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Neringa a Place of Quiet Pleasures

Text and photos by JULIE SKURDENIS. THE CURONIAN SPIT (KURŠIŲ NERINGA) IS A 60 mile long narrow finger of forest and sand that separates the Curonian Lagoon (Kuršių Marios) from the Baltic Sea. The northern portion of the spit is Lithuanian. It’s called Neringa after a legendary giantess who supposedly ...

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A Song Festival to Be Long-Remembered

by Rimas Cernius with photos by Jonas Kuprys and Arvydas Zabulionis Lithuanian song festivals in North America are special and rare events. The first one took place in Chicago’s Coliseum in 1956. This year the 10th Lithuanian Song Festival took place at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago on July 5th. ...

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It’s mushroom and fall fruit time

MUSHROOM AND POTATO SOUP Grybų ir bulvių sriuba 5 Tbsps. butter, divided 2 leeks, chopped 2 large carrots, sliced 6 cups chicken broth 2 tsps. dried dill weed 2 tsps. salt 1 bay leaf 1/8 tsp. ground black pepper 2 lbs. potatoes, peeled and diced 1 lb. fresh mushrooms, sliced ...

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The Great war in Lithuania 1914 -1918

By Henry L. Gaidis This August commemorated the hundredth anniversary of the start of World War I, one of the bloodiest in history. During the four-year conflict, over nine million combat- ants and seven million civilians died, and the struggle resulted in the demise of several great nation- states. The ...

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Vagabond of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania: From Harems of Turkish Sultan to Captivity of Balkan Thief

People in the eighteenth-Century Grand Duchy of Lithuania travelled considerably, but the routes of their journeys were very much determined by the estate they belonged to and their social status. Peasants could only travel within the lands of their seigneur, occasionally visiting relatives owned by neighboring landlords. Petty nobility made ...

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Spring fruits and vegetables are now in season

RHUBARB CRUMBLE Rubarbarų pyragas 2 lbs. rhubarb, cut into 1-inch pieces (about 6 cups) 1¼ cups granulated sugar 1¼ cups all-purpose flour 1 tsp. vanilla extract 1 cup light brown sugar 1 stick unsalted butter, cut into small pieces ½ tsp. salt Vanilla ice cream, for serving (optional) Preheat oven ...

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The Samogitian Steam-Flyer of Aleksandras Griskevicius

Before the advent of modern aeronautics, men first attempted flight by wearing wings and jumping off towers, then tried hang-gliders, ornithopters, hot-air balloons, and steam-powered, heavier-than-air flying machines—aerodynes. Aleksandras Griškevičius (1809- 1863), a Lithuanian philosopher and inventor, experimented with such early modes of flying and combined their most promising features ...

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The Tatars and Karaim of Lithuania

The first Lithuanian State, the Grand Duchy of Lithuania (GDL), which existed from the thirteenth to the eighteenth century, was basically an emanation of the Lithuanian people, but also a multinational and multicultural state. The Lithuanians concentrated at the core were about one third of its population; the rest were ...

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Hot soups for chilly winter days

SAUERK RAUT  SOUP Raugintų  kopūstų  sriuba 1 lb. sauerkraut,  drained 1 lb. meat, pork or beef 1 onion,  quartered 1 carrot, grated 4 peppercorns 2 bay leaves Salt to taste Cut meat into medium pieces,  cover with cold water and bring to a boil, remove scum. Add sauerkraut and onion. ...

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Seeking Lithuania’s Past in Belarus

On each of our trips to Vilnius, my husband Paul and I make it a point to leave Old Town, where we always base ourselves and spend most of our time, to stroll along Gediminas Prospect in New Town. It’s a one-mile walk along a route lined with cafes and ...

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