Stakliskes - Stoklishok

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One day, Stephan took us out to Stakliskes where my paternal grandfather Abraham Pildis was born and lived until age 13, when he emigrated to the US.  Here is a view of Stakliskes from a distance.  Note the sign: Stakliskes turns out to be famous as a mead-making capital!
Once we got to the town limits, we had to take a picture (well, Stephan and the driver took them).  From left:  my dad Esahr, my cousin Frank, me, my aunt Evelyn, her husband Walt, Don, and my brother Jon.
Stakliskes (Stoklishok in Yiddish) is 71 km west of Vilnius.  My great-uncle Yale apparently walked between here and Vilnius when he was only 5 years old!  (There was more food available in the countryside than in the city.)

Above you can see one of the main streets of Stakliskes. We saw about the same number of horse-drawn carts as cars.  According to an elderly woman in town, most of the houses around the town square belonged to Jews before World War II.

Of course we had to stop in the meadery's factory store for samples and souvenirs! Don and I got two bottles of the Stakliskes-style mead, but several folks went for the 150 proof (!) variety, which they claimed was quite smooth when sampled. The Stakliskes-style is less potent but still very tasty - too bad no one seems to import it to the US.
We went 1.5 miles west of town to visit the old Jewish cemetery. It's a beautiful but overgrown spot that's been left to go wild.
All in all, I found that the Lithuanian countryside is very pretty, with rolling hills and little lakes.  My zaide must have been pretty disappointed with the scenery when he came to Iowa as a young man!

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Last Updated: 10 July 2003
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