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Grand Fun At The Grand Hotel

Emilia Valentina IamAvantChicI’ve been back in Michigan since June visiting my family and friends while working like mad  finishing up Yacht Club De Monaco’s 120 piece collection.
Luckily, I got away from it all for a three days by going to see my father‘s, Giuseppe Delena, performance at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island in the upper peninsula of Michigan.
It is thanks to our dear family friend, Giuliano Zuccato, that the Grand Hotel had its first Opera event ever in their theater. A man known for being an appassionato of opera, classical music and ballroom dancing decided that he would have the ultimate 80th birthday by sharing some of his dearest passions with those he loves.
Being that opera is not my father’s profession, but rather his “hobby,” I am all that more impressed by his vocal skills. I find it thrilling to watch him perform along side other experienced and professional opera singers: soprano Karen White, world renound mezzo-soprano Irina Mishura, her husband, tenor Jack Morris , and pianist Jacqueline Csurgai-Smitt. 
The entire performance was very enjoyable. So much so that many of the guests commented on how they‘d wish that the performance had continued on longer. I had a gigantic smile plastered across my face for the entire show. It was only after everyone had stood up for the standing ovation that I realized that my cheeks were sore.
The festivities of Giuliano’s birthday continued on to the following day and luckily the weather was cool enough to make the rest of the stay pleasurable.
To my surprise, it was the best day of all. Some of the performers from the night before had an impromptu performance on the terrace of the hotel after dinner.  People gathered around to watch what was going on. Most of us that were part of Giuliano’s birthday celebration joined in to dance and sing along while each of us laughed at each other’s silliness.  We took our slaphappy behavior into the dance room, and I can only say that there’s nothing like cutting loose with a documentary filmmaker and his wife, an opera star and her husband, a concert pianist, my parents, and Giuliano’s family to the tune of Lady Marmalade.  It was an unforgettable experience. 
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