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Past Events

Film Event:
"Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow"

February 22, 2023

President Joe Morra welcomes everyone to Lakewood Ranch Cinema for the showing of  Director, Vittorio De Sica's "Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow," starring Sophia Loren  and Marcello Mastroianni.

FEBRUARY 8, 2023
JANUARY 25, 2023
JANUARY 11, 2023
Film enthusiasts enjoy lunch at Sofia's Restaurant in Lakewood Ranch as they discuss "Too Bad She's Bad." 
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Presentation: WWII & Italy - December 6, 2022
Selby Library
Mary & Rosanne presented both personal and documented photos on the impact & devastation of WWII on Italy.
Welcome Gala Dinner Dance   - November 17, 2022
Palm Aire Country Club
Our Final In-Person Farewell of the Season
April 20, 2022  -- Prestancia Country Club
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We celebrated 20 wonderful years of fun, festivities, and philanthropy.  There was a nostalgic photographic journey of SICE's past twenty seasons.


In the words of SICE president Joe Morra, " Far and above all else, our "End of Year Gala Luncheon" at the Prestancia Country Club proved to be the signature event of the 2021-22 season as we detailed SICE's Twentieth Anniversary.  Event Director, Mary Maresco, with the assistance of Hewie Poplock, SICE's website technician, presented a film history of SICE's events over the last two decades, 2002-2022.  What a heartwarming reminiscence for all our "old-timers" and quite an eye-opener for our current members.  Not to be outdone, Event Co-Directors, Fran Plankey and Janet Jarzyna, planned the entire event with meticulous attention to detail, including a special gift for all attendees - - a SICE coffee mug." 

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Wednesday, February 16, 2022    “Nights of Cabiria”

SICE filmgoers enjoy a relaxing lunch at the Paris Bistrot immediately following the viewing of Fellini's "Nights of Cabiria" at Lakewood Ranch Cinema on February 16, 2022.

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SICE's Annual Opera Event -  January 26, 2022


  • One of Sarasota Opera's musicians demonstrates the bells used backstage during "Tosca."

  • Richard Russell and Maestro Victor Di Renzi accept SICE's $3000 donation from President Joe Morra and Event Chair Rosanne Martorella.


  • Maestro Di Renzi presents an overview of the plot and music from "Tosca."

  • One of this season's soloists sings an aria from "Tosca."

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"Rome: Sculpture and Architecture of Bernini and Barromini"  -  December 2021

  • Rosanne Martorella begins her lecture

  • President, Joe Morra, welcomes attendees

  • Rosanne responds to questions from the audience

  • Event Chair, Eileen Kirk, introduces our presenter, Dr. Rosanne Martorella

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Caravaggio and Artemisia's Rome - November 2021

  • President Joe Morra welcomes everyone to SICE's opening event of the 2021-22 season at Selby Library.

  • Vice-President Brenda Morra introduces Dr. Chrystine Keener, Professor of Renaissance and Baroque Art and Culture at Ringling College of Art and Design.

  • Dr. Chrystine Keener discussing Caravaggio's "David with the Head of Goliath."

Luncheon - November 2021

SICE members enjoying lunch at Cafe Epicure following Dr. Keener's exciting and informative lecture on Caravaggio and Artemisia.

Luncheon - April 2021

SICE event at the Prestancia Country Club in April 2021.

A Venetian Reception & Book Discussion Inspired by Marcella Hazan’s "Amarcord”

Venetian Foods and Fun with Friends
Thursday , November 7, 2019 at the Phillippi Estate Park Mansion

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TNT = DYNAMITE - February 25, 2020

SICE sponsored a lecture on Titian’s mythological paintings & Tintoretto’s dramatic religious canvasses. Christine Keener, Professor of Renaissance and Baroque Art and Architecture at Ringling College of Art and Design, gave an animated discussion on art and patronage in 17th century Venice.

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Film Event - February 12, 2020
Italian film lovers enjoyed viewing of “Bread and Tulips” and lunch at Il Conte in Lakewood Ranch.  Joe and Brenda, co-chairs of the event offered insight and discussion.
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A Venetian Reception & Book Discussion Inspired by Marcella Hazan’s "Amarcord”

Imagine the serenade of a gondolier as you taste tantalizing cicchetti and sip your wine. Mouthwatering pasta and Venetian delights were presented in the magnificent setting of the Italian Renaissance Phillippi Mansion on the south bank of Phillippi Creek.


Inspired by world-renowned chef Marcella Hazan's memoir, "Amarcord", SICE had a reception and book discussion that will took you straight to Venice, featuring food and wine drawn from Hazan's recipes, served by Simply Gourmet Caterers.


A video presentation of  that included an exclusive SICE made interview with her son, Giuliano, portrayed her love for the two cities she called home, Venice and Sarasota.

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