An Ever-Evolving History
We've heard that there's no actual country named Rongovia, but we beg to differ. Why else would there be an embassy located in the heart of upstate New York?
We like to think that we are all Rongovians, in a sense, spreading a sort of Bohemian spirit throughout our travels. Rongovia has citizens, denizens, ambassadors, expatriates, and admirers...just as "real" country would. Rongovia is more than sovereign land, it's a state of mind.
The embassy itself, which began as a humble tavern in the early 1970s, is now a famous music venue, a local watering hole, and community gathering space. It has evolved into an undeniable gem, smack dab in the middle of Trumansburg, and an institution of incredible music and great personality with eclectic taste.
The Rongo has always been known for hosting incredible music, and most of it well ahead of its time. Back in the day, it was bands like Orleans, Savoy Brown, Duke Robillard, Rusted Root and David Byrne that would grace the Rongo with their unbelievable talent. That tradition has continued into the new millennium, with acts like Derek Trucks, Donna the Buffalo, The Horse Flies, and many, many members of nationally known bands coming to sit-in with local musicians. The amount of talent that has walked through the embassy's doors is truly staggering.
The Rongo continues under a new ownership group and new management, but it's ultimately the same intimate bar and venue that was started by Brooksie all the way back in the 1970s. His spirit lives on through memories carried by Rongovians around the world, and the embassy remains as welcoming and warm as ever.