July 2022 Notiziario

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Every month I like to talk about all the positive things going on in the Dante Alighieri Society of Denver, and there are lots of positives to talk about. But this month it’s hard not to reflect on all that’s going on in the world today - war, inflation, gas prices, political strife, etc. That’s why it’s so important that the Society continue pushing forward with all the meaningful programs and activities it provides to celebrate and promote the Italian culture. Our goal is to be an enjoyable, entertaining, and educational respite from the everyday life. I personally hope that you also see our efforts as a pleasant getaway from what’s going on in the world and continue to come and enjoy the activities we work so hard to present. You’ll find them listed here in the Notiziario, so mark your calendars now! Grazie e ci vediamo presto. John Giardino



This annual get-together will be on Sunday, July 24, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Oakhurst Park in Westminster.

The Park is located at 9311 Lark Bunting Drive; turn west off of Wadsworth on 94th and continue until you reach Lark Bunting Drive; turn left and continue until you arrive at the park on your right.  Rhonda Hopkins has kindly agreed to be the Chairperson for the picnic; there is no cost to members and their families but reservations are required and should be made by calling or emailing Rhonda as shown below.

  The Society will provide hamburgers, sausages, and hotdogs as well as beer, wine, soft drinks and water.  Plates, napkins, cups and plasticware will also be provided.  Attending families are asked to bring the following:  salad or side dish (last names beginning M-Z) or dessert (last names beginning A-L) and utensils for these dishes if needed.

There will be games and activities in the park’s playground.  There is a backstop for kickball and a sand volleyball court, but please bring equipment for other games you wish to play.

We are looking forward to seeing you all there, so please make your reservations before July 21 including number of attendees with Rhonda Hopkins at rhop626@gmail.com or 720-596-4169.  Grazie


The Automezzi XXXII will take place on Sunday, July 17 from 9:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m. at Anderson Park, 4355 Field Street, Wheat Ridge.  The Dante Alighieri Society of Denver will be present as a Non-Profit / Cultural Partner with a booth promoting our mission and activities.  Hope to see you there!  For further information please visit their website: info@automezzicolorado.com and www.automezzicolorado.com




The Society’s ten-week summer session of in-person Italian language classes is currently underway.  The fall session of Italian language classes will begin the week of September 19, 2022. The schedule for fall classes will be posted on the Dante Society website by August 15. The registration deadline for the fall session is September 12.  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 $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 .   To register for classes, visit the web site:


TIPS ON ITALY   By Tonya Clement.

It is now summer so it is time to review some of the typical phrases you might say during this time of the year.  Let’s begin with referencing the temperature.  When it is very hot outside, we Americans tend to say, “It is hot.”  As a new student to the Italian language, I would try to express the same statement by saying, “E’ caldo.”  This is just plain wrong.  The appropriate phrase would be, “Fa caldo!”  Similarly if you are in a room with the air conditioner on and you are really cold you would simply say, “Fa freddo.”  The literal translation makes no sense….it makes hot or it makes cold….but this is just something you have to remember.

On hot days it is always nice to go for a swim in the pool or in the ocean.  Another common mistake that Americans make is they try to use the word nuotare which means to swim when they want to convey this desire to get in the water.  The tendency might be to say, “Vorrei nuotare” which we are trying to convey that we would like to swim.  A true Italian is more likely to say, “Faccio un bagno.”  It seems wrong, as it seems you are saying I will have a bath but you are really saying, l will have a swim.

Now in America we often say, “let’s go to the beach.”  In Italy, it is the opposite….most Italians will say, “Andiamo al mare.”  The word for beach is spiaggia and it is used more often to refer to a specific location along the coast.  You might see a sign that reads “spiaggia” that is marking your entrance to the beach.

When visiting a public beach in Italy you will see areas in front of hotels with rows and rows of umbrellas.  These are available for rent and it is very common to rent them for a full day as most Italians will dedicate the full day at the beach.  Should you desire to do the same, this is how you would ask how much does it cost to rent a space….”Quanto costa noleggiare un lettino e un ombrello?”  You could also ask if you can rent a sunbed by saying, “Posso noleggiare un lettino?”  The lounge chair will often come standard with the umbrella.

Now all you must do is relax and order una granita al limone and do not forget to put on your crema solare.



  1. What region in Italy were your ancestors from?  If you do not have Italian ancestors, what is the ethnic background of your family?  Have you ever been there and what was your experience?

My parents are from the Abruzzo Region of Italy. Abruzzo is on the East Coast of Italy along the Adriatic Sea. My mother, a Colantonio first name Adriana, is from a small village called Gissi tucked in the foothills overlooking the Adriatic. My father Giovanni D’Adamio was also from a small town, Dogliola not far from Gissi. We have been back a number of times to visit. I still have a number of relatives living there; aunts, uncles and cousins. Every time we visit them they are welcoming, generous with their time and always happy to see us.

  1. When did your ancestors arrive in America, and where did they settle originally? Did they come right to Colorado? 

My parents moved to the US in 1957. They moved to a small town in upstate New York called Cortland. My dad’s sister was living there for some time so he joined her there in March of 1957 and later that year my mother came to the US, and I was born two months later. I did not arrive in Denver until 1986 when a job opportunity moved me here, and I have been here ever since.

  1. If you had to describe yourself in one word, what word would that be, and why?

The one word would be adventuresome.  I love to try anything at least once and am always up for a challenge.

  1. Who was most influential to you growing up, and why?

The most influential people in my life were my parents. My dad who showed me the importance of working hard and doing what you say you are going to do. And my mother who taught me to persevere and to never give up just put your head down and keep going.

    1. Tell us a little about you, employment, family, interests and so on.

I am married to Debra, and I have three adult children that all reside in Denver. Debra and I love to travel and make it to Italy every couple of years to explore new regions of Italy as well as visit relatives. We both enjoy golf which we have recently started playing again, and biking, cooking, learning Italian. We are always up for learning something new.

  1. How would you most like to be remembered?

I would like to be remembered as a person who loves my family, loves my friends, loves to travel and loves to learn.

  1. What attracted you about joining the Dante Alighieri Society?

Upon one of my last trips to Italy I made a promise to my cousins that I would learn to communicate with them better on future trips. I searched out Italian classes found Dante Alighieri and have loved the classes they offer as well as all the cultural events they put on and the cooking classes. We have met some great people through the Dante Alighieri Society and like to stay active within the Italian Community here in Denver.



  • Italy issues a 2euro coin to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the death of anti-mafia judges Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino.
  • Italy's tourist season is expected to be back in full swing this year - but will there be enough workers to meet the demand?
  • The US Department of State has announced a new scheme enabling Americans living in Italy to pay to renew their passports online.
  • Face masks will remain obligatory on Italian public transport - but not on flights - until the end of September following a recent rise in the contagion rate, the health ministry has confirmed.
  • The Amalfi Coast will reintroduce traffic calming measures for the summer in an effort to unclog the coastline's congested roads.
  • Italy's health authorities have issued red or amber alerts for 16 cities on Tuesday as the nation braces for one of the hottest, longest June heatwaves on record.
  • With the Italian government set to declare a state of emergency in up to five regions amid the worst drought in 70 years, many areas are imposing their own varying restrictions in the meantime.
  • Italian regions are bringing in water-saving measures this week as drought grips the country - with fines for those who break the rules.


Hospitality Chairperson seeking volunteers:

Camilla Marcantonio has agreed to serve as Hospitality Chairperson for our Society and will be recruiting members to help with refreshments at our monthly cultural meetings.  If you are willing to contribute to our social hour following a cultural program by bringing a dessert to share, please email Camilla at:  giulio1937@msn.com


Frances Xavier Cabrini (Mother Cabrini) to be inducted into the Colorado Women's Hall of Fame.

The 2022 inductees to the Colorado Women's Hall of Fame were announced on Wednesday, June 1st at a reception at the Byers Evans Museum. Nominated by the Dante Alighieri Society of Denver, Mother Cabrini will join the 172 women previously inducted into the Colorado Women's Hall of Fame. Mother Cabrini was a champion of immigrants, the poor and the sick. She established 67 social service agencies, schools, hospitals, and orphanages, including several in Colorado. In 1880, she founded the Institute of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus which eventually opened a school and convent welcoming sons and daughters of Italian immigrants. The school eventually became the Mount Carmel grade school and high school in North Denver. In 1910, Cabrini founded a summer camp for orphan girls in Golden, Colorado. The Mother Cabrini Shrine is in the foothills of Golden, Colorado and continues to provide programs such as giving excess food donated to the Jefferson County Action center.   The induction ceremony will be held in early spring of 2023.

2022 Calendar


September 9



Rockies Baseball – August 10

Cooking Class – August 27

October – Italian Heritage Month



Fall term begins – September 19                           

Answer to Indovinello” – Il serio (In Lombardia) - (river serious, in Lombardy)



Dante Alighieri Society of Denver Website: https://dantealighieriofdenver.com/


The Dante Alighieri Society of Denver gives a warm welcome to the following new members:  Tracie and Dave Barnes, Amanda Canter, Steven Christenson, Alison Colavito, Annie Davis, Daniel Ferraro, Codey Fredenhagen, Peggy Sparacino, Andrea Giancarlo, Shannon Healy, Amy Karnaze, Tatyana Katsnelson, Eva Kiss, Roger Mann, Valerie Moreyra,  Holly Nuechterlein,  Molly Schaefer,  Caroling Schauder, and Tammy and Mark Sneed.



Many thanks to Professor Steven Hughes for an entertaining and informative presentation on the Swiss Canton of Ticino at our June 10 cultural meeting.  Blending his personal travel experience with Italian and Swiss history made for a delightful evening, which concluded with a surprise birthday celebration for our President, Dr. John Giardino.

AUGURI DI BUON COMPLEANNO   We wish our members a Buon Compleanno during their birthday month.


Melissa Agnew             July 1
Peggy Battalora            July 5
Anne Cucchi                 July 11
Lynelle Fowler              July 13
Matthew Filiberti         July 15
Frank W. Giardino        July 17
Steven Christenson      July 23
Ann Fazzini                   July 24
Tonya Clement             July 25
Gina Gilbert                 July 26
Caroline Schauder       July 29


We want to include more members in this column, so please send a quick email, with your birthday month and day, to Dante Society board member Suzanne Fasing, at suzannefasing@yahoo.com      Grazie!


Mese del cuore                                      Month of the heart

Son luglio e son brillante                                 I am shining July

col mio sole sfolgorante:                                with my blazing sun:

mentre il grano fo indorare                             while I make wheat golden

vado a pesca in alto mare                               I go fishing in high seas

e dal mare sul mercato                                   and from sea to market

porto il pesce surgelato.                                 I bring fish packed in ice.


INDOVINELLO  ( RiddleQual e’ il fiume che non scherza mai?  Which river never jokes?

                                              La risposta a pagina cinque - (answer on page five)



ROCKIES BASEBALL GAME - Wednesday, August 10

The Dante Alighieri Society is participating in Italian-American Baseball Foundation Heritage Night at Coors Field. There are special ticket prices so please see details below on flyer.

Important Notice about the Italian American Night at the Rockies

The Dante Alighieri Society of Denver is co-sponsoring an Italian American Night at the Rockies with five other organizations. It is a group effort and a fundraiser for our respective organizations. Tickets can only be purchased through the Rockies; however, the DAS needs to track the number of tickets it sells. We want to be sure to have an accurate count of number tickets sold when the game is over. When you buy your tickets, please phone, text or email Susan Gurule with your name and the number of tickets you purchased. Susan's phone number is:   720-484-1014 and her email is susangurule@msn.com.

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