When: November 9, 2022
Where: St. Clement’s Episcopal Church, 1501 32nd Ave. S, Seattle 98144
Speaker: Sam Ciapanna
Topic: Abruzzo – a great place to visit, an even better place to live
Abruzzo, forte e gentile, is one of the mostly unknown regions of Italy and treasure to discover. It is the most northern of the southern regions, a little over an hour from Rome yet nearly inaccessible until the autostrada was extended west to east across the Apennine mountains just a few decades ago. Geographically, it consists of rugged mountains, rolling hills, and pristine beaches – nearly 50% of which is protected. Its isolation has preserved its tradition and culture, making it a fascinating place to explore. Recent legislation aimed at boosting economic development in less populated areas has made Abruzzo a great place to retire.
Come out to learn some of why this region has captured Sam’s heart and taste one of Abruzzo’s signature desserts – Pizza Dogge.
Long time Dante member and former president, Sam Ciapanna, will talk to us tonight about the little-known region of Abruzzo. He first visited it briefly to meet relatives in 1997 as two of his grandparents were born in Abruzzo and each subsequent visit was longer. In 2019, he and his husband purchased a home in Colonnella, just due passi from where his paternal grandfather was born. Sharing his love for Abruzzo has become a passion for him with plans to retire there in less than two years.
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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.
1) 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.
2) Masks are encouraged. Although no longer required, we encourage attendees to wear masks when not eating or drinking.
Thank you again for your understanding and observance of these guidelines. Let’s work together to control COVID!!!