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AWAR has a long history of monthly general meetings in select lunch, dinner, or cocktail venues. We often host a guest speaker to entertain members, and past speakers have included ambassadors, artists, authors, doctors, economists, journalists, film personalities, and professors.


Group Activities

Are you interested in games? Are you a book nerd? Food lover or fashionista? AWAR has something for everyone. Check our calendar for details.


Advanced Cooking

We explore recipes and cooking techniques. It's intended for experienced home cooks who can share some tried-and-true recipes to cook together. Due to limited space in members' homes, the group is small and filled on a first-come basis. At this time, the group is without a chair, but there will be occasional meetings announced during the year on Resources.


Burraco is a very popular card game, similar to Canasta, played all over Italy for pleasure and competition. AWAR's group plays purely for fun, ideally twice a month. Space is limited to 8 to 12 players unless the venue can accommodate more. The group plays in members' homes or, on occasion, an alternative venue which may charge a small fee. Currently, the meetings are organized month by month, so if you're interested in hosting, please get in touch!


Holly Grabow Magazzino

Book Club

The Ex Libris Book Club meets virtually once a month via Zoom, usually on the fourth Monday of each month, at 5:30pm. The reading list is chosen several months in advance by group participants and includes prize-winning titles and books that have received good reviews or that are pertinent to the moment, as well as the occasional classic. Each month, a group member gives a short presentation about the chosen book and author before a general discussion. 


Pat Fogarty

Film Discussion

The Film Group meets virtually every month to explore a film in depth. They gather on Zoom at 6pm, usually on the first Wednesday of the month. Before the meeting, each participant views the film on her own. No reservation necessary, just ask for the Zoom link.


Jeanne Mardock

Walking/Hiking Group

Two to three hour walks (and hikes), in both urban and country settings, once per month. Anyone with reasonable stamina will be comfortable participating, and spouses are welcome to join. The goals are exercise, fresh air, gorgeous views, and good company. The walks usually conclude with a bite to eat, after working up an appetite on the footpaths. Look for announcements on Resources!


Sara Kranwinkle

Linda Mitchell

Italian Glamour

Offering exclusive opportunities for AWAR members to learn about and experience Italian style, this group visits Italian ateliers and meets with designers and fashion experts. Contact to reserve.


Barbara Gurawska

Wine Tasting Group

Led by an accredited sommelier, the wine appreciation group meets once monthly. They’re a great opportunity to learn about and taste wines of excellent quality. Significant others and guests are welcome. After events are announced, reservations can be made through the AWAR website.


Wendy Holloway

Jennifer Landini


Twice monthly bridge game gatherings, organized in a similar fashion as Burraco. 

Opera Appreciation

Opera enthusiasts preview the operas being performed at the Rome Opera House by viewing a DVD and discussing it, and also learn about the Rome production.


Mignonne del Piero


This Scrabble gathering meets at least once a month to play, socialize, and enjoy a potluck meal. Significant others are welcome, but space is limited to 12 participants. Contact to join.




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