Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Christmas In July

Sunday the 6th of July saw members of IMSMC attend our very first christmas in July.

Our meeting point was at the Glenbrook Information Centre @ 10:30am. We were greeted by a number of early bird members already at the meeting point, enjoying a "surprisingly" sunny morning.

We met New members Adrian King accompanied by Janette and Jamie in their wonderful Alfa GTV.
Within minutes the Glenbrook Information Centre became a carpark of classic italian cars. Fiats and Alfas lined the service Road - and naturally attracting many "spectators".

Joe Lecce c
ame along with his latest acquisition a New azzuro blue Punto, the run was to be its maiden voyage. I'm not sure who had the bigger smile - the front grille or Joe!! An awesome machine! Congratulations.

At around 10:45am we were off and and Up the mountain ! A brilliant drive ensued, the weather being very conducive to our Italian cars

Upon arrival at the Imperial Hotel @ Mt Victoria, we were greeted by the the "very helpful" staff. A quick aperitif of warm mulled wine consisting of Lime juice, brandy and cloves...we were ready for lunch!!

There was a constant "milling" of members floating around to eachothers tables and sharing in discussion. The food was wonderful. Just before desert was served Santa visited bearing gifts and good wishes. Ho Ho Ho!!

Before long, the afternoon came to a conclusion. Some members opted to drive the "Bells Line of Road" for the return trip home, while others winded their way back down the mountain.
Merry Xmas in July!!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Ellen’s Art Exhibition: Braemar Gallery Springwood.

Saturday the 28th of June saw Ellen Di Rocco (Painting under her maiden name Legge) along with two other Artists; present their works with a Feminine theme to the wider community. The official opening began at around 3pm and everybody enjoyed the light refreshments, provided by the three talented artists. Visitors were also entertained by a harpist who played melodically all afternoon.

Towards the end of the day, visitors to the gallery were warmly welcomed to join in the festivities at the Di Rocco household in Orchard Hills. Within minutes of guest arriving, food, wine (The “Shed Red”) and later on even song began to flow! The Pizza troupe swung into action and within minutes, Lino De Iulio was orchestrating the movements of the troupe! Making sure that the right amount of ingredients were distributed amongst the pizzas, and a variety of flavours reached the palates of a voracious mob! Meanwhile, Leo Di Rocco, head chef, made sure the pizzas were cooked to perfection!

Michael De Iulio and Alessandro Di Rocco distributed the pizza amongst the guests, making sure their Nonna’s received the first pieces, avoiding later trouble!!

An excellent evening ensued, with Lloyd Jameson and the Di Rocco brothers entertaining us on the Guitar and Piano Accordion!

Such memorable tunes including “We all live in a Yellow 850” “I would walk *mumble mumble* miles” and in the early hours of the morning “You are my sunshine” via voicemail from an anonymous duo!

Yet again another evening spent in good company, fine food, wine and song! Hope to do it all again sometime in the near future!