Catania Show 2007
judges displays and meeting Sicilian cuisine - By CostasAs the Show of Catania lasts one week (2-9 of December ), when we arrived at the show hall, most of the models of every category were already set on the benches, separated in 3 different halls, in regard of the theme.
Special stands, for the judges display, were already arranged, with protection plexi glass cover, and right opposite of the stand, for my figures, I saw already placed the figures of Bill Horan. I had seen before some of his figures in competition, in collectors division, but it was the first time to meet him alive and his figures together (including some new works by him).
Mike Blank’s display was empty at the moment, and as I was informed he was expected to arrive the next day. We also got the close up photos of his display as he arrived.Engin and I arranged our miniatures and had a walk over the entire place with the company of the Club members.
After spending some time, at the Show area, meeting friends, and getting to know new persons also, it was time to get off for lunch. Here; I must explain to readers that might don’t know, that for Italians, but more specifically for Sicilians, the food and coffee procedures are followed with almost “religious” order. There is no way they will eat fast, or in time pressure, or something they don’t really like.
This means that lunch and dinner with company out , is always (either in a nice fancy restaurant, or in a traditional pizza house) something that you have to relax and enjoy. Coming from Greece, a country that is famous for good and different food, I must say that we don’t respect the food tradition as much as we should do, and the Sicilian way is to prove this.
At this very first lunch, I got to meet for the first time Bill Horan, and his wife Heather. The guy is ..big (and I don’t mean in modeling size that he is huge , but in body dimensions !). He was very friendly, as in all days we spend together, till Sunday, and he seemed, to enjoy a lot, the big company on the table. In Catania food “meetings” are no less than 15 persons and they can extend to more than 50 ! We talk for a very big family !
After a spectacular lunch with many kinds of delicious sea food, that lasted enough, we got back to the Show to spend more time and meet more guys. Drinking coffee, and chatting about miniatures, but not only for them, was really a nice way, to spend time. And all this, kept till the dinner time ! In Sicely, you always think, that the meals, are so close to each other, having a feeling, that you never stopped the previous one!
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