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August is Italian Festival Time



 

AUGUST IS ITALIAN FESTIVAL TIME
GIOIA ITALIAN ART AND PRODUCTS
always opened by appointment in Los Gatos.
Call Kathy 408.640.6628 or
Contact at kathywinkelman@gioiacompany.com.
And always at your disposal online atwww.gioiacompany.com
GIOIA ITALIAN ART AND PRODUCTS
JOIN US AT THE AUGUST FESTAS!

SEE DETAILS BELOW
 
RSVP by return email or call 408-640-6628 or contact Kathy at kathywinkelman@gioiacompany.com


GIOIA ALWAYS BY APPOINTMENT

And always available for your convenience online at www.gioiacompany.com
 

August Is Festival Time --
We Hope to See you There!


It is August and in Italy the people leave the heat and their work behind for a vacanza by the shore of the Mediterranean or the shore of a lake, or high in the cooler mountains, a tradition started many years ago, with the agricultural nature of Italy and the Christian background of the Italian people. August 15th is the Assumption and combined with the end of harvest makes a good time for a rest and a reflective time of gratitude.

The Northern Lakes Region of Italy includes Lakes Orta, Maggiore, Lugano, Como, Iseo, and Garda. They are in the Italian Alps and just north of Milano and Verona off the autostrada A4 that connects Torino, Trieste, Milano, Verona, Venezia, and several cities in between.  The first visit I had to Lago Lugano was with my paternal grandparents. My grandmother, Katherine Donato was born in a small town outside of Torino, Candia Canavese, in a region filled with small lakes. I am named after her. The Donato family owned Donato Bakery in her small town. She showed me her family bakery shop, her church, her school, and the street they used to sled down in the winter snows. She also took me to visit Lago Lugano.

I will always remember the first time I saw the majestic towering mountains that slope sharply down to the narrow lake. This was her native homeland until she was 18, and she was happy to be there. The Five Brothers Bakery (her brothers) was awarded a prize at the World’s Fair in Los Angeles for their breadsticks,grizzini.

The next time I was in the region I was visiting our Italian “daughter” Maria who lived three years with us here in Los Gatos, California. During that time we hosted her entire family for lengths of time and enjoyed and became “famiglia”. Maria drove us to Sirmione, a small village existing even in the Stone Age; it has much history and was a destination for the wealthy Romans to spend holiday.  More about Sirmione. My sister, Anna, and I visited our Grandmother’s village and returned to her bakery in Candia Canavese. I mention because some of the finest cuisine you will have in the villages surrounding Torino.

There was the visit with Lee Marie at the onset of Gioia Company ten years ago, when she and I drove along the coast of Lago di Como to Varenna to meet with Giorgio, a wonderful jeweler, and another meeting with the flatware makers in a remote, mountain area north of Lago di Garda,some of the most beautiful countryside for an adventure,aventurra, in Italia. You cannot be in a hurry; you may get behind a very slow truck on a small country road, but the scenery is worth the drives. The summer months are filled with tourism, not just from the US but from England, Ireland, Germany, and other countries where residents can make weekend visits from nearby homes. Learn more about theLakes Region and Travel the Northern Italian Lakes by Boat.

In August, we in California also have many festivals to celebrate the culture, cuisine, and arts of Italy, and we continue to depend today on many agricultural products produced by Italians:  Italian Garden Project Italian Garden Project Video, andZucchini recipes.

 

Calendar
 

August

Festa Italiana Season begins in August. Mark Your Calendars!

SACRAMENTO ITALIAN CULTURAL SOCIETY FESTA ITALIANA
Date: August 1-2 (Saturday & Sunday)
Time: Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Place: Croatian Cultural Center in Carmichael
For more information: http://www.italiancenter.net/

SAN FRANCISCO ITALIAN ATHLETIC CLUB FESTA COLONIALE
Date: August 15 (Saturday)
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Place: San Francisco Italian Athletic Club
For more information: http://www.sfiacfesta.com/

SAN JOSE ITALIAN AMERICAN HERITAGE FOUNDATION ITALIAN FAMILY FESTA
Date: August 29-30 (Saturday and Sunday)
Time: Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Place: Guadalupe Park, Little Italy San Jose location
For more information: http://www.italianfamilyfestasj.org/

September

LIMONCELLO, ARANCELLO MAKING WITH VALENTINA
SO YOU WILL HAVE BEVERAGES FOR YOUR HOLIDAYS
https://www.facebook.com/events/842073942513911/
Date: Sept. 12 (Saturday)
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $55
Location: GIOIA Italian Art and Products, 16395 Roseleaf Ct., Los Gatos
RSVP: 408.640.6628
Join us for an afternoon of limoncello- and arancello-making with Valentina Cirasola of Publia, Italy.
It is time to make our limoncello for the holidays!
What to Bring:
  • 8 fragrant lemons or oranges
  • 1 peeler
  • 34 oz. Everclear or vodka
  • Container and seal large enough to hold the peels and the alcohol
  • Spirit of an Italian adventurer!
GIOIA ITALIAN ART AND PRODUCTS always opened by appointment in Los Gatos. Call Kathy 408.640.6628 or Contact kathywinkelman@gioiacompany.com
And always at your disposal online at www.gioiacompany.com

 

TRAVEL OPPORTUNITIES 2015!! Save the Dates!!


TRAVEL OPPORTUNITIES with Italian Cultural Society Sacramento - September 1-11.

CAMPANIA

Thinking of staying in the Vietri sul Mare region? Here is a B & B owned by one of our friends in Italy, check it out.  
CASA IDA Historic House Rental & B&B Italy
Campania, near Vietri sul Mari, 
Contact Raffealla Baldi
Cava Dei Tirreni, Campania, Italy
508-982-5622
Or on Facebook

SORRENTO
Sorrento Emotions and Dreams
Italian Specialist and Local Residents
Luxury Tailormade Vacations
Sorrento, Amalfi Coast, Isle of Capri and all of Italy
Enjoy holidays, short breaks, weddings, honeymoon, dining, cooking, shopping, scuba diving, water activities, coastal excursions with personal crew.
Contact Signore Tonino Pepe, pepetonino@hotmail.it, and tell him Gioia Co. sent you.

PUGLIA

Puglia, Italy with Valentina
May 27 to June 5, 2015 (She takes groups at this time each year.)
Travel through the Puglia region
A step into real Puglia with Valentina, author, designer, artist and native
For more information, click here.

UMBRIA/TUSCANY-- Right on the border
Vacation at Le Selve, an Agriturismo!  Contactinfo@gioiacompany.com or 408.640.6628 for a special introduction to the owner. Sleeps six or 12. Two stories. Separate units. Beautiful view. Organic olive grove. Walking trails. Full kitchen. Swimming pool.


See you soon...

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Katherine Winkelman
Gioia Company LLC
408.640.6628
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