ICS “Social Meetings” are the cultural events taking place once a month (third Sunday), from September to June, except in December, February, and May, when we hold the “Special Events” Festa di Natale, Carnevale and Gala. “Upcoming Events” are events organized by us or by other organizations, with whom we collaborate.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17th, 3:00-5:00 pm
WINE TASTING by Rick Bellman, Paul’s Wine & Spirits
Slide show: VINE AND WINE, ONCE UPON A TIME, by Prof. Anna Lawton
at Ristorante Positano, 4948 Fairmont Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814
We are starting off the fall season of Sunday afternoon social meetings with a program on wines of Piemonte, featuring a slide presentation by Anna Lawton. Anna grew up in a castle then owned by her family (Castello di Cortanze) in the countryside near Torino. She will speak about wine and grapevine cultivation in the 1930s in the vineyards surrounding the castle, as illustrated by photographs of the operation taken by her grandfather Achille Bologna, a prominent photographer of that era, who was the editor of Il Corriere Fotografico and books on photography as well as organizer of major exhibitions around the world.
Anna Lawton, PhD, was a professor of Russian literature and film studies at Purdue University, and later Georgetown University. She also worked for USIA at the American Embassy in Moscow and later was a consultant at the World Bank in Washington. She is the author of three scholarly books and numerous articles, and contributed to several academic collections of essays. Her book, Imaging Russia 2000: Film and Facts, received the CHOICE award as Outstanding Academic Title. In addition, she wrote two novels: Family Album, which was published in Italy, and is soon coming out in the English translation, and Amy’s Story, just released last March. Fifteen years ago she founded the publishing house, New Academia Publishing, which she still runs.
Alberto Panella, Italian Wine Importer, will then teach and entertain us with a tasting of select Piemontese wines offered by Paul’s Wine & Spirits
Ristorante Positano will offer light snacks to accompany the wine tasting, under its lovely grapevine pergola or in its indoor wine cellar: the perfect location and event to celebrate a new exciting year with the ICS!
Please consider a donation of $10 (Members) and $15 (Non-Members) to offset the cost of this event. You can pay by credit card here below, or at the door.
RSVP at RSVP@italianculturalsociety.org
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Save the dates for our Next Events:
Wednesday April 27, 7:00 – Via Umbria – Anna Lawton’s book presentation
Friday May 19th, 6:30 – Italian Embassy – Gala 2017