Activities & Clubs
Are you interested in games? Are you a book nerd? Food lover or fashionista? AWAR has something for everyone. Check our calendar for details!
Food & Wine
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.
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.
Learn how to make pasta by hand with pro Julia Griner Ficara. Julia is not only the AWAR Historian & Archivist, she's a pasta expert, owner of Grano & Farina Cooking School, and the Pasta Grannies Project noodle maker and recipe tester.
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
Twice monthly bridge game gatherings, organized in a similar fashion as Burraco.
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.
Online Culture Clubs
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
Vieni a parlare italiano! This is not a lesson, but a chance to get together and practice your language skills with fellow members, whatever your skill level. The group gathers at a member's home once or twice a month.