Apparently I jumped the gun. The previous post was about the unofficial groundbreaking. On March 17th, the team invited staff, friends, and residents for a project blessing and ground-breaking. Carl and Muriel turned it up to 11 for this gig. Father Petro Eparama Matairatu presided over the dedication of the site. Carl provided an overview of the project. Afterwards naturally, we celebrated with champagne, beer, and for a few, kava.
Rather than rambling on, I'll tell the rest of the story in pictures taken by Karen Robertson. Thanks Karen, I owe you a gin and tonic!
For the rest of you, thanks again for all of the great support... We'll start opening bookings for this fall in about a month.
A few pictures of the cork-popping: