• Seniors Club: Explore the beauty and history of Nonno’s Garden at Casa Belvedere
    Friday, June 14  • 10 to 11:30 am
    $0 for members, $10 donation non-members
    Explore the beauty and history of Nonno's Garden, one of the most cherished programs offered by The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere. This special garden tour is designed for senior citizens who love gardening or simply enjoy nature.
    Founded in April 2020 in honor of Vito Biancardi, father of Casa Belvedere Founder Gina Biancardi, Nonno's Garden has become a vibrant space for learning, sharing gardening knowledge, and meeting fellow garden enthusiasts. Nestled on the hillside overlooking New York Bay, the garden is a testament to the traditions of farming and gardening that have thrived on this site since the early 1900s.
    Our dedicated volunteers and Foundation staff maintain the garden, growing a variety of vegetables, flowers, and herbs in the classic Italian kitchen garden tradition. During your visit, you'll learn about the heritage vegetables such as zucchini flowers, heirloom peppers, and Italian beans, lovingly cultivated from seeds passed down through generations.
    This tour offers a unique opportunity to learn about the garden's history, from its origins to its role in supporting educational programs and local community initiatives. You’ll also hear about our partnership with The Belvedere Club and our efforts to support a local Staten Island food pantry.
  • La Canzone Napoletana - Celebrating the Neapolitan Song A two-part event at Casa Belvedere

    Naples was born of song which remains embedded in the heart and soul of all Neapolitans. If Naples stops singing, it will die! The Neapolitan Song is beloved throughout the world because of its melodies and strong and dramatic reflections of life. Emotional outbursts combined with heartfelt singing always move the listener. This presentation will highlight the history and cultural background of many familiar songs that showcase the attraction of “La Canzone Napoletana.” Part One on Tuesday, June 18 • 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM : Video presentation and discussion by Lou Barrella and Anita Sanseverino, moderated by Beatrice Alecci. Includes Neapolitan Sfogliatelle pastry and coffee. Part Two on Tuesday, June 25 •. 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM : “Musica Napoletana Sotto le Stelle” featuring Neapolitan singer Antonio Guarna with commentary by Beatrice Alecci, Lou Barrella and Anita Sanseverino. The dinner will feature Neapolitan cuisine.
  • End of School Year Paint & Sip for Parents & Teachers 
    Monday, June 24 from 7 to 9 pm in The Galleria
    $80 members / $90 non-members
    Includes all supplies, unlimited wine, and fresh focaccia.
    Celebrate the end of the school year at Casa’s Adult Paint & Sip event. Enjoy a relaxing evening with a glass of wine and let your creativity flow as you capture the beauty of an Italian view on canvas in a guided class. No experience necessary!
  • End of School Year Paint & Snack for Kids
    Suitable for children ages 6 to 14
    Monday, June 24 from 5 to 6:30 pm in The Galleria
    $50 members / $60 non-members
    Includes all supplies, fruit drink and snack
    Kids will creatively celebrate the end of the school year at Casa’s Kid's Paint & Snack event, where the young artists will paint a beautiful view of Italy in a guided art class. They will enjoy tasty snacks and creative fun as they are guided to capture the essence of an Italian landscape on canvas.
    The class will be taught by Lauren Lombardo, a native Staten Islander who moved to Italy when she was in her 20s, growing her art business. Her classes were contracted with the U.S. Embassy to Rome and the U.S. Consulate in Naples.
  • La Dolce Lettura Book Club at Casa Belvedere “A Wedding in Lake Como” by Jennifer Probst

    Wednesday, July 3, 2024 • 7 to 9 pm in The Galleria
    Free for members, $10 non-members
    The next book for Casa Belvedere’s “Sweet Reading” book club will be “A Wedding in Lake Como” by Jennifer Probst. Read the novel and gather on July 3 for a discussion led by experienced book club leader AnnMarie Cicero. The novel can be found at Amazon, Barnes & Nobles, and the New York Public Library. Drinks and concessions will be offered for sale.
    About the book: Best friends Ava, Madison, and Chelsea made a pact to reunite for each other’s weddings when their careers sent them in different directions. But after one of them makes a choice that tears the group apart, an upcoming wedding might be their last chance to heal old wounds.
    Ava is about to marry the man she loves in a lavish ceremony on the shores of Lake Como, but she’s haunted by the mistakes she’s made. Madison has made a name for herself as an influencer in the fashion world but is threatened by a scandal impacting everything she holds dear. And Chelsea has the perfect family she always craved, but her professional dreams have fallen by the wayside.
    As they return to Italy’s gorgeous coast, the three women revisit their life-changing first trip to Lake Como during college. When Madison comes face-to-face with the college sweetheart who was at the heart of one of the most pivotal times of her life, can they forge a new way forward?
  • Italian Film Study with Wagner College Professor Holly Van Buren Wednesday, July 10 6:30 to 8 pm in the Galleria

    Hollywood’s Roman Holiday: Italian culture and life as seen in American film. This lecture with film clips will cover the long-storied history of Hollywood’s obsession with Italy. From the romanticized versions of Italian cities as backdrops for self-discovery (Roman Holiday, Summertime, Under the Tuscan Sun, Eat Pray Love, Call Me by Your Name), to the fascination with the Italian American immigrant experience (The Godfather, Goodfellas, Big Night, Moonstruck), Hollywood has often relied upon its audience’s obsession with Italy and Italian culture for box office success. This lecture will cover a wide range of films, even dipping into the most recent season of HBO’s White Lotus (set in Sicily), to trace this complex history.
    This program will be presented by Holly Van Buren, Wagner College professor of film history, media, and television studies. This is the third in a series examining the history of Italian cinema, as well as Italian culture and life as seen in American films. Prior attendance at the series is not necessary.
    Coffee, tea and biscotti will be offered. Wine will be available for purchase.
  • Cinema Sotto Le Stelle at Casa Belvedere
    “Ennio” on Tuesday, July 16, 7 to 9 pm
    This summer, enjoy some special nights out under the stars, experiencing fine Italian films at Casa Belvedere on the rear patio overlooking New York Harbor. In the event of rain, the movie will be shown indoors in the second floor Galleria.
    Giuseppe Tornatore, director of the beloved film Cinema Paradiso, turns his camera on his longtime collaborator Ennio Morricone (1928 – 2020) in a moving and comprehensive profile of the indefatigable composer. Tornatore’s documentary portrait explores the breadth of the maestro’s career, from his early Italian pop songs to the fistful of unforgettable film scores that he wrote, including The Good, The Bad and The Ugly; The Thing; Days of Heaven; and hundreds of others.
    This examination thoughtfully captures insightful commentary from Morricone’s closest collaborators and contemporaries, featuring testimonies from artists and directors such as Bernardo Bertolucci, Marco Bellocchio, Giuliano Montaldo, Dario Argento, Clint Eastwood, Joan Baez, Quentin Tarantino, and more. “Ennio” affords the master one last chance to recount his career and deconstruct the artistic process that led him to win two Academy Awards and author over 500 unforgettable soundtracks.
  • Cooking with Kamillah Hanks, our North Shore NYC councilwoman
    Thursday, July 18 • 7 to 9 pm
    $100 members, $125 non-members.
    Casa Belvedere’s next celebrity chef event on Thursday, July 18 will feature our NYC District 49 Councilwoman Kamillah Hanks, demonstrating how she cooks her Oxtail Ragu Pappardelle and engaging guests with her stories.
    Kamillah is a native Staten Islander, mother of four and a grandma, world traveler, and a dedicated community leader. Guests will enjoy a sumptuous buffet dinner with wine that features some of Kamillah's favorite dishes, prepared by The Italian Cultural Foundation's Culinary Arts Director, Chef Kim Leo. Join us for a fun, entertaining and delicious evening!
  • Musica Sotto le Stelle "Their Songs, My Way” with Charlie Romo
    Tuesday, July 23 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. Doors open 6 pm
    $125 members, $135 non-members. Four-course dinner includes wine and soft drinks.
    This Musica Sotto le Stelle at Casa Belvedere will feature Charlie Romo celebrating Sinatra & Friends: A Tribute to The Chairman of the Board & other Great Italian-American Voices
    Come and savor fine dining 'al fresco' style while Charlie entertains you with live music. Added bonus: mesmerizing views of New York City's Harbor and the Verrazzano Bridge as a backdrop. Reserve now, because this event will sell out quickly! If it rains, the dinner and show will be presented indoors. $125 members, $135 non-members. Four-course dinner includes wine, Flagship Brewery beer, and soft drinks.
    Charlie will celebrate the music of "The Voice," Frank Sinatra and other classic Italian-American singers. The award-winning contemporary crooner will perform timeless standards and classic songs from the Sinatra songbook (and more)!
    Recently named "Best Musician on Staten Island" from the Staten Island Advance, award-winning contemporary crooner Charlie Romo is no stranger to Staten Island.  Inspired by his favorite interpreters of classic American popular songs - many of whom are Italian-American singers he grew up listening to (Bobby Darin, Frank Sinatra, Louis Prima, Vic Damone, Tony Bennett, Dean Martin, Dion DiMucci, Michael Bublé) - Romo's goal is to carry the torch of timeless music by reviving it in his own dynamic and refreshing way.
    Performing classic hits as if they were brand new, Romo's high energy stage performances harken back to the greats, but ultimately, his performances set their own standard of excellence.  The local entertainer turned nationwide sensation frequently performs in cities throughout the country, including Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Miami, and New York (he has headlined at Lincoln Center, Birdland Jazz Club, and has performed the National Anthem for the New York Yankees, New York Mets, and 7 other MLB teams).
    Romo is a proud Italian-American who grew up in a family with strong character, which has reinforced in him a style and persona that has served him well on stage and in life.  Romo recently performed a tribute to Bobby Darin during the live broadcast of the Columbus Day Parade on ABC7.  He is a member of multiple Italian American heritage organizations and considers it a mission to defy negative stereotypes of the Italian American community.  This performance is sure to be special, as Romo takes the stage at the Casa Belvedere for an intimate, one-night only show filled with timeless music!
    What NYC critics are saying about Charlie Romo:
    • "The Frank Sinatra of This Generation." — Times Square Chronicles
    • “The world will sit up and take notice. It's going to be a heckuva great journey to watch.” — BroadwayWorld
    • "Charlie Romo does something wonderful. While not changing the feeling of these songs, he gives them a new infusion of life." — Times Square Chronicles
  • Cinema Sotto Le Stelle at Casa Belvedere
    “Cinema Paradiso (1988)” on Tuesday, July 30, 7 to 9 pm
    This summer, enjoy some special nights out under the stars, experiencing fine Italian films at Casa Belvedere on the rear patio overlooking New York Harbor. In the event of rain, the movie will be shown indoors in the second floor Galleria.
    In “Cinema Paradiso,” a prominent movie director returns to his Sicilian home village for the first time in many years to attend the funeral of the town's former film projectionist, who served as the filmmaker's mentor when he was a young boy.
    The coming-of-age dramedy film is set in a small Sicilian town. Credited with revitalizing Italy's film industry, Cinema Paradiso has been cited as one of the greatest films of all time. The ending is considered among the greatest endings in movie history. It was a commercial success, and won several awards, including the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and the Cannes Film Festival's Grand Prix.
  • Writing Your Memories: Monthly Virtual Writing Workshops with author Maria Giura
    No experience necessary: just notebook, pen, and a desire to record the past.
    Are there memories you want to write or (family) stories you want to record but perhaps don’t know where to begin or pick up? Maybe you have a piece of writing you’ve already started, and you would like to receive help with constructive feedback? Join us for one, some, or all of these supportive monthly workshops, which will leave you with concrete suggestions to get you closer to the truth of your own stories.
    During the generative workshops, you will read short, vibrant excerpts, many written by Italian-American authors, and then you’ll be given prompts to write your own original piece. All are welcome to register. The workshops are held virtually; registered participants will receive Zoom links.
    Revision workshops are open to those who have attended at least one Casa Belvedere writing workshop. For these workshops, you will submit in advance a writing piece (maximum 700 words) for constructive feedback.
    Saturday mornings 10 am to noon:
    Jan. 6: Revision Feb. 10:   Generative March 16:   Generative April 20   Revision May 18:   Generative July 20: Revision August 10: Generative


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