For three evenings this weekend you could see the Illuminations in the Abbey gardens. The spectacle was called “Cluny, dreams of light”, devised by Patrice Warrener. Of course this did not start until dark so entertainment was provided in the early evenings. On Saturday there was Batucada Pulse, a group of 66 percussionists of all ages playing to an audience of 2,000 people. On the Sunday there was What the Folk!,a couple of American Rock singers who kept everyone clapping and jiggling to the music until a heavy shower of rain brought them to a premature finish.
The catering for this weekend was also a class act. It was performed by the Foyer Rural of Cortambert, a willing team under the leadership of Pascale who is noted for her tasty quiches. She makes them on demand so they are piping hot. On the busy Saturday night she made 18. Other ladies produced praline tarts, custard tarts, tarts with nuts (my favourite) and chocolate pies. Jean Louis was kept busy all night making huge batches of gaufres. Chris and I helped to make ham sandwiches with Marie Antoinette.
This event will be held again on the Cluny 2010 weekend of the 10th, 11th and 12th September. Meanwhile you can get a taste of Patrice Warrener’s work if you wander into Cluny marketplace any evening after dark.