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Kesk Florida Eesti Seltsi (KFES) Eesti Vabariigi 98.a. Aastapäeva Tähistamine

Sel aastal tähistame Eesti Vabariigi 98. aastapäeva 20. veebruaril, 2016, Clearwater, Floridas. Nagu eelmistel aastatel toimub see ka sel aastal Countryside Country Club’is. Meil on põnev ja tore kava külalistele!

Meie aukülaline on eesti suursaatkonnast Ameerikas – lgp. pr. Marki Tihhonova-Kreek, suursaatkonna asetäitja.

Tulge võtke osa meie programmist “Kas tunned maad, mis Peipsi rannalt käib Läänemere kaldale…” ja õppige meie kallist kodumaad paremini tundma!

Kavas on langenute mälestamine, loterii (palun tooge midagi loterii lauale), eesti muusikat, ühislalule, maitsev lõunasöök – saate kokku vanade ja uute sõpradega ilusas päikesepaistelises soojas Floridas! Tulge – ühtuge meiega, et austada meie kallist isamaad!

Kus: Countryside Country Club
Millal: laupäeval, 20. veebruaril, 2016 a. kell 11:00 e.l.
Reservatsioon: Maare Kuuskvere 941-795-6835 jaank@verizon.net
(vajalik) Lõunasöök: $35 (lapsed rohkem kui kolm aastat vana – $23)
3001 Countryside Boulevard, Clearwater, FL
Palun märkida tšekile Teie valik lõunasöögiks: kana või kala (basa)

Tšekk saata: (“Estonian Society of Central Florida” – hiljemalt 10. veebruariks!)
Anneliis Kuusik (kuusika09@aol.com; 860-810-3469)
7069 Key Haven Road, #505
Seminole, FL 33777-3856

Estonian Society of Central Florida Estonia’s 98th Independence Day Celebration

This year we are commemorating the 98th anniversary of Estonia’s Independence Day on Saturday, February 20th, 2016, in Clearwater, FL. As in previous years, the event will be held at the Countryside Country Club. We have a fun and interesting program to offer our guests!

Our honored guest speaker this year is from the Estonian Embassy in Washington D.C. – Mrs. Marki Tihhonova-Kreek, Deputy Chief of Mission.

Come take part in our program “How well do you know Estonia? – Kas tunned maad, mis Peipsi rannalt käib

Läänemere kaldale…” and learn more about our homeland. There will also be plenty of Estonian music and sing-a-long opportunities!

Our program also includes a fallen soldiers memorial, the ever popular lottery (please remember to bring a contribution to the lottery table), a tasty lunch and time to reminisce with old friends as well as to meet new ones here in warm, sunny Florida. Come join us to honor our homeland!

Where: Countryside Country Club
When: Saturday, February 20th, 2016 at 11:00 a.m.
Reservations: Maare Kuuskvere 941-795-6835 jaank@verizon.net
(required) Lunch: $35 (children older than three years of age – $23)
3001 Countryside Boulevard, Clearwater, FL
Please mark your choice for lunch on your check: chicken or fish (basa)

Send checks to: (“Estonian Society of Central Florida” – no later than February 10th)
Anneliis Kuusik (kuusika09@aol.com; 860-810-3469)
7069 Key Haven Road, #505
Seminole, FL 33777-3856

Nearly 45 members of the Estonian Society of Central Florida (Kesk Florida Eesti Selts (KFES)) gathered together today at 2:00 pm, Sunday, January 3, 2016, to inaugurate their First Annual Eesti Supi ja Võileiva Lõunasöök (Estonian Soup and Sandwich Luncheon). This brainchild of KFES members Kaie Põhi Latterner and Anneliis Kuusik was a big hit among all the members. The location was the community room at the Seminole Isles condominium complex (Seminole, FL) that recently became home to Anneliis Kuusik and her mother Linia Elmend. What a fabulous location this was!

While this luncheon was a potluck, it had one caveat: Everything everyone brought had to be prepared according to traditional Estonian recipes. (Well, OK, the wine was from California.) And what a feast there was! This description will only touch on some of the specialties on the table; there isn’t enough room here to mention everything. Host Kaie Põhi Latterner and her husband Steve and their friend Tina Kõiva prepared frikadelli supp. Anneliis and her mother Linia and their friend Tiiu Messner prepared herne supp. Kaie and Tina also made kapsa pirukas and Kaie made her famous kohupiima kook. Members’ sandwiches were made with herring, salmon, smoked fish, ham, juust (cheese), and vorst (salami). There were liha pirukad and a porgandi pirukas. We also filled our plates with rosolje, kartulisalat, ja taidetud munad. Dessert with Kaie’s kohupiima kook included an õuna kook and an amazing torte that looked like a Napoleon torte only it was made with layers of Russian tea cookies and greek yogurt. There was also room for Kalev chocolates on the table.

In between multiple visits to the delicious smorgasbord table and delightful conversations, we engaged in a rousing songfest led by Kaie on the accordion. Our laululeht included all our favorites: Kaugel, Kaugel; Mu Isamaa Armas; Viljandi Paadimees; Meie Koome Kangast; Kõik Maailma Uhked Roosid; Laurentius; Mulgimaal Ella Hää; Mets Mühiseb; Ma Tahaksin Kodus Olla; Kungla Rahvas; Vändra Metsas; ja Ma Vaatsin Paadist Kiikriga. If you don’t remember the words or the melodies, we invite you to join us when we gather next to celebrate Vabariigi Aastapaev (Estonian Independence Day) on February 20, 2016. Information about that event is posted on this website.

The Estonian Society of Central Florida (Kesk Florida Eesti Selts) extends a HUGE thank-you to everyone who participated today and especially to Kaie and her husband Steve and Anneliis and her mother Linia and their very special friends Tiiu and Tina (on holiday from the northeast) who made this afternoon possible. Kaie, Steve, Anneliis, Linia, Tiiu and Tina took care of all local arrangements and served as cooks, hosts, and entertainers. We are so glad Kaie and Steve and Anneliis and Linia chose to relocate to St. Petersburg and join the Estonian Society of Central Florida (Kesk Florida Eesti Selts). They have greatly invigorated our association’s heart and soul. Veel kord suur, suur tänu!

Jõuluvana and his special päkapikk, Kaie Latterner (2013).

Jõuluvana and his special päkapikk, Kaie Latterner.

Have you been good this year? Jõuluvana (Santa) knew who’s been naughty and nice! Forty members of the Estonian Society of Central Florida (Kesk Florida Eesti Selts) hosted our Christmas celebration on Sunday, December 13, 2015, at the Magnuson Hotel at Marina Cove (6800 Sunshine Skyway Lane, St. Petersburg, FL; telephone: 727-867-1151). Jõuluvana and his very musically talented Päkapikk (Elf) led us in merriment. Members came prepared with songs, poems and other entertainment to earn their gifts.

The Estonian Society of Central Florida (Kesk Florida Eesti Selts) held its annual business meeting for the 2015-16 year on Sunday, November 1, 2015, at 2:00 pm, at Pier 22, 1200 First Avenue West, Bradenton, Florida 34205; telephone: 941-748-8087. This has been one of our favorite locations and we were happy to return here again. Situated beautifully waterside, the restaurant has a delicious moderately priced luncheon menu.

Nearly 30 members, friends and guests participated in our business meeting. The agenda included approval of reports on last year’s activities and budget; approval of this coming year’s proposed activities and budget; and election of officers.

For information about the Kesk Florida Eesti Selts, please contact:
Ms. Kersti Linask by email at kklinask@gmail.com
or
Ms. Maare Kuuskvere by email at jaank@verizon.net

The Eckerd College International Cinema Series showed the highly acclaimed Estonian-Georgian film Mandariinid (Tangerines) at 7:00 pm, Friday, October 23, 2015, in the Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium on the Eckerd College campus, 4200 54th Avenue S, St. Petersburg, Florida. Mandariinid was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards for 2014 and among the five nominated films for best foreign language film at the 72nd Golden Globe Awards. Over 200 film aficionados attended the showing.

The Estonian Society of Central Florida (Kesk Florida Eesti Selts) thanks Nathan Andersen, Eckerd College Professor of Philosopy and host of the Fall Term International Cinema Series, for bringing this film to our area. To view the Fall Series, please click on this link: Eckerd College International Cinema Series.

The showings to all Eckerd College International Cinema Series films are open to the public and free. Parking on campus is ample and free; please plan to park in the spaces around the US flag (across from Cobb Gallery) and nearby lots; the Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium is a short walk from there. Please click onto this link for a campus map: Eckerd College campus map.

The Estonian Society of Central Florida (Kesk Florida Eesti Selts) resumed its annual activities on Sunday, October 4, 2015, at 2:00 pm, at The Hangar Restaurant and Flight Lounge, 540 1st St SE, St. Petersburg, Florida; telephone: 727-823-7767. We welcomed FIVE new guests too: three from Orlando and two from Seminole.

Our special luncheon program featured many of our “TV stars” who were interviewed for Ameerika Eestlased. Florida. The interviews took place over the Christmas/New Year period in 2014-15, and the series was aired on TV in Estonia from May to July 2015.

We began our program by showing the first episode in the series: The story of põgenemine (flight) by many Estonians following World War II and the interview with Arno and Evi Kallas, the President and Secretary of the Estonian National Association of South Florida (Lõuna Florida Eesti Selts). Our own speakers made our program põnev (really interesting). Our “TV stars” described how it felt to be interviewed. Everyone agreed that they were absolutely delighted with the way their interviews were presented on television. We had an engaging conversation about how the program might have been viewed/received in Estonia. We all hope Estonians found the program engaging; we heard the viewership in the summer was high. We thank producer Toomas Lepp, reporter Hannula Lepp and video/audio operator Indrek Mänd for their interest in Estonians living in Florida and their highly talented and professional presentation of our many stories to our families and friends in Estonia.

Ameerika eestlased is an Estonian-language television series on Estonians living in the United States, produced by Toomas Lepp. Started in 1992 simply as Ameerika Eestlased, the series now has three additional installments: America’s Estonians: East Coast. West Coast. Florida (just added this summer). The Florida series currently is accessible on Tallinna TV’s archives through this website: http://tallinnatv.eu/index.php/saated-sarjad/elusaated/ameerika-eestlased-florida. [The Estonian text below explains the series.]

Please note: KFES will hold its annual business meeting for the 2015-16 year on Sunday, November 1, 2015, at 2:00 pm, at Pier 22, 1200 First Avenue West, Bradenton, Florida 34205; telephone: 941-748-8087. This has been one of our favorite locations and we are happy to return here again. Situated waterside, the restaurant has a lovely moderately priced luncheon menu. Please join us!

For information about the Kesk Florida Eesti Selts, please contact:
Ms. Kersti Linask by email at kklinask@gmail.com
or
Ms. Maare Kuuskvere by email at jaank@verizon.net

Ameerika eestlased – neli saatesarja teleekraanil

[Ameerika eestlased is an Estonian-language television series on Estonians living in the United States, produced by Toomas Lepp. Started in 1992 simply as Ameerika Eestlased, the series now has three additional installments: America’s Estonians: East Coast. West Coast. Florida (just added this summer). The Florida series currently is accessible on Tallinna TV’s archives through this website: http://tallinnatv.eu/index.php/saated-sarjad/elusaated/ameerika-eestlased-florida. The Estonian text below explains the series.]

2011 aastal helistas Toomas Sõrra teleprodutsendile Toomas Lepale Tallinnasse ja küsis, kas oleks võimalik New Yorgi Eesti majas näidata 27 saatest koosnevat seeriat “Ameerika eestlased”, mis valmis 1992. aastal Mati Talviku ja Toomase koostöös. Loomulikult oli Toomas Lepp saadete näitamisega nõus, aga see kontakt andis ka uue idee. Kui aastal 1992 oli Eesti sisenemine vabasse maailma veel värske asi, taasiseseisvunud kodueestlased ei teadnud eriti midagi oma USA-s elavast suurest suguslaskonnast, siis 20 aastat hiljem, oli olukord teine. USA-s oli tekkinud nn paadipõgenike kõrvale juba uus eestlaste kogukond. Toomas Lepa idee oli teha USA-le ring peale ning uurida, kuidas uued eestlased Ameerikas elavad, aga ka täiendada eestlaste ajalugu uute põnevate elulugude ja juhtumistega.

Nii sündisidki kolm saatesarja – “Ameerika eestlased: Idarannik. Läänerannik ja Florida”. Idaranniku sarja aitas organiseerida ning inimestega kohtumisi kokku leppida Toomas Sõrra ja grand old estonian USA-s – Juhan Simonson. Peab märkima, et Juhan oli ka Lepa-Talviku esimese sarja organiseerimise hing. Los Angeleses aitas saateid kokku panna Mati Otsmaa – selle sarja sisse jäi ka pikem ülevaade LEP-ESTOST 2013. Esimest kahte sarja tegi saatejuhina Mati Kirotar.

Floridasse saabus filmigrupp 2014 aasta jõulueelsel ajal, et jäädvustada sealsete eestlaste mälestusi ja teha intervjuusid. Florida ida kalda kontakt ja abi oli perekond Kallas. Florida lääne kaldal aitas filmigruppi Eesti Aukonsul ja Eckerd kolledzi asepresident Lisa Ann Mets, kelle nõuanded ja teadmised marjaks ära kulusid. Lisa on metseeniks kodueesti õpilastele, kes teadmisi omandamas nii Eckerdi kui Wheatoni koolides.

Tänaseks on Florida saated valmis ja Eestis on saanud neid näha alates 10. maist pühapäeviti kell 20.30 Tallinna Televisioonis. Florida saateid juhib Hannula Lepp, kes Eestis on tuntud peamiselt loodussaadete tegijana, rezhissöör-produtsent on Toomas Lepp, kes ka Tallinna TV juhatusse kuulub ning pildi võttis üles Indrek Mänd.

Floridas jäid kaamera ette perekonnad Kallased, Riismaad, Kuuskvered, Rebased, Saarniidud, Harvigid, Toomepuud veel Triin Karr, Kaie Põhi-Latterner ja Anneliis Kuusik, Paul Vesterstein, Erkki Taada, Šandor Štefil, Elin Toona Gottschalk ning Trine Kasemägi ja Simona Andreas Eestist.

Kokku on Toomas Lepa produtseerimisel valminud 56 saadet ameerika eestlastest.

Florida saateid saavad huvilised igal ajal ka järele vaadata Tallinna TV kodulehel http://tallinnatv.eu/index.php/saated-sarjad/elusaated/ameerika-eestlased-florida.

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