? The largest event of the year at Arcosanti is tomorrow nights ITALIAN NIGHT with an expected attendence of 300 – 350 visitors. This years event is an Operatic Journey with Brian Asawa, tenor, Jessica Tivens, soprano and Victoria Kirsch on piano. The evening’s program will include songs, arias and duets by Handel, Monteverdi, Rossini, Puccini, John Harbison, Jake Heggie, Kurt Weill and Tom Lehrer.

All hands are busy to prepare the site and a gigantic meal in our small cafe kitchen. So far it’s the hottest day of the year, at about 105f. The theater is swept and the mote pumped out and cleaned …

? … chairs are gathered, cleaned and placed in the Colly Soleri Amphitheater, and rental tables and chairs have arrived.

? Morning meeting today became an event strategy meeting. Workshop participants, volunteers and staff are part of seven teams to manage all of the different chores including food preparation, folding napkins, set-up of the dining area in the Vaults and clean-up of lots of dishes.

Chef Eleanor Gillis menu is Antipasta, Penne with Puttanesca Sauce, cold grilled Salmond with Arcosanti Tomato, Beet and Spinach Salad, Peperonata (Italian Vegetable Ratatouille) in Parmesan cups, Arcosanti Tomato and Bread Pudding, Polenta with Herbs, Green Salad with Arcosanti Peach Dressing, Pears and Pecans and for dessert Italian Ice and Biscotti.

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