2021 Events Calendar
It’s been a long time coming - over a year without being able to gather and enjoy the fun and fellowship as members of this great organization. I know you’ve all missed seeing your friends and fellow members of Dante – the movies and dinners; special programs on Italian cuisine; lectures and programs on Italian music, history, fashion and architecture; Italian language classes; Carnevale/Mardi Gras celebration and the annual opera-centric trip to New York City just to mention a few. Well, you’ll be glad to hear that the Board of Directors is at “full speed ahead” in planning for renewed versions of our great past programs for this fall and we just want to give you a hint as to what we are working on. While all of our plans are contingent on the current status and improving trend regarding the pandemic, we are, like you, optimistic that we can safely return to our in-person events and programs this fall.
To kick-start our Dante in-person reengagement, we are working on a “member and guest only” Viva L’Italia event in September, similar but on a bit smaller scale than our 2019 “open to the public” event. In October we have arranged a presentation by Travis McDonald, Director of Architectural Restoration, to be held at Poplar Forest. November will be the 2021 premier of our movie night at Riverviews and current plans include having snacks and beverages available. In December we are planning to hold our (sorely missed last year) Annual Membership Meeting and Holiday Party where we gather and enjoy fabulous potluck appetizers and entrees, wines and beverages and the company of our friends and fellow members.
There are still a lot of details to be worked out by the board but things are firming up nicely. The traditional Dante summer hiatus starts this month, but the board will continue to meet and plan for all of these events and more. And we'll still share online and streaming opportunities of interest. We are so anxious to get back together and see you at upcoming Dante events. Watch for more details in the coming weeks and months.