Festa di Natale – Christmas Party
In place of the December monthly meeting, the Society celebrates the Christmas Holidays with a musical program and pot-luck dinner featuring traditional Italian dishes. The Festa begins with a vocal (or piano) performance of Italian music, the singing performance of the kids (students of the Music School + little students of our language classes); then, a sing-along of carols, followed by the appearance of Babbo Natale, his elves and La Befana. Decorations include an elaborate Presepio of the Nativity scene. There is a special program of activities for smaller children in the separate rooms during the musical performance, after which, they are brought in to the main room for the kids’ performance and Babbo Natale’s visit. Parents are invited to bring gifts with the name of a child clearly visible for Babbo Natale and his helpers to distribute.
Last Christmas was different… Virtual Festa on Zoom, on December 20th, at 4:00pm ET
Highlights from the Past…
Festa di Carnevale – Carnival party
Carnevale, the 16th century tradition which originated in Veneto and Campania and spread to all the other Italian regions, is celebrated by members and friends of the Italian Cultural Society with a costume party for the entire family. Children and adults dressed in their favorite costumes join us for a very special afternoon, with Chiacchiere (traditional Carnevale sweet), dolci carnevaleshi, and aperitivo with Aperol Spritz, music and/or a fun trivia game to show off cultural knowledge on Italy and its traditions! Children are entertained with a Carnevale themed workshop. Prizes for winners of our costume contests, dolci di carnevale contest, and raffle.
This year is different… We will have a special Virtual Festa on Zoom, on SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 20th 2021
The Gala is our main fundraising event and is essential in developing our didactic-cultural and scholarship plans. It is a memorable and elegant occasion to celebrate the Italian culture with students, teachers, entrepreneurs who support us, promoters and lovers of our culture, and recipients of ICS awards, who distinguished themselves in the study of Italian, the classics, art, science and music. Entertainment includes a piano performance given by an award recipient. The Gala, typically hosted at the Italian Embassy, highlights a specific aspect of the excellence of Italian culture, and includes an Italian honorary guest of international acclaim, recognized for his/her successful career in the world.
Last Gala was different: Virtual Gala on SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1st 2020