Sunday, November 11, 2018

CCR Book Club - December 15, 2018

For its December meeting, the CCR Book Club is reading "The Eight Mountains" by Paolo Cognetti ("Le otto montagne" is the original title). It won the Premio Strega in 2017 and is set in the mountains of Val d’Aosta. The Guardian review calls it "a story of relationships – not just between people, but with the mountains around the village of Grana."

This month the group's traditional festive potluck will take place at lunchtime.
When: Saturday, December 15, 2018
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Where: Piazza Bologna area; exact address sent to confirmed participants by email.
Potluck: Please RSVP letting Luigi know what food you will be preparing for 6 people.
Further info & RSVP: ATTN Luigi.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

CCR Walks: From Saturnalia to the Befana - December 2, 2018

Join us as we explore Italian seasonal traditions such as the Saturnalia (aka Natale/Christmas), the Befana and others still, in an unlikely setting at Rome’s Museo delle Arti e Tradizioni Popolari, in the modernist neighborhood of EUR. The museum’s rich and diverse collection comprises over 5,000 ceramics, hundreds of regional costumes, working instruments, and artifacts tracing the ways in which the peoples of Italy celebrated and marked the changing seasons as well as their colourful and varied heritage.

When: Sunday, December 2, 2018
Time: 10:00
Meeting Place: In the vicinity of Museo delle Arti e Tradizioni Popolari “Lamberto Loria”, EUR
Cost: €10 for members and €15 for non-members. Please note there is an additional museum admission fee of €10.
RSVP: ATTN Joe by Thu., Nov. 29, 2018. You are financially responsible for your reservation.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Remembrance Day 2018 - November 11, 2018

Book by 31 Oct. 2018 to join the Nov. 11th outing and reception.
As we are all aware, November 11 has a special significance for all Canadians as we pay tribute to those who have given their lives in defence of their country and its values. Over 115,000 Canadians have paid the supreme sacrifice in armed conflict and peacekeeping missions in order that we may enjoy the freedoms and liberties that we take for granted today. Over a 20-month period from July 1943 to March 1945 more than 93,000 Canadians took part in the campaign that led to the liberation of Italy. During this campaign Canadian casualties totalled more than 26,000 with nearly 6,000 paying the ultimate sacrifice for our country. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Ortona -- one of the most strategic and bloodiest battles of WWII for Canada, as it opened the way towards victory for the Allied forces. Resting in the Moro River Cemetery are 1,375 Canadians.

The Embassy of Canada will be represented by Ambassador Bugailiskis and Colonel Tom Endicott at the Moro River Canadian War Cemetery (near Ortona) at the Remembrance Day Ceremony at 10:30 on November the 11th.

The Embassy will sponsor one bus to Ortona on November 11 (pending sufficient participation) and CCR members and friends are welcome to participate. The Ortona plan will consist of bus transportation from Rome to Ortona, a ceremony at the Moro River Cemetery and transport into Ortona, where guests will have the opportunity to visit the War Museum prior to a light catered buffet lunch. The bus will depart Ortona mid-afternoon and finish at the Official Residence in Rome, where the Ambassador invites all participants in Ortona to attend an evening reception honouring the Canadians and Italians who sacrificed their lives. Transport from Rome will depart Villa Grazioli at 7:00 a.m. and will return to the Official Residence in Rome no later than 6:30 p.m., in time to attend the reception starting at 7:00.  

Those wishing to use this bus transportation and participate in Ortona and at the Official Residence in Rome on 11 November are requested to advise Sergeant Sonia McLean ( by email no later than 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday October 31, 2018. A decision regarding the hiring of a bus will be rendered on November 1st.

If you have any questions regarding Remembrance Day events, please direct them to Colonel Tom Endicott, Canadian Defence Attaché, or Sergeant Sonia McLean.

Monday, October 22, 2018

CCR Loving Lirica: Opera Appreciation Course - November 17, 2018

We're starting a new Opera Appreciation series. These one-off classes will provide an opportunity to get together with others who would like to have a greater understanding of the various aspects which combine to form a particular work (opera) of lirica, the originally Italian genre of classical music theatre. Who knows... from an entusiasta della lirica, you could become a true melòmane (a fervent opera-lover)!

The morning class will be held in the home of NYC-native Maestro Joseph Giardina who was, for many years, the Chorus Master at the Teatro dell'Opera here in Rome. He is also a vocal coach and has tutored many of the world’s leading singers. During the class we'll watch a recent performance and Maestro Giardina will discuss the plot with us and explain aspects of the orchestration and libretto.

Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” (Die Zauberflöte) has been chosen for the first class. It is the last opera by Mozart and was conducted by him at its premiere on the 30th of September in 1791.

When: Saturday, November 17, 2018
Time: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Via del Boschetto (exact address to be sent to confirmed participants)
Cost: €15 members, €20 non-members. Coffee and biscuits will be served.
RSVP: ATTN Marielle by Nov. 12, 2018. Remember that you are financially responsible for your booking. Book soon as space is limited.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

CCR Pink BRA Day Aperitivo - October 23, 2018

Once again the Canadian Club of Rome, Free-Exchangers and friends are ready to be part of a worthy cause! BRA Day... "Did you say bra?!" Yes, BRA stands for Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day, a worldwide day to raise awareness of breast cancer and recovery. Started by Toronto doctor Mitch Brown, BRA Day has been adopted in Italy and many other countries.

So, let’s get together for a great aperitivo at raw food vegan bistrot Solo Crudo and expect to have a LOT of fun! Don't forget to wear a little or a lot of PINK! It's all for a great cause. And bring a friend along. RSVPs are a must.

For every drink purchased, a portion of funds will go towards our charity.
When: October 23, 2018
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: SOLO CRUDO, Via Federico Cesi 22 (Prati)
Cost: €15 euro 2 drinks (i.e. wine) and finger-foods. Each participant is responsible for their own bill.