The big "B" on Tablerock could stand for "Basque" just as much as it means "Boise." The proud Euzkaldunak ("speakers of the Basque language") have inhabited the Treasure Valley and Eastern Oregon for more than 150 years. Today, their numbers have increased to make the Boise area among the largest Basque populations outside their ancient home in the mountainous north of the Iberian Peninsula.
How the Basque came to Boise and the history of their lives here is recorded at the Basque Museum and Cultural Center at 611 W. Grove St. in downtown Boise.
This First Thursday, from 5:30-8 p.m., visit the museum and explore new exhibits on the boarding house lifestyle of early local Basques and the sports associated with their frontons, or ball courts.
Free admission and guided tours of the Jacobs/Uberuaga House from 6:30-8 p.m., plus live Basque music.
If all that history makes you thirsty, duck into the bar for a kalimotxo at the Basque Center on the corner of Sixth and Grove streets. Topa!