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Check out all of our wonderful events here at Casa Belvedere. 

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  • Writing Workshop – “Writing the Italian in Your Memories”
    10:00 AM-11:45 AM
    10/02/2021
    “Writing the Italian in Your Memories”: Fall Edition

    Laboratorio di Scrittura, Writing Workshop
    Saturdays, October 2, 16 and 30, 2021: 10:00-11:45am

    The workshop will take place in the cottage on the left side of the mansion, which can be reached by following the paved sidewalk and stairs.

    All On-site at Casa Belvedere with Zoom option. If you are interested in participating via Zoom, email beatrice@casa-belvedere.org
    No experience necessary, just a notebook and pen!

    When we look back on our past, whether a year or decades ago, our stories are often intertwined with our culture—its richness, expectations, challenges and humor. During each workshop, led by author Maria Giura, we’ll focus on how one aspect of Italian American (IA) life—identity, travel, holidays—forms the background or foreground of our memories.

    We’ll read and discuss short, vibrant excerpts written by IA authors. Participants will then be given prompts to generate their own writing and, by the end of each workshop, will have produced an original piece of writing. In-person enrollment limited to 10 participants. P.S. You don’t have to be Italian to write about how Italy may be part of your memories!

    Register for one, two, or all three workshops.
    Part 1: Sat., Oct. 2
    Part 2: Sat. Oct. 16
    Part 3: Sat. Oct. 30

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  • Celebrating Dante Alighieri
    7:00 PM-9:00 PM
    10/12/2021

    Celebrating Dante Alighieri: The man, the era he lived in, and his impact on Western civilization

    Tuesday, Oct. 12 at 7 pm
    Presented by Prof. Louis Leonini

    Homer, Dante and Shakespeare are considered giants of world literature. Of all three, however, Dante’s Divine Comedy is considered one of the greatest literary masterpieces of all time.

    In this lecture, Professor Louis Leonini will defend this critique as he takes you back in time to explore Dante Alighieri (1265-1321), his romantic poetry, his study of Italian dialects (De Vulgari), and Florentine Italian – which later became what is now called Standard Italian.

    We can often judge a man and his work by his admirers. The professor will tell how Boccaccio and Michelangelo idolized Dante, and Petrarch, Chaucer, Milton, and Shelley were strongly influenced by him. Botticelli made drawings for the Divine Comedy, and William Blake (a 19th century English romantic poet) actually learned Italian so he could read Dante’s great work in the original.

    This lecture will examine what motivated Dante’s great work, how it was written, and its impact even today, 700 years after his death.

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  • Writing Workshop – “Writing the Italian in Your Memories”
    10:00 AM-11:45 AM
    10/16/2021
    “Writing the Italian in Your Memories”: Fall Edition

    Laboratorio di Scrittura, Writing Workshop
    Saturdays, October 2, 16 and 30, 2021: 10:00-11:45am

    The workshop will take place in the cottage on the left side of the mansion, which can be reached by following the paved sidewalk and stairs.

    All On-site at Casa Belvedere with Zoom option. If you are interested in participating via Zoom, email beatrice@casa-belvedere.org
    No experience necessary, just a notebook and pen!

    When we look back on our past, whether a year or decades ago, our stories are often intertwined with our culture—its richness, expectations, challenges and humor. During each workshop, led by author Maria Giura, we’ll focus on how one aspect of Italian American (IA) life—identity, travel, holidays—forms the background or foreground of our memories.

    We’ll read and discuss short, vibrant excerpts written by IA authors. Participants will then be given prompts to generate their own writing and, by the end of each workshop, will have produced an original piece of writing. In-person enrollment limited to 10 participants. P.S. You don’t have to be Italian to write about how Italy may be part of your memories!

    Register for one, two, or all three workshops.
    Part 1: Sat., Oct. 2
    Part 2: Sat. Oct. 16
    Part 3: Sat. Oct. 30

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  • Opera & Lunch
    12:00 PM-4:00 PM
    10/21/2021

    These unique luncheons are for true “Opera Lovers” who wish to share their passion as they spend an afternoon with others while watching a complete opera and enjoying a great meal together!

    Introduction and Commentary by Opera Educator Lou BarrellaThese unique luncheons are for true “Opera Lovers” who wish to share their passion as they spend an afternoon with others while watching a complete opera and enjoying a great meal together!

    L’Elisir d’Amore (The Elixir of Love) is a melodramma giocoso or opera buffa by the Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti. The opera premiered in 1832 in Milan; and although written in haste in a six-week period, it was the opera most often performed in Italy between 1838 and 1848; and has remained continually in the international opera repertory all over the world. Today it is one of the most frequently performed of all Donizetti’s operas and it contains the popular tenor aria “Una furtiva lagrima”,a celebrated romanza that has been recorded by all the great ones.

    The production is by the Metropolitan Opera, 1981 featuring Luciano Pavarotti, Judith Blegen, Brent Ellis & Sesto Bruscantini – Conducted by Nicola Resigno

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  • Festa & Motori D’Italia
    12:00 PM-6:00 PM
    10/23/2021

    A FUN-FILLED WEEKEND FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY!

    This two-day event will be held on Casa Belvedere’s beautiful historic grounds, showcasing classic and modern Italian motor vehicles of all kinds. In addition to the exhibitions, there will be fine food at The Belvedere Club, various outdoor vendors, continuous live entertainment, activities for children, culinary and wine tastings, our popular farmer’s market stand, raffles and much more.

    ADMISSION $10 (Per Person At Gate) • CHILDREN UNDER 12 FREE

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  • Festa & Motori D’Italia
    12:00 PM-5:00 PM
    10/24/2021

    A FUN-FILLED WEEKEND FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY!

    This two-day event will be held on Casa Belvedere’s beautiful historic grounds, showcasing classic and modern Italian motor vehicles of all kinds. In addition to the exhibitions, there will be fine food at The Belvedere Club, various outdoor vendors, continuous live entertainment, activities for children, culinary and wine tastings, our popular farmer’s market stand, raffles and much more.

    ADMISSION $10 (Per Person At Gate) • CHILDREN UNDER 12 FREE

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  • Writing Workshop – “Writing the Italian in Your Memories”
    10:00 AM-11:45 AM
    10/30/2021
    “Writing the Italian in Your Memories”: Fall Edition

    Laboratorio di Scrittura, Writing Workshop
    Saturdays, October 2, 16 and 30, 2021: 10:00-11:45am

    The workshop will take place in the cottage on the left side of the mansion, which can be reached by following the paved sidewalk and stairs.

    All On-site at Casa Belvedere with Zoom option. If you are interested in participating via Zoom, email beatrice@casa-belvedere.org
    No experience necessary, just a notebook and pen!

    When we look back on our past, whether a year or decades ago, our stories are often intertwined with our culture—its richness, expectations, challenges and humor. During each workshop, led by author Maria Giura, we’ll focus on how one aspect of Italian American (IA) life—identity, travel, holidays—forms the background or foreground of our memories.

    We’ll read and discuss short, vibrant excerpts written by IA authors. Participants will then be given prompts to generate their own writing and, by the end of each workshop, will have produced an original piece of writing. In-person enrollment limited to 10 participants. P.S. You don’t have to be Italian to write about how Italy may be part of your memories!

    Register for one, two, or all three workshops.
    Part 1: Sat., Oct. 2
    Part 2: Sat. Oct. 16
    Part 3: Sat. Oct. 30

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