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July 2023

Saluti a Tutti,

          It’s summertime, as Gershwin intoned, “and the living is easy.”  SICE, nevertheless, stands poised to unveil its upcoming season which promises to be innovative, exciting, and somewhat unusual.  With a theme highlighting “Iconic Italian Design,” your Executive Board has crafted a calendar of events appealing to multiple interests.

          We begin in mid-November with a Selby Library lecture and PowerPoint presentation on “La Linea Italiana” by our resident scholar, Dr. Rosanne Martorella.  Early December will find us at Café Amici for the “Neapolitan Feast of the Seven Fishes” organized by Brenda and hosted by Massimo & Achille Negri.

          January promises us something new as Paolo Tricase works with our local Maserati Dealership for a historical view of their elegant automobiles.  Prosecco and light bites will be served.  Our annual Opera Event takes a new form as we are given a “behind the scenes” view of the costumes on display for this season’s operas.

          Our film program, courtesy of Joe and Brenda, will feature Luca Zingaretti as Judge Paolo Borsellino battling the Sicilian Mafia, the elderly Marcello Mastroianni traveling throughout Italy’s mainland to reconnect with his adult children and, finally, the beautiful Ingrid Bergman facing an existential crisis on the volcanic Isola Stromboli.  The films, as usual, will be presented at Lakewood Ranch Cinema in January, February and March.


          Our annual End-of-Year Luncheon, organized by Fran Plankey and Mary Maresco, will be held at Prestancia Country Club in April, at which time we will elect our officers for seasons 2024-2026. A membership quorum must be present.


          Again, I encourage you to join SICE and register for all that we have planned for the upcoming season.  Until we reunite in November, “Buona Fortuna e Mille Grazie di Tutto!”

Con Affetto,

Joe Morra,  SICE President

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