There is strength in numbers, the old adage goes, and nowhere is that more apparent than at Casa Italia in Stone Park, where more than a dozen organizations will join forces to stage the Casa’s fourth annual Christmas Village.
The complimentary open house is slated for Dec. 3. The following organizations had signed on to participate at the time of publication: the Americans of Italian Descent of DuPage County, Associazione Regionale Siciliani in America, Calabresi in America Organization, Associazione Regionale Pugliesi in America, Chicago West Suburban UNICO, Chicagoland Italian American Charitable Organization, Columbian Club of Chicago, Italian American Executives of Transportation, Order Sons of Italy in America, Società San Francesco di Paola and the Sons and Daughters of Italy in America.
A Presepio Vivente, or Living Nativity, will be performed by ARPA/San Nicola during the Casa’s noon Mass. Festivities will also feature a strolling zampognaro and Befana, horse-drawn carriage, Christmas carols by the Casa Italia Choir and Main Street Opera, a special performance by the students from the Casa’s Italian class, and a visit from Santa with photos and gifts for children.
Holiday treats served throughout the afternoon will include hot chocolate, espresso, eggnog, roasted chestnuts, fried dough and traditional Italian cookies. Food will be available for purchase.
Organizations, businesses and families are invited to sponsor and trim the Christmas tree that will adorn the Casa grounds throughout the holiday season. (708-345-5933)