A Newton woman hosted a very special dinner party, with the guests coming all the way from Cuba – her native country.
Alina Bracciale fled with her family from the island in 1959 when Fidel Castro took over Cuba. Last week she hosted a Cuban softball team in the area for the Friendship Games – a series of games against players from the Eastern Massachusetts Senior Softball League and the Bay State Senior Softball Association, according to a story in the Boston Globe.
The team played games around the area, including in Jamaica Plain.
The trip by the team of softball players in the 60s marks only the second time a Cuban players have been allowed to leave the island to play softball, and the first time it has been sanctioned by the Cuban Ministry of Sports, the Globe reported.