Update # 199
Give the gift of a weekend of dance retreat experience!
A gift certificate to NPÄ-III is a terrific option for the woman on your list whose Estonian spirit relates to a weekend of camaraderie, good food, and excellent instruction in Estonian folkdance.
Suitable for all levels and for those ages 18+ and you can read about the the most recent retreat, and watch the final performance here. Buy the gift certificate under the registration tab of www.tantsulaager.fun, and the registration will be matched up with the certificate once registration opens in spring 2024. Estonian Arts Centre has set the dates of Nou Pois Äläud-III, again for the third weekend of September, ie 20-22 Sept 2024.
Or the gift of exquisite live music!
KESKUS campaign ambassador Tõnu Kaljuste is bringing the world-renowned Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir to North America, and the Toronto performance on February 3 2024 includes music by legendary Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, Palestrina, and a world-premiere by Estonian/Canadian composer Omar Daniel. Check the listings in your area. Estonian Arts Centre, the charity associated with KESKUS will raffle off a pair of tickets to the Toronto performance but you can go for a sure thing and buy them here.
Another wonderful experience gift option is Esto Ski Day, which this year celebrates the 60th anniversary of this annual event on March 7-10, 2024 at Mt. Tremblant, Quebec. Organized by Eesti Spordiliit USAs, already 250 Estonians have registered for the weekend of good fun - racing, mixers, x-country and this year, Kalevipogues will be playing at the awards dinner - remember the 'Pogues at the Lääst Blääst of the Estonian House in Toronto in October of 2022? Esto ski day info here.
Or how about gifting a truly good read for the Christmas break?
Champion of KESKUS (and with a 43-year tenure as Honorary Consul for Estonian in Los Angeles) Jaak Treiman has penned the gripping true story "Carried by a Magic Fan" that is now available in English. "This is all-together the most dramatic, thorough and sweeping story of a post-World War II refugee family saga that I have ever read," writes Alan Teder. Read Alan's 5-star review on Goodreads here. Order via Amazon in the US here and in Canada here, or via Barnes & Noble in the US here.
And last but certainly not least for gift suggestions: something that doesn't take much room under the tree is a a donation to the KESKUS project as a tribute to someone special on your gift list! The KESKUS capital campaign is now at 80.4% of its goal of $23 million and every donation helps the project reach its goal! Read how to donate, below.
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Please join our growing list of capital campaign donors to help bring this extraordinary project to completion. KESKUS leadership donors are recognized here.
To donate, please call +1.647.250.7136 or email email@example.com. Donations may be made as a family gift, or in honour of an individual or family. All donations are issued a tax receipt, in Canada via Estonian Arts Centre, US tax receipts via KBFUS and Estonian tax receipts via Eesti Rahvuskultuuri Fond. Donations by credit card may be made here.
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