This is the first chapter ~ "On the Road With Anya" series, following my 'mini-tour' with excerpts from my sister as well.
Copper Country's Festa Italiana ~ was the start of my "mini-tour", 5 full concerts in 7 days, and criss-crossing three states on the way.
My sister, Father, and Grandmother Marilyn, came along with me to Houghton/Hancock, Michigan for Copper Country's 1st Annual Festa Italiana, of which I am proud to be one of the original entertainers. After the 4+ hour car drive, we arrived at our hotel at around 12:30 PM, and since I was to sing at 1:30 PM, we had no time for mistakes.
I have become accustomed to changing in odd places, horse stalls, ladies-rooms, green rooms, etc. - so a hotel room was a nice change. The Red Gown, that I selected for this concert was from the 1990's era ~ big poofy sleeves, bows everywhere, etc. As my sister Tatiana, will happily tell you I am "scissors-happy", so after some much needed TLC, sewing, trimming, "the works" ~ the dress came out as it looks in the pictures below.
After the concert, I gladly stayed around for photographs and autographs, an activity that I truly enjoy, the Meet & Greets ~ inter-action with fans (Lovers of Classical Crossover) music.
As per usual, I do not eat the day of a concert ~ Therefore afterwards, Tatiana and I, carefully examined the food vendors and then we selected and devoured our Italian meals (Yummy).
~ Alas, they did not have Cannoli's (my favorite treat), but they did have fettuccine, spaghetti, gnocchi and meatballs, so the day is Never a loss.
After our meal as well as endless hugs and kisses from the audience & staff ~ we headed back to our hotel and decided to go for a walk along the Lake Superior shoreline. The scenery was absolutely beautiful and it was my first time seeing it as well as my sister's first. (Yes Lake Superior is Cold)
Along our walk, my father peered through the local brochures looking for a 'Real' Italian Pizza restaurant. After asking the Hotel front desk which Pizzeria was best and ordering our pizza pie.. we decided we 'Chosen Wisely'. The pizza was 100% natural and it tasted amazing. As Dad says 'There can never be too much pizza.'
The First Annual Copper Country Festa Italiana ~ was a most successful event - with more attendees than estimated already by noon, in fact, the food vendors - Sold Out of Italian Food by 5:00pm ~ instead of the expected 10:00pm.
Oh yes, I have been invited/selected back for next year's Festa Italiana.
My Thanks to Debbie Mann and her staff at Festa Italiana did a marvelous job.. Grazie, for all your hard work & for inviting me to Perform !