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Learning Italian through Art – Dante Society Member Interviews

per la diffusione della lingua e della cultura italiana nel mondo

Fall Quarter Class Opportunity

Annalisa Bellerio, an Italian journalist and writer currently residing in Redmond, gave the last in person presentation at our Italian language meeting in February 2020 on Leonardo da Vinci. In the upcoming Fall quarter she will be teaching a course of Italian Through Art, offered online by Shoreline Community College. A description of the class and registration information is available on the Shoreline Community College website.

Dante Society Member Interviews

Andrea Aldrich, long time Dante member and new consigliere on the Dante Board, has interviewed two of our members for her podcast, Italy Inside Out. Check on here interviews available These are the links to the two episodes:

A Quest for Her Cultural Heritage in Trentino with Mary Beth Moser
Mary Beth Moser is a long time and active member of the Dante Alighieri Society and she is the current president of the Trentino Club in Seattle. During this interview, she discusses the unique history of the region of Trentino-Alto Adige, the languages known as dialects, the traditional foods and wine, the stories of the family connections she made and the Trentino immigrants in America.

Returning Home to Abruzzo in a Pandemic with Sam Ciapanna

Sam Ciapanna is a long time member and past president of the Dante Alighieri Society and he is the current president of the Il Punto. Sam has dual citizenship and recently purchased a home in the region of Abruzzo. He describes the challenges of traveling to Italy during the covid-19 crisis. We also learn of the love he has for the hill town of Colonnella where his grandfather was once a beloved tailor.
All episodes of Andrea’s podcast can be found on many podcast directories, including Apple Podcasts and Google podcasts.

Socially Distanced Goodbye to Nancy McDonald

Hopefully, each of us can say that there are one or two friends in our lives who always made you smile, always told you the truth and who were always there to step up when things were falling apart.

For the women of Dante who have been loving this Society for the last 25 years or so, that member was Nancy McDonald. It seemed like a sudden decision to most of us, but we all understood how much Nancy’s young nephews adored her! When the boys moved back East to Ohio last year, it was tough on everyone. Nancy took charge of her life and decided to solve the situation by moving to Ohio also!

So our friend who was so much a part of our Dante lives, was leaving. She was the person who organized the programs, the pre-Dante dinners, wrote the Dante cookbook, published the Dante brochure, and always solved the questions of struggling events and festivals. We could not let her leave without a proper send-off.

So Gini Harmon had the idea to gather together as many of us as possible for one last lunch together, outside on her deck Friday afternoon, July 10th. Twenty-one friends were contacted, and when all the universe did its job, we had seven ladies come, bearing food, gifts, cards and the best wishes of all those who could not make it, to say goodbye.

Through our masks we told stories, remembered old friends, and then had a wonderful salmon entree prepared by Gini, salads that only veteran Dante ladies could easily create, and a few tears.

We wish you could all have been there to send her off with giant air-hugs, and yet all the Dantes were there in spirit.

In a while Nancy will send the address of her newly built townhouse with updates! Thank you Nancy for making us at the Dante Society a part of your life for so many years.

—Caterina Murone Wartes

Nancy McDonald's Goodbye Party

From Left to Right: Louise Sportelli, Melinda Jankord-Steedman, Jane Cottrell, Caterina Wartes, Gini Harmon, and Nancy McDonald. Behind the camera: Sharon Leone.

Club Alpino Italiano – Pacific Northwest

Club Alpino Italiano - Pacific Northwest

CAI Update

We hike – usually together. But in these days we hike solo and not on week-ends.

We have monthly hikes or other activities (except during this pandemic) and usually an international trip or exchange with Italy or another country each year. In 2019 we had a group go to Padua for two weeks of hiking adventures with CAI Padua. Their group was to come here this August, but due to the COVID-19, this is being postponed until next year. 

Also, several of us had plans in September with CAI Pisa (of which we are a subsection) to dedicate a trail in honor of Francesco as well as participate in additional hikes and activities.  This, too, is postponed until next year. 

Please see this brochure for a summary of our activities, which you may use to make hard copies.

Dante members are welcome and encouraged to join any of our local CAI-PNW hikes.

For more information, visit the CAI-PNW website.