|Santa Marta band Ska J entertains the crowd with its love song to the neighborhood|
|The dinner crowd just beginning to arrive|
|Looking toward the bandstand|
In other words, I wouldn't be surprised if whatever the Italian term for "gentrification" is starts to be thrown around. But this past weekend the neighborhood held its first ever Sagra di Santa Marta, and from the panel discussion about the Big Ships that preceded dinner on Saturday night to the bands that played afterward it was a distinctly local affair. (The air pollution produced by the docked big ships is the equivalent of having a few parking lots filled with idling cars situated nearby.)
So for those of you who may be making a mental list of feste and sagre to attend on your next summer visit to Venice, this one is a worthy addition. Here's hoping this year's is the first of many.
|A view from the Rio dell' Arzero of the bandstand and, in the distance, the food & drink area|