On Tuesday, 14th September, the Provincial Grand Lodge of Valencia was delighted to be able to hold its first Provincial event in more than eighteen months due to continuing Covid restrictions. However, as these restrictions have now been, at least partly, relaxed the event was finally able to go ahead though still under strict Covid precautions.
The event took the form of a late, summer garden party and was pleasingly well received. Especially after all the hard work in organising it while still obeying Covid rules. It was gratifying to see more than seventy Masons and their invited guests attend and most were, I think, incredibly pleased to be able to get out, celebrate, meet up with old friends after far too long and to generally enjoy themselves.
The party was organised on the premise that each guest brought sufficient food, of their choice, to sustain them through a long and very pleasant evening. All tables were seating ten, or less, guests and I think most people shared food amongst their friends at the table. As the venue, Los Arcos in Pedreguer had donated the premises for free, it was agreed that all drinks should be paid for at the bar, an idea that everyone seemed happy to comply with. Although to comply with current restrictions all drinks were actually served at table by the hotel staff.
The first entertainer of the evening was Leah Kankovski, a very pretty young lady who sang a variety of songs which seemed to go down very well with the audience. After Leah came the undoubted stars of the evening, Duo Intermezzo, one of the most talented and popular acts in the Province of Valencia. They sang their usual mix of light opera and classics from the shows combined as they call it, into ‘opera fusion’. Sadly, just before they commenced to sing, it started to rain. The rainfall was very light but as there was an enormous amount of very expensive sound and lighting equipment getting wet, it was felt prudent to move everything, and everyone, inside. This took sometime which sadly ate into the time they were able to sing. But, as always, they gave exceedingly good value and were enjoyed enormously by everyone.
There was also a grand charity raffle held which raised over five hundred euros and, in total, we raised over six hundred and fifty euros which will be shared jointly between the Provincial Brotherly Love and Care Fund and the Costa Nova Temple Fund. A few words were given by the Provincial Grand Master, who said how pleasant it was to be able to get out once more, meet up with old friends, many whom have not been able to meet up for so long and to generally enjoy ourselves. Special thanks must be given to Brothers Peter Johnson for organising the event, David Clarke who acted as compere (and took the photographs) and all the others who helped behind the scenes to make this such an enjoyable evening.