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English Language Meeting – January 13, 2021

January 13, 2021 @ 7:00 pm

When: January 13, 2021
Speakers: Janet and John Lenart
Topic: Walking Through History in the Veneto
Location: Online

About the Speakers:

Janet (a retired Nurse Practitioner) and John (a retired engineer) moved to Vicenza, Italy in 1994 to work as civilians on a U.S Army post. They lived in the Vicenza community for almost 19 years and then returned to Seattle. They spend every Fall in Vicenza, except when there is a worldwide pandemic.Janet is currently serving as a consigliere on the Dante Alighieri Society of Washington Board.

About the Presentation:

Anywhere you walk in Italy you find history. You generate all sorts of questions about the origin of the sights. If you’re lucky you also find people living in the area who are eager to answer your questions. We will share our enthusiasm for the 52 Tunnels hike, the Dolomites and the city of Vicenza. Then we’ll look back on World War I and II history and recount stories from locals to explain the sights and the impact on people today.

Additional resources:
The White War: Life and Death on the Italian Front 1915-1919 by Mark Thompson
War in Val D’Orcia: An Italian War Diary, 1943-1944 by Iris Origo
International Encyclopedia of the First World War https://encyclopedia.1914-1918-online…
Strada delle 52 Gallerie, a WWI military mule road https://www.dangerousroads.org/europe…
Centenario della Vittoria – Le 52 gallerie del Pasubio (20 minutes) walks the tunnels https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOpBH…
Ricordi dal Monte Pasubio (10 minutes) provides an excellent history. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y56S9…
L’insurrezione in Piemonte https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FlCIc…
Bella Ciao. Storia e fortuna di una canzone. https://www.isrn.it/bella-ciao-storia…


January 13, 2021
7:00 pm
Event Category:



2021-2022 Season

Live Meeting COVID Guidelines

Even as COVID variants continue to plague the population, we are trying to return to offering live meetings for Dante this season. We’ve all been longing for a return to shared meals, and since this is foundational to Dante activities, we want to make it possible. Following the guidelines and regulations now in place by many workplaces, public venues and community groups, the Dante Board of Directors has agreed to the guidelines listed below as an acceptable plan to keep us as safe as possible when meeting in person. We are sorry for any inconvenience caused by these regulations and will continue to stay current as the season evolves. If things get better, we may be able to loosen up the current plans. But meanwhile, we ask that Dante members and those from our wider mailing list cooperate with the plans as outlined below. These are also in keeping with the rules provided by St. Clements, our new residence.

1) Mandatory proof of full vaccination is required for anyone attending any live Dante Meeting. This applies to members, presenters, cooks and guests. Please bring a photo or photocopy of your COVID card with you when you come to any meeting. Dante is not set up to offer secure web-site proof, where you can upload a photo, as some workplaces are able to do. Please just bring the photo on your phone or a photocopy of the card with you. We will make the check-in process as streamlined as possible, hopefully needing to screen your proof only once.

2) Obviously – please do not attend if you have been exposed to COVID, or are experiencing any symptoms of illness. We will make best efforts to record the presentations so that those who cannot attend in person can enjoy them afterwards. There will also be a few meetings presented on ZOOM instead of live this season, for all to enjoy like last year.

3) Masks should be worn at all times at meetings except when seated for dining. This roughly follows the current Washington State rules for indoor restaurant dining and is in line with St. Clements current practice. We will have the windows and doors open as possible in our downstairs dining area. Presentations will take place in the upstairs sanctuary where there is more room for seating at distanced intervals. Presenters can unmask for their talks, as they will be distanced from those seated.

4) Those preparing and/or bringing food to meetings: please mask and wash hands in the preparation of food to be shared. Pre-Dante-Pasta chefs will stay masked in the kitchen. For anyone bringing antipasti or desserts: please portion for individual servings; avoid serving common dips, spreads etc. Food (including bread, cookies, etc) will be served with utensils. Hand sanitizer will be provided and we ask that we all use it each time we return to the table.

Thank you again for your understanding and observance of these guidelines. Let’s eliminate COVID contagion together!!!