MeKaRo 2016 - Granbio, QC
Since nobody else has done it yet I thought I'd post a summary of MeKaRo in Granby, Quebec. (MezKanada Renkontigxo)
There were just over 40 people in attendance, I think 42, from Quebec, Ontario and several U.S. states with two people coming from Seattle, Washington.
Since the goal of MeKaRo is to host Esperanto speakers to your city or town and show them around, our days were filled with walking tours, a visit to the Granby Zoo, a nature preserve, an apple winery, a heritage farm and, for the more athletically inclined, Frisbee Golf.
All visits were translated into Esperanto by somebody when there was a tour guide, as all the tours were in French. I even had the chance to bust out my high school French from 45 years ago. Everyone we dealt with in the hotel, restaurants and stores were very patient and didn't switch to English as soon as I opened my mouth. It was great to have a chance to try to speak some French.
But the main purpose of the weekend was to speak in Esperanto, and that we did. From a four-year-old to those 80-plus and everywhere in between, from early in the morning to quite late and into the next morning.
So to any beginner who can participate in a larger gathering, I say give it a try. It might be intimidating at first but you'll have so much fun you won't notice your nerves after a short while.
MeKaRo 2017 will take place in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and I hope to see you there!
Sounds like a fun event!! Does MeKaRo happen on a certain weekend every year? Is there a website? Who organizes the event? Thanks!
It is on the Canadian long weekend in May every year. There is a website each year. Search for "MeKaRo" followed by the year. The website for Hamilton 2017 hasn't been created yet, so check for that in a few months. (I'll post the link as soon as it is available.)
The event is organized by Esperantists local to the city/town where it is happening. The location varies and usually alternates between a location in Quebec and one in Ontario.
A similar type of event has started up in the U.S., but I don't know the details of that one. Can anyone help me out?
ETA: I found this information about Urba Semajnfino (City Weekend), the U.S. equivalent of MeKaRo. There is a fancier website that is currently being updated and isn't accessible at the moment.
Thanks! I live in the northeastern US. Last fall I went to an Esperanto weekend (Aŭtuna Renkontiĝo de Esperanto) in Lake George NY.