OFFICIAL NOTICE. According to the Bylaws of the Dante Alighieri Society of Denver, the elections of new officers for the 2023-2024 term will be held at the general meeting of Friday, November 11, 2022. The nominating committee announced that the following Board members will run again: President John Giardino, Vice President Susan Gurule, and Secretary Idamae Casagranda. Carol Marsala will not continue as Treasurer but the committee has recommended Nick D’Adamio for that position.
PLEASE NOTE: Nominations for all four elected positions may be made from the floor the night of the election. All other Board positions are appointed by the elected President.
Grazie mille to Susan Gurule and her committee for making the 2022 Italian Heritage Month a successful celebration of the Italian culture. New and innovative events beginning with the Celebrazione Italiana, drew sometimes record numbers of Italophiles. Piazza Italiana, dinner at Colore, Tombola, Film Italiano, Concerto dall’Italia with Giulia Olivieri, three cooking classes and a panel discussion on dual citizenship were a feast for the eyes, ears, and taste buds of Denver’s Italians and wanna-be Italians alike. Election of officers, November’s soup exchange and December’s annual Christmas party round out the year with plans already in place for 2023’s programs. The Dante Alighieri Society of Denver remains strong and active and with your support and input, it will continue to provide wonderful cultural fare for the Italian community. Grazie! John Giardino
NOVEMBER GENERAL AND CULTURAL MEETING:
On Friday, November 11, following our general meeting and election of officers for 2023-2024, we will enjoy our annual soup exchange. Fall brings back wonderful memories of crispy air, warm sweaters, chilly nights and hot soup with crusty bread. Dig through your recipes and pick one of your favorites - it doesn't have to be Italian- to share with your fellow Dante Alighieri Society members. Please make a large batch (a large crock pot size) for others to sample. Couples only need to bring one soup and anyone who chooses not to bring a soup can pay $5 to sample all the varieties. The Dante Alighieri Society will provide the beverages, bread and dessert. Please email Rhonda Hopkins at
After two years, members of the Society will again gather for a Christmas party to be held on Saturday, December 3 at 12:30 p.m. at the North Park East Association Clubhouse, 9996 Grove Street, Westminster. As in the past, the Society will provide wine, coffee, and sodas along with cups, plates and plasticware. Members whose last name begins with A through M are asked to bring heavy hors d'oeuvres, and members with last names beginning with N through Z are asked to bring a dessert. For additional information and RSVP, please contact Rhonda Hopkins at
October - Italian Heritage Month Update
We are nearing the end of October and wrapping up the many activities we enjoyed during the month. The Dante Alighieri Society of Denver’s events have gained interest over the past four years, causing some events to exceed our expectations. The cooking classes are so popular, we had to add a repeat of the October 15th cooking class.
But it isn’t over yet! Please join us on Friday, October 28th for the Italian movie night featuring “Un boss in salotto”, a comic look at the modern Italian family but with a nod to the camorra and to the imperfections of family life proving however that the love of family conquers all. Popcorn and beverages will be provided.
We are grateful to Parisi Pizzeria, Trattoria e Vino and Firenze a Tavola for their generous sponsorship of Italian Heritage Month.
The Dante Alighieri Society of Denver gives a warm welcome to the following new members:
Tayler Doyle, Nancy Fast, Geradette Giardino and Renato Noal.
The Dante Alighieri Society of Denver expresses sincere condolences to the families of Peter Emily and Corrine Bush who passed away in recent months. Both Peter and Corrine were long-time members and active in the Society and shall be missed.
The Society wants to remember with appreciation Corrine and the three other ladies, Barbara Tinucci , Mariana Rossi, and Marilyn Yantorno, who with their talent and time created in 1992 the banner which has brought pride to our Society for so many years.
AUGURI DI BUON COMPLEANNO
We wish our members a Buon Compleanno during their birthday month.
Amy Karnaze - Nov 2
Alisa DiGiacomo - Nov 6
Nick D’Adamio - Nov 7
Natalie Thompson - Nov 7
Sarah Adams - Nov 8
Zuleika Aponte - Nov 8
Sarah Bleu - Nov 8
Carrie Licata - Nov 8
Alicia Todd - Nov 8
Dave Barnes - Nov 9
Anissa Madrill - Nov 9
Tiernan McKay - Nov 9
Joe Won - Nov 9
Kristine Berlute - Nov 11
Christine McGettigan - Nov 11
Chelsie Scanlon - Nov 11
Paula Arevalo - Nov 12
Rhonda Hopkins - Nov 13
Monica Wunderlin - Nov 21
Collette Wagner - Nov 22
Lauren Scalmanini - Nov 23
Missy Weingart - Nov 23
Erin Howard - Nov 24
Tonia Williams - Nov 26
Dee Trujillo-Treloar - Nov 27
Joe Birge - Nov 30
We want to include more members in this column, so please send a quick email, with your birthday month and day,
to Dante Society board member, Suzanne Fasing, at
ITALIAN LANGUAGE CLASSES
The Society’s fall session of Italian language classes has begun. The 10-week winter session of Italian language classes will start in January 2023. The schedule for winter classes will be posted on the Dante Society website by December 1, 2022. The classes are taught by experienced and talented bi-lingual teachers, and include beginner, intermediate, and advanced classes. Each class meets for 90 minutes, once a week, at 3549 Navajo Street, Denver, in the parish offices of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church. Cost is $115 for members and $145 for non-members. New members are welcome to join the Dante Alighieri Society when they register for classes. Please register early because classes do fill up.
DU FILM FESTIVAL
The Dante Alighieri Society of Denver has been invited to attend the free screening of Lasciami andare on Thursday, November 10, at Davis Auditorium, Sturm Hall. For details and registration, kindly click on the attachment. Grazie.
45th Denver Film Festival www.denverfilm.org November 2-13, 2022
Italian Showcase - Five Italian movies
Italy is the long-time home of a diverse and vibrant filmmaking community. The 45th Denver Film Festival is pleased to present five new Italian works from established and emerging directors. Included among them are The King of Laughter - the 2022 recipient of the Maria & Tommaso Maglione Italian Filmmaker Award. Other movies in the Italian Showcase include: Delta, Small Body, You Came Back, and Adventures of Gigi the Law.
Opera Colorado: Rigoletto www.operacolorado.org November 5, 8, 11, 13, 2022
Verdi's Italian masterpiece opens Opera Colorado's 40th Anniversary season, featuring unforgettable music, including the effervescent "La donna e mobile." The jaded jester Rigoletto serves the reckless Duke of Mantua and his hedonistic court. Little does Rigoletto know the womanizing duke has seduced his naive daughter, Gilda. How far will Rigoletto go to protect his family.
FUND RAISING OPPORTUNITY FOR SCHOLARSHIP FUND
King Soopers offers organizations a simple way to raise money by returning 5% of grocery sales made on your card to the organization. To participate in the program…. Go to the website: www.kingsoopers.com/communityrewards
- Sign in or create new account, have your loyalty number that is on back of card if you have one.
- Once you have account, enroll now from list of organizations
- Can type in Dante Alighieri Society of Denver in search for it to pop up, or go through list which is alphabetical
- Then click on it and you are enrolled.
This will be easy once enrolled, just swipe credit King Soopers LOYALTY card for all purchases.
The Dante Society has already received over $1,000 toward our Scholarship Fund through the King Soopers Neighborhood Reward Program. A hearty thanks to our members and friends who have participated in the program. If you have any questions, kindly contact Veronica Goodrich 303.421.1547 or Carol Marsala 303.237.0688.
The Dante Alighieri Society of Denver exists to share and celebrate the richness of the Italian culture and language with the entire community.
TIPS ON ITALY By Tonya Clement.
Are you seeking a dip in the ocean or a toilet?
As our travel season winds down, numerous classmates and friends have travelled to Italy to take advantage of the of the late vacation season. Often, one of the first things you want to be comfortable asking before traveling to Italy is where is the bathroom? “Dov’e’ il bagno.” This is important when eating out or visiting someone’s home. It may also be that you are looking for a bathroom when visiting a museum or buying groceries in which case you might ask, “Avete un bagno pubblico?” Through experience, I have learned that the word “toilet” is widely understood and accepted as Italians will often confirm by saying, “Yes, abbiamo un toilet.”
What might, at some point, cause a little confusion is that the word “bagno” can also be used to refer to a swim or to a literal bath. You will want to listen closely to the context. If you are at the beach and friend says, “Andiamo a fare un bagno o Faccciamo un bagno,” you’re are being invited to go for a swim and not to go to a bathroom. The same statement made in a hotel room, might suggest let’s go take a bath. It is a subtle difference but one you might want to pay attention to.
As Americans we often make the mistake of making literal translations such as Andiamo per una nuotata. While you might be understood, you will also be corrected to say, Andiamo a fare un bagno. Of course, there is only one answer to this question, “Molto volentieri!” I would love to!
BRIEF NEWS FROM ITALY From The Local and We the Italians.
Big hit for Italian coffee in the USA. According to the Export Planning information system, in the three-year period 2022-2025, forecasts for the world coffee trade show an annual growth rate of +5.6 percent, close to 43 billion euros. The United States, with a 22.4 percent share, and Germany, with 14.2 percent, were the main destination markets in terms of sales.
Italy won the majority of the medals in the Rhythmic Gymnastics World championship. The national team returns home with 6 golds (out of the nine available), 1 silver and 2 bronzes.
Italian residents will be asked to turn the heating down by one degree and turn it off for an extra hour every day under the government's latest energy-saving plans. Milan’s mayor has unveiled new measures to save energy including switching street lights off earlier and closing some government offices on Fridays.
After Russian energy giant Gazprom suspended gas deliveries to Italy, many are wondering what consequences the stoppage will have on the country’s energy supplies.
Italian giant Eni said Monday it is ready to provide a 20-million-euro guarantee to restart deliveries of Russian gas through Austria, after a stoppage blamed on regulatory changes.
The EU parliament passed a new law requiring USB-C to be the single charger standard for all new smartphones, tablets and cameras from late 2024 in a move that was heralded a "great day for consumers".
December 3 – Holiday Celebration
Winter term begins January 2023
RECAP OF ITALIAN HERITAGE MONTH 2022
Italian Heritage Month Committee
October 1 - Celebrazione Italiana at Bonacquisti Winery
October 7 – Presentation on Dante Alighieri by Dr. Seth Fabian
October 8 – Piazza Italiana - Performance by Destination Dance
October 9 - Dinner at Colore Restaurant
October 15, 22, and 29 - Cooking Classes, In Cucina with Chef Adam Giardino
October 14 – Presentation on Dual Citizenship
October 16 - Concerto dall’Italia, Giulia Olivieri, Paola Montemurro, David Olivieri
October 21 -Tombola
October 28 – Italian film