NEW YORK CITY CLUB TAURINO (NYCCT) by Lore Monnig, President
NYCCT was founded with the objective of providing and enhancing an appreciation and knowledge of tauromachia through a variety of taurine and related events. NYCCT serves as a resource for those wishing to expand their knowledge of taurine matters and actively seeks to enhance its membership by including as members people with all levels and types of afición for the toros
NYCCT considers all aspects of the toro bravo and toreo. Our goal is to instill an appreciation for all that surrounds the animals and the art – the raising of the bulls, the training of the toreros, the business of running plazas de toros, the advances in technology and their effect on the spectacle as we see it today, and the importance of the “secondary” players, whether they be the men in silver or the picadors. We believe that the more a person knows and understands, the more they can appreciate what they are seeing – and the more they appreciate, the more they will enjoy!
NYCCT also emphasizes an appreciation for the history and traditions of toreo, focusing on details such as the colors worn by the toreros, the types of horses used, and the evolution of the vara – to name a few. There is simply no end to the topics that can be explored – perhaps we are overly ambitious, but we do not lack enthusiasm!
However when taurinos go to a feria to see the bulls, they are actually in the plaza de toros only about 2 hours – so there is a lot of time to enjoy other aspects of local culture. It is, in fact, during the ferias that all the best of each region becomes available. So NYCCT also looks at the history and culture of the towns that have major taurine ferias, as well as the regional foods and wines that can enjoyed there. We do not organize any trips, but we do want our members to get the most out of the time they spend in Spain or whatever other taurine country.
NYCCT meets generally the first Thursday of each month and we publish a periodic Newsletter. In addition, we are a part of Jornadas Taurinas that sponsors a US lecture tour each year for a well-recognized taurine person, and we have a number of guest speakers from Spain and other taurine countries that may be visiting New York.
We would love to have you be a part of the NYCCT! E-mail: NYCCTUSA@aol.com
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