The Italian commemoration of Nativity in the form of decorative stables is well-known throughout the world, but the one of the "Granarone" is unique in itself. This is due to the fact that the figures created by Marijcke are personifications of the original inhabitants of Calcata each with its own profession or trade. Each year one new member is added to the collection, the surprise of which is to guess whose turn it is to be included.
The grain store in Calcata where the Association is located has been constructed in 1632 and in the early years it was called "Monte Frumentario". Some years later the name "Granarone" appeared in documents of the Vatican, which name has been maintained until now. It has been used as grain storage until 1950, after which it was abandoned, as was most of the old center of Calcata.
An artist from the Netherlands Marijcke van der Maden, restored the Granarone in the early 1990's. It is the seat of the Cultural Association through which it constitutes a reference and meeting point for artists in areas such as painting, sculpture, music and theatre. The association organizes exhibitions, concerts, theatre performances as well as international workshops and courses.
At Christmas time, the local population returns to the old center and, amongst others admires the puppets, which Marijcke makes for the Nativity scenes, each one depicting one of the inhabitants.