2017 IFAFA Conference

IFAFA Conference November 10 – 11, 2017
Workshops and Festa Folkloristica: Holiday Inn 7550 E State St, Rockford, IL 61108

Registration Form and Schedule
(Update 10/31/2017 – You can now sign-up for Workshops or Saturday Night Banquet separately!  Check out the updated Registration Form!)

Sponsor Opportunities

We have reserved rooms at the Holiday Inn at $99 per night (not per person) plus tax for attendees (for either 1 King bed or two Queen beds per room).  This price is good for Thursday through Saturday of the conference. Workshops as well as the Saturday night Festa will be held in this hotel. The deadline has passed for online hotel reservations. Please phone the hotel at 815-398-2200 to make reservations at the group rate by using the group code: IFA or by specifically saying that you are a part of the Italian Folk Art Festival. If you would like to share a room, please contact the numbers below, and Amici will help contact others also seeking to share. Conference attendees are not required to stay at the Holiday Inn and may book a hotel elsewhere if preferred. There are several in the area.

Recommended Airport Shuttle: Van Galder:  This bus shuttle will bring you to the bus station less than ½ mile from the hotel, but we do not recommend walking from the station because you must cross a heavily-trafficked street that is very difficult to cross. There is a free hotel shuttle from the station. Contact the Hotel at 815-398-2200, or Bea Ricotta at 815-520-1010 if the shuttle can’t be reached. Price: From Midway Airport – $25 one way or $50 r/t. From O’Hare Airport: $21 one way, $38 r/t. From downtown Chicago (Amtrak Station) – $22 one way, $38 r/t. Pricing is subject to change so please check with the following site for the most up-to date pricing:


1:00 pm          Afternoon Tour of Rockford: the Rockford Ethnic Heritage Museum (with collections about the five founding ethnic groups of Rockford), the Graham-Ginestra House (now a museum), St. Anthony of Padua Church (over 100 years old), and return to hotel. *subject to change*

4:00 pm          Registration opens at the Holiday Inn

5:00 pm          IFAFA Board and Executive Team meeting

6:00 pm          IFAFA General Membership Meeting

7:00-10:00 pm    IFAFA Reception and mixer! Members of Amici Italiani will be teaching a few simple dances



Dance Workshops – a mix of dances will be taught varying in difficulty and region of origin

  • Dance to be determined – taught by Bea Ricotta, Instructor of Amici Italiani (http://www.griaa.org/amici-italiani-adult-troupe/)
  • I Sette Passi – dance from the Veneto region of Italy, taught by Maria Chobany, Co-Director of I Colori Italiani
  • Dance to be determined – taught by Mark DeSanctis, Instructor of Tradizione Vivente

Non- Dance Workshops

  • “IFAFA Choir “– Karen Cantele will be directing this year
  • Vestedde (little breads) –presented by Joan and Colleen Gullo, and Rosie Scalisi Sheridan
  • How to make Briolatte Demo– presented by Margaret Lattuca
  • How to start a Pappagallo magazine-presented by Mike Doyle
  • Immigrant Histories­ – Presented by Frank Perrcone
  • Origin of Pastas and their Sauces  -­presented by Jody Perrecone and Mary Ann Feruggia
  • Learn to play Scopa –presented by Anna Mirabile
  • The Italian Gift of Music to the world: From Italy to America – presented by Jimmy Sartino
  • Italian Superstitions–  presented by Paul Torna
  • Italian Christmas Traditions –presented by Rosaria Mercuri-Ford
  • Learn to Speak Italian ­­–presented by Tony Tarara

Festa Folkloristica: Dinner, Performances by IFAFA members, and live entertainment for enjoying and dancing