eNotizie (August 2016)


Buy Your Tickets to NIAF’s 41st Anniversary Gala!
Join us for the nation’s premier Italian American event on the weekend of October 14, 2016. This year, the National Italian American Foundation will celebrate our 2016 Region of Honor, Piemonte, plus exciting honorees, our Expo Italiana event, and all the best of Italian American culture. Tickets on sale now, REGISTER TODAY!

Expo Italiana! 
Expo-1Don’t miss our Expo Italiana, the largest Italian American festival in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, October 15, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.! The Expo will feature an indoor bocce court, high-end cars on display, live music, singing, dancing, tastings and lots of vendors showcasing their Italian products! Booths are still available if you are a vendor! Visit or contact Andrea Bartlett at

NIAF’s 12th Annual N.Y. Golf Tournament 
golf-tournamentIt’s not too late to sign up for NIAF’s 12th Annual New York Golf Tournament on Monday, August 8, at the Old Westbury Golf & Country Club in Old Westbury, N.Y. The tournament benefits the Foundation’s scholarship and educational programs for the New York area. Registration and breakfast at 10:30 a.m. Foursome packages include shotgun start at noon; cocktails, awards and raffle, and dinner. Sponsorships available. For more information, contact Alex Benedetto at

Apply to our “NIAF On Campus” Fellowship today! 
Do you want to be a leader of the Italian American community on campus? We are looking for passionate students who want to have a voice in Italian American affairs for our 2016-2017 NIAF On Campus Fellowship Program. Student Fellows will receive leadership training, networking opportunities and a ticket to NIAF’s 41st Anniversary Gala. For more information, go to:

Apply for our Fulbright-Fondazione Falcone-NIAF Scholarship in Criminology! 
CriminologyThe Fulbright-Fondazione Falcone-NIAF Scholarship offers one American student and one Italian student funding to carry out research in criminology. The American student will pursue his studies in Palermo, Sicily, and the Italian student will conduct research at a prestigious university in the United States. Deadline to apply: October 11. For more information, click here.

Be a part of something bigger – give back to the Italian American community and donate to NIAF in our #WeAreNIAF campaign. Your gift allows us to provide scholarships and grants for Italian American students, as well as continue our work in cultural programs throughout the United States. Every donation counts! To learn more about what we do and how you can help, go to

Sign Petition Demanding Justice for Italian Americans 
During World War II, the United States government interned and relocated thousands of Italian Americans, often confiscating their property. These actions, which affected many in our community, have been largely overlooked by history. Currently, two bills before Congress would require the federal government to acknowledge these civil liberty violations, apologize for them, and fund educational programs studying the mistreatment of Italian Americans during that time. The National Italian American Foundation supports both bills and asks for your help. We are approaching our goal of 2,500 signatures! Please join us in demanding an apology from Congress on behalf of the Italian Americans that came before us. For more information, click here.

The Italian American Podcast 
The National Italian American Foundation is proud to be the official sponsor of The Italian American Podcast, the first podcast dedicated to helping Italian Americans learn about and celebrate their brilliant heritage. The hosts, Anthony Fasano and Dolores Alfieri, interview celebrities and nonna’s alike, bringing you an authentic Italian American experience. Listen to the Podcast’s latest episode interview with National Baseball Hall of Famer, Mike Piazza, here:

Join NIAF Today! 
Do you want to leave an Italian American legacy? Now’s the time to join the National Italian American Foundation! Membership with NIAF celebrates your family heritage and supports the Italian American community. Our core mission is to preserve Italian American heritage, strengthen the ties that bind the United States and Italy, and support through scholarships, grants and other programs the education of new generations of Italian Americans. By joining, you not only will help us fulfill that mission but you’ll also enjoy many new member benefits, including:

  • Opportunities to network with prominent political and business leaders
  • Cultural and educational events
  • Access to NIAF’s member-only website pages
  • Annual subscription to NIAF’s Ambassador Magazine
  • Discounts for NIAF events and merchandise
  • Great money-saving deals through NIAF’s partners, and much more!

For more information about NIAF and its exciting new benefits, visit

NIAF’s Corporate Sponsors
NIAF is proud to announce its newest corporate sponsor: La Cucina Sabina. Take a look at the money-saving discounts and exclusive deals that all our corporate sponsors offer to NIAF members through the NIAF Membership Portal at

Be a part of NIAF’s Facebook community! 
Check out and “like” (or “love,” “wow”) NIAF’s Italian American pride-studded Facebook page to be a part of our online community! And those of you who already follow us, grazie for your support!

NIAF on Facebook is a rapidly growing online community with everything but your Sunday dinner table — news, views, recipes and trivia. Anything Italian, Italian American or NIAF, it’s there! Plus, contests, giveaways, and free tickets to shows, concerts and events across the country! Join us at

Voyage of Discovery Alum? 
Did you or someone you know participate in NIAF’s Voyage of Discovery or NIAF’s Gift of Discovery program in past years? If so, we’d love to hear from you! We’re creating an alumni database and we need your help! Please send your current contact information to Julia Streisfeld, assistant director of Programs, at

National Convention of the Italian Sons and Daughters of America
ISDAThe 2016 National Convention of the Italian Sons and Daughters of America will take place August 6-10 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. This days-long event will include a number of panels and meetings focused on the Italian American community, in addition to stellar entertainment.  For more information, go to or call at 800-457-4732.

National Organization of Italian American Women
NOIAWJoin NOIAW in Wakefield, R.I., for its event, “Una Serata Estiva” at Bittersweet Farm on August 17, 6:30-8:30 p.m. This networking event will include a cooking demonstration, wine and olive oil tastings provided by local merchants, a cheese sampling, and a raffle. Advanced registration required:

Exhibit at Nashville’s Frist Center 
Nashville’s Frist Center for the Visual Arts recently opened its exhibit, “Bellissima! The Italian Automotive Renaissance, 1945–1975,” which will run until October 9. The exhibit contains a collection of rare and stunning Italian-designed automobiles and motorcycles in a museum setting, exploring the history and design of Italian vehicles. For more information, go to

Sergio Franchi 22nd Annual Memorial Concert
Back for its 22nd year – the highly anticipated annual concert hosted by Eva Franchi, widow of the great romantic tenor Sergio Franchi, at the Franchi Estate in Stonington, Conn., on August 27. This concert marks 26 years since the passing of Sergio Franchi, and pays tribute to his lifelong achievements in music. The evening will include vocalists accompanied by a 32-piece symphonic orchestra conducted by Maestro David Lamarche. For more information, call 860-535-9429 or go to

105th Anniversary of the Fisherman’s Feast
ContiDon’t miss this incredible Italian American tradition in the heart of Boston’s Italian neighborhood, the North End, August 18-21! This days-long feast includes Italian food, music, and ends with the famous Flight of the Angel through the streets of Boston on Sun., Aug. 21. For more information, go to

Karen Haid’s “Calabria: The Other Italy” 
Calabria-HaidNIAF member Karen Haid will be presenting her book “Calabria: The Other Italy” and talk about her experience of living in southern Italy at two upcoming events. The first will take place on August 17 at 6 p.m. at The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere. For more information, go to

The second event will take place at The America-Italy Society of Philadelphia (AISPhila) on August 18 at 6 p.m. at the AISPhila office. For more information, go to

Latest Issue of Il Bollettino Now Available 
Calandra-InstituteThe latest issue of the Calandra Italian American Institute’s Il Bollettino, a publication dedicated to the history and culture of Italians in America, is now available! You can read the full publication at

Venice and Umbria Photography Workshops 
Experience the Italian regions of Umbria and the city of Venice through the camera lens during small, week-long photography workshops in the fall and winter. Led by acclaimed husband-and-wife photographers-authors Frank Van Riper and Judith Goodman, these off-season tours allow you the time and opportunity to explore Italian culture and two of the loveliest spots on Earth.

Small class sizes assure individual attention from instructors, and first-class accommodations and dining are guaranteed throughout the trip. There are no entrance requirements beyond a love of good food, fine wine and photography! The Umbria workshop will take place October 8-14, 2016, and the Venice workshop will in January 7-13, 2017. For more information and rates, go to or You can also contact GVR Photography directly at

Cooking with Nonna: Rosella Culinary Tour 
Hurry! There are only a few spots left on Rossella Rago’s ) annual Culinary Tour to the southern Italian region of Puglia, September 10-17. Rossella, of “Cooking with Nonna,” will host tours exploring her native region, and guests will learn, cook and eat all Puglia has to offer. For more information, go to

13th Annual Vendemmia da Vinci 
vendemmiaThe Societa da Vinci will host its annual Vendemmia da Vinci event on October 9, 2-6 p.m. at Bellevue State Park in Wilmington, Del. The event includes Italian wine and food sampling, an Italian beer garden, a handcrafted wine and homemade gravy contest, Italian vendors, and live entertainment. For more information or to buy tickets, click here.

Everybody Loves Italian! On the radio! 
Join hosts Frank Granieri and Dominic Mevoli to celebrate the everyday Italian American family and experience, plus interviews with personalities, stories, recipes and more! Sundays 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. on WWDB 860 AM Philadelphia; and streaming worldwide! Find them on Facebook at For more information, visit:

Turn on Italics TV 
For monthly cable-TV programming for the Italian American community, tune in to Italics, the Italian American TV magazine, produced by The John D. Calandra Italian American Institute at Queens College in New York and hosted by Anthony J. Tamburri, dean of The Calandra Institute. Check your local New York and New York State cable-TV listings for Italics, or find it on CUNY-TV website, and on-demand on the YouTube channel and Facebook.

Shop at AmazonSmile and Support NIAF! 
How to shop online at Amazon and support the work of NIAF: Simply, go to and select the National Italian American Foundation as your charity of choice and the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5 percent of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to NIAF. AmazonSmile offers the same selection and low prices as Amazon and customers can still use their Amazon account, the only difference is customers are now also donating to a great cause!


Mayor-Berryman Congratulations to NIAF member Jim Berryman, Mayor of Adrian, Mich., on his hard work in memorializing the tragic train collision in 1901 near the city of Adrian, which killed 100 Italian immigrants. The victims of the train crash will be honored this September 24 with a memorial service and an original sculpture by Italian artist, Sergio De Giusti. For more information about this compelling story and the city’s efforts to remember it, go to
 The-Lazy-Italian Congratulations to NIAF member Francesca Montillo, who has launched her new culinary travel business: Lazy Italian Culinary Adventures. Starting in May 2017, Francesca will lead small-group culinary adventures to Italy to regions of Lazio and Tuscany. Groups of 6-12 will experience week-long adventures, including four-star accommodations, private cooking classes, winery visits and other exclusive events. For more information, visit
 The-Brooklyn-Banker Congratulations to NIAF member Michael Ricigliano Jr. on the release of his film “The Brooklyn Banker,” which he wrote and executive produced. The film focuses on family power struggles within the Williamsburg, Brooklyn, neighborhood throughout the 1973 Feast of Our Lady of Blessed Sorrow. To find a screening near you, go to
 Hopping-to-America Congratulations to NIAF member Diana Walker on the publication on her new children’s book, “Hopping to America: A Rabbit’s Tale of Immigration.” This touching book tells the story of a family of rabbits that immigrate to the United States from Italy, exploring how they bring their culture to their new home. It is available on Amazon.

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NIAF e-Newsletter compiled and edited
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