Italian Day Celebration


Never been Italian nor have I ever been to Italy, but had plenty of Italian friends over the years.  Got an invite from my friend Mikey Dino to celebrate with him and a bunch of familiar faces from the local karaoke scene and decided to take him up on it (since my Valentine’s Day gig got canceled).

I’ll go through the play by play since that is the best way to take it all in.  Picked up two bottles of Gabbiano and made my way to the event around 4 PM.  The wine was to compliment plates near the size of what you see below:

Italian-sized plate

Italian-sized plate

Turns out that those who weren’t able to provide a dish came from the same school of thought as I had: Bring wine if you have nothing to bring to eat.  The red started flowing and never stopped the whole night long.

Plates and glasses were continually full and you had a mixture of faces smiling with plates in hand,

Savory Smile

Savory Smile

faces smiling during food preparation,

The other "Sicilian" at the party

The other "Sicilian" at the party

and the smiles of those just glad to enjoy the event (which were plenty in both group and number):

A Lucky Fella

A Lucky Fella

Italian Day for the new and the old

Italian Day for the new and the old

Embracing Italian Celebration Day

Embracing Italian Celebration Day

Meal Suprise

Meal Suprise

Girl Talk

Girl Talk

Italian to the fullest

Italian to the fullest

The party started at 2 PM but ran WELL into the night.  The night actually gave the REAL spirit (or spirits, haha) of the event.  Here’s what the camera has to show from that evening:

Bocce Ball can be funny

Bocce Ball can be funny

Front Porch Follies

Front Porch Follies

Back Patio Bunch

Back Patio Bunch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conversation 1

Conversation 1

Conversation 2

Conversation 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When there was a small lull in the kitchen, there were more hands on deck to continue the feeding process!

The fruit of these hands

Food crafted with love

Food crafted with love

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feed these people and then some.

Kitchen 1

Kitchen 1

Kitchen 2

Kitchen 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Much respect to the taste tester, Mikey Dino.

Taste Tester

Taste Tester

As the party progressed and the voices and vitality begin to rise, we got to the proper part of the party:

Night Birds

Night Birds

Black and white in black and white

Black and white in black and white

Silenzio!

Silenzio!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Untitled

Untitled

Nice to meet you!

Nice to meet you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kitchen 3

Kitchen 3

And just like that, I had to leave the event.  Met a ton of new faces and learned everything from anthems and songs, to Rocky Horror memes and themes, found out how many ex-Houstonians escape to Dallas as I did, along with a host of other crazy facts and ideas.

The fact that it had to end really did bum me out.  I think it hit some of us a little harder than others.

Afflitto

Afflitto

There’s always next year!  No need for tears or worry, folks!

For the remainder of the pics that I did not put up here, check here:

http://s46.photobucket.com/albums/f116/rufuspunk/Italian%20Day%202011/

 

 

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About rufusp2k8

I'm a local freelance photographer taking in life and musing on how things are and what they could be all through my lens. I add light and sound to further the vision each Tuesday and Thursday. I can be found on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ebonsoul-Photos/227797643952140 or e-mailed for work/events here: bigbgk@hotmail.com For other content by myself, check out: http://about.me/Brian_G_Knowles
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One Response to Italian Day Celebration

  1. Heather says:

    It was awesome to see you at Italian Day on Saturday! Here’s a toast to good food, some terrible wine (note the Carlo Rossi “Paisano” red), and some damn fine friends.

    ❤ ya, Brian. Maybe you can teach me to play bocce one day.

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