New York – Nov 20 2008

RSVP closed at 5.10 pm – no emails will be read after 5:30 pm

Featuring Bulgarian Style and Entertainment

In association with Bulgarian Weekly Newspaper, NEDELNIK

No Cover with RSVP. $10 withour RSVP by 5 pm online.
Non-members can sign up also via our Facebook EuroCircle New York or send us an email at newyork(at)eurocircle.com with your first, last name + country of origin

Bulgarian DJ Duo will take care of the dance music…
DJBedo and DJ Boji

Complimentary appetizers 7 pm to 8 pm

MEET SOME OF THE BULGARIAN MEMBERS & GUESTS:

Dr. Linda Stillman, Chair, International Executive Board – Sophia 2010 Women and Wisdom – www.Sophia2010.org. Join the Journey to Bulgaria and Beyond!
Veronika Simeonova, a Ballroom dancer, owner of Ballroom Legacy, www.ballroomlegacy.com and Pulse Dance Studio, www.thepulsestudio.com
Milena Filipova, a painter of landscapes, portraits, still-lifes, and narratives, www.milenasart.com
Silviya Taseva, a former team world/European champion level athlete at Rhythmic Gymnastics, currently a rhytmic gymnast coach, www.aviatorsports.com
Julia Daskalova, Publisher, Bulgarian Weekly Newspaper,NEDELNIK
Ekaterina Staneva, Make-up Artist, www.makeupmanhattan.com
Georgi Sandev, Make-up Artist, www.georgisandev.com

“DRINK 1 GIVE 10″ – HELP US BUILD WELLS – TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Check out Kim Raver’s spoke person video at www.drink1give10.com

By the way, actress Kim Raver (Lipstick Jungle) is supporting Volvic + UNICEF campaign …. upon your departure pick up your complimentary VOLVIC bottle from the game room as well as the explanation for this wonderful program. There will be some complimentary make-up items as well.

WHO IS THE LUCKY WINNER – 5 CASES OF VOLVIC?
One lucky EuroCircle member will receive 5 cases of VOLVIC delivered to his/her house – as a sign to Volvic’s and Kim Ravers’ commitment to the “Drink 1 Give 10″ campaign (www.drink1give10.com) to help UNICEF to provide safe drinking water to children in Ethiopia.

BULGARIANWINE.COM
www.BulgarianWine.com – Award winning Bulgarian wines delivered to your home or office. Fast delivery by UPS. Place your Holidays order today!
BulgarianWine.Com is a Sonoma, California wine import company dedicated to discover and deliver to the US consumer only selected premium wines from the best Bulgarian wineries. Yahoo! Shopping Rating – 5 STARS selling the best Eastern European Red wine – VINI.

PARROT COFFEE
Since 2003, Parrot Coffee is known to deliver the best European gourmet food to your home. They specialize in unique, high quality, specialty food products with emphasis on Bulgarian, Romanian, Polish, German, Turkish and French imports.

Two store locations in New York:
5822 Myrtle Avenue, Ridgewood, NY 11385 718-821-2785 31-12 Ditmars Avenue, Astoria, NY 11105 718-545-7920
Visit www.ParrotCoffee.com/ online!

SPECIALS 7 pm to 8 pm:

London Casa: Tanqueray Gin, Blackberry Liquor, Lemon mint, Sour $7

Marokita: Cuervo Gold, Cointreau, Anisette, Honey, Sour, Orange Juice $7

Arrak $5

Beers $4

Glass Wine $6

All Night

Mezze Platter: ( serves 10) $90

Mezze platter small (serves 4) $40

Liquor Bottles (Grey goose, Absolut, Cuervo, Captain) $150

Champagne Bottles (Perrier Jouet Gd brut)$90

BULGARIA TRIVIA PROVIDED BY OUR MEMBERS:
1. We saved our Jews during The World War II
2. Bacteria Bulgaricus is really what makes the yogurt that we know and that bacteria is Bulgarian by origins (a fact disputed by the Greeks). Yogurt really originated in Bulgaria (not Greece) and the best Feta cheese is Bulgarian (not Greek).
3. Bulgaria is a small yet very beautiful country with a lot of mountains, lakes rivers and the Black Sea which is the preferred beach destination for many Europeans. Bulgaria joined the EU in January of last year. It was communist for 45 years until 1989.

BULGARIA – www.bulgariatravel.org

A picturesque small country called Bulgaria has existed for more than 13 centuries in Europe, linking East and West. Bulgaria remembers ancient civilisations and great people that wrote its turbulent history. Situated in Southeastern Europe, Bulgaria occupies the northeastern part of the Balkan Peninsula.

Bulgaria blends in itself the remarkable beauty of the azure, warm turquoise sea and the majestic, snow-topped mountains. The homeland of the Europe’s most ancient civilization and the oldest gold in the world, Bulgaria will enchant you with the wealth of colors throughout its four seasons, with the golden shade of its fine sea sands and heavy wheat fields, with the crimson color of Bulgarian roses and wine. Take a little roadtrip to Bulgaria via www.motoroads.com/album_pictures.html

Data about Bulgaria
Area: 110,993.6 sq km

Population: 7,973, 673 (2001)

Capital city: Sofia

Official language: Bulgarian

Alphabet: Cyrillic

Religion: There is freedom of religious confessions. Traditional religion in the Republic of Bulgaria is Eastern Orthodox Christianity

National holiday: March 3, the day of the Liberation of Bulgaria from Ottoman domination (1878)

Monetary unit: the Bulgarian Lev

Administrative division: 28 regions, named after their respective regional centres.

State system: a parliamentary republic with a one-chamber parliament (National Assembly), consisting of 240 national representatives, elected for a four-year term of service. The head of state of the republic is the President, elected for a five-year term of service. The Council of Ministers is the main body of executive power.

Relief: most diverse. Average height above sea level � 470 m. Some 31.5% of the country’s territory is plain (up to 200 m above sea level), 41% are lowlands and hilly regions (from 200 to 600 m above sea level), and 27.5% are mountains (from 600 to more than 1,600 m above sea level).

Climate: moderate continental with Black Sea influence in the east and Mediterranean � in the south.

Waters: rivers (main rivers are Danube, Maritsa, Mesta, Strouma, Iskar, Yantra); warm and cold mineral springs (more than 600); lakes, coastal (some with curative mineral mud) and of glacial origin (in the Rila and Pirin mountains).

Plant and animal world: extremely diverse. An Act on the Protected Territories is operating in Bulgaria, aimed at the preservation of the country’s flora and fauna. It has specified the following categories in the country: a national and nature park, a reserve and a tended reserve, a natural sight, a protected locality.

SOME BEAUTIFUL & FAMOUS BULGARIANS:
Alice Panikian was crowned Miss Universe Canada on March 21, 2006 (born in Sofia, Bulgaria)

New York – Dec 22 2008

VIP Holiday Mixer @ Aquavit (RSVP closed)
Monday, December 22, 2008 in New York at 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
AquavitWe have closed the RSVp as of 10.15 am on Monday to make sure we are not overbooked. Please note we will have the use of the FIRST room on your right when you enter the restaurant (“Cafe” with our own bar)! CASH ONLY! NO CREDIT CARDS at that space!

EuroCircle.com in conjuction with AskDestiny.com

Enjoy Aquavit’s warm Scandinavian modern décor and cuisine, mingle, enjoy the New York Holiday Spirit in the stylish Scandinavian environment

NO COVER BUT CASH BAR ONLY – no credit cards accepted

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RSVP IS MANDATORY. Sign up ONLY if you are sure you will attend – space is limited. RSVP will be closed at the latest by Monday morming, earlier, if we exceed the capacity.
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About Aquavit:
Three-star Aquavit is a landmark among New York restaurants. Chef-Owner Marcus Samuelsson’s celebrated cuisine has an international following and its new location showcases mid-century Scandinavian design.

SOME DRINKS:

19 flavored aquavits – from coconut-espresso and mango-lime to Aalborg Julbiaums $7 each

Carlsberg and other beers – $8 and $9 /bottle

Aquapolitan – orange-lemon aquavit, fresh lemon lime juice, cranberry
Scandinavian Bellini – peach aquavit, fresh peach puree and champagne $15 each

Chapuy “Cuvee Aquavit” Brut, Oger Champagne, France NV $17 glass

18 Wines by the glass, from $9-22/glass

New York – Mar 27 2008

Space is strictly limited for this event.
The East River (UES) address will be sent only to the actual attendees. NO WALK-INS ALLOWED. You must be on the guest list for entrance. Come as early as you can as the violinist will start at 7:30 pm (hence we will start at 6:30 pm)

ZYR Raises The Bar in the Art of Making Vodka

Exclusive Private Vodka Tasting for our attendees by
www.ZyrVodka.com

Join a selected intimate group of EuroCircle members for a fun and exclusive evening at this beautiful Upper East Side private residence with dramatic Manhattan views. You will be tasting ZYR Vodka with some authentic Russian appetizers including pirozhki, blinis & other favorites. Wines will also be offered

PERFORMANCE:
An exceptional Russian Gypsy violinist will perform between 7:30 and 8:30pm.

All PAYMENTS will be required in-advance – your completed payment requires TWO steps:

1) sign up at the site and
2) we receive your payment in-advance.
First come, first serve – please allow your check at least 3 days of delivery time. If you are late..there is nothing we can do about that. Our hosts sets the limits for their home and we respect that 100%.

Meet an international crowd in a casual, intimate atmosphere at this beautiful private residence.

All payments will be required in-advance – no walk-ins allowed. Space is limited, a name list will be at the concierge. This is a high security luxury highrise

Your $50 fee will include admission, wines/soft drinks, sumptous Russian hors d’ouvres and The Exclusive Private Vodka Tasting by ZYR

Send a check $50 payable to EuroCircle to:

If we run out of space your check will be returned

Exquisite high-floor residence with wall-to-wall windows & dramatic Manhattan views.

New York – Mar 18 2008

This event is part of the Special Middle-Eastern & Arabic Editions

THE BEST BELLY DANCER AWARD
BELLY DANCING contest sometime between 8 and 9 pm, the best dancer will be rewarded by Kalevala Koru Jewelry (bronze, covered with antique gold) inc. 2 bracelets, a matching pair of earrings and a ring. Value est. $280-220. Cosmetics value est. $60.

Learn about Turkey at www.TourismTurkey.org!

SPECIAL TURKISH HOSTS FOR THE EVENING INCLUDE I.E:

SINEM SANIYE, Singer/Songwriter, www.sinem.net
With her debut CD release “When I don’t sleep..”

NAFIZ ALABAYRAK, Correspondent, Dogan News Agency, (DHA)

OZLEM SAKAR, Bureau Chief, Anadolu News Agency

TURKISH TV HOUR SHOW, www.turkishhour.com

EMRE NASUHOGLU, TURKISHNY.com, www.TurkishNy.com.com

DUYGU GOZELER

DUYGU ONAT, Associate Research Scientist, Columbia University

MUSTAFA (a.k.a Mike) ULU, CEO, www.Goldia.com
Diamonds are forever – meet every girl’s best friend

SERHAT DEVECIOGLU, www.ameridesignsinc.com and www.residencefurniture.com

ARDA BESKARDES, Attorney

FATMA ALDAS, Financial Consultant, Axa Advisors, LLC www.fatmaaldas.com

AHMET MATT BODUR & friends, Actor & Turkish American Art Society of New York (their first theatrical presentation called “Kanli Nigar” in May/June’08 in New York City)

ZEHRA TAS, Director,www.RadyoTurkum.com

ENTERTAINMENT BY FLYING KILIM ENTERTAINMENT:
DJ Mike Rich & DJ Tossun (a.k.a Murat) from Turkey

Complimentary MEZZE PLATTERS during the cocktail hour!!!

Large Mezze Platters can be ordered at $90 each!

Drink Specials until 8:00 pm
London Casa $7 (14): Tanqueray gin, blackberry liquor, lemon mint, simple syrup Sour mix.
Marokita $7 (14): Cuervo gold, Cointreau, Anisette, orange blossom honey, Sour mix, orange juice, orange flower water
BEERS $4 (7)
GLASS of WINE $6 (10)

AZZA DINNER MENU available in the upstairs restaurant. Mandatory reservations.

NO COVER. RSVP requested just for staffing purposes but NOT required.

Non-members can send their names/country of origin to newyork(at)eurocircle.com OR sign up as members first (FREE)/register for the event.

Founder Mustafa Kemal Atatürk – famously said Peace at home, Peace in the world.
“I learned about Mustafa Kemal Atatürk from someone who knows him very well. As I was speaking to the Foreign Affairs Minister of the Soviet Union, Litvinov, he told me that the most valuable and interesting leader in the world does not live in Europe but beyond the Straits in Ankara and that he was the President of the Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.” by Franklin D. Roosevelt

EuroCircle arranged a wonderful Black Tie event at the Consulate General of Turkey on April 1, 2006.
We educated our members then as follows via www.eurocircle.com!
View some pictures from that Unforgettable Night on April 1 2006
HERE

New York – Jan 10 2008

CO-HOSTED by the following ESTONIAN and HUNGARIAN organizations:

Merike Partel, New York Estonian House, www.estonianhousenewyork.com/
Krista Tassa, EACCI – President, www.estonianamericanchamberofcommerce.com
Anges Vajda and Victoria Kyle, New York Hungarian Connection Network, www.nyhconnection.org

RSVP requested by 4.30 pm on Jan 10, otherwise $10 fee at the door. Non-members please send an email to newyork(at)eurocircle.com with your name/country of origin (names for all your guests, me + 3 guests is not acceptable).

We’ll be start dancing and partying EuroCircle style at 7:00 pm.
7 pm to 8 pm: cocktail hour with the slow, sensual, unforgettable rhytms
8 pm to midnight: mainly 70/80s dance music with occasional exceptions
70s/80s entertainment provided by
Flying Kilim Entertainment DJs Palamuth, DJ Tossun and DJ Mike Rich

Complimentary appetizers during the cocktail hour!!!

Drink Specials until 8:00 pm
London Casa $7 (14): Tanqueray gin, blackberry liquor, lemon mint, simple syrup Sour mix.
Marokita $7 (14): Cuervo gold, Cointreau, Anisette, orange blossom honey, Sour mix, orange juice, orange flower water
Kabil-I $7 (14): Kettle one, Bacardi light, Midori, muddled lime,Fresh mint
BEERS $4 (7)
GLASS of WINE $6 (10)

Lounge menu available for dinner and let us assure, they have GREAT food
AZZA LOUNGE MENU FOR DINNER:

Marinated olives and spiced almonds $5 and $8
Hummus with pita bread $6 and $9
Falafel with harissa aioli $7 and $10
Grilled merguez with mustard and
red pepper dip $8 and $11
Savory cigars, goat cheese and spinach $7 and $10
Baby carrot salad with mango $7 and $10
Cucumber salad with cinnamon and watercress $7 and $10
Chicken briouats with almonds and sweet onion $7 and $10
Crispy calamari with chermoula dip $7 and $10
Eggplant fritters with spiced yogurt $9 and $12
Baby octopus with lemon and mint $11 and $14
Grilled Lamb Sliders, Cucumber and Tomato $11and $14
French Fries with citrus mayonnaise $7 and $10
Vegetarian cheese Panini $11 and $14
Azza Panini $11 and $14

ABOUT DISCO:

Back to the 70s and when disco started!! 1975 was the year when disco really took off, with hit songs like The Hustle and Donna Summers Love To Love You Baby reaching the mainstream. Disco’s popularity peaked in the so-called Disco era of 1977 – 1980, driven in part by the 1977 classic film Saturday Night Fever and the unforgettable John Travolta in his white suit. Dalida (France), Boney M (Germany), Abba (Sweden), Baccara, Spagna, Martinelli, Novecento, Alla Pugachova (most famous Russian singer),Valery Leontiev…those were the times.
Elements of disco music appear on records from the early 1970s such as the 1971 theme from the film Shaft by Isaac Hayes (Jones and Kantonen, 1999). In general it can be said that first disco songs were released in 1973, however many consider Manu Dibango’s 1972 Soul Makossa the first disco record (Jones and Kantonen, 1999). Initially, most disco songs catered to a nightclub/dancing audience only, rather than general audiences such as radio listeners, but there are many aspects proving opposite tendencies as well; popular radio-hits were being played in discotheques, as long as they had an easy to follow rhythmic base-pattern close to 120 BPM (beats per minute). Most 70′s Disco genre songs had a distinctive four/four bass beat.

Disco also gave rise to an increased popularity of line dancing and other partly pre-choreographed dances; many line dances can be seen in films such as Saturday Night Fever, which also features the Hustle.

In 1975, the pop star Dalida was the first to make disco music in France with her song Jattendrai which was a big hit there as well as in Canada and Japan in 1976. Many other European artists also recorded disco music; in Germany, Frank Farian formed a disco band by the name Boney M around 1975. They had a string of number one hits in a few European countries which continued into the early 1980s, with songs such as Daddy Cool, Brown Girl in the Ring and By the Rivers of Babylon.

What is EuroCircle?
EuroCircle is an informal forum for European professionals & Europhiles – married or single – with over 50,000 worldwide members with 12,000 + NY-Based members. It has no political, religious, or ethnic affiliations. EuroCircle.com is a place where you can exchange ideas, tips, professional contacts, make friends and more. You can meet people offline at local events, online through the membership features or via the forums. EuroCircle has many Circles worldwide from London to Los Angeles, from Munich to Madrid.

SPECIAL EUROPEAN EVENTS SERIES
Jan 17 some of us will celebrate SARAR Boutique’s Grand opening at Madison & 46th Streer at 6 pm to 9 pm. Let Kaisa at newyork(at)eurocircle.com know if you’d like to join them (by 1/8)

Atlanta – Jan 08 2008

Photos © Eurocircle. For privacy reasons we ask you not to copy these to Facebook or other social networks

Join us for the first event of the year to celebrate the start of the New Year 2008!

Tell your friends as well!

New York – Apr 01 2008

Hosted by:
Mag Goossens, Mag Goossens Consulting
Ahmet Matt Bodur, Actor/Entrepreneur
Sinem Saniye (a.ka.a Varoglu), Singer/Songwriter, www.sinem.net
Cem Duruöz, Guitarist www.duruoz.com
Pascalito, Singer/Songwriter,www.pascalito.info

SPECIAL LIVE PERFORMANCES BY SOME OF OUR HOSTS:
Turkish guitarist Cem Duruöz will play one or two pieces from his upcoming Carnegie Hall concert “Guitar in Turkey” on May 4th. Living in the US for the last 18 years, Cem has performed in four continents, released 3 CDs and is on the guitar faculty at Wesleyan University in CT.

By Sinem

NOTES:
– A raffle, for two free tickets to Cem’s May 4th concert at Carnegie Hall
– Tickets for the concert for sale (Cem has some in his possession)
– His CDs offered for sale especially the tango CD and few of his Baroque CDs just in case.
– Sinem may also sing a song or two

NO COVER from anyone, everyone is welcome. However, we would GREATLY appreciate your RSVP for staffing purposes/passed hors d’ouvres

Complimentary passed Hors D’ouvres from 7 pm to 8 pm

Entertainment by Flying Kilim Entertainment:
DJs Palamuth, Tossun and Mike Rich
Soul music, rhytm & blues and some other good dance songs

Celebrate all APRIL babies among us!

TRIBUTE TO SOUL & RHYTM and BLUES music
Soul music is a music genre that combines rhythm and blues and gospel music, originating in the United States.

Sam Cooke, Nina Simone, Jackie Wilson, and Etta James were early popular stars of the music genre, and other soul forerunners include: Mahalia Jackson, Louis Jordan, Louis Prima, and Big Joe Turner. Some of the earliest soul artists included Ray Charles, Little Richard, Fats Domino and James Brown, although all were happy to call themselves rock and roll performers at the time. During the 1960s Beatles boom, both Charles and Brown claimed that they had always really been R&B singers. Little Richard proclaimed himself the “king of rockin’ and rollin’, rhythm and blues soulin’”, because his music embodied elements of all three, and because he inspired artists in all three genres. Solomon Burke’s early recordings for Atlantic Records codified the soul style, and his early 1960s songs “Cry to Me”, “Just Out of Reach” and “Down in the Valley” are considered classics of the genre

Motown Records also contributed to the soul canon, although at the time, the Detroit-based label described itself as a manufacturer of pop music. Music by Motown artists such as Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, and Marvin Gaye did much to popularise the style, and the overall Motown sound did much to define what later became known as northern soul. In Chicago, Curtis Mayfield created the sweet soul sound that later earned him a reputation as the Godfather of northern soul. As a member of The Impressions, Mayfield infused a call and response style of group singing that resembled the gospel style, and influenced many other groups of the era.

By 1968, the soul music movement had begun to splinter, as James Brown and Sly & the Family Stone began to evolve both soul and rhythm and blues into other forms. Guralnick argues that, “More than anything else, though, what seems to me to have brought the era of soul to a grinding, unsettling halt was the death of Martin Luther King in April of 1968.”

More versatile groups like War, the Commodores and Earth, Wind and Fire became popular around this time. During the 1970s, some slick and commercial blue-eyed soul acts like Philadelphia’s Hall & Oates and Oakland’s Tower of Power achieved mainstream success, as did a new generation of street-corner harmony or city-soul groups like The Delfonics and Howard University’s Unifics.

By the end of the 1970s, disco and funk were dominating the charts. Philly soul and most other soul genres were dominated by disco-inflected tracks. During this period, groups like The O’Jays and The Spinners continued to turn out hits.

Starting in the 1980s, soul music from the United Kingdom become popular worldwide, with artists such as Joss Stone, Soul To Soul, Loose Ends, Imagination, Mica Paris and Sade.

Famous Hoaxes on April Fools’ Day:

Smell-o-vision: In 1965, the BBC purported to conduct a trial of a new technology allowing the transmission of odor over the airwaves to all viewers. Many viewers reportedly contacted the BBC to report the trial’s success. This hoax was also conducted by the Seven Network in Australia in 2005. In 2007, the BBC website repeated an online version of the hoax.

Taco Liberty Bell: In 1996, Taco Bell took out a full-page advertisement in The New York Times announcing that they had purchased the Liberty Bell to “reduce the country’s debt” and renamed it the “Taco Liberty Bell.” When asked about the sale, White House press secretary Mike McCurry replied tongue-in-cheek that the Lincoln Memorial had also been sold and would henceforth be known as the Ford Lincoln Mercury Memorial.

Left Handed Whoppers: In 1998, Burger King ran an ad in USA Today, saying that people could get a Whopper for left-handed people whose condiments were designed to drip out of the right side. Not only did customers order the new burgers, but some specifically requested the “old”, right-handed burger.

New York – Apr 01
Tuesday, April 01, 2008 in New York at 6:30 pm

Location: 49 Grove
Address: 49 Grove Street New York NY

Chicago – Jan 17 2008

Please join us as we kick off another great year of fun events, mixing and meeting with Chicago’s coolest and best int’l crowd, and of course, just good ol’ fun at our first event of 2008 at FLATWATER!

Flatwater is a beautiful and intimate lounge located right on the Chicago river- unfortunately it’ll be too cold to enjoy the amazing outdoor patio as we did last time we had an event here, but with the crazy weather lately, you never know!

We’ll be featuring complimentary passed appetizers from 8 to 9 pm, as well as $5 Peroni Beers, and $8 Imperia Russian Vodka drinks!

Featuring DJ’s Greg Bauer and John Curley for our late night entertainment

$10 admission
EuroCircle Private Event