Tag Archives: First Spritz Is Free

Happy Anniversary, Venice Rising!

One year ago this week, I agreed to Rosemary Wilmot’s idea to create the book that became Venice Rising: Aqua Granda, Pandemic, Rebirth. She and I had met via email because of Venice blog posts that brought us together and … Continue reading

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The Impiraresse Gain Recognition!

Venice’s glass beads, bead makers, and the women who strung and worked with these beads have achieved worldwide recognition: They have been granted status by UNESCO as an “Intangible Cultural Heritage.” Read here about the history of these beads and … Continue reading

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“A Love Letter to Venice”

Save Venice, an American organization that does restoration work in Venice on buildings and individual artworks, just released a short film called “A Love Letter to Venice.” Narrated by Jeremy Irons, it features a number of art conservators showing their … Continue reading

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Venice Rising Has a New Look!

Check out the lovely new website by Michelle Miller to promote the book her mother, Rosemary Wilmot, and I created. You can also learn more about the charities that Venice Rising supports: There’s also a new Facebook page where you … Continue reading

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Venice, My Muse: An Interview with Marco Zecchin

Marco Zecchin and I met in, I think, 2005 when we were both selling our books at the Italian American Heritage Foundation event in San Jose. We hit it off immediately and have been friends ever since, enjoying dinners together, … Continue reading

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Venice, My Muse: An Interview with Candace Magner

Candace Magner is a lyric singer, baroque guitarist, and musicologist. She created the website BarbaraStrozzi.com to collect all the known information, and has now finished publishing The Complete Works of Barbara Strozzi along with co-editor Dr. Richard Kolb through her … Continue reading

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Unboxing Campari

I got a cool gift in the mail recently, related to First Spritz Is Free. This is my first ever “unboxing” video. Hope I did okay! A toast to Campari CEO Bob Kunze-Concewitz for sending me this lovely book, and … Continue reading

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Venice, My Muse: An Interview with Katia Waegemans

Like so many other “Venice, My Muse” interviewees, I met Katia because she is a Venetophile who I invited to contribute to First Spritz Is Free. She runs an excellent blog, The Venice Insider, with many great tips and insights … Continue reading

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Venice, My Muse: An Interview with Roger Feuerman

‚ÄúSignorina Kathleen, It is I, Casanova, from here in the 18thcentury. And not First Spritz Is Free contributor Roger Feuerman. He claims he is too exhausted from laboring to finish his Venetian young adult fiction novel and penning a new … Continue reading

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Venice, My Muse: An Interview with Liz from DreamDiscoverItalia

WordPress brought us together… I met Elizabeth Salthouse when she reached out to me after reading my blog here on WordPress. In fact, we met up in Venice, checked out some Casanova sites together, had a spritz, and hit it … Continue reading

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