OCTOBER 9, 2015
Dr. Marjorie Och, UMW Professor of Italian Renaissance Art, presented a lecture on Titian at St. George’s Church, Faulkner Hall. Attended by 57, the talk was free and open to the public, and brought many new faces to the Association.
Michelangelo was the focus of Dr. Och’s second Renaissance art lecture, again held at St. George’s Faulkner Hall. The free event was open to the public. Again, members and newcomers alike gathered to explore mutual interest in all things Italian.
La Befana celebration dinner at La Rosetta Ristorante brought 25 Italian fans to the table, to enjoy wines and an Italian buffet, and to hear Dr. Ashley Anglin, Italian professor at Germanna Community College, talk about this Eve of Epiphany tradition. On January 5 La Befana, the old woman with a broom, comes down chimneys, awards candy to the good children, or coal or a stick to the bad ones. Then, she “sweeps away” the past year’s problems by sweeping the floor. Children leave a glass of wine and a few morsels of food for the good, kind visitor.
Dr. Rusty Neal presented a lecture on Dante’s Divine Comedy, and spoke to an audience of 60, again at St. George’s Faulkner Hall. These free, open-to-the-public lectures begin with light refreshment and conversation, and establish our Association as a rich source for cultural programming.