A Letter from the Director

Executive Director, Dana Prescott, with Chloé at the Civitella Ranieri Center.

Photo by Chris Warde-Jones

 

April, 2017

 

Dear Civitellians,

 

In all my 30 years in Italy, I am hard-pressed to recall a more beautiful spring season than this of 2017. Usually it feels as if we move from winter to summer almost over night with just a few days of true spring, but this year, spring has unfolded majestically. 

 

Today the air is clean and light breezes surround our staff, hard at work.  Romana has returned to the kitchen today and is off doing the first shopping of the season. The vegetable garden is planted and I can hear the lawn mower with Maurizio at its helm just outside the office window. Paola has made a 'salto' into town in search of coffee cups and first aid kits. This afternoon Diego and I will venture to Citta' di Castello for folding chairs for our first presentations.


On Friday evening all the staff will gather at our favorite restaurant, La Miniera di Galparino where slow foods reign and Chiara graciously presses us to test her latest wine discoveries. It is one of two evenings in the year when we pause from our work, raise a glass to our Founder, Ursula Corning, and share the anticipation of welcoming the first Fellows of the season to the Castle.

 

Dana

Executive Director, Dana Prescott, with Chloé at the Civitella Ranieri Center.

Photo by Chris Warde-Jones