August 31, 2013

Acclaimed Calabrian Singer-Songwriter Michéal Castaldo to Perform at the Italian American Museum

Michéal Castaldo's latest cd titled,
"Bergamot: Like a Breath of Fresh Air"
Thursday, September 5th (7:00 PM)

Italian American Museum
155 Mulberry Street
New York, NY 10013

Please join us for a special musical performance by independent Classical Crossover artist Michéal Castaldo.  Michéal's latest cd, Bergamot, is a lively, upbeat recording of original, Calabrian folk, Italian classics and classic American hit songs, all sung in the Calabrian language.  The music on this cd preserves Michéal's southern Italian culture, is very unique and creative and features Mediterranean tempos which bring in a flavor of Greek, Byzantine and Spanish influence. 

Copies of the cd will be available for sale and signing.

Suggested donation of $10 per person


To reserve a place for this special double feature, please call the
Italian American Museum at (212) 965-9000 or email:

August 29, 2013

A Look at Boston's 94th Annual "Feast of All Feasts!"

The 2013 Feast of Sant'Antonio di Padova da Montefalcione
Viva Sant'Antonio!
Photos courtesy of Bobby Maida
Dear readers, our friend Bobby Maida, recently returned from his trip to Boston's North End, where he and members of the East Harlem Giglio Society and Sons of San Paolino di Nola participated in the annual Feast of Saint Anthony. Bobby was kind enough to share some of his wonderful photos with us.
The New York contingent presented a plaque to Boston's San Antonio di Padova da Montefalcione Society declaring their support and solidarity 
(Above and below) An explosion of confetti rains down on the crowd 
The procession makes its way through Boston's North End
(Above and below) Along the route, devotees make donations 
Bobby and the guys had the privilege of carrying the Saint 
The festivities continued deep into the night
At midnight Saint Lucy joined Saint Anthony
For more fantastic pix by Bobby Maida visit

August 28, 2013

Announcing the 2013 Feast of San Padre Pio, Tuckahoe, New York

Photo courtesy of Bobby Maida
Sponsored by the Generoso Pope Foundation

September 20th—22nd
Hours: Friday 5PM—9PM; Saturday 2PM—10PM; Sunday 2PM—7PM

Generoso Pope Foundation
24 Depot Square
Tuckahoe, New York 10707
(914) 793-7777

Free Admission

Food • Live Entertainment • Vendors

Friday, September 20th at 6 PM: After Mass will be a procession from the Church of the Assumption (100 Pleasant Avenue) into Depot Square.

Sunday, September 22nd at 7 PM: There will be a procession from Depot Square to the Church of the Assumption.

Danny Vecchiano & The Giglio Band will lead both Processions

* All schedules and activities are subject to change, so please check with organizers for any updates.

August 26, 2013

A Look at the 2013 Festa di San Rocco in Astoria, Queens

Viva San Rocco!
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
On Saturday, August 24th, I had the great privilege of attending the annual Festa di San Rocco sponsored by Societá Gioventú Quagliettana in Astoria, Queens. As always, our Quagliettana brothers and sisters did an outstanding job hosting the celebration, but this year was a little extra special for me because I had the thrilling opportunity to carry the Saint. 

After a wonderful service by Father Vincent at Saint Joseph's Church (43-19 30th Ave.), we enjoyed a delightful meal and some music outside the society's clubhouse at St. Rocco's Place (37-04 28th Ave.). The festivities lasted deep into the night.

I offer my sincere and heartfelt thanks to Quagliettana Society for their hard work and generosity. Viva San Rocco!

Passing on the love and devotion
Family and friends pose for a group photo outside the society clubhouse
This lucky young man had the honor of carrying the relic 
The color guard beam with pride
The procession makes its way to Saint Joseph's Church
Devotees carry votive candles
(L-R) Vice-treasurer Rocco Fasano,
Father Vincent and President Vincenzo Carpinelli
(Above and below) Members of the ladies auxiliary sing devotional hymns 
Exiting a packed Saint Joseph's Church
After Mass we made our way back to the society clubhouse 
Michael Aromando and The Metropolitan Festival Band 
The revelry continued into the night with great food and music
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August 22, 2013

Opening Night at 'The Feast'

Thankfully the rain subsided and the crowds began to arrive
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
Contrary to all the rumors I heard, this year's Feast of Santa Rosalia in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn is back. 

After work, I made my way to 18th Avenue to partake in the opening night celebration. Highlights include:
Venerating Santa Rosalia at the outdoor chapel 
Enjoying some delicious seafood...
...or sausage & peppers...
...and a wide array of desserts to satisfy your sweet tooth.
I had brioche con gelato (Zuppa Inglese) and espresso
at Villabate Alba Pasticceria and Bakery
The Feast will run through September 1st! 

There will be a Procession from the chapel (18th Avenue & 72nd Street) at 2 PM on Sunday, September 1st. Mass will be celebrated at Santa Rosalia Church (6301 14th Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11219) at 4 PM.

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Announcing the 2013 Feast of Santa Rosalia, Bensonhurst, Brooklyn

August 21, 2013

A Look at NYC's 124th Annual Feast of San Rocco

Evviva San Rocco!
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
Hundreds attended Sunday's celebration at Saint Joseph's Church
(5 Monroe Street) in Two Bridges, New York
Members of the Saint Joseph Society of Lodi, New Jersey (above) and Figli Maria S.S. Addolorata of Brooklyn, New York (below) were among the celebrants
Contingents from the Gioiosa Marina Social Club of Brooklyn,
New York (above) and San Rocco Societa di Mutuo Soccorso
of Fort Lee, New Jersey (below) also participated
Our friends from the Societa Gioventu Quagliettana
of Astoria, Queens joined in the festivities 
The color guard and standard bearer lead the way
The procession makes its way down Catherine Street towards Little Italy
Along the route, devotees pin donations onto the saint
There were light refreshments and dancing in the streets
outside Vanella's Funeral Chapel (40 Saint James Place)
The parade rolls down Little Italy's bustling Mulberry Street
Devotees carry votive candles during the celebration
Tony and Son's Festival Band were awesome
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August 18, 2013

Announcing NYC's 10th Annual Feast of the Black Madonna di Tindari

T-shirts based on a flier from
the original social club/chapel
will be available for $25 apiece.
Sunday, Sept. 8th, (4:00 pm)
at the former site
of her devotion
The Phoenix Bar
447 East 13th Street,
off of Avenue A

For a decade we have gathered each September 8th at the Phoenix Bar where we have recounted stories, recited poetry, sketched chalk drawing on the sidewalk, built an outdoor shrine, sung hymns in the open air, and danced to the rhythms of pizzica and tarantella. In doing so we have created a new sense of the past and our connection to it, and ultimately a new sense of who we are. We have created community. 

On this tenth anniversary, the festivities begin at 4pm and continued until last person decides to leave. Once again, the Phoenix Bar owner Brenda, the bartenders, and the patrons have graciously opened their space for this event. 


For more information visit The Tenth Annual Feast of the Black Madonna of East 13th Street on Facebook

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August 16, 2013

Feast of San Rocco

Viva San Rocco!
Photo by New York Scugnizzo
August 16th is the Feast Day of San Rocco, patron Saint of the sick. Widely venerated throughout Southern Italy, he is one of the principal patrons of Potenza (PZ), Castelmezzano (PZ), Quaglietta (AV), Orsogna (CH), Locorotondo (BA), Monteleone di Puglia (FG), Pietraperzia (EN), Palmi (RC), Scilla (RC), and Gioiosa Ionica (RC), among others. To commemorate the occasion I'm posting a Prayer to Saint Rocco. The accompanying photo was taken at Saint Joseph's Church (5 Monroe Street) in Manhattan.

Prayer to Saint Rocco

O Great St. Rocco, deliver us, we beseech you, from contagious diseases, and the contagion of sin. Obtain, for us, a purity of heart which will assist us to make good use of health, and to bear sufferings with patience. Teach us to follow your example in the practice of penance and charity, so that we may, one day enjoy the happiness of being with Christ, Our Savior, in Heaven. Amen.

August 15, 2013

Feast of the Assumption

Madonna dell'Assunta, Ravello
Photo by New York Scugnizzo
August 15th is The Feast of the Assumption, the celebration of the Blessed Mother's corporeal ascent into Heaven. In honor of this joyous occasion I'm posting "Praise to the Queen of Heaven" (Salvi Regina), a prayer from Prayers and Devotional Songs of Sicily, edited and translated by Peppino Ruggeri.(*) The accompanying photo was taken during my 2010 pilgrimage to the Duomo in Ravello. Founded in 1086, the Duomo was originally dedicated to Our Lady of the Assumption. It has since been consecrated to San Pantaleone.

Praise to the Queen of Heaven

Hail to you Mary, Mother of Mercy
Life, sweetness, and spring of joy
In you we trust when in trouble or pain
To you we come when we are in tears
In affliction your comfort we obtain.

Hear our pleas, our sweet defender
Virgin Mother with all sorrow laden
To our God you prayers direct
Because our actions have no effect
The door of paradise open to all
When death for comes to call

(*) Prayers and Devotional Songs of Sicily, edited and translated into English by Peppino Ruggeri, Legas 2009, p.139