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always opened by appointment in Los Gatos.
Call Kathy
 408.640.6628 or
Contact at kathywinkelman@gioiacompany.com.
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And always available for your convenience online at www.gioiacompany.com

Happy New Year Carnevale!

Venetian Masks and Jewelry at Fest Gioia

Join us to celebrate the Carnevale traditions, foods, costumes, and the most beautiful of masks at Festa Gioia New Year 2016 and Carnevale celebrations Saturday, January 16th, and Sunday, January 17th from noon to six p.m.

VeniceThe date for Carnevale this year, also known as Shrove Tuesday, Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras, is February 9th, the Tuesday before Lent begins. The grand opening of the celebrations in Venice will be January 23rd with the parade of boats on the Grand Canal. Watch the parade and other festivities live by webcam. Save this link (http://www.skylinewebcams.com/en/webcam/italia/veneto/venezia/canal-grande.html) and mark the date. Remember the time is nine hours ahead of California and six hours ahead of New York.

The activities going on in Venice increase each year. Check out the many evening Grand Balls. 

I love the masks and the costumes that make the magnificent city of Venezia even more colorful and filled with art. The shops are small boutiques and decorated with various designs of masks, le maschere, with the artistsVenetian Masks often painting as you shop. (Watch this video: https://youtu.be/A2j0rKaWo6g). The traditional masks of the 16th century, and still produced today, are made of wool papers, carta lana. These are comfortable for wearing and make striking home décor. I enjoyed this video of some marvelous costumes and masks that are so elaborate (https://youtu.be/elJ8ULmI-v4). Pay attention to the magnificent head pieces, the complete disguise, and the sceptors!

When the celebration began in history people were entertained by acrobats, tumblers, wrestlers, and other performers. They continue to entertain to this day. Theatre performances are common in Venice, and one of the characteristics of the city which brought the aristocratic young men to Venice to study the arts and culture.  The masks of theCarnevale often have their roots in the Italian Comedy Theatre or Commedia dell’Arte.  The actors were a traveling troupe of performers in various comical characters from particular provinces in Italy. Characters were clever, acrobatic, dramatic, but always comical and had a big part in the inception of the Carnevale Venezia. We recently enjoyed a new release film attended by the director Matteo Bini, Io Arlecchino. {http://www.matteobini.com/#!blank/ci0). It was incredible and gave great insight in to the life of the Commedia actor. These performances can still be found in Italy. More information for you: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commedia_dell%27arte   

Join us for some fun in an Italian Piazza Shopping Experience. RSVP to Kathy 408.640.6628




Murano Necklaces from VeniceFesta Gioia!
Welcome 2016 and Venice Carnevale

Date: January 16th and 17th (Saturday & Sunday)
Time: Noon to 6 p.m. and anytime by appointment
Location: Gioia 16395 Roseleaf Court Los Gatos
RSVP: 408.640.6628
Visit Gioia to see many fun authentic Carnevaleand Comedia dell’Arte masks from Venice and the US, sample the traditional cuisine and dessert! Beautiful new Murano Glass Jewelry pieces and lots more.

Italian American Heritage Foundation Regional Luncheon, Ticino, Italy
Date: January 21 (Thursday)
Time: 12:00 noon to 1:30 pm
Location: 425 N. Fourth Street San Jose CA
Tickets: 408.293.7122 or http://www.iahfsj.org/

San Francisco Italian Athletic Club Un Italianissima Serata
Date: Friday, January 29 and Saturday January 30 (Friday and Saturday)
Time: 6.p.m. Cocktails, Dinner and Concert with Moreno Fruzzetti
Place: San Francisco Italian Athletic Club
For More Information: http://www.sfiac.org/site/calendar/details/more/event_id/26358645

Murano Jewelry Silicon Valley Italian Festival
Date: January 31 (Sunday)
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Place: Oshman Family JCC, Palo Alto
For More Information: www.siliconvalleyitalianfestival.com
Sponsored in part by Gioia, and many donated items from Gioia Italian Art and Products, music, cooking classes, exhibition, movies, good food, Italian vendors, and more will be available!

St Christopher’s Antique Show
Date: January 29,30 and 31 (Friday, Saturday, & Sunday)
Place: 1576 Curtner Avenue, San Jose
For More Info(408) 269-2226
If you have not experienced this event mark your calendar, stop by for lunch and shopping!!


Pasquale Esposito, San Valentino Dinner Concert
Date:  February 14 (Sunday)
Time: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Place: Palo Alto Elks Lodge, 4249 El Camino Real,Palo Alto
Reservations: https://www.ticketriver.com/event/18431
Enjoy a stunning Valentine s Day celebration with a 5-star plated Italian dinner by Chef Pino Spatola of Paesano Ristorante of San Jose, followed by a romantic concert by Italian tenor, Pasquale Esposito and his band.

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 2016!! Save the Dates!!

Casa Ida Vietri sul MareCAMPANIA

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
Or on Facebook

Sorrento Emotions and DreamsSorrento vacation postcard
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, Italy with Valentina
May 9 to May 19, 2016. (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 408.640.6628for 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

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