Apr 2022 Notiziario

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Each month I like to keep you informed of what’s happening in your Dante Alighieri Society. Well, this month I don’t know where to start. There is so much going on now that even I have trouble keeping track. A new session of Italian language classes begins the end of March, we have our regular cultural meeting on April 8, a possible second session of Scopa is in the works, discussion is underway for a cooking class on April 23. Then in May we have the Scholarship/Donne di Merito Awards Luncheon at Mount Vernon Canyon Club, and a concert featuring Italian soprano Angela Papale. Plans are already in the works for a unique summer picnic. The Italian Heritage Month Committee has started planning for a super exciting celebration of the Italian culture in October. There has even been some preliminary discussion about the annual Christmas party!  I encourage anyone who wants to share in the excitement and planning or has suggestions for other activities, please let one of your Board members know. This is your organization and we want to make sure that, as your elected officials, we are delivering the activities, programs and value you expect from the Dante Alighieri Society of Denver. Grazie, John Giardino

MARK YOUR CALENDARS   La prima domenica in April will be on the 3rd, at 9:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church Parish Hall, 3549 Navajo Street, Denver.  The Dante Society is once again sponsoring the breakfast following the Mass, so mark your calendars.  Grazie.


Colorado University Professor Wayne Ambler will be the featured speaker on Friday, April 8, 7:30 p.m. at Mount Carmel Church Parish Hall.  The title of the presentation is “And then the World became Christian:  Constantine the Great and the Christianization of the Roman Empire”.

This lecture will discuss the most important monuments in Rome dedicated to Constantine the Great, the controversial emperor who declared Christianity to be the official religion of the Roman Empire and helped to make it one of the defining characteristics of Rome, Italy, and Europe as a whole.

Public Health Guidelines will be followed at all events.


Please plan to join us for a celebration of excellence as we present the 2022 Donne di Merito Award as well as this year’s scholarships to deserving college students planning to study in Italy.  This annual event will again be held at the Mount Vernon Canyon Club Colorado and will feature a plated luncheon followed by the presentation of awards.  Details can be found in the reservation form on the last page of this Notiziario, and you may also register on the website of our Society.  This is traditionally a highlight of our annual events and represents the goals and mission we strive to impart to the community.  We hope you will all plan to attend.

The Dante Alighieri Society of Denver Announces Its 2022Donne di Merito Award Recipient

The Dante Alighieri Society of Denver has long acknowledged the contributions and achievements of Italian and Italian-American women to society as a whole. In March, International Women’s Month, the Dante Alighieri Society selected another donna di merito, (woman of merit) who has demonstrated outstanding accomplishments that have contributed to the promotion, maintenance and preservation of the Italian culture.

Alisa DiGiacomo

This year’s award recipient is Alisa DiGiacomo, a fifth-generation Italian American woman. Since 1999 Alisa has been employed by History Colorado, and in May 2018 as Director of Curatorial Services and Senior Curator. Alisa was the founder of the Colorado Italian American   Preservation Association (CIAPA) in 2002. The primary goal of this organization is to develop research archives that document the history, people and traditions of the community. Alisa is the author of Italy in Colorado: Family Histories from Denver and Beyond. The book is currently in its 3rd printing.  Additionally, Alisa was the curator of The Italians of Denver exhibit at the Colorado History Museum from April 2007 to July 2008. She has also made a significant impact on our Italian community by writing several books and articles on the history and culture of the community. Alisa provides the monthly features of A Page in Time and Community Story in Andiamo!, Colorado’s Italian American newspaper.

Other achievements include being the co-founder of the Cabrini Day Holiday Commission from 2018 to the present. Since 2008 Alisa has been processing the CIAPA Research Archive for History Colorado. This will ensure that future generations will be able to access the information at the History Colorado library. People are able to listen to oral histories and view photographs that are part of the archives. She is an active member of numerous Italian organizations and Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. She is a frequent lecturer and presenter on Italian culture and history.

The Donne di Merito Award will be awarded to Alisa DiGiacomo on Sunday, May 1st at the Dante Alighieri Society’s Award Luncheon at Mt. Vernon Canyon Club at 12:00 noon. Details are available in the reservation form on the PDF below (click button for download).

Papale and Marra recitalOPERATIC RECITAL MAY 15, 2022

The Dante Alighieri Societies of Denver and of Pueblo, Colorado, will present an operatic recital on Sunday, May 15, 2022, 3:00 p.m., at Green Mountain United Methodist Church, located at 12755 West Cedar Drive, Lakewood, Colorado.

The two Societies accepted the invitation to host directly from Sanremo Italy, soprano Angela Papale and pianist Fabio Marra.  They will be performing in Colorado as part of their 2022 tournee with performances which include Paris (France), Hamburg (Germany), Detroit and Boston.

In the 1980’s and 1990’s The Dante Alighieri Society was fortunate to be able to host many musical groups from Italy as the Italian economy was strong and the government subsidized performers to entertain overseas.  This situation has changed, and we no longer see many Italian performers here in Colorado.  We are proud to say that we welcome back Angela Papale and Fabio Marra for an operatic recital.

We strongly encourage our members and friends to mark your calendar as you will enjoy a great live performance.  We look forward to seeing you at the concert!




A special thank you to our three presenters at the March 11 cultural program.  The event featured Dr. Roberta Waldbaum, who showcased the creative work of her students, as well as the presentation from last year’s scholarship winners Claire Steffek and Isabella Rizzo.  The program captivated the interest of all who attended.  Brave tutte!



The Dante Alighieri Society’s 10-week spring session of in-person Italian language classes begins the week of March 28.  The summer session of classes will start in June, and registration will be available on the Society website in mid-May.  Information will also be provided in the Notiziario. The classes are taught by experienced and talented bi-lingual teachers, and include beginner, intermediate, and conversation classes.  Each class meets for 90 minutes, once a week in the parish office of Our Lady of Mt Carmel Church, 3549 Navajo Street, Denver.    Cost is $115 for members and $145 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  Information about the classes is also available on the web site:  https://dantealighieriofdenver.com/classes/language-classes/


We wish our members a Buon Compleanno during their birthday month.


Lorrine Shuba              April 4
Hadrien Dykiel             April 8
Lauren Bonta                April 9
Dan Ferraro                  April 11
Joe Holeman                April 23
John Shea                     April 25
Rosalie Spicola             April 30



The Dante Alighieri Society of Denver gives a warm welcome to our newest members:  Sarah Adams, Melissa Agnew, Lauren Bonta, James Chantel, Kay Dea, Mathew Filiberti, Samantha Hagen, Thomas Ruge, Natalie Thompson, Antigone Vigil, and Terrence Watkins.



Our first gathering to play scopa took place on March 11 at 5:00 p.m. prior to the cultural presentation.  We had twelve players and filled three tables.  This was a trial and now we will have to decide if there is a more opportune date and time.  There will also be future opportunities for those of you who don’t yet know how to play the game but want to learn.  We will keep you posted.


CONDOLENCES   On Thursday, February 24, 2022, the Society lost one of its pillars.  Joe Adducci was a charter member and treasurer for two decades.  We will miss the gentleman with the fantastic smile, and we offer the entire Adducci family our sincere condolences.

We also offer “sentite condoglianze” to Dr. Roberta Waldbaum and family for the loss of her husband Leonard on Sunday, March 20.


THE DANTE ALIGHIERI SOCIETY OF DENVER is seeking a Hospitality Chairperson

What do I do?  Make a few calls and line up people to bring refreshments to the Society’s cultural meetings.

That's it?  You will need to buy sodas and San Pellegrino and bring them to each meeting. Also, pick up the key to the parish hall prior to the meetings.

How often do I need to do this?  Once a month.

Do I need to attend every cultural meeting?  No, just find someone to take over a specific month you can't make it.

Do I do it every month?  No, there are certain months when we have the awards luncheon, the annual picnic, and the Christmas party when no refreshments are needed.

I'm interested, whom do I call to volunteer?  President, John Giardino, 303-378-9736 johngiardino@comcast.net


TIPS ON ITALY   By Tonya Clement.

The thing I love the most about the Italian language is the way many things are just fun to say.  If you start to practice some of the common phrases, they will soon be rolling off your tongue.

This month the word to practice is “Quandomai.”  It is a word used by many Italians when they want to express surprise or when they want to show a bit of disapproval with a little bit of rhetorical pizzaz.

When you break it down, Quando = When and Mai = (ever).

When these words are combined together, Quandomai can mean many things and be used in many different contexts. Here are a few examples of the meanings and uses of the statement:

Quandomai mi hai amato? (Whenever did you love me?)

Quandomai abbiamo lavorato tanto?  (Whenever did we work so much?)

Quandomai hai lavorato? (Whenever did you work?)



Quandomai e’ andata a modo mio?  (Whenever did it go my way?)

Giulia, quandomai mi lamento?  (Whenever do I complain?)

Scusa, ma quandomamai ho urlato? (Excuse me, but whenever did I yell?)


I find so much joy in saying quandomai.  It sounds very Italian.


  • Florence tomb by Michelangelo restored with aid of bacteria.

A Medici family chapel created by Michelangelo that was cleaned with the help of bacteria has been presented to the public to mark the 545th anniversary of the Renaissance master’s birth.

Pursuing an education in a country other than your own not only offers you the possibility of studying at some of the best universities in the world but also provides you with the experience of living in a different country, and immersing yourself in a different culture.

Italian luxury sports car brand Lamborghini can easily make up for lost sales from its decision to suspend business in Russia following Moscow's invasion of Ukraine, Chief Executive Stephan Winkelmann said.

Italy has seized a building complex on the Mediterranean island of Sardinia worth around 105 million euros ($116.2 million) owned by Russian businessman Alexey Mordashov, Prime Minister Mario Draghi's office said.

For Italian director Paolo Sorrentino, scoring the second Oscar nomination of his career this year, helped ease some of his lingering insecurities as a filmmaker.

  • Italy is a Woman…

A young woman with her head surrounded by a crown of walls completed by towers called "Turrita" is the national personification of Italy often accompanied by the Star of Italy and other additional attributes, the most common of which is the cornucopia.
This image symbolically conveys the royalty and nobility of Italian cities, thanks to the protective presence of the turreted crown, the abundance of agricultural crops of the Italian peninsula, represented by the cornucopia, and the shining destiny of Italy symbolized by the Star of Italy.  (La redazione di Italplanet)

  • Andrea Riccardi, the international president of the Dante Alighieri Society in Rome just announced that refugees from Ukraine will receive courses of Italian free of charge.

2022 Calendar


September 9



Rockies Baseball – August 10

Cooking Class – August 27

October – Italian Heritage Month



Fall term begins – September 19                           

Answer to Indovinello” – Granada in Spagna - (Granada = Grenade, Spain)