Estonia and Alo Cafe

Alo's Owners, Steve and Hilja Martinez are very proud of their Estonian heritage. Their parents were among a small number of lucky Estonian citizens that were able to flee the country by any means possible. This meant a long run to the coastline, taking back alleys and rooftops to avoid capture.


It also meant leaving behind all they had known, a source of great pain and suffering. As Estonians, they are very proud that no matter how many times their home has been occupied by various countries seeking a warm winter port, the people have lived on the same land, spoken the same language, danced the same dances, preserved the culture and most importantly, kept singing the songs. Singing is in our souls and in our blood!


Every five years a song festival is held in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. One third of the population shows up for it, and 10,000 voices wearing historical regional clothing from all parishes in Estonia join choirs from all over the world sing as one under the amphitheater. Imagine! The conductor must have all the singers from one side to the other singing at the same time. My Uncle, Olev Hõlpus, was one of these dirigents, and Steve’s brother Gary Distilli sings in the New York men’s choir.

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