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Special events

In addition to the regular meetings, the Society participates in various other events involving Italian language and culture. For example:

  • Our Festa di Natale per i Bambini celebrates the Christmas traditions of Italy every December. For more details – Check out the event brochure.
  • DAS Annual Wine Tasting Dinner pairs a region’s delicious food specialties with both celebrated and undiscovered local wines. See the calendar below for the scheduled date.
  • Seattle’s Festa Italiana is a celebratory weekend each September at Seattle Center, with Italian entertainment, marvelous food and gifts, and booths representing Italian clubs and activities.
  • Italian Film Festival each fall and the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF)each summer are in part sponsored by DAS.
  • Small group events throughout the year, such as cooking classes, Italian conversation meetings, outings to opera, festivals, restaurants, art exhibits, Italian film showings, and similar activities of interest to members.

Upcoming Events

English Language Meeting – September 9, 2020

When: September 9, 2020Speaker: Domenico MinottiTopic: "Festa Italiana" QuizLocation: Online A link will be emailed to the Dante Society Email list prior to the meeting. There will be a “social hour” beginning at 7 pm. The presentation will start at 7:30. Agenda...

Executive Board Meeting

Agenda Approval of Minutes from last 2 Board Meetings – April 6 and May 20 Old Business Festa di Natale per i Bambini not taking place this year; Festa being postponed New Business Language School Director’s proposals for summer courses and 2020-2021 school year...

Festa di Carnevale 2020 – Il Punto

Il Punto Festa di Carnevale 2020 Saturday, February 8, 2020 from 6 – 10 PM Mercer Island Congregational Church 4545 Island Crest Way, Mercer Island, WATickets are now on sale and are available for purchase until February 5, 2020. The cost is $50 per person, $20 for...

November 20, 2019 Italian Language Meeting with Il Punto

A SPECIAL ITALIAN PROGRAM - MILANO - SPONSORED by the DANTE ALIGHIERI SOCIETY and Il PUNTO WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20 at St. Patrick's Church, Social Hall, 815 East Edgar Street, Seattle 98102 Federica Gabardi, a Milan native and a Women’s Empowerment Expert will be our...

April 24, 2019 Italian Language Meeting

Speaker: Matteo FitzGeraldTopic: La Sicilia Un’esplorazione della Sicilia, conosciuta come Granaio degli Imperi”, e nell’antico Greco, la Trinacria. È la più grande regione d’Italia e la quarta più popolosa, con oltre5 milioni di persone. Esploreremo la storia, la...

November 13, 2019 English Language Meeting

Dante Alighieri Society English Language Meeting Chris Kelly Topic: Italy Invades Italy Invades is an action packed history of Italy’s military involvements throughout the ancient and modern worlds. From the empire building of the Romans, through the globe-spanning...

September 25, 2019 Italian Language Meetiing

Robert ThomsonFlorence, Dante, and MeRobert Thomson from Victoria, Canada will be presenting his recently publishedbook, Florence, Dante and Me. Thomson spent the 1960-61 year in Italy ona scholarship from the Italian government. During the year he wrote many detailed...

May 8, 2019 English Language Meeting

Rob Prufer Topic: A Bellini in Venice: Seeing the paintings of Giovanni Bellini in Venice, like sitting in a Venetian campo and enjoying the cocktail named after him, is a special treat. What makes Bellini a master of the Venetian Renaissance? And what can we know...

Announcements

Interview with Beth Barrett – SIFF Artistic Director

One of our Dante members, Andrea Aldrich, recently interviewed the Artistic Director of SIFF, Beth Barrett, during a recent episode of her podcast, Italy Inside Out. Beth gives us insider information about the Seattle International Film Festival and the reason Cinema...

2020 SIFF Cinema Italian Style

HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!get ready for SIFF - coming soon right into your homes. Dante Alighieri is a proud sponsor of Cinema Italian Style at SIFF, bringing the best in new Italian cinema right to your home in 2020—with a virtual 12th edition! Featuring work from...

October English & Italian Meetings

Announcing the Dante Alighieri Society’s October English & Italian Language Meetings Wednesdays, October 14 and 28, 2020 Zoom room opens at 7:00 Presentations begin at 7:30 English Language Meeting, October 14 Music of Luigi Cherubini and Alessandro RollaChamber...

Festa Italiana Quiz – Pasta of Italy

When: September 9, 2020Speaker: Domenico MinottiTopic: Virtual Festa Italiana Quiz About the Speaker: In the late 1920s, Nick’s parents emigrated from Sant’Angelo, Limosano, a small hilltop town in Molise. The population at that time was about 1000 but is now 345 as...

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...