Italian Cultural Society
Festa di Natale
What a fabulous Festa di Natale! Someone commented that it was like a huge festival in a small Italian town. Over 300 people, including about 90 children gathered at the Friendship Heights Village Center to hear our favorite Soprano, Angela Knight, sing operatic arias and Christmas carols, to have their kids participate in children’s programs, to get children’s presents from Babbo Natale, see Luigi De Luca’s presepio, and dine on delicious Italian “potluck”food and lasagna, provided by our own chef and cooking teacher Maura Maffia. A truly historic event, thanks to Olga Mancuso, ICS board members and friends, our partners Le D.I.V.E. and MaPaCI, all those who brought that delicious food and, of course, Babbo Natale, La Befana, the Elves, and generous sponsors who donated prizes for our Christmas raffle (Lotteria di Natale).
Angela Knight singing at Festa di Natale
donated generous prizes which made our Lotteria more interesting and fun !