Saturday night we attended a party with the Italian Meet-up Group of the Desert. This group was started about four years ago, and had a great run with lots of activities, but lost steam last year, and almost ended when our past leader resigned. Thankfully, someone stepped up to the plate, and a new leader, Chris, stepped up to the plate and took the reigns. Myself and a couple more people helped plan a party to "get some new blood" into the group. We had a nice turnout of about 20 people at Saturday evening's event. Federico voluntarily joined us and became a guest of honor! He spoke of his experience in American high school, and about his school in Italy. He also answered questions from the group. He was quite a hit!
Our gracious hostess, Clarissa, turned her home into cruise ship for our theme of "Cruise into the Season with the Italian Group of the Desert".
We met some great new friends, with excellent Italian language skills. Pam just got back from studying for her Master's degree for a year in Rome. Laura was an au pair in Italy for Princess Borghese! John's family is from Federico's region of Abruzzo, and Sebastiano, a native Siclian, and Marcus are new to the area and have opened a B&B after living in Puglia for five years. They will be hosting an October event. Here are a few photos of the festivities: