The Venetian Social Club, 8030 Germantown, will celebrate its 90th anniversary on Saturday, Sept. 27,with a 1920s-inspired gala, beginning at 5 p.m. Music will be provided by the Monday Blues Jazz Orchestra.

The club was formed in 1924 by artisans from the Friuli-Venezia-Giulia region in northern Italy who had come to Chestnut Hill to work on homes built by Henry Houston and George Woodward.

The club provided more than just a gathering place for these workers and their families – it was a bridge between the Old World and the New World and was a place where members could be themselves, speak the Friuliano dialect, celebrate the music and culture of Friuli, and support one another.

A feature story on the Venetian Social Club will appear in next week’s Chestnut Hill Local.

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