July 2019 Notiziario

Dante Alighierio of Denver Notiziario

EXHIBIT FOR DANTE MEMBERS Leonardo da Vinci: 500 Years of Genius.

Inventor, artist, scientist, anatomist, engineer, architect, sculptor, philosopher. Although Leonardo da Vinci died in 1519, his influence has endured. His extraordinary legacy comes to life in Leonardo da Vinci: 500 Years of Genius, the most comprehensive exhibition about Leonardo ever presented currently at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.
The Dante Alighieri Society of Denver is accepting reservations for a group tour of the DaVinci exhibit. The tour will be at 2 p.m. Friday July 26.

Cost of the exhibit is $23.25 per person for seniors (65+) and $24.25 per person for adults (under age 65). Reservations and checks for the exhibit payable to Dante Society can be sent to Veronica Goodrich, 6433 Brentwood St., Arvada 80004 and must be received prior to July 12.

Individuals who are already members of the Museum would pay only $6.95 for seniors and $7.95 for adults and should purchase their tickets separately for the same date and time as the group visit.


Be sure to mark your calendars for potluck and bocce to be held on Sunday, August 18.  Jackie and Tony Lombardi have graciously offered their beautiful house and backyard so that we may have a relaxing and enjoyable afternoon.  It will be held at 3:00 p.m. at 17311W. 54th Place, Golden.  More details will be in the August Notiziario.

bocce ball


On June 15, 2019 a cooking class was held at the Mount Carmel parish hall kitchen with Gisella Isidori.  Everyone made pizza dough; flour was flying everywhere. Then they got creative and made different pizzas which included eggplant, red peppers, marinara sauce, mozzarella, seafood, and prosciutto. An appetizer was prosciutto, figs and parmesan on bruschetta that was delicious. Giorgio Imperato, Gisella’s friend from Salerno sautéed zucchini to make a salad typical of Naple It was a fun event with the typical whirlwind of activity of a dozen Italian cooks.  After cooking, everyone sat down to a feast for lunch.

Making Pizza event
Making Pizza June 15, 2019
Making Pizza June 15, 2019


On June 13 I attended a World Child Cancer fundraising event where our good friend and premier chef, Gisella Isidori, prepared food for over 100 partygoers. It was a great opportunity to interact with a variety of people whom not only supported the cause but, as I learned, were interested in all things Italian! Hopefully, their interest was piqued enough that they might look at becoming members of the Dante Society! Recently Susan Gurule, Suzanne Fasing and I toured the Alliance Francaise facility as a possible venue for a Italian Heritage Month event. Not only did it seem this could easily happen, we also discussed the possibility of partnering with Alliance Francaise on a program that would be of interest to both groups. Finally, I want to express my sincere appreciation for the condolences, thoughts and prayers sent to our family following the passing of my mother, Mary.  John Giardino.


We want to thank the members for their response to the survey. We got more feedback than expected.  The trends that showed up were: interest in family activities, interest in outdoor activities, and a willingness to pay a small fee when food or drink samples are served. There was also great interest in the cooking classes and the movies. 45 minutes for the Friday meetings seemed to be fine but there was some interest in maybe starting earlier.  With these results I am happy to say there will be a Bocce competition, it will be a potluck and families are invited.  Once again thank you to our members, Nick Napoli.


The Dante Alighieri Society offers sincere condolences to the Giardino and Modlich families.  Mary Giardino, a great lady and a longtime member, mother of our President John and member Frank, left us for a better place at the age of 96.  Jason Modlich’s unexpected death came at the early age of 34.  Jason sang for our Society when he was only 13.  He is the nephew of our own Rosanna Patrona-Aurand.  Both families requested donations to the Dante Society Scholarship program in lieu of flowers.  Our thoughts and prayers are with these families.


The Dante Alighieri Society of Denver expresses a warm welcome to the following new members:  Teresa Albert, Sharon Albertsen, Louis DiSano, Tracey Blustein, Kathy Coffey, Nick D’Adamio, Michael Graham, Rachel Graham, Cynthia and Peter Hancock, Katy Houston, Kate Jansky, Gretchen Mann, Maggie Medina, Bruce Muhe, Judy Piccone, Robert Spencer, Lisa Streifeld, Kelsey and Bryce Verdier, and Barbara Widick.



The Dante Alighieri Society will offer a 10-week fall session of Italian language classes, beginning the week of September 23.  The schedule for fall classes will be posted on the Dante Alighieri website by August 16, and the registration deadline is September 16.  Students must register for classes through the website.  The classes are taught by experienced and talented bi-lingual teachers, and include beginner, intermediate, advanced, and conversation classes.  Each class meets for 90 minutes, once a week, at 3549 Navajo Street, Denver, in the parish office of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church.  Cost is $100 for members and $130 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.  For more information, please contact the Education Chair Suzanne Fasing at suzannefasing@yahoo.com or call 303-810-9042.   To register for classes, visit the web site:  http://dantealighieriofdenver.com/classes/language-classes/


The Italian Heritage Month Committee is hard at work putting a slate of activities together for members and their families to enjoy during the month of October. I’m happy to say that the gelato social will be held early in October at the 23rd Avenue Sculpture Studio. You will recall that the gelato social was cancelled last year due to the medical emergency suffered by the owner of the Studio, Dennis West. His daughter and son-in-law have taken over the business and continue to offer clients and the community the same level of care and dedication that Dennis did.

Plans for the other activities are still in the formative stages now, but you can expect to hear much more in the August issue of the Notiziario. In the meantime, if joining our merry band of committee members appeals to you, we’d be happy to have you on our team. Just call me, Susan Gurule, at 720-484-1014 or email me at susangurule@msn.com.

Activities - Heritage Month

FAMILY EVENT  Automezzi XXIX - A Celebration of Italian Motoring

REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR AUTOMEZZI XXIX  -  Presented by Ferrari of Denver.

Car ShowSign up early to reserve your participation in the largest gathering of Italian exotics in the Rocky Mountain Region!  It is becoming known as the best "Italian Experience" of the summer with over 100 Italian cars and motorcycles plus showings of unique Italian scooters and bicycles also. If it's Italian and has wheels, we want it displayed on the Automezzi lawn! Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Lancia, deTomaso Pantera, Ducati and Moto Guzzi are all represented plus more unique and rare Italian marques!

We will also offer a gourmet VIP Brunch Italiano, Italian pastries, cannolis, paninis, wood-fired pizza and more! Enjoy Italian specialty libations in the shade of the huge picnic pavilion while listening to live music or shop the numerous exhibitors for car enthusiasts or the artisan village for some unique finds.

The Automezzi is a family affair offering yard games and a large playground so bring the kids! Admission is $5 in advance, $7 at the gate and kids 12 and under are free! To register your Italian vehicle or learn more about exhibiting or sponsorship, visit www.automezzicolorado.com

NET PROCEEDS FROM THE AUTOMEZZI BENEFIT JDRF, Improving Lives, Curing Type 1 Diabetes.


Sunday, July 21, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. at Jefferson County Fairground.



Just a reminder to all members – this is an easy way to help the Dante. If you shop at King Sooper and have their reward card, be sure you set up an account with Kings Soopers by going to their Community reward page and register your card number. You then can do a search on the charities listen and click on the Dante Alighieri Society of Denver. Now every time you swipe your card, the Dante will receive credit for your purchase.  It costs you nothing but the Dante gets a charitable contribution after certain goals are met.

If you have questions, or need help enrolling, contact Veronica Goodrich at 303-421-1547 or Carol Marsala at 303-237-0688.  

Italy at the 2019 Women's World Cup:

It's been 20 years since the Italy women's national team made a World Cup, but they are finally back on the biggest stage. A talented team that has climbed up the FIFA rankings to No. 16, Italy has been one of the biggest surprise teams of this year's tournament. The team won its first two matches, against Australia and Jamaica, and ended up with a first-place finish in Group C. The Italians now head to the knockout stage and will face a third-place opponent.

It's been a long time coming. While the men's national team is a powerhouse historically, the women's team is just trying to find consistency. This nation did not qualify for the last four World Cups. Coached by Milena Bertolini, this team is defense first, a characteristic of most Italian teams. A long-time club coach, she's made a smooth transition to the international stage, taking the job in 2017. Le Azzurre cruised through qualification, raising hopes that this team can land the country's best ever finish. After two decades of watching the tournament, they can make their mark in 2019. Keep an eye on defender Sara Gama. She's the captain of Italy and Juventus and a brick wall at the back.



Dante discount card

Once again, the agreement between the Vatican and the Dante has been renewed once again for the year 2019.   It allows us to visit the museums at a lower price and get in front of the long lines simply by presenting the Dante Society membership card.  The cost to visit the Museums is 16 euros per person, and 1 euro if you decide to purchase the Art and Faith DVD on the Treasures of the Vatican.   The Dante membership card may be obtained by contacting Rhonda Hopkins at 720-596-4169, rhop626@gmail.com, or Gianfranco Marcantonio at 303-494-3080 glm3942@yahoo.com

For additional privileges for Dante members while in Italy, please visit the following site: http://ladante.it/diventa-socio/le-convenzioni

2019 Calendar

Cultural Meetings

September 13                                  


July 21 – Italian Car Exhibit

July 26 – Da Vinci Exhibit

August 18 – Bocce/potluck



Language – Fall begins September 23

NOTE: Cultural meetings, movies, and cooking classes take place at Mt. Carmel Church Parish Hall, 3549 Navajo St., Denver.

Language classes are taught at Mt. Carmel Church Office.

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3510 Broadlands Lane, #102,
Broomfield, CO 80023


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