Once again, Appleford Estate in Villanova, PA welcomed DVTA members and their friends to our annual Summer event, held this year on August 14. The event is hosted by the Delaware Valley Translators and Interpreters Association to celebrate the season with good food, music and opportunities for networking. It effectively did all three!
Appleford is an idyllic place, with clear streams, stone walls, boxwood gardens and a wealth of blossoming trees and flower beds scattered over its 24 acres. The property is carefully maintained as an arboretum and a bird sanctuary. Parking was conveniently available on the grounds of the estate. Attendees were able to tour the mansion and admire the antique furniture collection and beautiful rooms, one of which had an imposing grand piano. The mansion is an example of early Pennsylvania farmhouse architecture that goes back more than 300 years. This outstanding backdrop never fails to captivate our guests.
Attendees were welcomed upon arrival by members Chris Verduin and Carlota Dalziel. After taking their name tags, networking got under way. Los Taquitos de Puebla provided the luscious meal, which included chicken, mushrooms, potato and squash flower “quesadillas”, as well as deliciously fresh and tasty “tacos al pastor” made on site. Waiting in line for our turn to be served only increased the pleasure of anticipation, while offering further opportunity for networking! The magnificent performance of the renowned Trio Crisol must be underlined. Back by popular demand, the group delighted all with their rendition of Latin-American music delivered with energy and brio.
DVTA President Tony Guerra gave a short welcome speech and outlined the upcoming events, two of which are to be a three-day seminar on conference interpreting in September by Alfonso Villaseñor (http://blog.dvta.org/event/conference-interpretation-workshop/) and the ATA Annual Conference in November (http://atanet.org/conf/2014/). DVTA is the local ATA chapter. Tony also announced the upcoming DVTA elections and informed guests on the board positions to be filled. Interested parties were invited to consider running for the vacant posts.
DVTA did an excellent job at planning this successful event, which grows in guest numbers every year. The organizing committee was efficiently headed by Maria Weir, DVTA Events Chair, assisted by Carlota Dalziel. Secretary Anne Connor was in charge of registrations and of keeping the waiting list (guest numbers were capped at 100), while member Dorothy Evans was in charge of publicity. The event wound up around 8 pm. The next one should be every bit as good!