Thursday, December 29, 2011

Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah and a Wonderful New Year!!

Dear friends, artists and family,

We wish you warm and fulfilling holidays, and the most wonderful new year in 2012!

We would love to accompany you during these holidays with the music of the Svenska Kammarkören, winner of the 2011 European Grand Prix for Choral Singing, held in Tolosa (Spain). Sweden and its choral ensembles are one of the top winners of this important prize. May their voices inspire you, make you happy and move these dates! We hope you enjoy it!

We look forward to make you happy in this coming 2012!!

Best wishes,

Incantato Team

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Thank you!

Thank you!! for a a wonderful evening.

Thank you for the Italian Nosh :)

The MSS community is the best!!!

We loved your input, support and hope we solved any immediate questions, more is to come.

In January/February, Sandra Weinacht from Incantato, is coming out to visit the students and parents, that date is TBD.

As in sweatshirts for the tour, that will be addressed at the next student meeting.

Meanwhile we will put together a packing list to help you decide what to bring.
Don't forget to check your Daughters passports.


Home away from home: Hotel Capanelle in Rome

While in Rome from April 11 to April 14, 2012, the Mayfield Senior travelers will stay at the Hotel Capannelle which also was the home away from home for the San Marino Chamber Choir, the St. Bonaventure's College Choir and Band as well as for 200+ members of the Mater Dei High School Choirs and Handbells during their 2011 Italy Tours with Incantato. Mrs. Darnell herself stayed at the hotel that is located in a peaceful residential area of the Eternal City.
Hotel Capannelle Roma is a modern four star hotel and completely non-smoking. This impressive structure sits approximately 5.5 miles from the center of Rome and is a 25 minute drive away from Vatican City.

From the hotel, guests can view the ancient “Villa dei Quintili” and the Roman Aqueducts. The hotel offers a large American buffet breakfast each morning, and the on-site Marco Polo Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, serving a range of regional and international dinners in an informal atmosphere. 

Hotel Capannelle’s 252 guest rooms come equipped with air conditioning, direct-dial telephone, blackout curtains, desk, safe, satellite television, wireless internet connection, and an en suite bathroom with shower/tub combination and hairdryer. Recent reviews compliment the hotel’s cleanliness and comfort as well as their helpful staff. 

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Parent Student Meeting/Dec. 13/7pm

Hello, hopefully you and you daughters have signed up. Our next meeting is coming up this week.

This upcoming meeting we will going over

Confirmed Chaperones who will be responsible for your safety, how each day begins and ends,
Denise Darnell
Rita Mc Bride
Sam Robinson

Plus 2 tour guides from Incantato. the ratio is 1-8 Chaperone and students.

Teachers traveling with us due to performance responsibilities.
Frit and Frat Fuller
Howard Cheung
Wendy Lawson

Please let your parents know
We will be going over
  • What to pack.
  • Food :)
  • What to wear.
  • Assignments, rehearsals, master classes, tours.
  • One very important note. We will not be separated but all will be engaged.
  • There is one Bus and a full time tour manager, Miss Stefania LaRosa tour Guides- who I have met and traveled with personally.
  • Rita McBride, Sam Robinson, Myself and Howard Cheung has extensive experience in traveling abroad with large groups, larger than this one :)
  • We have 38 students confirmed :)
  • What to expect.
  • The Euro exchange.
  • Room Assignments questions.
  • Ordering of sweatshirts for tour.

Any questions until then please email me, thank you so so much, Ms Darnell or

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Grazie mille - Thank you for a great first tour meeting

Dear parents, faculty and students,

Thank you very much for attending the first meeting for the Mayfield Senior Conservatory for the Arts 2012 Italy Performance Tour and Pilgrimage. It was a pleasure for the three of us from Incantato Tours getting to know you all (pardon the Southern drawl here as our HQ is in SC) a bit more and we look forward to customizing the itinerary even more over the course of the next few days with the Conservatory team. Please do make good use of this website now and in the future. 


Sandra Weinacht and Team

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Eating Cafeteria Food on Tour - not with Incantato: We are foodies and if you are not one yet, we are happy to convert you on tour.

What better way to experience a new culture than through its food. This is particularly true for Italy. This is a picture album of a special luncheon we organized for the members of the St. Bon's College Italy Tour this past spring. Don't watch these pictures if you are hungry or on a diet.

Impressions from St. Bon's at the Papal Audience

San Marino Chamber Choir Rieti Theatre Concert: "My God is a Rock"

Art Monastery Project - An Introduction

Making Of - The New European Comfort

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Unique Experiences with Incantato: A day in the Italian countryside for WRA

Incantato promotes stepping off the beaten path for a true immersion into the local culture. During their 2010 Italy Performance Tour, the students from Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, Ohio along with their families experienced first hand how cheese (pecorino) and olive oil is made in Umbria from the artisans that proudly carry-on the traditions of their forefathers.