Windsor Star Photos of Festa dei Nonni 2010 Event

Windsor Star Pictorial

Photos taken of the Festa dei Nonni event held on October 3, 2010. Photos published by the Windsor Star on Friday, December 24, 2010.

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Festa dei Nonni 2010 fundraising event a success

Last Sunday, October 3, 2010 the Italian Genealogy and Heraldry Society of Canada held its second annual Festa dei Nonni fundraising event at the Ciociaro Club near Windsor, Ontario, Canada. It featured family history displays, choir singing and prizes. President Flavio Andreatta said that the event was an great success.

“The organizational skills of our Chairman, Anna Saurini, were evident at our second annual Festa dei Nonni.  I consider it to have been a success.  With the assistance of Emanuele Calamita, everything went smoothly.  I wish to thank Anna, Bruno, Eva, Helga, Luciano and Tim for the hall set up.  Eva and Luciano Ranieri were exceptional in donating so many items for the raffle.  As always, Vince Del Duca, excelled as the master of ceremonies.  Thank you, Henrietta, for the grand prize!” – Flavio Andreatta

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Marisa De Franceschi publishes new book “Random Thoughts”

A New Book by Windsor Author Marisa De Franceschi

 (Windsor, ON) Monday, August 16, 2010Longbridge Books, a publishing house based in Montreal, has recently released Random Thoughts: Poetry and Prose Sketches by Marisa De Franceschi. 

 A welcome addition to Canadian literature, Random Thoughts is a collection of short prose sketches which express the often complicated feelings one may have for sons, daughters, husbands, sisters, friends, and the world at large. The sketches are sometimes lighthearted and whimsical, but they can also be poignant expressions of disappointment, disbelief, and distaste for what the writer is witness to. Although the tone may vary from piece to piece, the overwhelming drive and goal is to spotlight situations that will cause the reader to ponder what is really happening beneath the surface. The author’s priorities are to entertain but also to encourage a rethinking of our relationships with our fellow man.

Marisa De Franceschi has published four books including the novel Surface Tension (1994), the short story collection Family Matters (2001) and the anthology Pillars of Lace (1998). Her short stories, articles and book reviews have appeared in publications such as Canadian Author & Bookman, Pure Fiction and Accenti Magazine. She is a college professor in Windsor.

 Available at : Chapters/Indigo online and Longbridge Books, Montreal

New Society Address and Phone Number as of April 24, 2010.

Italian Genealogy and Heraldry Society of Canada

Società di Genealogia e Araldica Italiana del Canada
Société de généalogie et d’héraldique italiennes du Canada

Flavio A. L. Andreatta
President/Presidente

Casa Italia
86 Hazel Crescent
Kingsville, Ontario N9Y 0B2
Canada

Phone: 519-733-0949
Email: ighsc-sgaic@sympatico.ca
Website: ighsc.org

Queries by mail or phone. A $50.00 tax deductible donation to the Society is appreciated to answer genealogy and heraldry queries.

Italian Surname Map / Mappa Italiano del Cognome

Would you like to see a visual map of the distribution of people in Italy with your last name? Go to the website at http://gens.labo.net/it/cognomi and type in your surname in the box under “Cognomi:” and hit Enter or click the arrow button. A map of Italy will pop up and display the results. You can click on three different styles of maps and even zoom in for a close up view. This will give you some idea of the possible region of origin of your surname. For further information about the origin of your Italian surname, please contact our society President, Flavio Andreatta, at ighsc-sgaic@sympatico.ca or call 1 (519) 733-0949 in Canada.

First Annual “Festa dei Nonni” a Success

Last Friday, September 11, 2009, our society held its first annual Festa dei Nonni or “Grandparents Day Celebration”. This was a family dinner fundraiser that featured a buffet style dinner, family history displays, door prizes and a grand prize raffle. The Leamington Italian Choir sang a few old fashioned Italian songs for us. A good time was enjoyed by all. Be sure to attend our next Festa dei Nonni to be held at the Ciociaro Club on Sunday, October 3, 2010. See you there!