Times change and we need to move along. A good work group on the future is forming to collaborate with our board. After fielding some doubts about the future post-Paul & Antoinette (since 1985!), the attitude is positive and we are looking forward. At the annual Synod of the Waldensian Church much positive was said about our work and many encouraging words were shared with us. So---onward!
And the first step, or steps, now is putting our theater in motion with an excellent series of Sunday afternoons open to the public. Giordano starts things off on 21 September talking about his commitment to care for the land and his experiences this year. Can you imagine 20 varieties of tomato! He even discovered a new one in natural cross breeding that he has named Dora after his daughter.
The Sunday after comes Paolo Guglielminetti from Florence to play his guitar and sing Tuscan and other regional folk songs. He is a really capable showman.
The first Sunday of October we have invited Father Giuseppe Rossi to speak of his 20 years of service in the Sacramentini order that took him from the local Sant'Agata Church to Africa and to three of the most difficult cities of South Italy (Bari, Caserta, Castellammare di Stabia) before returning to Sant'Agata this year.
Back to music on 12 October with Riccardo Montinaro, pianist and choir director, who brings friends to offer musica lirica.
The third Sunday will be dedicated to information about the Waldensians, emphasizing the medieval origins, the situation of this tiny Reformed church today and “Otto per mille”, the program which permits Italians the option to entrust a part of their taxes for social services and cultural activities to the Waldensians. Why do over 600,000 Italians do that!?
Back to music on 26 October when the Suziki method teacher who has run camps for children at Casa Cares will bring some of her students to perform Lully, Mozart and Telemann. We look forward to Virginia Ceri 's camp planned for next summer.
Certainly the conclusion will be a highlight when jazz pianist Roberto Andreucci dedicates an evening to Theolonius Monk and Duke Ellington on 16 November. Why so late on the calendar? It is his first free Sunday when Fiorentina doe not play. He is not the only seemingly rational friend of ours who has this passion! It will give us the chance to try the new heating system rewarding those who have helped in the first week of the olive harvest.