Lithuanian Independence 100 years’ celebration 2018 Feb. 16.
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!
Kucios, December 2017
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.
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.