September 30, 2013

Italian American Museum Presents "Long Island Italian Americans: History, Heritage and Tradition" by Dr. Salvatore J. LaGumina

Dr. Salvatore J. LaGumina
Photo by New York Scugnizzo
Thursday, October 3rd (6:30PM)

Italian American Museum
155 Mulberry Street
(Corner of Grand 
and Mulberry Streets)
New York, NY 10013

Power Point presentation 
by Dr. Salvatore J. LaGumina

You are cordially invited to attend a presentation and signing for Dr. Salvatore J. LaGumina's latest book titled, "Long Island Italian Americans: History, Heritage and Tradition". 

For Italian immigrants and their descendants, moving from “the city” out to Long Island was more than a change of address. It signaled that the family had achieved the American dream, and in turn, elements of Italian values and culture are visible all over the island. Italians helped to build Long Island, whether as laborers or as contractors, such as the Castagnas. They brought their culinary traditions and opened markets, such as the still family-owned Iavarone Brothers Foods and restaurants, including New Hyde Park’s Umberto’s. 

Italians’ industrialism helped them thrive in fields as diverse as medicine, politics, acting and winemaking and importing (including the nationally recognized Banfi label). Join author Salvatore J. LaGumina to discover the remarkable contributions and vibrant culture of Italians and Italian-Americans on Long Island.

Suggested donation of $10 

PLEASE RESERVE EARLY  
To reserve a place for this event, please call the Italian American Museum at (212) 965-9000 or email: ItalianAmericanMuseum@gmail.com

September 29, 2013

Feast of the Archangels

The Archangel Michael smiting Satan
Photo by New York Scugnizzo
September 29 is the Feast Day of the Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael. In celebration I'm posting The Saint Michael Prayer.(*) The accompanying photo of Saint Michael the Archangel smiting Satan was taken at Saint Joseph's Church (5 Monroe Street) in Two Bridges, NYC.

The Saint Michael Prayer

Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the Divine Power of God,
cast into hell, Satan and all the evil spirits who roam throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls.

(*) The Saint Michael Prayer, reprinted from Our Catholic Prayers

September 28, 2013

Announcing the 3rd Annual San Gennaro Feast of the Hamptons

San Gennaro statue
Saturday, October 5th & Sunday, October 6th, 2013 (10AM — 10PM)

Good Ground Road
Hampton Bays, NY 11945

Opening ceremony parade Saturday, October 5th at 10:30 am

There will be plenty of delicious food, fun carnival rides, games, and fantastic live entertainment, including the "voice of romance" Franco Corso and the "smooth voice" of Johnny Avino. Car raffle and fireworks finale on Sunday night.

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

For more information visit www.sangennarofeastofthehamptons.com or find them on Facebook

September 27, 2013

The Last Days of September

The "Four Days of Naples" Remembered
Scene from the siege of Naples (September, 1943)
By Niccolò Graffio
“See Naples and die.” (Vedi Napoli e poi muori) – Italian proverb (variously ascribed to Virgil, Goethe and Humboldt)
The city of Naples is one of the oldest, continually inhabited cities in all of Italy, if not Europe. Tradition has it Greek settlers from Euboea founded a colony at the site sometime in the 8th century BC. Archaeologists, however, believe the earliest settlers were Greek sailors from Rhodes who established a mercantile colony on the tiny island of Megaride almost 100 years earlier. They named this colony Parthenope.

Around the 5th century BC these settlers were displaced by new arrivals from the Greek colony of Cumae. Reaching the mainland, these displaced settlers founded a new colony they named Neapolis (Gr: “New City”). In time Parthenope came to be absorbed into the growing city, being renamed simply Palaiopolis (Gr: “Old City”). Continue reading

Announcing the 4th Annual Mass & Procession in Honor of Mother Cabrini, New York City

September 26, 2013

Feast of Saints Cosimo and Damiano

Saints Cosimo and Damiano
Photo by New York Scugnizzo
September 26th is the Feast Day of Saints Cosimo and Damiano, patrons of physicians and surgeons. Widely venerated across southern Italy, they are the principal patrons of Riace (RC), Ginosa (TA), Sferracavallo (PA), Roccascalegna (CH) and Carbonara di Nola (NA), among others. To commemorate the occasion, I'm posting a Prayer to Saints Cosmas and Damian. The accompanying photo of the martyrs was taken at Most Precious Blood Church (109 Mulberry Street), the national shrine of San Gennaro, located in New York City's historic Little Italy.

Prayer to Saints Cosmas
and Damian

Oh glorious martyrs of Christ, Saints Cosmas and Damian, you gave your lives for the love of God, benefiting your fellow man, and crowning your martyrdom with an open and loyal profession of your faith. You taught us to love God above all things, and to love our fellow man as ourselves, professing always, and without fear, the religion of Jesus. 

Augmenting amongst the faithful populace many miracles, you are glorious indeed. Through your intercession, which brings about deliverance of these miracles, we pray to you for your aid in all things. May your patronage never be far from us in the illness of our body and soul. 

Oh great protectors, Saints Cosmas and Damian, assist us with your love and free us from all evils. Amen

Casa Belvedere Presents Simona De Rosa

September 25, 2013

A Look at the 2013 Feast of San Donato, Montclair, New Jersey

Viva San Donato!
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
Some pix from Sunday's (Sept. 22nd) 3rd Annual Feast of San Donato di Arezzo at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church (94 Pine St.) in Montclair, New Jersey. The Feast was organized by the Saint Donato Society of Montclair, New Jersey.
The procession makes its way through the neighborhood 
It was great to see some youth pitch in
President Dan Arminio pins donations to the statue outside Caffe Marzullo
Cousin Mike leads the way 
Once again Danny Vecchiano and the Giglio Band
show why they're among the best festival bands
Another look at San Donato 
A close up of the holy relic 
Returning to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church 
An outdoor shrine dedicated to San Donato
was set up in the church parking lot
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Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino return to NYC

Highline Ballroom
431 W 16th Street
(Between 9th & 10th Ave.)
New York, NY 10011
(212) 414–5994

Tuesday, October 8, 2013 
Showtime @ 8 PM
Doors open @ 6 PM

Tickets $15 in advance,
$20 day of show

Hit Week, with the Support of Viaggiare in Puglia and Puglia Sounds Presents Made in Puglia headlined by Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino and Nicola Conte DJ Set. 
Italy's new-generation masters of taranta, Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino, return to New York for a headline appearance at the Hit Week Festival. A must-see band on the world music festival circuit, Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino – better known as CGS -- have established themselves as the leading force in the revival of the mysterious Italian folk style known as pizzica, or more commonly "taranta." Nicola Conte, a DJ and producer, is internationally known for his “lounge jazz” style that draws from bossa nova and Italian movie soundtracks of the 1960s and 1970s. A classically-trained musician, Conte founded the Fez Collective in the southern Italian city of Bari and Schema Records, a label specializing in “acid jazz” and other jazz styles. A very special Pre Show with Don Pasta Food Sound System

September 24, 2013

A Look at the 2013 Feast of the Madonna Addolorata di Castelpetroso in Nutley, New Jersey

Viva Maria!
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
Some pix from Sunday's (Sept. 22nd) 22nd Annual Feast in Honor of Maria SS. Addolorata (Our Lady of Sorrows) at Holy Family Church (28 Brookline Ave.) in Nutley, New Jersey. The Feast was organized by the Societa' Oriundi Castellani.
After Mass, the procession made its way through the neighborhood
The color guard leads the way
Participants carry the standards of the Societa' Oriundi Castellani
and Madonna delle Lacrime di Siracusa
Devotees set up shrines along the procession route 
Msgr. Paul L. Bochicchio offers benediction during the parade 
A spectacular fireworks show at Booth Park
Another look at the procession 
The Tony Neglia Band
Afterward, we returned to the church fairgrounds for a bite to eat
A look at Holy Family Church
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Announcing the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows and Saint Padre Pio, Union City, New Jersey

September 27th—29th, 2013

Festival Hours:
Friday, September 27 (6:00 pm – 11:00 pm)
Saturday, September 28 (1:00 pm – 11:00 pm)
Sunday, September 29 (1:00 pm – 11:00 pm)

Mass will be celebrated on September 29th at noon. Procession immediately following Mass

Food • Rides • Games • Nightly 50/50 • Nightly Entertainment

St Rocco/St Brigid RC Church
4206 Kennedy Blvd.
Union City, NJ 07087

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

For more information call (201) 863–1427 or email at stroccounioncity@gmail.com

September 23, 2013

A Look at the 2013 Feast of Padre Pio in Tuckahoe, New York

Viva San Pio!
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
Generoso Pope Place was the place to be Saturday night. My friends and I made the trip to Tuckahoe, New York to celebrate the Annual Padre Pio Feast outside the Generoso Pope Foundation. Needless to say, a great time was had by all.
A large crowd turned out to celebrate the Feast
and enjoy the fantastic weather, delicious food and live entertainment
Speaking of live entertainment, singer-songwriter Sam DeRosa and Mike Squillante got the party started with their upbeat, catchy pop melodies
Angelo Venuto & Voices brought down the house
with their popular blend of Italian and American rock standards

Feast of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina

Painted ceramic of Saint Pio
Photo by New York Scugnizzo
September 23rd is the Feast Day of Saint Padre Pio. In commemoration, I'm posting a Prayer to Saint Pio of Pietrelcina. The accompanying photo was taken in Vietri Sul Mare during my 2010 pilgrimage to Southern Italy.

Prayer to Saint Pio
of Pietrelcina

O Glorious Saint Pio, bearing the wounds of Christ you generously accepted your sufferings, and labored faithfully for the good of all souls. Help me to embrace that same attitude of acceptance in my life. With confidence, I ask for your intercession to obtain the grace of (make your request), which I ardently desire. If it is not, however, God's will that this should come to pass, then help me to find serenity and joy in God's choices for me. Amen

Also see:
Pix from the 10th Annual Saint Padre Pio Festival in Vineland, New Jersey
Pix from the 2012 Fiaccolata di San Pio in Westbury, Long Island

September 22, 2013

Happy Autumn!

Photo by New York Scugnizzo
The Fall Equinox marks the transition of summer into winter. To celebrate the occasion and the season of Autumn I would like to share a poem by Vittorio Clemente from Dialect Poetry of Southern Italy: Texts and Criticism (A Trilingual Anthology) edited by Luigi Bonaffini, Legas, 1997, p.36.

Autumn 

Nightfall.
Fields on fire,
blazing to the far ends of the world.
The agony of crickets
seeps
from the hollow, falls
on deaf ears: cri, cri,
from time to time.
The moon is up, the world
has ended.

(Translated by Anthony Molino)

September 21, 2013

Feast of San Matteo

Viva San Matteo!
Photo by New York Scugnizzo
September 21st is the Feast Day of San Matteo (Saint Matthew), patron saint of Salerno. In commemoration, I'm posting a prayer in honor of Saint Matthew. The accompanying photo of San Matteo was taken at the Basilica Santa Trofimena in Minori. 

Prayer to Saint Matthew

O Glorious St. Matthew, in your Gospel you portray Jesus as the longed-for Messiah who fulfilled the Prophets of the Old Covenant and as the new Lawgiver who founded a Church of the New Covenant. Obtain for us the grace to see Jesus living in his Church and to follow his teachings in our lives on earth so that we may live forever with him in heaven. Amen

A Look at NYC's 87th Annual San Gennaro Feast

Viva San Gennaro!
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
I made my annual pilgrimage to Most Precious Blood Church in Little Italy on Thursday (Sept. 19th) for the Feast of San Gennaro. As always, I had a great time with good friends. The atmosphere was festive and the food was delicious. It was a wonderful opportunity to venerate our great patron. Viva San Gennaro! 
Leaving Most Precious Blood Church 
Soprano Cristina Fontanelli sang a glorious rendition of Ave Maria during Mass
The procession crawls along bustling Mulberry Street
Members of the Saint Anthony Society of Giovinazzo help carry the saint 
Briganti from Naples joined in the celebration 
The Red Mike Festival Band
Festive lights line the streets of Little Italy
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September 20, 2013

Presenting "Trinàcria: A Tale of Bourbon Sicily" by Anthony Di Renzo at Casa Belvedere

Monday, October 7, 2013 @ 7 PM

Italian Cultural Foundation
at Casa Belvedere
79 Howard Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10301
(718) 273-7600

Guernica Editions and the Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere invite you to attend the book launch of Trinàcria: A Tale of Bourbon Sicily by Anthony Di Renzo

Please join us for a reception and reading for Trinàcria: A Tale of Bourbon Sicily

The historical novel chronicling the destruction of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies during the Italian Revolution. Drawing on history and family legend, Anthony Di Renzo presents a tale of progress and reaction, irony and paradox, in which the splendors of Caserta must yield to the wonders of the Crystal Palace. Both intimate and sweeping, Trinàcria questions the price of pride and the cost of prosperity and contrasts illusions of grandeur and dreams of happiness with the pitiless truth that kills all hope and desire. As readers will learn, this is the fatal spell of Sicily--an island of loss and change--where death alone is eternal.

$20 donation per person. Hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served.

For more information on the author and the book, please visit: indiegogo.com/projects/trinacria-a-tale-of-bourbon-sicily

Copies of this book may be available for sale at the event, or you may purchase online at guernicaeditions.com A portion of the proceeds from the purchase of this book will benefit the Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere

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Sophia Loren – A Living Symbol of Art

Aphrodite of Cnidus
Photo Courtesy of Wikipedia
By Niccolò Graffio

The late philosopher and novelist Ayn Rand defined art as “…a selective recreation of reality according to an artist’s metaphysical value-judgments.” Since early modern humans first appeared in Europe approx. 40,000 years ago, mankind has “selectively recreated reality” in numerous ways for many different purposes.

Many early civilizations, like Ancient Egypt and Minoan Crete, produced artworks (now mostly in museums) which continue to amaze people to this day. Each culture developed their own style of art.

It was the Greeks of the Hellenic Age, however, who were the first to venerate the human body and to develop the skills necessary to correctly recreate the human form down to minute detail. The Greeks, like the Romans after them, were especially fond of venerating the female human form. Perhaps no artwork better exemplified this than the famous statue “Aphrodite of Cnidus” by Praxiteles. After the fall of Rome, this veneration would not be seen again in Western art until the Age of the Renaissance.

The beginning of the 20th century saw the birth of film as both an art form and an industry, and with it the rise in popularity of what has been termed the “sex symbol.” The century saw a plethora of men and women labeled sex symbols, but only a few, such as Lillian Russell, Rita Hayworth & Marilyn Monroe, who could truly be considered icons. This article is a labor of love to one who is not only counted among the “greats,” but who rose above them to become a true symbol of feminine beauty – Sophia Loren. Continue reading