TO GO OR NOT TO GO?

That's the question... I was asking myself the week preceding the 2010 Ucka Fair. After all, I've seen it last year and the year before, I thought, and the program didn't promise anything new. Then I overheard a conversation that dealt with the same dilemma, and after hearing it I decided I don't want to miss it. But, wait to see why!

Two young women ran into each other at a cafe which I often frequent, and one asked the other whether she should go to Učka to see the Fair for the first time. The other promptly responded: "To je glupo, glupo, glupo"  (the whole thing is stupid stupid, stupid). "Last year we wasted money on gasoline. It was just stupid! All we did was spending money on beer". There was no explanation why the fair was "stupid" to the young, maybe to quickly "modernized" young lady. She obviously expected something else, rather then products of Učka, local food and music, and seminars on flora and fauna, and other topics related to the Mountain - maybe čevapčići, beer, blasting loudspeakers and singers from who knows where, who can't even say Ćić - and, all she found of interest was -  beer! The program, available everywhere, gives all the details, but that helps only those who read it!.

In any case, I left the cafe with the decision to go to the fair. The reason: hopefully there are others like that young, end emancipated (in her mind) lady, who won't show up this time, so they can drink beer, and those who love our Učka, and appreciate her beauties, people, and past generations who struggled to live here before us, will have more parking space and better time - learning, enjoying local delicacies and music, and meeting old and new friends.

 

"TO GO" IT IS

The decision proved to be the right one. But I added some spice to the experience in order to overcome the possible boredom associated with seeing the same old stuff at the fair. I joined the group that walked from Liganj to Poklon, under the leadership of PD Knezgrad (mountain climbers club). The anyone can do hike took about two hours - of easy walk, fresh air, and divine peace of the mountain and forest, with occasional bird song and a lot of flowers on each side of the trail. We made a slight detour to see Bubač Ranch, which provided us with some preliminary music entertainment. Once at Poklon, the day took a different tack and rhythm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

OVAKO SE PLETU HLAČE, HOLJAVE, BIČVE, KALCETE, ČARAPE...

Demo by Women's Club of Čićarija

 

 

 

 

 

 

FOR VIEWING, LEARNING, ENJOYING...

Mushrooms from Učka (by Mushroom Picker Society, Rijeka)

 

Istrian traditional musical instruments including Ćićarija's own, surle

 

For the youngest, the hit was Boškarin

 

CULTURAL & ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAM

Klapa Boškarin (Hum)

 

 

Gunjci Štrace (Roč)

 

Folklore Assemble Zora (Opatija)

 

WE TOO CAME A LONG WAY, BABY... BUT NEVER FORGOT WHERE FROM

Klub žena Ćićarije - Women's Club of Ćićrija

Not only can they make socks, but also perform on stage...

...when asked by the program announcer Josip Krmpotić

 

 

ANALIDI

There is no substitute for experience, say business people. Analidi have been in "business" for nearly 45 years, and proved to know their business like few other bands. With a repertoire of well known and everlasting Istrian songs and their own MIK and other hits, all interpolated with humor, these energetic and young looking veterans attracted to dance floor (any free space in Poklon parking area) young folks of all ages.

 


 

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