Please join us on Saturday, May 3rd for the annual Madison Vilnius Sister Cities banquet at the Madison Club located at 5 E Wilson Street, Madison. Cash bar opens at 5:00 PM in the Club Room; dinner at 6:00 PM.
We are pleased to host as this year’s speaker, His Excellency, The Honorable Žygimantas Pavilionis, Ambassador of Lithuania. His presentation: “Strategic Benchmarks for Lithuania’s Future”
Madison Club Chef Andrew Wilson has prepared dinner for our enjoyment. More information and Registration Form please find in attached file.
The Annual MVSC Picnic, held on Saturday, July 27, came off without a hitch this year, if you don’t count the weather as being unseasonably cool. Those families that braved the brisk winds and changeable skies were rewarded with a great spread of food and several hours of games, sports, and of course, warm camaraderie. It was a wonderful opportunity to catch up on each other’s lives and news in an informal setting.
McGaw Park in Fitchburg is the perfect place to hold our picnic, as we have a roof above our heads and plenty of green space for “running around” – even a sidewalk area which is the perfect blank canvas for children to experiment with colorful chalk!
Many thanks go out to MVSC Board Member, Jolanta Juozaityte, for organizing the picnic and bringing prizes for the children year after year.
Lithuanian Delegation headed by Minister of Agriculture Vigilijus Jukna visited Madison June 14th.
Tentatively Lithuanian Minister of Agriculture Vigilijus Jukna, Stulginskis University rector prof. dr. Antanas Maziliauskas and other members of delegation came to Madison June 14th, 2013.
More details will follow.
MVSC's Annual Banquet 2013
As in the past few years, the Madison Club graciously hosted our event with beautiful table settings and a superb menu, which included a cold beet soup starter (rated by attendees, “The best they’ve ever had”) followed by a main course of beef short ribs that melted in one’s mouth. A truly impressive meal.
The evening's presentation was made by one of our own members, Dr. Jonas Juozevicius, speaking about his illustrious grandfather, one of Lithuania's greatest statesmen, president Aleksandras Stulginskis.
Video clips and still photos marked his grandfather’s life that began as the 12th child born to a poor farming family, his brief stay at seminary school, entrance into politics, love for his country and people, deportation to Siberia, and his life afterwards spent as a farmer. All the while, the audience was impressed with the speaker’s physical resemblance to his grandfather.
Dr. Juozevicius read moving letters written by Aleksandras to his only daughter, Dr. Aldona Stulginskaite-Juozeviciene, written as he and his wife, Ona, were being exiled to the gulag.
Aleksandras died in Kaunas in 1969 at the age of 84, but his legacy inspired the movement of independence of our times, the Singing Revolution. His term of office saw the achievements of: the creation of a free and democratic Lithuania, the first constitution, diplomatic relations with countries around the world, land reform, the Bank of Lithuania and the Litas, membership in the League of Nations, the founding of universities, most significantly the University of Agriculture, now re-named Aleksandras Stulginskis University, as well as the founding of secondary schools and over 2,000 primary schools.
In addition to the information about the president, Jonas gave us a quick trip through Lithuania’s history, how it influenced his grandfather, and how his grandfather influenced future generations.
We were especially honored to have Dr. Stulginskaite-Juozeviciene and her daughter, Ramune Juozeviciute-Rackauskiene (from Chicago) in attendance.
This year’s fundraising raffle was a huge success, led by the always amusing and entertaining Ditas Adomenas. Many lucky winners were pleased with their prizes of Lithuanian beer, cheese, bread, crafts, and photography.
Many thanks go out to Dr. Juozevicius, his mother and sister, MVSC members as well as our guests, and the wonderful management and staff of the Madison Club.
We already look forward to next year’s event!
Lithuania’s Independence Day Celebration 2013
Feb. 16 is the date traditionally commemorated as Lithuania’s Independence Day, first declared in 1918. This year we waited until Feb.24th to celebrate, in order to welcome the Lithuanian Consul-General Marijus Gudynas from Chicago as our guest speaker. The day’s activities began with a tour of the Wisconsin Capitol, led by Capitol guide and MVSC past president, Daina Zemliauskas Juozevicius. Cons. Gudynas, with his family, joined in the tour, then returned to the beautiful Assembly Parlor for a formal program, begun with the singing of the Lithuanian National Anthem and a performance by Zaibutis Youth Dancers of Baraboo. MVSC president Deidre Vincevineus read a proclamation in honor of Vasario 16 from Secretary of State John Kerry and Sally Miley presented greetings from Mayor Soglin and the city of Madison, which has enjoyed a Sister Cities relationship with Vilnius since 1989. Sally and cons. Gudynas exchanged gifts, with the city of Madison receiving a bottle of 3 Nines, a potent liquor used by women medicinally but, as the consul said, turned to other uses by men. The consul’s speech, reported the next day in the Wisconsin State Journal, explained to the Americans in our audience the significance of Feb. 16, then described the achievements of the “young” country in the 23 years since the restoration of independence in 1991, as well as agenda plans for the European Union, when its presidency is goes to Lithuania’s President Dalia Grybauskaite. The audience of over 60 people were not only interested in the consul’s speech but charmed by his lovely family, especially the scene-stealing youngest daughter. The program ended with the showing of a fascinating and moving documentary called Trajectory of Freedom that followed Lithuania’s path from domination to freedom over the 20th century, with original footage from every decade.
To read the article in the State Journal , click on there.
Zaibas and Zaibutis Dancers performed on Sunday, Jan.27,2013 at the International Festival at the Overture Center on State Street, Madison.
This year, Zaibas danced on a new, larger stage, the Overture Hall.
YouTube videos of Zaibas Dancing at International Festival Madison 2013.01.27:
MVSC and Zaibas Kucios - Christmas Eve celebration was December 8th. 2012.
MVSC and Zaibas dancers annually host a Lithuanian Christmas party to preserve their Christmas traditions and to share them with invited guests. This year’s party, held Dec.8th at Lake Edge Lutheran Church, welcomed many new families, whose children showed no hesitation in performing for Santa. They sang, they danced, they told riddles and recited poems, played instruments and presented drawings. The pot-luck food, all meatless to follow Lithuanian Christmas Eve tradition, was absolutely delicious. The company, a mixture of older generations and young families, was very congenial. A highlight of the day was when Santa, asking a child where he was from, exclaimed “Oh, I’m also from Kaunas….oops, I mean the North Pole”.
Sestadieni Vilniuje bus iziebta auksciausia Baltijos slyse Kaledu egle:
New Lithuanian store and cafe opens in Chicago area, 2601 75th St., Darien.
MVSC is very thankful that Lithuanian’s premier jazz trumpeter, Dominykas Vysniauskas, found time to visit Madison and give us two very enjoyable concerts. The first was an informal event in our Capitol, with hundreds of tourists stopping to listen to his music as it echoed through the dome. Later that day, Domynikas played a formal concert at Capitol Lakes Retirement Community, with residents joining MVSC members and the general public in the audience. Although Domynikas usually plays with other musicians, he performed here alone, sometimes accompanying himself to the recorded sounds.
The evening began with a reception where audience members were able to meet and talk to our musical guest. Dominykas’s long day of music in Madison concluded at "The Fountain" bar and restaurant where Dominykas joined the scheduled performing jazz trio for two pieces, much to the enjoyment of the music lovers in the audience.
Thank you to our Vice-president Gediminas Vidugiris for hosting this wonderful musician, and to new president Deidre Vincevineus for arranging the concert venues.
Wisconsino lietuviai dziaugesi kad kilo proga zymiam trimitininkui Dominykui Vysniauskui aplankyti Madison. Pirmas, neformalus koncertas vyko Madisono graziam Kapitoliuje, kur simtai turistu isgirdo jo improvizacine muzika. Veliau, Capitol Lakes Grand Hall, Dominykas koncertavo labai entuziastikai publikai susidedanciai is MVSC nariu, Capitol Lakes gyventoju ir sveciu. Nors Dominykas dazniau groja su kitais muzikantais, si karta jam teko koncertuoti vienam, kartais pasitelkdamas pritarimui ir irasytos muzikos. Muzikos vakara Dominykas uzbaige "The Fountain" restorane kur didziai suzavejo publika prisidejes prie ten grojancio jazz trio.
Short YouTube movie clips of Dominykas performance are there:
2012 MVSC Summer Picnic was cancelled due to weather.
2012 MADISON VILNIUS SISTER CITIES Annual Banquet.
The weather being perfect, we could enjoy the Madison Club’s lovely patio before and long after the delicious Lithuanian-inspired dinner.
Guest speaker Asta Sepetys regaled us with her very entertaining talk "Travels on a Triple Tandem: An experience and exploration of Lithuania on a bike with two kids,” an eventful and adventurous trip undertaken a few years ago when her kids, Moze and Ziema, were 8 and 11. The bike itself, a specially made machine, was on hand for everyone to see. Thanks to all who worked to make the evening so enjoyable.
On Sunday a few of us biked around Madison.
UW Professor Emeritus, MVSC board member Alfred Erich
Senn celebrates 80!
MVSC board congratulates Alfred Senn with the beautiful event.
Vytauto Didziojo universitete (VDU) Balandzio 16d. pristatyta zymaus istoriko, VDU garbes daktaro, profesoriaus A. E. Senno knyga „Lithuania In My Life“.
Paroda skirta prof. A. E. Senno 80-osioms gimimo metinems surenge Lietuvos nacionaline Martyno Mazvydo biblioteka.
Lietuvos Rytas (2012.04.17) paskelbe straipsni apie A.E.Senn:
2012 Zaibas Lithuanian Dancers celebrated 20 years of dancing.
Zaibas Lithuanian Dancers celebrated 20 years of dancing
with a banquet and program held on March 4, in Great Hall of Memorial Union on
the UW campus.
The event was also the 10th anniversary of Zaibas' trip to Japan as representatives of Wisconsin's immigrant heritage in Wisconsin's sister state of Chiba.
Guests at the banquet included former dancers and the Chicago-based Lithuanian folk dance group Suktinis, who performed 4 lively dances.
Congratulatory proclamations were received from the Lithuanian Folk Dance Institute and Los Angeles' Spindulys dancers. Also on the program was a movie of Zaibas history, which highlighted our 3 vadoves (directors), Vida Kazlauskaite Stark, Asta Sepetys and Nijole Semenaite Etzwiler, our narrators, our children and our accompanist, Alfonsas Gecas, as well as clips from performances that showed every dancer from 1991 to the present.
In 20 years, Zaibas has had 97 dancers, learned 70 dances, danced in 5 countries on 4 continents, at 6 Lithuanian Dance Festivals, 18 Madison International Festivals, and dozens of community fairs and banquets. Zaibas is exceedingly grateful to MVSC for its ongoing moral and financial support.
"Bridges" - Lithuanian American News Journal - feature "Zaibas"
Lithuanian Independence Day - Vasario 16, 2012.
MVSC commemorated Lithuanian Independence day with a program and
refreshments at the Capital Lakes Retirement Community, Madison.
Residents of the Community were invited to join MVSC members in enjoying a program that included the film "Lietuva. Statusas - Nepriklausoma" (Lithuania.
Status: Independent"), courtesy of the Consulate General of the Republic of Lithuania in Chicago.
MVSC president Milda Aksamitauskas explained the reason that Lithuanians celebrate 2 dates of independence. Refreshments included Sakotis cake and Lithuanian cheese.
Lithuanian Christmas - Kucios where celebrated December 10, 2011.
Madison lietuviai, kartu su “Zaibo” sokejais ir Madison Vilnius Sister Cities, Inc., nariais sias metais svente Kucias anksciau - gruodzio 10 diena. Praeitais metais atvykstantiems reikejo kovoti su stipria puga, bet si syki oras buvo puikus. Sveciai atvaziavo saugiai is Chicago, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, ir miesteliu esanciu 10-50 myliu nuo Madison.
Gaila neturim lietuviskos patalpos, bet mus draugiskai priima Astos Sepetytes baznycia, Lake Edge Lutheran Church. Visi sunese skanius Kuciu valgius, pasidalinom plotkelemis, turejom eglute ir smagiai praleidom laika. Valdybos nare Jolanta Juozaityte organizavo juokinga dainavima “12 Kaledu Dienos”, ir vaikuciai nuo 11 men. iki 15 metu graziai pasirode Kaledu Seneliui. O gudrus Kaledu Senelis (Julius Andriusis), juos pirma pakviete zaisti ir sokti su juo, kad jie jaustusi laisviai ir nebijotu pasidalyti savo talentais. Po smagiai pralesitu poros valandu buvo sunku issiskirstyti namu.
Dabar laukiam sekantcio lietuviu susiburimo, vasario 16-tosios proga.
Zaibutis Christmas celebration 2011.
each dancer in Lithuanian costume. The display continues until Jan.7, at the Sauk county Historical Museum, 531 4th Ave., Baraboo, Wed-Sat, 12-4:00. Although we are biased towards our beautiful Lithuanian tree, we have to admit the other 11 trees are spectacular, and worth the trip to Baraboo.
Zaibutis - yra vaiku sokiu grupe, kurioje soka 10 mergaiciu.
Siemet Zaibutis dalyvauja Sauk Apylinkes Istorijos Draugijos Viktorijos laiku 12-os Dienu Kaledu festivalyje.
Festivaliui Zaibutis papuose Kaledine eglute. Eglute papuosta siaudinukais, kuriuos ismoko daryti Zaibucio sokejos ir ju tevai, beveik visi amerikonai. Be siaudinuku, eglute papuosta ir foto burbulais pavaizduojanciais kiekviena sokeja apsirengusia tautiniais rubais.
Kaledinis Festivalis tesis iki sausio 7 d. Zaibucio papuosta eglute galima pamatyti nuo treciadienio iki sestadienio, 12-14 valandom Sauk Apylinkes Istorijos Draugijos patalpose - 531 4th Ave., Baraboo.
Musu eglute yra labai grazi, bet reikia pripazinti kad kitos 11-lika egluciu yra nepaprastai ispudingos. Verta atvaziuoti i Baraboo.