eNotizie - October 2012
NIAF’s Anniversary Gala in 11 Days! Register today!
Time’s running out to book your reservations for NIAF’s 37th Annual Anniversary Gala weekend, October 12-13, at The Washington Hilton in the Nation’s Capital.
Come and celebrate your heritage! Support the only national organization whose mission is to preserve Italian American heritage and culture and advocate for Italian Americans. This year’s gala kicks off Friday, October 12, with a full day of these activities and events, all open to the public and, unless otherwise noted, free:
Friday Night Party! Open to the Public!
Come to play on Friday night, October 12, and dance to the jazzy sounds of “A Little Moonlight with Steve Tyrell.” Join NIAF and the Grammy-award winning jazz vocalist and bring your appetite for good food and good fun; the open bar and zesty Italian dinner are included. Tickets can be purchased for $90 (even at the door!) or at a discount as part of a Gala package. See you at the Washington Hilton’s International Ballroom, 8 p.m.-midnight. Dress is cocktail attire.
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Saturday, Oct. 13, everything starts again:
Italian Heritage and Culture Month Events—Staten Island
The Italian-Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere is hosting several events during Italian Heritage and Culture Month. First up is a screening “Mal’Occhio” (The Evil Eye), a documentary by Agata De Santis; on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 6:30–8:30 p.m. On Thursday, Oct. 18, 6:30–8:30 p.m., a round table discussion “Living the Life–The World of the Italian American Artist,” with the artists of the Italian American Visual Artists’ Network. And, on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 6:30–8:30 p.m., a lecture by Prof. Louis R. Leonini, “The Great Contributions of Italian Discoverers to American History.”
The programs will be held in the Arts & Humanities Building at Notre Dame Academy, 134 Howard Ave., Staten Island, N.Y. Wine, cheese and light fare will be served at each event. Suggested donation: $20. Advance RSVP’s recommended. Call 718-273-7660, email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit www.casa-belvedere.org.
Help Publish This Book
The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere is sponsoring an online fundraiser to assist the independent Toronto-based publisher Guernica Editions in publishing “Trinacria: A Tale of Bourbon Sicily.” Written by Anthony Di Renzo, this historical novel chronicles the destruction of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies during the Italian Revolution and has been compared to Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa’s famous novel “The Leopard.” The campaign’s goal is to raise $5,000 by Dec. 13; it currently has surpassed $4,000. If you’d like to help put it over the top, visit www.indiegogo.com/trinacria.
Jovanotti U.S. Fall Tour
With his new retrospective album “Italia 1988-2012” recently released, Italy’s biggest rock star Jovanotti is touring the United States this Fall, starting at the Trocadero in Philadelphia on Oct. 2, then at Royale in Boston on Oct. 5 and Terminal 5 in New York City on Oct. 6. Other shows range from Atlanta and Orlando to Austin and Denver. For ticket information, visit www.ticketmaster.com.
Festa! in San Diego’s Little Italy
The annual Festa in San Diego’s historic Little Italy is the largest Italian festival on the West Coast, and it takes place on Sunday, Oct. 14, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. It’s a fun-filled day of Italian food and festivities. For more information, visit www.littleitalysd.com
“A Taste of Little Italy” in Poughkeepsie
Swing by the 3rd Annual “A Taste of Little Italy,” on Oct. 7, on Mount Carmel Place in the heart of Poughkeepsie, NY. Festival hours will be Sunday, 11 a.m.—7 p.m. Presented by Friends of Little Italy, the festival will feature dozens of vendors, dancers, musicians, chefs, artists, and performers, plus its annual cannoli eating contest, grape stomping event, and children’s activities. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/italian845.
Vendemmia da' Vinci in Wilmington
This fall festival celebrating the centuries-old tradition of the Italian grape harvest will be held on Sunday, Oct. 7, at Tubman Garrett Park in Wilmington, Del., from 2-6 p.m. The festival will feature the best local wine making, gravy making and cuisine from area restaurants. For ticket info visit www.societadavinci.com.
Uffizi Gallery’s “Angel” Exhibit U.S. Tour Continues
If you haven’t seen the “Offering of the Angels: Tapestries and Paintings from the Uffizi Gallery” exhibition, it’s now on display at the Chazen Museum of Art in Madison, Wis., until November 25. This inspirational exhibit of 43 paintings and two tapestries is a rare opportunity to view such Baroque and Renaissance masters as Botticelli, Liberi and Tintoretto without leaving America. The exhibit’s final U.S. stop is scheduled for the Telfair Museum, Jepson Center for the Arts, in Savannah, Ga., from December 7 through March 31, 2013. For more information, visit www.chazen.wisc.edu.
NIAF’s Walk of Honor
Join NIAF Today!
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Book Your 2012 Trips to Italy with NIAF
Cruise the Mediterranean, spend leisurely days touring the Italy’s scenic regions, or customize your Italian vacation...
NIAF's 2012 Travel Packages to Italy!
The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) continues its popular travel programs to Italy by offering four nine-day/seven-night tours departing from John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York City beginning in March 2012:
For information and reservations, contact: Marianna Pisano at email@example.com or call 800-777-7432. When making reservation, mention the promo code: NIAF.
10-day Mediterranean Cruise in 2012
NIAF and Trek Tours Ltd. are pleased to present a 10-day Mediterranean Cruise with dates from spring through summer 2012. Fly round-trip to Rome and cruise the Mediterranean on the classic MS Noordam to Livorno, Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Mallorca, Tunis and Carthage, Palermo and Naples. Joyous patterns of tile work will enliven your path as you experience Renaissance art, see the latest fashions and enjoy the flavor of fresh Italian bread dipped in estate-pressed olive oil.
Pre- and post-cruise vacation packages are available to extend your voyage in Rome. For details or to book your cruise, visit www.niaf.org and click “Travel,” or contact Pam Salimeno at NIAF’s partner, Trek Tours, at 1-800-370-0357.
Custom Design Your Vacation to Italy!
Famous for its first-class, fully-escorted tours for 67 years, Perillo Tours is now offering exclusive services to those who would prefer to travel independently or on small hosted tours. Visit Perillo’s ItalyVacations.com for its new one-stop shop to book your flights, hotels, car rentals, train tickets, sightseeing, museum passes, cooking classes, villa rentals, family travel, wedding planning and so much more!
Perillo Tour’s team of experts can custom design your entire trip over the phone! Plus, Perillo’s website is full of information, fun to browse, and filled with tremendous travel deals. And Perillo is giving NIAF members $100 off – just mention the promo code NIAFPT when you book. NIAF receives a donation with every trip you book!
Please visit www.ItalyVacation.com or call 1-800-ITALY-25 today to book your dream vacation to Italy!
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