I found my recent encounter with the pipes of Italy hugely interesting. Until recently the piping shepherd figure that I’d seen in a lot of Christmas nativity displays was about the beginning and end of my zampogna knowledge.
The Gathering, staged by the the Bagpipe Italian Group, in connection with the Associazione Piper Italiani in the Tuscan village of Tavarnelle Val di Pesa, is an annual event that includes workshops, a concert and a competition. All are welcome.
It may be a freakish 25 degrees in Southern Ontario today but I know summer is well and truly over. The leaves are turning colour (and filling my backyard awaiting my raking pleasure) and days – sadly – are so much shorter.