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Angeleno-Swiss Michael Schandroch running for Political Office

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Congratulations to Michael Schandroch,

“Our” very own Angeleno-Ticinese-Swiss and former Board Member of the Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce/LA, for being a candidate in this year’s upcoming Gran Consiglio (State Representative) elections in Ticino!

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January 19, 2011 at 12:03 pm

Los Angeles Times: “Locarno on Ice”

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Locarno on Ice festival in Switzerland. (Remy Steinegger / swiss-image.ch / Ticino Turism)

Locarno on Ice festival in Switzerland. (Remy Steinegger / swiss-image.ch / Ticino Turism)


Switzerland: Chill out at Locarno on Ice festival
By Benoit Lebourgeois
Special to the Los Angeles Times
5:21 PM PST, November 23, 2010

An icy chill is set to descend upon Locarno next week, the elegant resort destination with a Mediterranean flair in southern Switzerland, when Locarno on Ice takes over Piazza Grande, the town’s main square.

The festival, which runs Dec. 2 through Jan. 9,  follows the rhythm of seasonal celebrations, from the Advent to the Epiphany, with holiday parties on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and  New Year’s Eve.

A beginner’s rink will reassure skaters with wobbly legs until, more confident in their balance, they’re able to rub frozen elbows with more experienced peers.  Blues, rock and pop concerts (and a winter version of theJazzAscona Festival), a nightly light show, glass igloo bars and a traditional Christmas market will entertain all, regardless of ability.

Locarno on Ice will be open open 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. (The igloo bars remain open until 1 a.m.). Rink admission is about $2 for adults; skate rentals start at $4 for two hours.

The closest airports are Lugano, about 25 miles away, and Milan’s Malpensa airport, about 80 miles away. Shuttle and train transportation is available from both airports. Round-trip airfares, midweek in early December, from Los Angeles to either airport were recently running about $800.

Info: Locarno on Ice. (Note: The website is in Italian.)

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November 28, 2010 at 3:16 pm

Swiss Hotel Sonoma

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Swiss Hotel Plaque

One of my favorite spots in Northern California is the Square in Sonoma. It is right in the heart of Sonoma wine county, is a great place for a picnic with the family and is rich with history. The square was the Pomo and Miwok Indians’ sacred meeting ground, the site 1846 Bear Flag Revolt and home of California’s Northern-most mission.

On the North side of the square sits the Swiss Hotel. The structure was first built by Don Salvador Vallejo, brother of Mexican General Mariano Vallejo. It was later occupied by various pioneers and in 1861 became the house of Dr. Victor J. Fauré, French-born vintner of prize-winning wines made from the grapes of the Vallejo family vineyards.

Swiss Hotel

Its life as a hotel started as a stagecoach stop in the 1870’s. In 1882, it was purchased by the Toroni family and was initially called the Ticino Hotel, serving railroad passengers and employees who stopped in Sonoma for the night. It would later become the Swiss Hotel in 1909 when an establishment of the same name on the West side of the plaza burned to the ground and the Toroni’s took the name for themselves. Hank Marioni is the fourth generation of his family operating the Swiss Hotel as a hotel and restaurant.

The interior lobby is adorned with family photos, deeds, tax bills, and even a birth certificate from Ticino. It has a wonderful back patio and has a great old California feel. It is a wonderful piece of California and Ticinesi history.

Memorabilia Adorns the Walls

An interesting wine anecdote for those that like Zinfandel. Vallejo’s wine-maker, Victor Fauré is considered the father of California Zinfandel. Early on many different vareitals were planted in Sonoma, but one winter the frost was cruel and the only varietal to survive was Zinfandel. General wisdom was that the grapes were to acidic and would not make a good wine, Fauré disagreed. “Later, after they tasted the young wine Fauré made from the grapes, Sonoma vineyardists quickly developed a solid respect for this strangely spelled variety.” (1)

(1) Zinfandel: a history of a grape and its wine, Charles Lewis Sullivan

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September 17, 2010 at 8:42 pm

2010 Premio Pro Ticino goest to…

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Marco Zappa, fellow Ticinese, friend and my Italian and Music teacher in High School (La Morettina, Locarno) is a very well known Artist, Musician and “Cantautore” with a decades-long musical career spanning various genres.

What better way to honor my High-School Teacher-Hero with a blog entry dedicated to his work!

Marco was recently honored with the prestigious “Premio Pro Ticino” – a Lifetime Achievement Award to those promoting the Swiss-Italian language and culture. On that occasion he was interviewed on behalf of Pro Ticino by Beatrice Bomio Amichi.


Il profumo della propria terra

Diciamolo ogni ticinese saprebbe collocare Marco Zappa nel contesto musicale locale ricordando, magari dall’infanzia, alcuni dei suoi tratti –barba e orecchino – e canticchiando qualche sua melodia. Di strada ne ha percorsa ancora molta questo autore nato negli anni ’50, ed i tanti a ricordarlo diventano forse più esigui se confrontati ai suoi lavori più recenti ed alla sua evoluzione.

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August 10, 2010 at 1:04 pm

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