The introductory membership to Esperanto-USA is available to anyone who has completed the Duolingo Esperanto course and is not already (and has not been) a member of the organization. The membership provides all the rights and privileges as listed in the category “12-Month Memberships” and is a great offer for new Esperantists. For more information, vizit the Esperanto-USA online bookstore.
Situated on the southern shore of Seneca Lake, the village of Watkins Glen hosted Upstate New York’s Paralela Universo (“Parallel Universe”) event. A dozen esperantists from Syracuse, Rochester, Tonawanda, Cortland, and Elmira took part and enjoyed hiking in the Watkins Glen State Park. Paralela Universo is a one-day celebration of Esperanto held throughout North America to give people an opportunity to speak Esperanto and make new friends. Gatherings were held simultaneously in 25 other cities, including Seattle, San Francisco, Phoenix, Austin, Kansas City (Missouri), Chicago, Atlanta, New York City, Toronto, Montreal, Santiago de Querétaro Mexico, and Havana Cuba. The upstate event was organized by the Rochester Esperanto Club and the Esperanto Society of Syracuse.
Independent film maker Preston Wilson asked the Syracuse Esperanto Society for translation and pronounciation help for his newest movie, Daisy’s Way Home. The sci-fi film tells the story of Daisy (played by Emily Mahoney), a young inter-galactic missionary for the arts who is lost in a corrupt world, torn between human nature and her destiny, and searching for a way back to her true home. The film is loosely inspired by the Esperanto poem La Infana Raso (The Child Race) by William Auld. Members of the society are happy to be involved in the project and look forward to a successful screening at the end of the year.
Esperantists from across New York State and a few from Washington DC gathered in Rochester, New York, for the All-Esperanto Weekend on the 30th and 31st of January. The weekend offered a plethora of opportunities to experience the city—on Saturday, participants saw the impressive Airigami balloon sculpture, saw the Sister Cities bridge and Broad Street aqueduct, and gathered for an evening party. On Sunday, they walked the Lake Ontario pier and raced electric slot-cars. Attendance was a mix of expert speakers and beginners and everyone enjoyed the opportunity to get to know one another through the international language. The event was organized jointly by the Rochester Esperanto Club and the Syracuse Esperanto Society.
Two states, two days. On October 12 and 13, Esperantists from Syracuse, Rochester, Binghamton, and Elimra, New York, and from Sayre, Pennsylvania, took part in an all-Esperanto weekend in the Penn-York Valley. The program consisted of a visit to the Roberson Museum and Science Center, swimming, a petting zoo, zip-lining, and of course a lot of Esperanto speaking! The event was organized by the Rochester Esperanto Club.