The unique Quebec venue delivers an amazing European experience. The Mont Tremblant pedestrian village awaits you with its lodging, shopping, dining, and nightlife while the highest mountain in the Laurentians offers more trails, snow parks, lifts and snow-making than any other resort in the region.
We’re thinking BIG for our 2017 gathering – shooting for at least 125 to 150 participants! That said … the time has come to make your trip commitment and also book your lodgings. Our group agreement with Mont Tremblant requires 50% prepayment for our Saturday evening social event/dinner 0 days out …
To that end, we need to have at least 100 people signed up no later than Feb. 11, 2017.
As the world knows, Saunaka was founded in 1961 by nine young Estonian Montrealers, and has been holding reunions every 10 years in different locations across North Ametica. This was the 55th anniversary celebration … an official Saunaka reunion (which now will be held every five years instead of ten).
Eight members and seven spouses met at the Grand Chalet in Ste-Agathe-des-Monts for the occasion. We had festive dinners every evening and filled the days with hikes, tours of the town and surrounding areas as well as bicycle trips.
The persons who travelled the farthest were Erik and Gundi from Tlaxcala, Mexico, followed by Mati and Kathy from Palo Alto, California and Olav Niilender from Charlotte, North Carolina. Andrew and Mary are from Buffalo, New York, Heiki and Judy are from Oakville, Ontario, Jaak and Annely are from Markham, Ontario, Rein and Helen are from Pointe Claire, Quebec and Enn and Dana are from St. Henri, Quebec. (Missing were Rachel Niilender and Matti and Jean Pindam from Lower Island Cove, Newfoundland.)
Erik Purre was elected and installed as our new chairman (in a colorful ceremony).
This album is based on the places and histories encountered during Valmar Kurol’s 5-week long semi-circumnavigation voyage by ship, along Western Antarctica in 2015. The trip focused on the Ross Sea area, which was the major portal to Antarctica during the Golden Age of Antarctic exploration in the early 1900s. It is an orchestral-sounding album with 11 instrumental suites, which he composed with a collaborator, Michael Stibor. There are also two bonus vocal tracks on it (the last one of which was co-written and sung by his wife, Carole Desmarteau).
The Montreal Estonian Society (MES) will begin a new session of online Estonian language classes the week of October 10, 2016.
The instructor is Piret Vaher leading the classes via Skype video conferencing from Europe. It will be a 12-week session of weekly lessons of 1 to 1.5 hours. We plan to have sections for beginner, intermediate, and advanced students with typically 2-4 students per section.
The course fee will be $75 (plus a $10 annual fee if you are not already a member of the MES).
Because of the six-hour time difference, we cannot hold the classes during evenings (since it would be the middle of the night for her). Weekly classes will be on Tuesday or Wednesday (at a time between 11 am and 5 pm) and during the weekend on Sunday (between 11 am and 2 pm). Which sections will end up on which days will be determined by student availability.
If you are interested, please contact Tom Ventser (MES Treasurer & Language Classes Coordinator) at firstname.lastname@example.org. Advise him of your availability on the days and times mentioned above, as well as what level of instruction you are interested in.