If you were in the neighbourhood of Norcenni Girasole Club last Thursday, you must have heard people cheering, singing and applauding. At least you must have seen dozens of green, white or red balloons floating in the air. Because last Thursday we celebrated the 150th birthday of Italy with lots of activities, dancing and music!
From half past two, guests were invited to participate in all the different activities that were organized at the campsite. Everywhere from the bar to the pool there were decorations in green, white and red and you could hear people having a good time.
First on the programme were water games at the pool, which drew participants of all ages.
First of all, three teams were formed, each in one of the colours on the Italian flag. The goal of the first game was to get a ball as close to your opponent as possible using only your feet. While two teams each sat on opposite sides, one volunteer placed the ball in the center of the pool. From that moment the splashing and paddling began! It became clear that there was a lot of enthusiasm and team-spirit among all the participants!
As the first game slowly came to an end, the second one had already started. People gathered around to see a team of sporting kids playing a game of human table football! With their hands tied to large sticks, which represented the rods of the football table, the teams had to cooperate to move around the field. That turned out to be quite difficult, but still the participants played as if they had done it for years. The game ended up in a fair match which, in the end, actually nobody lost.
After an afternoon of fun games, another great moment commenced: the release of floating wishes! Everyone was invited to write their biggest wish down on a piece of paper and attach it to a green, white or red balloon. After this, everyone had to take a special position, in order to form the colors of the Italian flag. And finally, when everyone stood in the right place, the moment everyone waited for came at last! On the count of three dozens of balloons floated up into the air, creating a beautiful sight that even the people in Figline Valdarno must have seen. Now wait and see if those wishes come true!
But the day wasn’t over yet! There was one more thing everyone was looking forward to: the foam party! As everyone was dancing along with the animators of Your Friends, suddenly the sky was covered with white flakes. For one moment it seemed like it was snowing in July! It didn’t take long for the whole area to be covered in white foam. But not only the floor and sun chairs were packed in a thick layer of the white stuff. Everyone from animators to parents and children were almost unrecognizable because of the amount of foam. Of course this only improved the festivities as boys and girls of all ages lied on the floor making snow angels (or foam-angels, if you prefer) and crazy hairdos.
For the ones who preferred a quieter afternoon, there was a market with all kinds of original and fun small things. From hand made jewellery to traditional Italian products, there was something for everyone. The areas around the restaurants and at the fountain were surrounded with a pleasant atmosphere, which lasted until the late evening.
The concert in the evening of the Eros Ramazzotti tribute band was last, but certainly not least, on the programme. Although the band was off with a difficult start (the electricity went down after two minutes), they completely made it up by providing a wonderful show to their audience.