A celebration of all things Italian comes to downtown Lynchburg on Friday evening,
September 20 at Riverviews Artspace Gallery, 5:00 to 7:00. Sponsored by the Dante Alighieri
Society of Virginia in partnership with Riverviews, the event is open to the public without charge.
Accordion music will set the mood and greet attendees at the gallery door on 9th Street.
Inside will be Italian wines (cash bar) and light cuisine, pasta demonstration and tasting, as well
as Italian oil and vinegar tasting. A mock classroom will feature Italian trivia and games,
and a continuous overhead video will reflect 19th and 20th century Italian history and culture.
Entertainment will include Italian music performed by Luca and Adelaide Trombetta
with Keith Cooper on guitar. Barbara Coffey will offer demonstrations and mini lessons on the
accordion, and there will be an invitation to join line dancing to the sounds of Mamma Maria.
If you plan to attend, let them know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
The date of the event was chosen for the event because of its special significance in
Italian history. September 20, 1870 marked the Capture of Rome (Presa di Roma), the final
event of the long process to unify Italy (Risorgimento), signifying both the final defeat of the
Papal States under Pope Pius IX and the unification of the Italian peninsula under King Victor
Emmanuel II of the House of Savoy. Today, the date is widely memorialized throughout Italy.
The Dante Alighieri Society of Virginia was organized in 1998 as an affiliate of the
international organization in Rome named for Dante Alighieri, Italian poet and author of The
Divine Comedy. He is considered the father of the Italian language.
The Dante Society’s mission is to promote an appreciation for Italian culture and
language. Monthly events include programs on Italian-related topics, film/dinner series, as well
as travel opportunities. Funding is provided by member dues.
September 20, 2019
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm