Discover the unexpected and delightful stories behind some of our most cherished holiday traditions from Saint Nicholas to nativity scenes to candy canes and Christmas stockings. We explore how pagan and Christian rituals magically merged into the holiday we celebrate today as well as several uniquely Italian customs such as the Feast of the Epiphany and wearing red underwear for New Year's eve?
Intrigued?!? Andiamo! Join us, and let’s celebrate Natale and Capodanno together. Award-winning author, lecturer and photographer, Carla Gambescia, will be our guide to the holiday festivities. Carla will share many of these stories from the expanded and updated version of her book La Dolce Vita University; An Unconventional Guide to Italian Culture from A to Z .
Presented by Phoenix Books in partnership with the Vermont Italian Cultural Association.
Carla Gambescia is the author of La Dolce Vita University: An Unconventional Guide to Italian Culture from A to Z and the co-creator of the Giro del Gelato cycling tour which won OUTSIDE Magazine's "Best Trip in Western Europe." You can also check out Carla's webiste for more information https://www.ladolcevitau.com
About Vermont Italian Cultural Association: The Vermont Italian Cultural Association (VICA) is dedicated to preserving and sharing Italian culture and heritage. It’s open to anyone interested in Italian culture, arts, language, history, and other aspects of Italian civilization. We sponsor a broad range of activities throughout the year including travel talks and presentations, language groups, art and sculpture exhibits, Italian movies, coffees, luncheons, and bocce socials. For more information please visit: https://www.vermontitalianculturalassociation.org
How to register
Registration is free, but book purchases are welcomed and appreciated--thank you for supporting our author!
You must register on this page to attend the event. The event will stream on Zoom. You will receive an email with the Zoom link after registering. If you don't receive a confirmation email after registering today, contact us right away so we can check for problems now.
Purchase a copy of La Dolce Vita University HERE. Copies will be available a few days after event. If you ordered a book for store pick up, we will contact you as soon as it's ready. If you ordered a book with shipping, please allow an additional 7-10 days for delivery after our event.
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