Annual Members Picnic and Meeting

Sunday, August 18
1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
33801 SE Courtney Rd.
Ravensdale, WA 98051
August is here, which means our annual picnic and membership meeting is just around the corner. Once again, we’ll gather in Ravensdale, Washington, at the historic Borracchini farm. Only 45 minutes from Seattle, this lovely corner of King County feels like a world away.
summer picnic
Our host and long-time SPSCA member, Dan Borracchini, always makes a fantastic pasta dish.  Board members will be busy grilling Italian sausages, as well.
Everything else is potluck. We ask that you contribute a salad, antipasto dish, snacks or a dessert, plus whatever you’d like to drink, both alcoholic and non.
Please signup here or contact SPSCA web editor.
So grab your sunscreen, straw hats and hearty appetites, and head for the hills of Ravensdale!
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Wine Tasting June 11

                                         Photo credit: Scarpetta Wine
Chris Zimmerman, long a favorite at local and national wine tastings, will be presenting eight different varieties of Scarpetta wine for you to savor. Chris has over three decades of experience with Italian wines and culture.
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SIFF Italian film and Happy Hour event May 30

Seattle Perugia Sister City Association (SPSCA) will be continuing its annual tradition of sponsoring an Italian film with the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF). This year’s selection is Twin Flower (Fiore Gemello). Set in Sardinia, Twin Flower is the story of two young outcasts: Basim, an undocumented immigrant from the Ivory Coast who is fleeing the Italian authorities, and Anna, who is evading the pursuit of an obsessive human trafficker. The two develop a bond through shared hardship and a desire for freedom.

Members are invited to the May 30 screening at 6:00 p.m. at SIFF Cinema Uptown. The director, Laura Luchetti, is expected to be in attendance at this event. Following the film, members are also welcome to attend a no-host Happy Hour at nearby T.S. McHugh’s, located at 21 Mercer Street. Not a member? Join today!

Additional screenings of Twin Flower will be on May 23 at 8:45 p.m. at the Ark Lodge and May 31 at 3:00 p.m., also at the Uptown.

In addition to Twin Flower, five other Italian language films and two Italian artist’s films will be shown at SIFF this year. Titles and brief descriptions here.

Thanks to Danielle Hayden for this submission.

Pottery Northwest Open House May 19

Pottery Northwest is hosting an Open House and Kiln Yard Social Sunday, May 19 from 2:00-5:00 p.m. There will be clay demonstrations, studio tours, artist talks and refreshments. For further information or to RSVP, click here.

Seattle Perugia Sister City Association partners with Pottery NorthwestAccademia Belle Arti Perugia (Academy of Fine Arts of Perugia) and the Fondazione Moretti (Deruta, Italy) for the De Poi artist exchange. In alternate years, ceramic artists from Seattle and Perugia serve a three-week residency, learning about local pottery techniques and experiencing the diverse artistic communities of each city. In June, there will be a student from Perugia visiting Seattle.

Arriverderci to Paolo Lattaioli

More than two dozen people gathered around Piazza Perugia at Julia Lee’s Park in Seattle’s Madison Valley to hear the words of esteemed architect Paolo Lattaoli. Over pastries and coffee from nearby Essential Baking Company, the attendees listened eagerly as Lattaoli spoke. Translated by Honorary Consul of Italy in Seattle and  Perugia native Elisabetta Valentini, Paolo Lattaoli’s melodic speech was pithy but profound: he shared with us his belief that piazzas give us something far more than simply aesthetic enjoyment, but also a sense of camaraderie and community.

He was also sure to mention how much he enjoyed exploring Seattle and the kindness he was shown in the two weeks he spent here. He informed the crowd that this was his first trip to Perugia’s sister city, but we have a feeling that it will not be his last—let’s hope the weather is just as beautiful next time as it was for this occasion! Sadly, he departed March 17 to return to Italy, but his visit here is something that SPSCA and its supporters will not soon forget.

Board member Mike James concluded with some parting words, including a call for ideas on how we might utilize this space more often to gather together. Hopefully, as we come up suggestions, this will not only give us even more opportunities to enjoy ourselves but we will also be honoring the words of Paolo Lattaoli in the process.

Thanks to Danielle Hayden for this post.

Editor’s note: To read more about the origin of Lattaoli’s trip, click here for “A Story of Adventures and Partnerships” from the Civita Institute newsletter.