Past Events

i-Italy Conducts an Exclusive Interview with Distinguished NOIAW Board member and Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation  for Public Broadcasting
February 14, 2017
Ms. Patricia de Stacy Harrison also is a member of the NIAF Board of Directors and served as Co­-Chair of the Republican National Committee and then at the U.S. Department of State under Colin Powell.
This interview is part of “Italian Leadership in America”, a series co-produced by i-Italy and the National Italian American Foundation.

NOIAW Founder and Chair Emerita Dr. Aileen Riotto Sirey Received the NIAF Italian American Community Leadership Award
October 15, 2016
Washington, DC
The Italian American Community Leadership Award was given to NOIAW Founder and Chair Emerita Aileen Riotto Sirey, Ph.D. Dr. Sirey, who launched over NOIAW 36 years ago, explained that when the organization was established, Italian Americans were in “a generation that was straddled between two worlds, two languages, two cultures. They wanted their kids to be American.” She noted that part of the impetus behind the organization’s creation was a desire to bust stereotypes of Italian American women, which more often than not depicted them as fat and hunched over a pot of sauce. “We weren’t ashamed of that,” Sirey said on Saturday night, “but we knew we were more than that.”


Tour of Washington National Cathedral
Greater Washington, DC Region
February 18, 2017, 10:30 AM
NOIAW members and friends enjoyed an very information tour of the cathedral guide by Andy Bittner. Andy focused on the Italian history behind exquisite stone carvings that adorn the cathedral’s exterior and interior walls. A special viewing of a carving of Pope John XXIII was also shown to the NOIAW group.
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Celebrate Carnevale & Cioccolato
Greater New York Region, Metro Network
February 27, 2017, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Ayza Wine + Chocolate Bar, New York, New York
Greater New York Region NOIAW members and friends gathered for Carnevale celebration. Attendees donned masks and enjoyed wine, appetizers, signature chocolate truffles and good company. Read more

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World-premiere of Napoli, Brooklyn
Connecticut Region
Tuesday, February 28, 2017, 7:00 PM
Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, CT

Connecticut region members and friends enjoyed a performance of Napoli, Brooklyn at the Long Wharf Theatre. Set in 1960s Brooklyn this play recounted the story of an Italian immigrant household and the women of the Muscolino family, whose plans are put on hold when a tragedy rocks the neighborhood. Attendees were treated to a talk back after the performance with the director and members of the cast. Read more

GRANDPARENTS AND GRANDCHILDREN IN ITALIAN AMERICA is a video series featuring the relationship between different generations of Italians in America narrated firsthand by couples of grandparents and grandchildren. Their conversations touch on all central issues concerning Italian identity in the US, from immigration to religion, from language to cooking and traveling in Italy.
In this episode the conversation is between NOIAW Founder and Chair Emerita Aileen Riotto Sirey, Ph.D. and her niece, Emma Bankier.


Caruso Physical Dance
Greater New York Region, Metro Network
September 26, 2016, 6:00 pm
CUNY Graduate Center, New York, NY
Italo-African contemporary artist Mvula Sungani’s phenomenal choreography impressed audiences on Monday, Sept 26. The Italian American Faculty & Staff Advisory Council presented this free event, which was co-sponsored by NOIAW along with other Italian cultural organizations. Read more


Celebrate Ferragosto at Aperitivo Tuesday
Greater New York Region, Metro Network
August 16, 2016, 6:00 pm
PHD Terrace at Dream Hotel Midtown, New York, New York
The Young Professionals of the Greater New York Region gathered for a Ferragosto celebration at an Italian themed happy hour. Members and friends connected and learned more about NOIAW over refreshing Italian cocktails and aperitivo bites. Read more


Una Serata con Furla
Greater New York Region, Metro Network
September 14, 2016, 6:00 pm
Furla Fifth Avenue Store, New York, NY
Members and friends of NOIAW gathered for a magical evening at beloved Italian designer Furla’s Fifth Avenue flagship store! Guests previewed the brand’s 2016 Autumn/Winter Collection while sipping complimentary champagne, and indulging on mini cannoli and sfogliatelle. Read more


Una Serata Estiva at Bittersweet Farms
Rhode Island Region
August 17, 2016, 6:30 pm
Salvatore Residence at Bittersweet Farm, Wakefield, RI
NOIAW members and friends gathered for a celebration of summer’s bounty! Guests networked as they savored a delicious cheese sampling and enjoyed wine and olive oil tastings given by local merchants. Read more

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24th Annual Hofstra University Italian Festival 
Greater New York Region, Long Island Network
September 18, 2016, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY
NOIAW volunteers paricipated in running our table at the festival, while enjoying the celebration of Italian culture. The festival featured food, vendors, handmade crafts, music, poetry, dance and more! Read more


Cocktail Reception in Celebration of the Appointments of Janet DiFiore and Maria T. Vullo
Greater New York Region
June 23, 2016, 6:00 pm
Columbus Citizens Foundation, New York, New York
Thank you to everyone who made our evening in celebration of Janet DiFiore and Maria T. Vullo on June 23, 2016 a tremendous success! We were proud to accomplish their accomplishments and recent appointments by Governor Cuomo. Read more


Guided Tour of Dumbarton Oaks
Greater Washington, DC Region
May 14, 2016, 10:00 am
Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D.C.
The Greater Washington, D.C. Region gathered for a guided tour of the Dumbarton Oaks estate, museum, and grounds. Guests marveled at the museum’s Byzantine Collection and its architecture and features. Read more

Tour of The Seguine Mansion and Concert
Greater New York Region, Staten Island Network
May 7, 2016, 6:00 pm
Seguine Mansion, Staten Island, NY
NOIAW members and friends of the gathered for a tour of the Seguine Mansion and a concert by Alex Leonard. The tour highlighted the Greek Revival architecture and the beautiful grounds, where guests were greeted by peacocks and horses. Read more


Negroni Night Summer Celebration
Rhode Island Region
June 29, 2016, 6:00 pm
Capriccio, Providence, RI
Rhode Island Region members and friends gathered at the iconic Capriccio in Providence to socialize and connect while enjoying Italy’s classic cocktail, the Negroni! The event was such a success that we cannot wait for the next one! Autumn Americano Celebration, anyone?! Read more


Preserving Italian Traditions in the Kitchen
Greater Washington, D.C. Region
June 29, 2016, 6:00 pm
NIAF Building, Washington, D.C.
members and friends gathered for a discussion with cookbook author and former NOIAW Wise Woman honoree Domenica Marchetti. Light refreshments were served during the inviting discussion. Read more


NOIAW’s 35th Anniversary Luncheon
Greater New York Region
April 16, 2016, 11:30 am
The St. Regis, New York, New York
Thank you to everyone who supported our 35th Anniversary Luncheon! The event, held on April 16, 2016 at the St. Regis New York, was a phenomenal success. We are proud to have honored Alisyn Camerota and Jeanne Mariani Sullivan, two women of the highest caliber and distinction. Read more

Splendor: Italian Film Screening, Reception, & Conversation
Greater New York Region, Staten Island Network
March 30, 2016, 6:00 pm
Foundation Hall, Manzulli Board Room, Wagner College, Staten Island, New York
Guests joined for a wonderful evening in appreciation of Splendor by Ettore Scola. Read more

The Life and Art of Artemisia Gentileschi
Greater New York Region
March 24, 2016, 6:00 pm
John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, New York, New York
Members gathered for a lecture by Dr. Snjezana Smodlaka, researcher in Italian language, literature, art and music, on the great Italian Baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi.
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Protecting our Health, Happiness and Heritage
Rhode Island Region
April 27, 2016, 5:30 pm
Metacomet Country Club, Providence, RI
Members and friends of the Rhode Island Region gathered for a discussion about maintaining a healthy lifestyle, happiness and well-being with Anne Marie Ludovici-Connolly. Anne Marie is a health management consultant and author of Change Your Mind, Change Your HealthRead more

Festa Della Donna
Rhode Island Region
March 8, 2016, 5:30 pm
Rosmarin at Hotel Providence, Providence, Rhode Island
Members and their guests joined for a networking event in celebration of Festa Della Donna and Women’s History Month. Cheese adn charcuterie platters were provided for the celebration.
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Rhode Island Region Epiphany Celebration Honoring Three Wise Women
Rhode Island Region
January 10, 2016, 11:00 am
Providence Art Club, Providence, Rhode Island
NOIAW’s Rhode Island Region gathered for an Epiphany Celebration honoring Three Wise Women at Providence Art Club. The Three Wise Women honored that morning were Renée Evangelista, Esq., Partner, Howland Evangelista Kohlenberg Burnett LLP; Dale Venturini, President/CEO, RI Hospitality Association, RI Hospitality Education Foundation, Hospitality Training Academy; and Rita Esposito Watson, Journalist and Educator. Read more

Connecticut Region Epiphany Celebration
Connecticut Region
January 17, 2016, 10:00 am
New Haven Lawn Club, New Haven, Connecticut
NOIAW’s Connecticut Region joined for an Epiphany Celebration honoring Three Wise Women at the New Haven Lawn Club. Congratulations to our accomplished honorees! Read more

Hon. Rosa DeLauro, Maria Tamburri, Mary Lou Aleskie, Mary L. Pepe, Mary Paula Pizzicarola Scasino, and Jo-Ann Daddio-Larsen
Sue Matthews, Donna Corrado and Carin Guarasci

Greater New York Region Epiphany Celebration
Greater New York Region
January 13, 2016, 6:30 pm
Columbus Citizens Foundation
NOIAW’s Greater New York Region held an Epiphany Celebration honoring Three Wise Women at Columbus Citizens Foundation in New York City. Congratulations to our three inspiring and accomplished Italian American Wise Women! Read more

Lisa Monaco, Gina M. Grosso and Gemma Puglisi

Greater Washington, D.C. Epiphany Celebration
Greater Washington, DC Region
January 14, 2016, 6:30 pm
Maggiano’s Little Italy, Washington, DC
NOIAW’s Greater Washington, D.C. Region joined for an Epiphany Celebration honoring Three Wise Women at Maggiano’s Little Italy. Congratulations to our inspiring 2016 honorees! Read more


NOIAW’s 35th Anniversary Year Kickoff Dinner
Greater New York Region
October 26, 2015, 6:30 pm
Il Bastardo, New York, New York
NOIAW proudly kicked off its 35th year with a dinner at Il Bastardo in NYC. Members celebrated the past and looked excitedly forward at what the years to come will bring the organization.
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Una Festa Di Natale: A Christmas Toast to Our Heritage and Traditions
Greater New York Region
December 17, 2015, 5:30 pm
The Azure, New York, New York
Members enjoyed an evening spent wine tasting while learning about Italian American history and celebrating the holidays.
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Discover the Hundred-Year History of the Italian American Holy Rosary Church
Greater Washington, D.C. Region
December 6, 2015, 1 pm
Casa Italiana, Washington, D.C.
D.C. members learned more about the fascinating role Italian American women have had within the church and the greater Washington, D.C. Community.
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Long Island Annual Holiday Luncheon
Greater New York Region, Long Island Network
December 12, 2015, 11:30 am
Manhasset Bay Yacht Club, Manhasset, New York
Long Island members had a delicious lunch in the elegant, glass-enclosed Bay Room at the Manhasset Bay Yacht Club.
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Dolci, Tè e Musica per Natale: A Christmas High Tea
Greater New York Region, Staten Island Network
December 2, 2015, 4:30 pm
Private Residence, Ward Hill, Staten Island
Members enjoyed a high tea while they looked out on beautiful views of the city skyline and shopped at a holiday boutique. The live music of classical pianist Anthony Colucci was the soundtrack to the event.
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Mini Italian Film Festival
Greater New York Region
November 5, 2015, 6:30 pm
John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, New York, New York
Courtesy of the award-winning television channel Eurochannel, NY members watched four short films by Italian filmmakers. Along with the screening there was a guided conversation and the opportunity to network.

Become a Financially Wise Woman
Greater New York Region
November 18, 2015, 6 pm
Fordham University at Lincoln Center, New York, New York
NOIAW members attended a presentation on personal finance by
Carol Gautieri O’Rourke, CFP ® who shared her wealth of financial knowledge by covering hot topics including online investing, finding a broker you can trust and reverse mortgages.
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The Italian Garden Project: Nostalgia for Yesterday… Lessons for Today
Greater Washington, D.C. Region
October 22, 2015, 6:30 pm
NIAF Building, Washington, D.C.
Mary Menniti, founder of The Italian Garden Project, will share her unique and nostalgic photography of traditional Italian backyards.
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Lunch and a Tribute Concert to Luciano Pavarotti
Connecticut Region
October 31, 2015, 12 pm
La Tavola & Silas Bronson Library, Waterbury, Connecticut
Members enjoyed lunch at La Tavola, one of the best Italian resturants in the state according to Connecticut Magazine. Lunch was followed by a tribute concert to the talented Italian operatic tenor, Luciano Pavarotti, at the Silas Bronson Library.
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Palio: Advance Preview Screening
Greater New York Region
October 28, 2015, 8:30 pm
Magno Review Screening Room, New York, New York
NOIAW members were invited to a free advance screening of the documentary, Palio, that tells the story of Siena’s ancient horse race by following Gigi Bruschelli, a Palio champion and Giovanni Atzeni, his former protégé.
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Rome Through Richmond Town
Greater New York Region, Long Island Network
October 10, 2015, 12 pm
Historic Richmond Town, Staten Island, New York
The Staten Island Network gathered Columbus Day Weekend for a delightful afternoon filled with Italian heritage and culture, celebrating the American experience.


“My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish, and I’m in Therapy!”
Connecticut Region and Westchester Members
October 11, 2015, 2 pm
White Plains Performing Arts Center, White Plains, New York
Members saw one of the longest running one man shows, Steve Solomon’s hit comedy is inspired by his hilarious family, brought to life in more than 30 characters and voices!
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Learn to Make Pasta from Scratch: A Cooking Class at Sur La Table
Greater New York Region, Long Island Network
October 21, 2015, 6:30 pm
Sur la Table, Manhasset, New York
A professional chef taught members the art of hand rolling pasta in three different styles; they also learned the secrets of drying and cooking pasta al dente and how to prepare three different sauces.
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Tour the Italian Embassy with NOIAW in celebration of Italian Heritage Month
Greater Washington, D.C. Region
October 29, 2015, 10:45 am
D.C. NOIAW member, Patricia Violante Cassetta, Senior Professional Staff at the Embassy, coordinated a meeting with Embassy officials followed by a special tour. The event was organized in honor of Italian Heritage month.
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The Italian Americans — Our History, Ourselves: Author Book Presentation and High Tea
Greater New York Region, Staten Island Network
September 20, 2015, 2:30 pm
Hilton Garden Inn, Staten Island, New York
The Staten Island Network met for a High Tea featuring author Maria Laurino, author of The Italian Americans: A History, a companion book to the much-anticipated PBS series that aired in February 2015.
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Sprezzatura, a celebration of Italian Heritage Month
Rhode Island Region
October 22, 2015, 6 pm
Providence Art Club, Providence, Rhode Island
Members gathered for cocktails and a dinner that highlighted three traditional Roman dishes.
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A Conversation with Dr. Cynthia Gueli, Author of Lipstick Brigade
Greater Washington, D.C. Region
September 10, 2015, 6:30 pm
NIAF Building, Washington, D.C.
DC members enjoyed a presentation by Dr. Cynthia Gueli about her recent book, Lipstick Brigade, which explores the captivating, surprising and moving stories of women during World War II.
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Limoncello – Not Just for Drinking!
Connecticut Region
July 27, 2015, 6:30 pm
Chef’s Equipment Emporium, Orange, Connecticut
Connecticut members had a fun evening learning to make a menu that incorporated limoncello in each dish! Limoncello is a popular digestivo made of lemon peel, alcohol, water and sugar.
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Meet and Greet Luncheon at St. Rocco’s Bakery
Greater New York Region,  Long Island Network
September 26, 2015, 1:30 pm
St. Rocco’s Bakery, Glen Cove,
New York
NOIAW members joined together with old friends and made new ones while enjoying the food and sweets that this bakery has to offer.

The Art, Life, and Times of Michelangelo: Lecture by Maestro D’Arte Francesco Santoro
Greater New York Region, Staten Island Network
August 13, 2015, 6:30 pm
Garibaldi-Meucci Museum, Staten Island, New York
Maestro Francesco Santoro, World-renowned Renaissance-style  artist and art history scholar, presented a lecture and discussion on one of the greatest masters of the Renaissance: Michelangelo Buonarroti.


Medardo Rosso Exhibit: Private Tour, Discussion, Reception and Cultural Conversations at the Center for Italian Modern Art (CIMA)
Greater New York Region
June 11, 2015, 6 pm
Center for Italian Modern Art, Soho, New York
After viewing the sculpture, drawings and experimental photography of Italian Modernist, Medardo Rosso, NOIAW young professionals enjoyed networking and an aperitivo.
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Daughter, Dads and the Path Through Grief: Tales from Italian America
Connecticut Region
May 11, 2015, 6:30 pm
Private Residence, North Haven, Connecticut
NOIAW members Drs. Mangione and DiCello will speak about and read from their book that focuses on the father daughter relationship and how the Italian culture plays into that.

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Wine Tour and Tasting at Banfi Vintners
Greater New York Region, Long Island Network
June 5, 2015, 6 pm
Banfi Vintners, Old Brookville, New York
Members enjoyed a private tour, wine tasting, and aperitivo at the Banfi Manor, a vinyard closed to the public known to be America’s leading wine importer.
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Daughters, Dads and the Path Through Grief: Tales from Italian America
Greater Washington, D.C. Region
June 20, 2015, 2:30 pm
Private Residence, Wesley Heights, Washington, D.C.
NOIAW members Lorraine Mangione, Ph.D., and Donna DiCello, Psy.D. spoke about and read from the book they co-wrote, which encompasses three major themes: the importance of the father/daughter relationship throughout the lifecycle; the process of loss, mourning, and reconfiguring the relationship when the father dies; and the impact of Italian American culture on such relationships and loss.
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Alla Salute! Presentation and Book Signing by Amy Riolo
Greater Washington, D.C. Region
May 14, 2015, 6:30 pm
NIAF Building, Washington, D.C.
Amy Riolo, NOIAW honoree, author, chef, television personality, cuisine and culture expert, and Mediterranean diet advocate offered a special presentation and book signing to members.
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Sculpture in the Age of Donatello: Renaissance Masterpieces from Florence Cathedral at MOBIA
Greater New York Region, Staten Island Network
April 30, 2015, 4 pm
NOIAW members had a private group tour at the Museum of Biblical Art (MOBIA) in Manhattan that highlighted 23 masterpieces of Early Florentine Renaissance sculpture from 1400-1450. The majority of these works have never been exhibited outside of Italy.
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Italian American Women Who Rule Our World featuring NOIAW Wise Woman Honoree Patricia Russo
Connecticut Region
April 7, 2015, 6:30 pm
Quattro Pazzi, Stamford Connecticut
Connecticut members met for a dinner and a presentation by NOIAW Wise Woman, Patricia Russo, a nationally respected leader focused on improving women’s quality of life in Connecticut and the US. For over twenty five years.
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Italian Women Trailblazers – Young Professionals Wine Tasting + Networking
Greater New York Region
April 16, 2015, 6:30 pm
The Azure, New York, New York
NY young professionals met for a networking opportunity and enjoyed wine made by women and listened to a presentation of one of our NOIAW chairs, Patricia Martone.
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Hear What’s in the Heart – A Shoemaker’s Tale
Connecticut Region
April 11, 2015, 4:30 pm
Downtown Cabaret Theater Company, Bridgeport, Connecticut
NOIAW members enjoyed a performance of Hear What’s in the Heart – A Shoemaker’s Tale, a one-man show written and performed by a former Middletown resident, Steve Scionti, who brings to life all of the passion, comedy and drama inherent in a Sicilian-American family.


Dazzling Courage: The Salons of the Ischian Circle
Rhode Island Region
April 23, 2015, 5:30 om
Metacomet Country Club, East Providence, Rhode Island
Linda Cardillo, author of Across the Table and Dancing on Sunday Afternoons, shareed the stories of a close knit group of women living in 16th-century Italy who assumed roles unknown to women of that time — positions of prominence!
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Career Conversations for Young Professionals
Greater Washington, D.C. Region
April 1, 2015, 6 pm
Washington College of Law, Washington, D.C.
Young professionals met with NOIAW Wise Women Constance Morella and Anna Bevacqua McBride who provided advice and guidance for those who are beginning their careers.
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Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea” at the National Museum of Women in the Arts
Greater Washington, D.C. Region
March 21, 2015, 11 am
National Museum of Women in the Arts
DC members enjoyed a special private tour of Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. The exhibit explored the concept of womanhood represented by the Virgin Mary as well as the social and sacred functions her image has served.
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Celebrate Festa della Donna and Learn How to Hand Make Ravioli
Connecticut Region
March 9, 2015, 6:30 pm
Chef’s Equipment Emporium
NOIAW members celebrated Women’s Day by learning the lost art of hand making ravioli. Traditionally, men give women mimosa flowers on this day. Rather than receiving mimosa flowers, ladies received a mimosa drink!
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Celebrate St. Joseph’s Day alla Siciliana
Greater New York Region, Staten Island Network
March 23, 2015,6 pm
Trattoria Romana, Staten Island, New York
NOIAW members experienced the traditions of Sicily with renowned Chef Vittorio of Trattoria Romana. He demonstrated and explained time-honored St. Joseph’s Day dishes. NOIAW member and performing artist, Allison Scola, will graced us with a selection of Sicilian songs, dance a tarantella, and perform using her tamburello, or Sicilian tambourine.
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Lucilla Galeazzi at Carnegie Hall
Greater New York Region
March 27, 2015, 8:30 pm
Carnegie Hall (Zankel Hall), New York, New York
Lucilla Galeazzi transported NOIAW members through the hills of her native Umbria and then down to legendary Calabria and Puglia with her adaptations of traditional Italian folk songs.
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The Rhode Island Region Epiphany Celebration
Rhode Island Region
February 24, 2015, 6 pm
Centro Restaurant at the Omni Hotel, Providence, Rhode Island
Members joined us in honoring this year’s three wise women.

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The Washington DC Region Epiphany Celebration
Greater Washington, D.C. Region
January 14, 2015, 6:30 pm
Maggiano’s Little Italy, Washington, D.C.
Members joined us in honoring this year’s three wise women.
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The Connecticut Region Sixth Annual Epiphany Celebration
Connecticut Region
January 18, 2015, 10 am
New Haven Lawn Club, New Haven, Connecticut
Members joined us in honoring this year’s three wise women.
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Special Members-Only Event: Snow Orchid starring Angelina Fiordellisi
Greater New York Region
February 17, 2015, 7 pm
Theater Row, New York, New York
Members came to view the new play Snow Orchid, starring longtime NOIAW member and honoree Angelina Fiordellisi. The play was followed by a special discussion on the Italian American experience.
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The Greater New York Region Epiphany Celebration
Greater New York Region
January 9, 2015, 6:30 pm
Columbus Citizens Townhouse, New York, New York
Members joined us in honoring this year’s three wise women.
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Sicily and Sardinia: The Wines of the Italian Islands
Greater New York Region, Staten Island Network
January 31, 2015, 7 pm
Private Residence, Ward Hill, Staten Island
Deb McCole of Winegirl Tastings will guided us through a tasting of the unique wines produced in Sicily and Sardinia. Our two-hour island tour explored fascinating regional history, culture, and viticultural traditions.
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