TSDOI Lodge 2817

We exemplify the very best of what it is to be Italian American

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TSDOI Calendar of Events

The following events have been scheduled for the remainder of 2022. The Events listed below the calendar are currently open for registration.

Aug 18 – Limoncello Making Night

Sept 3 – Fundraising Breakfast O’Charley’s

Sept 10 – Murder Mystery Dinner, Embassy Suites, Raleigh

Sept 11 – Helen Wright Women’s Shelter

Sept 24 – Festa Italiana, Raleigh

Oct 15 – Conversation and Coffee with Author Laura Morelli – Italian Art History to Historical Fiction

Oct 16 – Potluck / Italian Heritage

Nov 6 – Helen Wright Women’s Shelter

Nov 13 – Movie Night

Dec 11 – TSDOI Christmas Dinner at Mamma Mia! In Holly Springs

Dec 19 – Cookie Exchange





A fun time making your very own limoncello as a before or after dinner drink, or as a delicious ingredient for cooking, cookies, cakes, breads, and so much more.

Thursday, August 18, 2022

6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Keller Williams Realty Office

1483 Beaver Creek Commons Dr

Apex, NC  27502

Event Chair:  Fran Giannuzzi

There is no fee for this event, but you must RSVP by Thursday, August 4th to attend.  Please send an email RSVP to Fran Giannuzzi at:  fgiannuzzi94@gmail.com.   When you RSVP, please indicate if you will bring an appetizer or a dessert to share with the group.


Each household needs to bring the following ingredients to make their limoncello at the event:  

  1. 12 washed lemons
  2. Zester
  3. Large container such as a milk jug
  4. Bottle of diesel or Everclear (Substitutes will be communicated)

Bring the appetizer or dessert that you indicated in your RSVP.

You will receive a copy of the recipe to take home.  We will be following the Limoncello recipe previously provided to us by the deceased former co-owner of Capri Flavors in Cary.  She had lived on the Amalfi Coast and had a Limoncello Bar.

Wine, Bottled Water, and Coffee will be served.  There is no charge.


Murder Mystery Dinner & Show

The Dinner Detective - YouTube

Saturday, September 10, 2022

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Embassy Suites Hotel at 4700 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh (Near Crabtree Valley Mall)

Price with fees and gratuity is $86.57

Chair:  Diane Faxlanger

America’s largest interactive comedy murder mystery dinner theater show is now playing!  Solve a hilarious mystery while you feast on a fantastic dinner.  The culprit is hiding in plain sight somewhere in the room, and you may find yourself as a Prime Suspect before you know it.

TSDOI Members and their guests need to purchase their own tickets directly from The Dinner Detective Website.  Click on the link below to purchase tickets.  Price with fees and gratuity is $86.57 per person.

Saturday, September 10, 2022 – Raleigh-Durham, NC – www.thedinnerdetective.com  

After you purchase your tickets, please send an email to TSDOI Member, Diane Faxlanger, to let her know that you are attending. Diane’s email address is:  diane_faxlanger@hotmail.com



Date: Saturday, September 3, 2022
Place: O’Charley’s Restaurant
Location: 101 Asheville Avenue, Cary, NC, 27511
Serving Window: Arrive anytime between 8:00AM – 10:00AM
Menu: Eggs, Bacon, Toast, Potatoes, Coffee/Tea/Soda, Orange Juice
Event Chair: Bob Giannuzzi

Goal: Raise $2,000 for TSDOI to maintain lower annual membership dues than many other Lodges and fund our community service & charity initiatives.

Every member household is requested to purchase a packet of 5 tickets at $7 each for a total of $35. This purchase of $35 is requested whether or not you attend the breakfast or use fewer tickets at the restaurant. This is our primary annual fundraiser.

Don Cimorelli will mail each household 5 tickets and include a self-addressed stamped return envelope. You can either pay by check using the self-addressed envelope OR pay below using one of the following payment link options by Saturday, August 27th. 

Payment – Breakfast 5-Pack Ticket Bundle $35

Payment – Breakfast Tickets Adults $7

Payment – Breakfast Tickets Children (Age 10 and under) $4



Conversation and Coffee with Author Laura Morelli – ITALIAN ART HISTORY TO HISTORICAL FICTION

Saturday, October 15, 11:00am-1:00pm

Keller Williams Realty Office, 1483 Beaver Creek Commons Drive, Apex, NC 27502

Meet Acclaimed Author, LAURA MORELLI

$10 Registration Fee.  Coffee & Cookies Served Please join us for Laura’s Audio-Visual

Registration deadline is Saturday, October 8.

Payment can be made using the Square link below or if you wish to send a check, then RSVP to (Donald.cimorelli@gmail.com) and inform him that you are writing a check. Make checks payable to TSDOI and mail to Don Cimorelli, 132 Wards Ridge Drive, Cary, NC 27513.

You probably recognize famous works of art by Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, but did you know that many of the artistic traditions of medieval and Renaissance Italy are still alive today? Join art historian Laura Morelli for a behind-the-scenes look at some of Italy’s world-class artisanal traditions—everything from Murano glass to Florentine leather and Sicilian pastry. And hear how Laura Morelli’s immersion into Italian culture inspired her to bring the stories of art history to life in her bestselling historical fiction. To learn more about Laura Morelli click on BIO.

NOTE: Wake County Public Library does have two of Laura’s books. If you do not see it on the shelf, you can have a librarian order it for you.

Payment: Click on the link below to register and pay for this event using Square.

Payment – Author Event


TSDOI Italian Heritage Celebration: The Big Sunday Supper

Sunday, October 16, 2022
2:30 PM
Carey Jones Center
309 Holleman Street, Apex, NC 27502

The Triangle Sons & Daughters of Italy is your Italian “neighborhood” in North Carolina, and we invite our members and their guests over to our place for a big Italian supper like the old days.

This is a FREE Event for TSDOI Members and $5 for Guests. Your ticket to enter The Big Italian Supper is to sign up to bring your favorite Italian dish and share it with other Italian Americans who share a love for good food.

TSDOI Member and accomplished singer, Bob Gleason, will be there to croon us with Italian American favorites. Long-time TSODI Member, George Scalco will share his experiences of living in Venice during WWII and immigrating to the US. The Lodge will present and hear from the North Carolina resident who has been selected to receive the TSDOI 2022 NC Outstanding Italian American Award. We will also formally welcome our newest TSDOI Members and engage in fun activities such as the largest tarantella ever danced in North Carolina.

Please join us to celebrate our Italian heritage at our biggest and most anticipated event of the year. We have plenty of Italian American surprises planned for you!

Click on the Signup Genius Link Below to RSVP for you, and all other members and guests who will be joining you. On the signup list, you will complete a slot to bring either an Italian main dish, appetizer, salad, side dish, or dessert for 8-10 people.

If you are bringing a guest who is not a formal TSDOI member, please click on the additional link to pay $5 for each guest who is not a member of TSDOI.

Click on the link below to register for the event, RSVP, and select your dish to bring:


Click on the link below to purchase a $5 ticket for any guest who is not a formal member of TSDOI.

Payment – Guest Tickets $5