Thursday June 21 2007
Going along with this endurance ride in Assissi, Italy, is a Gala Dinner for Assissi Endurance Lifestyle.
Our driver picked up the four of us – 3 humans and The Raven (stuffed in my bag), and shuttled us to the Misura Endurance Village in the valley just below Assisi Town, where some 1200 fancy dressed people and 1 suave Raven attended the opening Gala Dinner for Assisi Endurance Lifestyle.
The Raven fits right in anywhere - Kingly ceremonies, mucking stables, the world of culture and high society. He has no social airs and doesn't recognize those who do, and he always enjoys himself.
Champagne and special Umbrian hors-d'oeuvre were served while the elegant crowd mingled. Around 10 PM there was a mass migration toward the tables set up surrounding the stage. The night show started off with a fashion show under the lights, with the lit up Baslilca of St Francis on the hill, and higher up the lit up Rocca Maggiore castle, providing the backdrop for the open air countryside setting while waiters served a 3-course dinner to 1200 people.
At 11:30 PM a jazzy band started playing, then at midnight, a fireworks show started - pretty spectacular.
After the final dish was served, the crowd drifted from the tables to the bar area where fresh fruits, coffee, and gelato were served to polish off the evening.
The Raven, having already sat on Royal Gold Carpet in Malaysia, had his spin on the Fashion Runway – after the models and TV cameras of course, so he wouldn't distract from the models in the show.