Mark those calendars!
Mother & Daughter Fashion Show and Tea: April 25th, 12:30 – 2:30pm
We can use some help with the fashion show. Sharyn Roettger and Joanna Johnson are again co-chairing the event, Sharyn representing the St. John’s Parish Nurses Ministry, and Joanna representing Beaches Lodge 2821. Both ladies belong to both groups. Two ladies and two groups joined forces last year and the success was amazing. We would love to see a repeat! The lodge’s share is directed to our Charities fund.
There will be eight women and eight girls as our models, fashions from Dress Barn for the ladies, and fun fashions from Old Navy for the girls. If you and your daughter/granddaughter are interested in serving as models, please contact Sharyn. Her phone number is listed on your Member Roster. Sharyn & Joanna have asked for volunteers to prepare food items prior to the tea. It will be finger sandwiches, a variety of them. mmmm….
MEN: Did you mark your calendar for March 8th? It’s a major festa here in Italy: the celebration of International Women’s Day! Men of all ages give women of all ages a spray of mimosa – bright yellow, very lovely. No cooking for le donne… it’s a dining out day/evening.
Our February lodge meeting had low attendance (never schedule a meeting on Ash Wednesday, ever), but lots of laughter. The 2016 calendar will be carefully screened – we did try to change the date but it didn’t work out. We have refined this year’s calendar, tweaking a date here and a date there.
We are shooting for Saturday, March 28th for our next Hot Dog/Italian Sausage & Peppers food sale. Same time: 11am-2pm, same place: Marsh Landing’s Turner Ace Hardware parking lot. Setup begins at 10am, if you can help, and the worker bees are out of there by 2:30. It’s one of those twice a year gatherings where we raise the monies for our Charities fund but we all have the very best time visiting with one another and anyone who wants to buy a sandwich, sit, eat and visit with us.
We have our summer Book Club back! Dates and book titles are on the Calendar – locations to be determined-we’ll keep you posted. Some books are chosen from the national Italian America quarterly magazine, and some books are gleaned from recommendations, our discoveries in various bookstores. Topics are always by Italian or Italian American authors. Well, not always… there are some incredibly fine authors who have researched the heck out of Italian subjects, and if we find the book’s content worthy, we will recommend on this site.
Our goal is to continue to link websites on our Facebook lodge page and this website more frequently. Some of us spend way too much time in front of our laptops or tablets, searching for ‘stuff’ we want to share.
Example: a few of us had subscriptions to La Cucina Italiana magazine. If you like to eat Italian, and you like to cook Italian, and you just love staring at glossy pages of Italian food prepared in a way I have yet to duplicate, this was considered one of the best, if not the best. It still is! In Italy! (me whispering: you don’t want to know the cost of a foreign print magazine subscription). The mother ship is in Italian and they decided to publish in English. For many years! And then one day… ‘sorry, we are unable to continue to print the English format… ‘, leaving an awfully expensive Italian print version – if you could find it in the U.S. – where limping through an Italian publication would require an Ital-Eng dictionary and a conversion scale from those metric grams and litres to our standard American English ounces, pounds, teaspoons, cups – you know the drill. And then one of our members needed a little computer assistance on her facebook page, and staring me in the face was a page she ‘liked’: La Cucina Italiana magazine. In Italian! Recipes! Gorgeous food pics! I introduced her to another fine Italian magazine publication, also on facebook, Sale & Pepe magazine. Both magazines have websites that offer newsletters. And while I’m at it, I found the neatest Italian American website and facebook page/website that I linked: Proud Italian Cook. So many others….. happy hunting, everyone. So much for delicious Italian food and cooking!
The Grand Lodge rushed 15 calendars to us and 10 were taken in the blink of an eye. We have 5 left, I’ll re-post the remaining numbers via email. If there’s an interest, we can always order more calendars. I believe the calendar numbers are good until the end of January 2016, but I’ll double-check for us all.
Our lodge is sponsoring a USO No Dough Dinner and has been assigned an October date. Member Al Iannacone will be our link to the USO for this event. It was voted upon at the February general meeting. More details to follow in later posts…