Dante Alighieri Society of Washington

per la diffusione della lingua e della cultura italiana nel mondo

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About our social gatherings and events

Devoted to sharing the wondrous art, history, literature, music, culture and cuisine of Italy, the Dante Alighieri Society of Washington offers twice-monthly meetings with a rich program of lectures in English or Italian. A warm, welcoming hospitality includes antipasti social hour or a delicious pasta dinner prior to the presentations. And always, vino and dolci, generously shared by our members.

Additionally, throughout the year we publicize and participate in events of the larger Seattle area Italian community.

Learn more about these gatherings and events below.

English and Italian language meetings

In keeping with the Dante mission to promote knowledge of Italian culture and language, the Society holds meetings on the second* and fourth Wednesdays of each month, September through May.

The presentation given at the meeting on the second* Wednesday is in English and the presentation given at the meeting on the fourth Wednesday is in Italian. A gathering featuring delicious homemade food, wine and conversation with fellow lovers of all things Italian precedes each meeting. It is not necessary to be a member to attend but membership is appreciated to support the cost of these non-profit activities.

*PLEASE NOTE that the English language meeting for February 2018 will be held on Feb 7th, the first Wednesday of the month, to avoid a conflict with Ash Wednesday.

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Location of our regular meetings

Unless otherwise noted, our meetings are held at the Garden House (formerly Headquarters House) located at 2336 15th Avenue South in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Seattle.

Garden House Map

Directions: From I-5, take the Columbian Way/Spokane Street exit, eastbound. Turn left at the first light, Spokane Street and left again at the next light, 15th Avenue S. After crossing Beacon Avenue, The Garden House is on the right side between Bayview and College Streets.

Find your personal directions at: google maps

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General timeline for meetings

English Language Meetings

Time Activity Cost
5:30pm Room Setup and meal preparation; volunteers welcome! Pasta, salad, and bread is prepared by members, and all attendees are encouraged to bring wine, antipasti, or dessert to share. And, of course socializing. None
6:30pm Dinner is served! Preregistration* is requested to ensure that enough food is available for everyone. $8 per person or $15 per couple
7:30pm A presentation related to Italian culture provided by guest speaker and is presented in the English language. None
8:30pm – 9:00pm Room Cleanup: everyone is encouraged to participate. None

*Register for Pre-Dante Pasta Dinner (English language meetings only)

Call the Activity Line (425) 243-7663 by the Monday before to reserve your spot(s) or email your request to dante.reserve@gmail.com. Please provide your name and the number of attendees you are reserving for. Cost is $8.00 per person or $15.00 per couple to be paid at the dinner. Cash, check, credit or debit cards accepted. Reservations are not necessary for Italian meetings.

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Italian Language Meetings

Time Activity Cost
6:00pm Room Setup; volunteers are welcome! None
6:30pm Potluck wine, antipasti and dessert are provided by attendees, so bring your favorites to share. Conversation is in both English and Italian, as you wish; it's a good opportunity to practice your Italian conversational skills. None, bring what you want to share
7:30pm A presentation related to Italian culture provided by guest speaker and is presented in the Italian language. None
8:30pm – 9:00pm Room Cleanup: everyone is encouraged to participate None

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Special events

In addition to the regular meetings, the Society participates in various other events involving Italian language and culture. For example:

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Dante calendar 2017-2018

For a printable copy: Dante Meeting and Event Calendar

2017: 2018:
  • September 13th: English Meeting
    • Speaker: Claude DaCorsi, Auburn City Councilmember
    • Topic: "Alba Nuova" - his book on his family's immigration to the US

  • September 27th: Italian Meeting
    • Speaker: Ornella De Stavola
    • Topic: "Maremma una Toscana quasi sconosciuta" - A Little Known Part of Tuscany
  • January 10th: English Meeting
    • Speaker: Joyce Ramee, Co-Director, Max Aronoff Viola Institute
    • Topic: Musical Presentation

  • January 24th: Italian Meeting
    • Speaker: Beatrice Arduini, UW
    • Topic: "The Portrait of Dante, Poet & Pilgrim"
  • October 11th: English Meeting
    • Speaker: Nick Minotti
    • Topic: Festa Quiz Review: "Where in Italy is Guido Mondobello?"

  • October 25th: Italian Meeting
    • Speaker: Albert Sbraggia
    • Topic: La 'Ndrangheta nel film Anime nere di Francesco Munzi - The 'Ndrangheta in the film Black Souls by Francesco Munzi civitainstitute.org
  • February 7th: English Meeting
    • Speaker: Arne Millan of Esquin Wines
    • Topic: Wine Tasting Dinner with Pairings of Traditional Italian Food and Wine
    • by Reservation Only - SOLD OUT

  • February 28th: Italian Meeting
    • Speaker: Cecilia Strettoi
    • Topic: Literature about WWII and the Italian Resistance
  • November 8th: English Meeting
    • Speakers: Dante Members
    • Topic: Recent Trips to Italy

  • No Italian Meeting in November
  • March 14th: English Meeting
    • Speaker: Lloyd Howard, Prof. Emeritus, University of Victoria
    • Topic: An Intro to "The Divine Comedy"

  • March 28th: Italian Meeting
    • Speaker: Fr. Tom Lucas, S.J., Rector of Seattle University Jesuit Community
    • Topic: Roman Baroque Painting
  • December 2nd: Traditional Italian Celebration
    • Festa di Natale per i Bambini

  • December 13th: English Meeting
    • Annual Christmas Party

  • No Italian Meeting in December
  • April 11th: English Meeting
    • Annual Meeting and Election Night
    • Free Pasta Dinner for Paid Members

  • April 25th: Italian Meeting
    • Speaker: Giuseppe Tassone
    • Topic: La Cultura del Bello - The Concept of Made in Italy, the Prestigious Label for Italians
  • The Calendar for the 2018 - 2019 Program Year will be updated as speakers are confirmed. Hope you enjoyed these programs over the past year.
  • Send suggestions for topics or speakers to: danteseattle.info@gmail.com
  • Keep checking back as additions and updates to our calendar are made throughout the program year.
  • May 9th: English Meeting
    • Speaker: Rob Prufer
    • Topic: Michelangelo's Pieta in St. Peters
  • No Italian Meeting in May
  • June-August 2018: Summer break, no meetings held

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Get Involved!

Join us for a meeting. Become a member. Register for a language class. Volunteer. We'll welcome you, and we'll get to know each other.

As an all volunteer organization (except Language School staff) Dante activities above are made possible only by the time, energy, passion and love of our volunteers. Our events and gatherings create unmatched opportunities to learn more about Italy, its language and culture and to meet other people, of Italian heritage or not, who share our common fascination with Italy. It takes a lot of volunteers to make all the Dante events happen. Member or not, you are encouraged to become actively engaged in Dante's programs - it's a great way to better know a great group!

Volunteer opportunites:

To volunteer for any position or activity or if you have questions before committing, send an email to: danteseattle.info@gmail.com or call: 206-556-4120.

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