The 49th annual Seattle International Film Festival runs in person May 11–21, 2023 taking Seattle moviegoers on a cinematic odyssey at venues across the city, followed by a week of select films streaming on the SIFF Channel May 22–28. This year five Italian films are featured. Click here to learn more.
For information on all films and to purchase tickets go to: www.siff.net We hope to see you at the movies!
Grazie mille to those who joined us for a fun afternoon of wine tasting and antipasti at Casa Italiana Italian Cultural Center. We enjoyed sampling seven Italian wines from all over Italy, delicious appetizers provided by Board member and former restauranteur, Karen Binder, and great conversation. Among our guests at this sold-out event were long-time as well as new SPSCA members and special guests from Perugia, Sandford & Gosti, whose art was featured at our Migration Exhibit last fall in Perugia.
If you missed this one, we hope you will join us for future events.
Meet the President of the Seattle-Perugia Sister City Association, Germán Rodriguez! Elected in 2021 and now serving his second year as president, many of you already know Germán from his 16+ years on the SPSCA Board doing work in our membership outreach, fundraising, De Poi and l'Universita per Stranieri scholarship committees, and the Sister-City market scheduled each fall in Perugia.
Germán retired in April 2021 from geriatric social work with Washington State, having done that for 25 years. He was born in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, and began studying Italian in college. He came to Seattle in 1983 and continued to take Italian lessons, and has overseen our La Tavola Italiana bi-monthly Italian conversation group for many years. He also studied at l'Universita per Stranieri on SPSCA scholarship in 2013, and claims to be one of the descendents of Christopher Columbus himself!
President Rodriguez looks forward to the future and our continued relationship and sister city-hood with Perugia, Italy, all thanks to our members' support. "The cultural enrichment between the two countries is what you get with donating [to our organization], the ability of getting to know people from all over the world. Having experienced Perugia, I've met and kept in touch with people and places I didn't even know were in existence. It really opens your mind. I give thanks to the organization," commented President Rodriguez.
We look forward to Germán's leadership and all that we have on the horizon, stay tuned!
It was a lovely day at Borracchini Farm over the weekend for our annual Membership picnic, thanks to all who attended! It was lovely weather, great food, and fantastic company. Thanks to SPSCA Board Member Susie for taking such fabulous photos at the event!
Seattle-Perugia Sister Cities Association was a proud participant in 2021 in the creation of The International Table; Recipes from the Seattle Sister Cities, a compilation of recipes from Seattle's 20 sister cities. In 2022, the Seattle Sister Cities Association (including the Seattle-Perugia Sister City Association) was honored to receive the prestigious 2022 Sister Cities International Innovation in Arts & Culture award for the Seattle Sister Cities cookbook! Per the recognition, "This award is in recognition of the work done by [our] organization in advancing the goals and mission of Sister Cities International."
SPSCA has some remaining The International Table; Recipes from the Seattle Sister Cities cookbooks available for purchase at Cookbook. Thank you to all of our members and supporters who have purchased a one for themselves, or as gifts!