Vignola… It's Time for Cherries
Sat. June 14th, from 15.00 to 23.00 pm
Sun. June 15th, from 10.00 to 22.00 pm
Where: streets and squares around the city
Cherries are the focus of this event, which, for years, has been bringing many tourists to Vignola to experience its the eno-gastronomy and sample the typical products of the land. Thus, all the activities organized by the Municipality, by Vignola Great Ideas and by the various cultural, sports and recreational associations will be dedicated to this special fruit. Strolling along the streets of the city, it will be possible to visit important monuments, such as the imposing Fortress and Barozzi's winding staircase. A walk among the stands will be an excellent opportunity to taste and to buy cherries, fresh seasonal fruit, jam, wine and many other typical products straight from the producers. Some of the activities scheduled for the 2008 edition are: Organic products and beauty products market; organic health products; Cherry producers’ market associated with Vignola’s Cherry, Susina and Typical Fruit Consortium; creative art-talent market; 4th Rally of the Vignola Ferrari Team Club (June 15, starting at 9 AM); 14th Camper Rally (June 13 to 15); and more shows, music, animation, exhibitions, showcases and commercial displays. With the Cherry Pass, you will be able to taste the land’s delicacies in various rest areas, and on Sunday, the celebrations will conclude with the cutting of the kilometre pie, a cherry pie made by local bakeries, which will be given to spectators to taste.
Nature lovers may enjoy a walk along the nature path between Vignola and Modena or ride along the bicycle trail built on the old railway. From Vignola, it will be possible to explore the neighbouring Municipality of Marano sul Panaro, and then go on towards the Apennines, and even to Montese or Sassi di Roccamalatina Park. Or alternatively, one can spend time discovering the five municipalities in the Land of the Castles, their antique traditions and historic centres.
Information: Events Office – Tel. 059 777587
Promoters: Municipality of Vignola, Vignola Great Ideas
Field Research on Cultivars and Production Techniques for Organic Pear and Stone Fruits (Apricots, plums, peaches and cherries)
Sunday, June 15th from 14:30 to 18:00
This is a pre-conference tour intended to provide a practical, in-depth examination of field research and on-farm trials of horticultural techniques and cultivars to obtain high quality organic fruit. The tour will visit the experimental farm of the University of Bologna and the Spallanzani Agrarian Institute and commercial farms producing apricots, plums, pears, peaches and cherries.
Price: € 45.00 The price includes: bus, English-speaking tour leader, visits as described. This tour will be confirmed only if we reach 16 booked participants before May 30th. Registration: www.modenatur.it
Rendez-vous in Castelvetro
Sunday, June 15th
Castle of Levizzano Rangone
In the magnificent setting of Castle of Levizzano, three activities are scheduled to inaugurate the newly renovated fortress and to welcome the Conference participants:
At 17.00 there will be a presentation on the history and the restoration of the Castle and of the Bishop’s chambers; followed at 18.00 by a guided tour to the Castle and Documentation Centre, which will host the exhibitions of paintings and photos and finally (after 18.00), a “Jazz and Wine” event, where visitors will be able to taste Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro wine while listening to jazz music, swing and Irish songs.
Promoter: Municipality of Castelvetro.
Transportation from Modena and from Vignola to Levizzano will be provided for all those willing to attend, no reservation is needed.
Music in the Fortress
Monday, June 16th, 21.30 pm
Where: Castle trenches (in case of rain: Cantelli Theatre)
This free concert, entitled “Sicily. From Middle East to Trinacria”, ends the 20th edition of this successful exhibition, which will be entitled "Twanging Islands - Mediterranean Splinters". Every year, the event renews itself by exploring sounds of different parts of the world. Music from Sicily, Sardinia and other Mediterranean islands will have the leading role in this year’s edition. Specifically, on June 16th, the band DOUNIA will give a tribute concert to Sicily. DOUNIA blends the unique Middle Eastern vocality of Faisal Taher with original mixes of melodies, harmonies and rhythms from every corner of the Mediterranean.
Information: Events Office – Tel. 059 777587
Promoter: Municipality of Vignola
Music in the Fortress is part of the activities outlined in the Apennines On-Stage calendar
A detailed program of the events is available at www.comune.vignola.mo.it
On Farm Special Workshop
Tuesday, June 17th from 14.30 to 17.00
The Conference program includes an “on farm” Special Workshop with organic farming pioneer and biodynamic expert Alex Podolinsky.
After the lunch break a short walk (10-15 min.) from the conference site along the river, in the pleasant atmosphere of a mid-June afternoon, brings you to an organic farm at the edge of Vignola’s historical centre. Under the shade of ancient cherry trees (still harvest time!) Alex Podolinsky will describe the farm and discuss his views with participants.
This tour is provided with no additional charge for all Conference participants.