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.

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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
6:00- 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 2016-2017

For a printable copy: Dante Meeting and Event Calendar

2016: 2017:
  • September 14th: English Meeting
    • Speaker: Nick Minotti
    • Topic: Preview of Italian Cultural Quiz to be given at Dante's Festa Booth

  • September 28th: Italian Meeting
    • Speaker: Marcella Nardi
    • Topic: "La Vita Quotidiana nel Medioevo" - Daily Life in the Medieval Age
  • January 11th: English Meeting
    • Speaker: Terry Tazioli, Journalist of TVW's Well Read
    • Topic: "Italian Authors and More"

  • January 25th: Italian Meeting
    • Speaker: Franco Tesorieri
    • Topic: Il Punto, Italian Cultural Center
  • October 12th: English Meeting
    • Speaker: Julia Normand
    • Topic: The Ins and Outs of Traveling Alone

  • February 8th: English Meeting
    • Speaker: Arne Millan of Esquin Wines
    • Topic: Narrated Pairing of Traditional Italian Food and Wine
    • by Reservation Only

  • February 22th: Italian Meeting
    • Speaker: Albert J. Sbragia
    • Topic: Italian Spaces and Globalization: Matteo Garrone's Reality
  • November 9th: English Meeting
    • Speaker: Rebecca Novelli
    • Topic: The Train to Orvieto (Writing a Novel about Italians & Italy)

  • No Italian Meeting in November
  • March 8th: English Meeting
    • Speaker: Scott Fitzgerald of Bicerin USA
    • Topic: History of and a Tasting of his Liquors from Torino

  • March 22rd: Italian Meeting
    • Speaker: FR Thomas Lucas SJ, Rector of Seattle University Jesuit Community
    • Topic: Restoration of the Rome Living Quarters of Saint Ignatius Loyola, Founder of the Jesuits
  • December 3rd: Traditional Italian Celebration
    • Festa di Natale per i Bambini

  • December 14th: English Meeting
    • Annual Christmas Party

  • No Italian Meeting in December
  • April 12th: English Meeting
    • Annual Meeting and Election Night
    • Free Pasta Dinner for Paid Members

  • April 26th: Italian Meeting
    • Speaker: Franco Gaudiano
    • Topic: Ancient Rock Carvings in the Italian Alps
  • 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 10th: English Meeting
    • Speaker: Rob Prufer
    • Topic: La Liberta': Judith and Archetypes of Liberation in Italian Art

  • No Italian Meeting in May
  • June-August 2016: 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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