In this episode, Viviana Galleno takes us not only behind the Festival-planning scenes, but all the way to Lima, Peru!
Viviana is our committee member in charge of news releases for the 2019 Festival of the Arts, being held this October.
Grafton is where the physical meetings of our committee regularly take place. However, the actual work of any committee member may be undertaken far, far from Northumberland Hills, Ontario or even Canada!
Viviana is the perfect example of the peripatetic committee member.
In December of 2018, she spent Christmas with her American grandchildren in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
In January, she celebrated winter with her Dutch grandchildren in The Hague in The Netherlands.
Towards the end of month, she flew to the Canary Islands to spend five weeks.
Where are the Canary Islands, you ask? The seven Canary Islands, Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro, lie off the NW coast of Africa and have belonged to Spain since 1492. The Romans called them the “Fortunate Isles” because of their delightful spring-like climate throughout the entire year.
Viviana is a native Spanish speaker and so felt totally at home on the island of Tenerife.
She and her husband were interviewed on radio, there. Viviana was the principal editor of a book that her husband had written in Spanish and, with her help, launched in the very village where the action of the book takes place.
From the Canary Islands, Viviana and her husband flew to Scotland where they visited all of the brothers and sisters and cousins that he left behind when he emigrated to Canada a lifetime ago.
By the way, did you spot that the flags of Scotland and of Tenerife are virtually identical? Both bear the St Andrew’s Cross. Isn’t that unusual!
Viviana arrived back in Canada at the end of March. News releases for the Festival of the Arts were due to be written and distributed. She barely had time to catch her breath. She was asked to fly down to Peru to accompany her sister through a course of chemotherapy. And that is just what she did!
So, if you happened to wonder where the news releases come from, you now know that they may have come from Canada, or The Netherlands, or the Canary Islands, or even from as far away as Lima, Peru!