Thursday, July 5, 2012

2012 Festa Coloniale Italiana, August 11

The 2012 Festa Coloniale Italiana

What: 2012 Festa Coloniale Italiana
When: Saturday, August 11, 2012
Place: San Francisco Italian Athletic Club. 1630 Stockton St. San Francisco, Ca 94133
Time: 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Admission: Free
Contact: Tom Torriglia, 415 440 0800,

Along Stockton St., between Union and Filbert sts., there will be continuous live Italian music including:

Due Zighi Baci:
Sunday 7 accordion band. Members of the San Jose and San Francisco accordion clubs
Musica degli Borelli. Italian-music trio with a splash of jazz

The Rico Dancers will be putting on a dance show and world champion pizza-toss expert Tony Gemignani will astound the crowd with his pizza tossing.

There will be plenty of beer and wine, and the most mouth-watering food this side of Siena including sausage and peppers, pasta, deep-fried calamari, meatball sandwiches and cannoli. Vendors will be selling Italian-related products.

Inside, the club's main ballroom will be transformed into an Italian piazza complete with a fountain.  The third-floor Parkview room, which overlooks the festa and Washington Square park, is being transformed into a wine-tasting venue featuring some of the Bay Area’s finest wineries including Mondavi.

The Festa Coloniale Italiana is a family-fun event that is free and open to the public. The Festa runs from 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. and for additional information, please contact Tom Torriglia at either 415 440 0800 or at

 The San Francisco Italian Athletic Club, which is located at 1630 Stockton St., may be reached at 415 781 0165.

Please check back for entertainment updates.

Friday, May 4, 2012

May 6th - World Accordion Day - 24 hr continuous online broadcaststreaming

The Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA) is sponsoring a 24-hour non-stop online broadcast, which will feature accordion music and interviews with accordionists from around the globe.

The event will begin on Sunday, May 6 at 7 am Paris time (1 am New York time, GMT+1) and will go for 24 hours straight. Additional information is available at or on Facebook at .

Please let your friends and accordion club & association members know about this exciting event. The broadcast will be archived at the same website for those who are not able to watch it live.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Goodbye Valerie

It is with sadness that we inform you of the passing of our dear Valerie Kieser, a woman who was the heart and soul of the San Francisco Accordion Club.
Valerie passed away peacefully at her home on Feb 27th, 2012, at the age of 74.  Beloved wife of the late John F. Kieser,  they had lived at their Oakland residence since 1973.  Valerie was an exceptional cook, hostess to all who came within miles of her, and a bright and shining spirit who lived a truly exceptional life. 
She was an avid accordion and button box aficionado, having played with numerous orchestras and ensembles, including the Accordion Chamber Ensemble and directed the Club's "Fun Band." She had a deep love for all animals, though she had a special affinity for horses, dogs and cats.  Always a joy to those around here, she will be deeply missed by her friends and family all over the globe. 
Valerie's nephew, Jeff Trabucco has set up a lovely Memorial website where you can read more about Valerie, see photos and share your thoughts about her in the Memory Book on the website.  Val's Memorial Website

Family and friends are planning a musical tribute and celebration of Val's life at the regular 2 PM meeting of the San Francisco Accordion Club on April 15th.   All who knew Val are invited to attend and if you have a musical gift to contribute to this celebration, please contact Lynn Ewing, SFAC President, at:  

We, who were Val's "Accordion Family" will miss her beyond measure!  

Joe (Joseph H.) Smiell has passed away.

Beloved accordionist and button box master, composer, arranger, conductor, husband, father and grandfather Joe Smiell passed away on January 31 at the age of 86  from liver cancer.  Joe was active right up until the end readying the San Francisco Accordion Chamber Ensemble for their next concert.

The San Francisco Accordion Club extends their most heartfelt sympathy to the Smiell family.  Joe will be greatly missed by all!

The family is discussing a memorial, but no announcement has been made yet.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Italy's Accordion Industry: Tiny and Thriving : NPR

Italy's Accordion Industry: Tiny And Thriving

January 9, 2012
More than 70 percent of Italy's gross domestic product comes from small businesses — and they're not growing. Economists are worried this will make it impossible for Italy to climb out of its massive $2.6 trillion debt.
Even in a global economy, something as small as Italy's accordion industry can have an impact. The work of its craftsmen has reached millions of ears.  read more ....