Archive for January, 2023

Nearly 50 members and friends of Kesk Florida Eesti Selts (KFES)/Estonian Society of Central Florida gathered for their annual Supp ja Võileiv Lõunasöök (Soup and Sandwich Luncheon) on Sunday, January 29, 2023, from 1:00-5:00 pm, in a fabulous neighborhood community center in Largo, FL. A huge thanks to Birgit and Vincent DeLaidatti who were amazing hosts, generously assisted by Anneliis Kuusik and Rein Allikberg, Moonika Mägi, Inne and Heikki Joonsar and others.

Once again KFES members rose to the occasion to support this traditional Eesti smorgasbord event with homemade soups (borscht, frikadelli, ja herne supid), sandwiches (kilu, vorstijuust, lõhekala, jt.), salads (kartuli ja rosolje), pirukad, and Korean Mandu. Magustoidu laud oli küll rikkalik (the dessert table was fantastic)!

Today was special for two reasons. One, thanks to Livija Rebane, we were able to present a special program. Livija performed a most impressive sword dance that she choreographed herself. Wielding a 3-pound sword Livija wowed us all. Thank you, Livija! And two, a number of special guests from Estonia chose to spend their blue sky sunny Florida afternoon with us; they included Merike Milli’s mother Lia; Astrid and Heinar Normet’s daughter-in-law Liina and granddaughter Elli; Sunne Säre and her children Etta and Otto; and Marmeelia and Karneelia Dishmey’s grandmother.

Photos of the event may be found on our Facebook page. The Estonian Society of Central Florida/Kesk Florida Eesti Selts has a wonderful Facebook account. You may find the account by searching this name: Kesk Florida Eestlased. To enhance security features for our Facebook account members, Kesk Florida Eestlased is a private account that asks you to click on a link to join. The account is managed by KFES member Birgit Delaidatti, and she will respond to requests from prospective followers. Thank you, Birgit, for this wonderful service to Estonian Society of Central Florida/Kesk Florida Eesti Selts members!

Here are some photos for your enjoyment!

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Tere KFES Liikmed! Greetings, members of the Estonian Society of Central Florida!

Soovime Head Uut Aastat teile!!!  Happy New Year!!!

We are continuing our traditional Jaanuar Supp ja Võileib Koosviibimine.


Sunday January 29, 2023

1:00 to 5pm


At Birgit and Vincent’s Condo Association Club House.

The address of the clubhouse is Harbour Crest 400, 13940 Anona Heights Drive, Largo, FL 33774.

Parking is limited but you can park across the street in the school parking lot.

What is the cost?

There is no cost to members to attend this event. Kesk Florida Eesti Selts is covering costs.

Do you need to let us know you are coming?

Yes, please do! This way we can plan the menu and seating to accommodate everyone. Please send an email to Heikki Joonsar (joonsar@cox.net) to let him know you are coming. Please include the names of everyone who will be accompanying you. Please let us know too what you will be bringing for our smorgasbord table.

What might you contribute to the smorgasbord table?

Here are the soups, salads and open-faced sandwiches some of our members are bringing:

Borscht; split pea, barley and ham soup; and frikadilli supp

potato salad

open-faced sandwiches with heering ja muna (herring and egg); vorstijuust (sausage cheese); and salmon sai (salmon sandwich)

We look forward to hearing what you plan to bring!

Reminder about beverages at our events: Bring your own adult beverage and/or your other favorite beverages. Water and coffee are provided.

What a great way to start the new year!

Are plans underway for Estonia’s 105 Independence Day/Eesti Vabariigi 105 Aastapäeva celebration in February 2023?

Yes! Save the date for our Eesti Vabariigi 105 Aastapäeva Celebration. It is scheduled for Sunday, February 26, 2023. Details will follow soon.

Our very best,

Inne Joonsar

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