Days 12-13 Val Taleggio

Today is Ferragosto. Everyone is celebrating except those in the hospitality service industry. The Soggiorno Mazzoleni put on a lunch for friends and guests out in the garden. Alicia marked the drink glasses so they wouldn’t get mixed up.

First dish was a Bergamasc specialty called Scarpinocc, what they called ravioli filled with bread and eggs, parsley and more. It was delicious, and, of course, very filling.

We had three meats as the second plate: rabbit, pork and chicken. They were all delicious too.

Ilaria, Director of the residency, showed off the bread shaped like a rooster. According to Kibee, the Korean artist, roosters make the same sound in Italian as in Korean. I didn’t catch the sound, but it definitely wasn’t a cockle-doodle-doo.

Many of the guests brought some food, the Ukrainian woman who serves as a badante (caregiver) for one of the guests brought Ukranian salad (like the Russian, but Ukrainian,) the Tuscan brought cantucci and Vin Santo, the Sicilian lady brought some dolci from Sicily.

It was quite a nice long meal with grappa and coffee to end.

Many of the guests are Milanesi who return every summer. This woman enjoyed connecting with her niece on Facetime.

Afterwards Ilaria put out some candles in anticipation of the procession for the Madonna.

The band got ready for the procession, which celebrates the ascension of Mary into Heaven.

Surprising to see so many young men carrying the Madonna. The demographics is much older, but these guys must work instead of passing the time sitting around in the cafes and parks, so they aren’t as visible.

Down the main street following the mayor and priests. (Not sure why there are two, but Ilaria said one priest serves all the four villages in Val Taleggio.)

Back into the church for another year until She emerges again.

The band gave a concert after the procession in front of the church. Some of the immigrants really got into the band music, although it is not nearly as rhythmically complex as that of their heritage. I was surprised to see one serving as a cross bearer in the procession. It’s good to see them integrating into the village. When the vacationers go back home at the end of August, the immigrants will outnumber the permanent residents.

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