My friends, this is one of those things a lot of us have been waiting for and talking about for a very long time.
Over the years I've probably had some kind of conversation with just about every American gondola operator I know about having some sort of convention, regata, or get-together that is geared towards all "gondola people" on the continent.
I'm happy to see that the good folks at La Gondola in Providence, Rhode Island have finally had the guts and follow through to do more than just talk about it.
The big day is May 27th, 2012,
the timing is officially listed as 3-7pm although we all know how gondoliers are good at hanging around later to enjoy the company of their peers.
On-the-water events will include sprint, slalom, relay and even trick rowing.
Attendees will have the chance to watch a screening of a doccumentary on gondola building.
Music will be played, sung, and sung along with,
food will be enjoyed, and a great amount of socializing will be had.
The official evening will wrap up with an awards ceremony, followed,
I'm sure, by more fun.
I'll post more details here as they become available, but in the mean time, start thinking about how you're gonna get to Providence,
and who you're gonna bring.