evening of March 11th to try the amazing three course meal Chef Dan and his team have prepared for you. The meal includes our chilled beet soup, your choice of two entrees & cottage cheese doughnuts for dessert. Reservations are required for the dinner, by Friday, March 8.
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5:30pm - 6:30pm Cash Bar
6:30pm - 7:30pm Dinner
7:30pm - Program: Nancy Heingartner - "My Grandparents' Kaunas: Search for the 1920s in 2010."
About Nancy Heingartner: At this celebration of Lithuania’s Independence Day(s), the speaker will be Nancy Heingartner, Madison Vilnius Sister Cities’ own board of directors’ member and secretary of MVSC. Her presentation is entitled, "My Grandparents' Kaunas: Search for the 1920s in 2010." Nancy Heingartner's paternal grandfather, Robert Heingartner, was a career U.S. diplomat who spent most of his life abroad, primarily in western-European posts. In June of 1926, while stationed very comfortably in Vienna, Robert learned that his next diplomatic post would be in Kaunas, Lithuania, the provisional capital of the country. Robert kept a very careful diary for much of his diplomatic career, documenting both personal and political events of note.
In fall of 2008, Nancy was introduced to Dr. Al Senn, UW-Madison professor emeritus of history and renowned expert on Lithuania. By late 2009, Dr. Senn had edited Robert's diary of his Kaunas years and published it in book form. In October of 2010, Dr. Senn, Nancy, and her father, Alex, traveled to Kaunas together with the goal of visiting some of the landmarks recounted in Robert's diary. Nancy's presentation today will tell you a bit about what they discovered.
It's that time of year again! Kūčių vakaronė 2018 Gruodžio 16 d. (sekmadienį) 14 val. Lithuanian Christmas party December 16 (Sunday) at 2 p.m. (English below LT)
Einam svesti! Madison Vilnius Sister Cities ir Zaibo sokėjai kviečia visus į Kučių/Eglutės sventę.
Kada? Sekmadienį, gruodzio 16 d., 14:00 val.
Kur? St. Dennis Parish Center, 413 Dempsey Rd., Madison. Centras yra prie baznyčios, iejimas automobiliu pastatymo vietoj - antram aukste.
Su vaikais bendraus Kalėdų Senelis, tad prasom tevų paruosti mazą, suvyniotą dovanėlę su vaiko vardu, ir atvykus į Kūčias ją slaptai įdeti į raudoną dovanų maisą. Paprasykite kad vaikai pasiruostu pasirodymu: eilerasciu, dainelę, arba muzikinįu kūrinįu Kaledų Seneliui, angliskai arba lietuviskai. Suaugusieji galės linksmai pabendrauti ir skaniai pavalgyti. Mes parūpinsim gėrimus, bet prasom atsinesti ne mėsinį Kučių patiekalą. Vakaronė bus vedama lietuviskai ir angliskai kad visi jaustūsi kaip namie. Pakvieskite seimą ir draugus.
Bus smagu! Dalyvavimas nemokamas, bet busim dekingi uz aukas padengti patalpų nuoma.
Keliu Bukles : Jei abejojate ar Kuciu vakarone vyks oro salygomis ir Keliu bukles. Prasom sekti MVSC FaceBook puslapi ir savo e-pasta. Bet jei vistiek dejojate prasom skambinti 608-393-1632 arba text SMS 608 335 4334.
Lithuanian Christmas party
December 16 (Sunday.) at 2 p.m.
Celebrate! Madison Vilnius Sister Cities and Žaibas Lithuanian Dancers invite you to celebrate a Lithuanian Christmas party.
When? Sunday. Dec. 16, at 2 p.m.
Where: St. Dennis Parish Center, 413 Dempsey Rd., Madison.
The Parish Center is right next to the church, and entered from the parking lot. 2nd floor. For the kids, there will be a Santa, so please bring a small, gift-wrapped present with your child’s name on it, and slip it secretly into our red Santa bag. Lithuanian children traditionally perform for Santa, so please have your child prepare a song, poem, musical piece, etc., in English or in Lithuanian.
For the adults there is good company and delicious food. Drinks are provided, but please bring a meatless dish to pass. Lithuanian Christmas Eve (Kučios) tradition serves 12 meatless dishes – fish, mushrooms, potatoes, veggies, desserts, etc. The event is conducted in both Lithuanian and English so no one is left out. Bring your friends and family. There is no cost but we appreciate any donations to off-set the cost of renting the hall.
Weather note: 2 years ago we had to re-schedule the party at the last moment because of bad weather. We apologize to anyone who did not get that notice. In case of questionable weather this year, please call the following numbers to get any news of cancellation, or check Facebook and your own email. 608-393-1632 or text SMS 608 335 4334.
This is a family friendly event. Please send email to Jolanta at:
firstname.lastname@example.org indicating how many
adults and children will be attending so that we can plan accordingly.
Please bring a dish to share. MVSC will provide refreshments (soft drinks
and water), but you can BYOB.
We will have games for kids, prizes, soccer, volleyball, music, family,
friends, fun & more.
MVSC is looking forward to seeing you all at the picnic!
Tad MVSC tęsia vasaros piknikų tradiciją ir kol saulė visiškai nenusigręžė
rudeniop, labai kviečia visus susiburti gryname ore, šauniai praleisti
laiką, pasidalinti vasaros įspūdžiais ir gardumynais!
P.S. Į renginį mielai kviečiame šeimas. Vyks vaikų (ir suaugusių) žaidimai,
bus prizai, gros muzika.
Kad būtų galima kuo sklandžiau viską suorganizuoti, labai pageidautumėme kad
iš anksto praneštumėte kiek vaikų ir suaugusiu galime tikėtis. email@example.com
Be to, prašome atsinešti po patieklą bendram stalui. MVSC pasirūpins
vandeniu ir gaiviaisiais gėrimais.
On Saturday evening May 12, 2018, Madison Vilnius Sister Cities, Inc. continues its focus on the Lithuanian love of song and its role in historic events. This year’s Annual Banquet program features two very special guests: Agne Giedraityte, an accomplished and lovely young singer from Chicago, who will perform traditional Lithuanian songs; and Dr. Guntis Smidchens, Head of the Baltic Studies Program at the University of Washington in Seattle, and author of The Power of Song: Nonviolent National Culture in the Baltic Singing Revolution.
MVSC cordially invites members of the public to attend the banquet that will be held at The Madison Club in downtown Madison. All are welcome. The banquet features a traditional Lithuanian menu with a contemporary presentation. The Madison Club’s assistant general manager, who is from Lithuania, brings his expertise and special recipes. A vegetarian option and a children’s option are also available. This is a ticketed event and registration is required.
Madison Vilnius Sister Cities, Inc. and The Honorary Lithuanian Consulate in Wisconsin celebrate the 100th anniversary of the creation of Lithuania as a modern, independent nation with an afternoon and evening of activities focused on the power of song and the critical role it has played in recent history.
In 1918, near the end of World War I, Lithuania declared its independence from the Russian Empire after over 120 years of Czarist rule. Lithuanians spent the next 22 years establishing and building a country – creating a democratic government, an educational system, even a national song festival. But World War II brought foreign powers to Lithuanian soil again and with it, a Soviet occupation for the next 50 years. Memory of and hope for an independent Lithuania stayed alive.
In the 1980s, a growing public resistance movement – in which hundreds of thousands of Lithuanians participated – used deft political strategy, deliberate and collective nonviolent action, and the power of song to successfully achieve independence from the USSR. Lithuania was the first of the Soviet republics to do so. It was quickly joined by its Baltic neighbors, Latvia and Estonia, who share this story.
The Baltic countries’ widespread use of song – folksongs, hymns, rock & roll, poetic anthems and choral compositions – is regarded as a key element in the success of the independence movement, 1987-1991, that has been called The Singing Revolution. Dr. Grazina Miniotaite a political scientist who chronicled the movement, wrote:
This struggle is undoubtedly one of the brightest pages in the history of nonviolent action.
The Singing Revolution is known as the movement that regained and renewed Lithuanian independence.
The Saturday, May 12th activities begin at 1:00 pm in the beautiful Wisconsin State Capitol Rotunda, and feature a contemporary choral cantata titled The Singing Revolution, by Kestutis Daugirdas and Rugile Kazlauskaite. The program is free and open to all.
Madison Vilnius Sister Cities, Inc. is delighted to welcome Kestutis Daugirdas to Madison where Sostines Balsai (Capital Voices) and their guests will perform The Singing Revolution under his direction. The ensemble includes singers from Madison, Milwaukee, Baraboo, Deerfield, Waupaca, Minnesota and Maryland and choir members from Chicago’s Dainava and Kansas City’s Menulio Sviesa.
The performance will take place on the Rotunda’s First Floor under the building’s majestic dome. Program guides will be distributed containing the cantata’s lyrics in both Lithuanian and English as well as historical background for each of the five movements. The cantata will be sung in Lithuanian.
At the cantata’s conclusion, about 1:45 pm, everyone is invited to move to another location in the Capitol for an interview with Kestutis Daugirdas. Ample time will also be allowed for people to meet the composer and the singers. This portion of the day’s activities will conclude at about 3 pm.
On Friday May 11th Norman Gilliland, host of the popular Wisconsin Public Radio classical music program, The Midday, welcomes Kestutis Daugirdas, composer of The Singing Revolution for a live interview.
The choral cantata was commissioned for the 2015 North American Lithuanian Song Festival Dainu Svente in Chicago to mark the 25th anniversary of Lithuania’s Declaration of Independence from the USSR. The cantata has five movements, each corresponding to a year from 1987 to 1991 – collectively seen as the years of The Singing Revolution – when Lithuanians and their Baltic neighbors, Latvia and Estonia, used song and nonviolent action to successfully achieve independence.
For this cantata, Kestutis Daugirdas, based in Los Angeles, worked with Rugile Kazlauskaite, a Lithuanian writer in Vilnius, who conducted archival research and interviews with many people present at the events of 1987-1991. Skyping across the Atlantic, they created a work that uses Lithuanian musical sensibilities and practices to express rich historical content in a familiar and beloved Baltic cultural format – a choral work for a song festival.
The words of the cantata, written in Lithuanian, are beautifully poetic. They describe states of the heart, beliefs, admonitions, hopeful pronouncements, and dire and triumphant situations in concise and elegant language – sometimes using metaphors, always expressing the story. Song is personified. It is an active force that flies on the wind and can tear apart chains of lies.
The cantata’s score also contains an introduction that provides a description of the historical events upon which each movement is based, written by the lyricist and composer.
The Midday interview with will begin at 12:06 pm Central Daylight Time (USA) and will continue for approximately 25 minutes. Wisconsinites and their neighbors are invited to tune their radios to their local WPR News & Classical Network station.
The Midday program is also live-streamed digitally on WPR.
Choose “NPR News & Classical Network” or “All Classical Network” on that web page. It reaches audiences throughout the world.
Norman Gilliland’s interview with Kestutis Daugirdas will also be archived.
Madison’o Lietuviai paminejo Lietuvos Nepriklausomybės Atgavimo dieną susirinkdami Kovo-11 iškilmingai vakarienei.
“Negaliu patikėti kad jau praėjo 25 metai...” – girdėjosi pokalbiuose ir visi skubėjo pasidalinti savo prisiminimais iš to įspūdingo laikmečio.
Šių metų minėjimą surengė Madison Vilnius Sister Cities, Inc. Minėjimas vyko Wisconsin University Club – gražiose, senoviškose Universiteto patalpose.
Wisconsino Garbės Konsulė Leslie Liautaud negalėjo atvykti į minėjimą, bet pasiuntė turiningą ir širdingą sveikinimą, kuriame citavo Lietuvos įžimybes apie dabartinę pasauline krizę, priminė paskutinio meto svarbesnius įvykius, ir kalbėjo apie ateities planus. Vienas iš idomiausių jos paminėtų projektų yra padovanoti Rutos Šepetytės knygą “Between Shades of Gray“ kiekvienai Wisconsino mokyklai.
Wisconsin Univeristy Club Agnės Dabrukaitės (klubo vadybininko pavaduotojos) iniciatyva šiais metais pirmą kartą surengė “Lietuviska Savaite”, kurios metu Madison visuomenė turėjo galimybe susipažinti su lietuviska virtuve. Šiai savaitei Univeristy Club virėjas Nick Dulak paruoše skanių lietuviskų patiekalų: šaltibarščiu, cepelinu, balandėliu ir medaus pyrago.
MVSC ir Madison lietuvių bendruomenė dėkingi Agnei Dabrukaitei, Nick Dulak ir visai University Club komandai už tokį grazų ir malonų rengynį.
Madison Lithuanians celebrated Kovo 11, the commemoration of the restoration of Lithuanian Independence.
Madison Lithuanians celebrated Kovo 11, the commemoration of the restoration of Lithuanian Independence, with a joyful gathering on the day itself. “I can’t believe it’s been 25 years” was the most common comment heard. Everyone had a memory to share, from the young who witnessed the momentous event as youth in Lietuva, to those older who were living here and rejoiced at the dream come true.
This year’s observance, sponsored by Madison Vilnius Sister Cities, was held at the at the University Club on the University of Wisconsin campus. TheHonorary Consul Leslie Liautaud was unable to attend due to illness, but sent a moving and thought-provoking address, quoting the ideas and views expressed by Lithuanian notables in regard to the Ukrainian situation, reviewing the events of the past year in the Madison Lithuanian community, and announcing her plans for the future. One of the most exciting is the project to place the book Between Shades of Gray, by Ruta Sepetys, into every school in Wisconsin.
A Lithuanian meal, featuring cepelinus (potato meat dumplings), saltibarscius (cold borscht) and medaus pyraga (honey cake) was prepared by the club’s chef, and offered to the Madison public all week long in celebration of “Lithuania Week”.
Thanks go to Agne Dabrukaite, Assistant Manager of the Club, and chef Nick Dulak who together with the entire University Club team brought about the wonderful meal and event.
Together with Lithuanians across the world, on Friday Feb. 16, Wisconsin Lithuanians celebrated the centennial of the Independence of Lithuania. The MVSC board invited all to an evening at the beautiful Feynman Center of the Promega Corporation. There we watched projected photos and videos from Lithuania, enjoyed a delicious dinner of locally grown food, and enjoyed a program that consisted of members of the audience making toasts by expressing what it meant to each to be Lithuanian.
An American-born but fluent Lithuanian speaker read from her grandmother's diary a description of the first anniversary of independence, in 1919 Kaunas. A fourth generation Lithuanian, granddaughter of Pennsylvania immigrants, read a poem by Maironis in English translation.
Representatives of the refugee DP generation recalled life in America's Lithuanian communities, efforts to escape the soviet, memories of days before the restoration of independence.
Recent immigrants expressed their love for Lithuania while appreciating life and work in America.
Each story was unique, each was entertaining, at times poignant, always interesting.
No doubt the most amusing was the story of a pet goat that broke a crystal vase given by Pope Pius IX to President Stulginskis, but it vied for humour with the memory of a young girl who lamented the loss of her chance to become a Pioneer.
We rejoiced in the celebration of the centennial and are now preparing to celebrate again in May when MVSC and Zaibas Lithuanian Dancers present a concert of The Singing Revolution by Kestutis Daugirdas, who is coming to conduct it himself. This will be held in the Wisconsin State Capitol building, at 1 PM on May 12, with Madison's own Sostines Balsai choir (Capital Voices), as well as singers from Chicago's Dainava Choir, from Kansas City, the Washington DC area, Baraboo and Milwaukee. The concert will be followed by MVSC's annual banquet with guest speaker Prof. Guntis Smidchens of the University of Washington in Seattle talking on The Power of Song. For more information, skip to the Upcoming Events page.
Finally, we would like to thank Gediminas Vidugiris for arranging the use of Promega’s lovely facilities, his place of work and Daina Zemliauskaite Juozeviciene for being an exquisite master of ceremonies and maintaining a strong celebratory vibe!
MVSC and Zaibas’ annual Christmas party – Kucios- drew families from all over south central Wisconsin. Kaledu Senelis/Santa, Julius Andrusis, helped by his nykstukas/elf- Zoe Etzweiler, gave out (parent provided) gifts to kids who sang, played instruments, told jokes, and submitted artwork. Mrs. Santa, Nijole Andrusiene, led the kids in a few rounds of Jurgeli Meistreli. A potluck of Kucios food, Lithuanian soul food, provided numerous dishes of fish, herring, mushrooms, potatoes, cabbage, and several desserts including kisielius.