20 Years at Bramasole
August 12th, 2010
This summer we celebrated–over and over and over–our 20th anniversary of owning Bramasole.
The major feasts were the weekend of July 9. On Friday, we had a drinks party at Bramasole, followed by the most wonderful dinner ever at Il Falconiere. On Saturday, we had a wine tasting of Cortona wines at Enoteca Molesini, then a dinner for out of town guests at La Loggetta, overlooking the piazza below. Then on Sunday, we had a festa at Fonte delle Foglie, our mountain house way out in a chestnut forest, for 75 friends. Swimming, bocce, a guitarist, a charming young local accordian player (the son of our dear friend Gilda), a WHOLE porchetta, and a relay of pizzas. Plus lots of wine flowing. What was wonderful the whole weekend was how everyone enjoyed the other guests. It was, in fact, a big love fest. Ed and I were happy. My daughter cried when we made toasts–she has been here twenty years, too. My grandson took lots of photographs and it is great fun to see what caught his eye. A bug on a stone, faces viewed from his height, and impressionist views of the garden. Steven Rothfeld, the photographer I’ve worked with on so many projects, and currently am working with for The Tuscan Sun Cookbook, took the first shot shown below. Our friend Dorothy Alfonso, who lives above Bramasole part time, took the rest, and Willie, our grandson took the garden photo. We were thrilled to have many American friends come over—thank you!!–and we missed–terribly–our family members and friends who were not able to be there. Here’s to the next twenty years among such friends!!
A toast at the door to Bramasole
Party at Bramasole before dinner
The long table at Il Falconiere–Grazie Silvia e Riccardo!!
Nightfall at Il Falconiere
My friend Melva loaned me her collection of antique silver teapots and we cut hydrangeas from the garden at Bramasole
The porchetta table, head now removed
For Ed and me, a glorious celebration–purely fun! Usually after grand celebrations, we’re blasted. This time we were totally energized by all the joyous ions in the air.