In my copy of ‘ACTION UNLIMITED’ published on June 13, I read this morning in an article titled “Program on Italy’s Marking WW I” that our dear friend Ellie Buford is returning to her American home to “relate and describe some touring possibilities” in Europe. The article continues; “Many readers will remember Ellie as a ‘River Queen’. A Harvard resident, she traveled along Massachusetts rivers, including the Nashua, with state and local dignitaries and industrial executives to promote the importance of clean rivers. Ellie had been a community/public affairs/communications manager at Digital Equipment Corporation in Maynard… Now she resides in northern Italy. A former member of the Air Mobility Command Civilian Advisory Board Europe, she is the “Squadron Granny” of the 724th Air Mobility Squadron, based in Aviano Air Base in Italy.”
“Ellie will talk about the First World War in the Venuto Region in the hills of the Proseco. It is the Italy at war that Ernest Hemingway wrote about in his novel ‘A Farewell to Arms’. Ellie will talk about Castel Brando, described as ‘one of the largest and oldest castles in Europe,’ which during the war served as a ‘military hospital and the strategic point for the control of the Piave Region.’ She’ll describe the sights and scenes of the area and some of the places and people related to the war that trips have been planned to include there.” The title of her presentation is “Tours in Italy featuring WWI sites”
The event will be held this coming Saturday, June 20 at 12:30PM at the Fort Devens Museum located on the 3rd floor of 94 Jackson Road, Devens, MA. The article says that it is wheel-chair accessible. Call 978.772.1286 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.