June 1st, 2004


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June 1st, 2004

Saturday’s St. Ubaldo’s Day Race of the Saints was amazing. It wasn’t a spectacle of spectacles, it wasn’t mobbed by hundreds of thousands, it wasn’t a thrilling race to the finish line: it was a small town coming out en masse (several thousand, at least), to watch a ritualized tradition that dates back nearly 1000 years to Gubbio, Italy—transplanted into NorthEastern Pennsylvania. It was fantastic.

I took a bunch of photos, and have some more that I haven’t sorted out yet. Somehow, I’m lacking a good photo of my host, Jeff Fowler, and his very generous family who hosted a party attended by many. Jeff if one of the co-founders of the regional indie-movie resource MovieCake. A rough-cut of their production Who’s Famous Now was screened that aftenoon–while it was still warm and sunny, of course. After the race when the sun was gone and it turned cold, we all sat outside in the dark. Of course.

Here is some more info on St. Ubaldo, and Gubbio’s Corsa dei Ceri — the Race of the Candles.

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