May 29, 2014

A Look at the 2014 Festa di San Cono, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Evviva San Cono!
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
We couldn’t ask for a better day for Sunday’s Festa di San Cono in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. With clear blue skies and a balmy breeze, conditions were perfect for the procession. Making our way through the neighborhood, we were greeted by many locals before reaching Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church (275 N 8th Street). Mass was celebrated in Italian and English by Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, who spoke at length about the life of Saint Cono during his inspirational homily. After Mass we returned to the society clubhouse for some delicious food, live music and an all around good time. I offer my sincere and heartfelt thanks to the San Cono Society for their hard work and generosity.
The Color Guard lead the way
Proud Standard Bearer 
The Procession wended its way through the neighborhood
San Cono Society officers pose for a photo 
Along the parade route, we visited a private shrine dedicated to San Cono 
As always, Tony and Son's Festival Band were fantastic
Ascending the steps of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church
Friends and family gathered at the church to honor Teggiano's glorious patron
Departing Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church 
Back at the clubhouse, revelers celebrate into the night
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May 28, 2014

A Look at the 2014 Feast of Sant'Antonio da Padova, New York City

Evviva Sant'Antonio!
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
Organized by the Society of Saint Anthony of Giovinazzo, Inc., the annual Feast of Saint Anthony of Padova will continue through Sunday, June 1st. There will be plenty of food, music, games and amusements every night on Mulberry Street, between Canal and Broome Streets. Proceeds to benefit Most Precious Blood Church, Saint Jude Hospital, Sandy Storm Relief, Old Bridge High School, St. Anthony Novena, American Diabetes, St. Anthony of Padova Church, St. Rocco Society, Public School #75, C.F.S. Children Malformation, Philippino Disaster Relief Fund, Communion of St. Anthony and the Society of Pozzallo. Mass will be celebrated at Most Precious Blood Church (113 Baxter Street, NY 10013) on June 1st at 11:00 am.

For more information visit the Society of Saint Anthony of Giovinazzo, Inc. on Facebook
The Stars and Stripes lead the way
Adorable Little Saint Anthony with proud papa
Sant'Antonio emerges from the church
This year's Grand Marshals, David and Maria Pisani
The procession wends its way through the streets of Little Italy
Festival Queen Marina Goffredo with her lovely handmaiden
Fr. Fabian Grifone offers a benediction to the participants
The procession crawls up bustling Mulberry Street
NYC's Little Italy was definitely the place to be on Saturday
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Sicily Revisited: Musical Performance by Laura Campisi and Alberto Fidone

Sunday, June 1 (6:30 PM)
Italian American Museum
155 Mulberry Street
New York, NY 10013

You are cordially invited to attend a special performance by award-winning Sicilian singer and songwriter Laura Campisi at the Italian American Museum on Sunday, June 1.  
With "Sicily Revisited", Laura Campisi brings together a deepened knowledge of American Jazz and contemporary music (the fruit of almost three years as a professional singer in New York) with her mastery of Sicilian musical traditions, for a fresh point of view on Southern Italy’s repertoire.  She has chosen a peculiar instrument as a companion, doublebass (not at all traditional of Sicilian sounds, but very dear to the young singer), and an excellent player to make it possible, Alberto Fidone, Sicilian himself, born in Catania, and visiting New York for the first time.
Born and raised in Sicily, and surrounded by the traditional Sicilian sounds and melodies, singer and songwriter Laura Campisi has developed a deep knowledge of the musical tradition of this beautiful island. A knowledge that her family passed on to her from childhood, and that has found a long and successful path both in and out of the Academy, with a degree in Musical Arts and a thesis on well-known Sicilian singer Rosa Balistreri, together with countless musical projects she has created through the years which were presented to audiences in both Europe and the United States.
Through her sincere passion she was also able to win many competitions and awards dedicated to Sicilian music such as the "Rosa Balistreri e Alberto Favara" Award in 2011, for her active role in spreading Sicilian music and culture around the world. She also appears in the documentary film "La Voce Di Rosa" ("Rosa's Voice") by director Nello Correale.
Suggested donation of $10
To reserve a place for this event, please call the Italian American Museum at (212) 965-9000 or email:

May 23, 2014

Janine Coyne's "Napoli" at the Italian American Museum

A sneak peek before the grand opening
Photos by New York Scunizzo
What better way to celebrate the official opening of the Italian American Museum's new gallery than with an exhibit of Janine Coyne's captivating photos of Napoli? Mulberry Street, of course, was where large groups of Neapolitan immigrants settled and it was to their memory that Museum President Dr. Joseph V. Scelsa dedicated the opening.
Professor Coyne’s photographs brought back memories from my last trip to Naples. The honest images captured a flavor that is usually only experienced with one’s own eyes. Her work will be on permanent display at the museum until next Autumn.
The venue was packed with visitors. Allesandra Belloni performed the Tarantella tammurriata Uè femmene and a Neapolitan chant in honor of the Madonna delle Sacro Monte. Afterward refreshments were served and the guests mingled.
Coyne’s work can be found in the permanent collections of several museums, and it is always a pleasure to see her work (In 2006 the IAM exhibited her “Sicilian Journey”). The IAMs new gallery is a welcome addition to the museum and the Italian cultural community.
A full house 
Allesandra Belloni entertains the crowd 
A picture of Pulcinella catches their eye
Professor Coyne thanks the audience 
Guests mingle and admire the photographs

May 21, 2014

A look at the 2014 Feast of Our Lady of the Audience, Kansas City, Missouri

Viva Maria!
Photos courtesy of Robert Kearney
This year’s Feast of Our Lady of the Audience, in Kansas City, was a great success. We are grateful to our friend Robert for sharing these photos with us so that we, from a distance, could also feel part of the event. 
The Knights of Columbus escort Our Lady from Holy Rosary Church
Devotees dutifully carry The Madonna to the expectant crowd
The Altar Society Standard
A canopy is raised above the Madonna before she is showered with rose petals
Rose petals and cotton are distributed to the faithful
The faces of Mary and Jesus are ritually wiped
Delicious desserts bring cheer to all
The people of the parish gather and celebrate. A scene warmly familiar to those of our culture
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May 20, 2014

Updated Speaking Schedule For "Farms, Factories and Families: Italian American Women of Connecticut" With Anthony V. Riccio

Author Anthony V. Riccio will discuss his latest book Farms, Factories and Families: Italian American Women of Connecticut. For updates and additional speaking events please visit 

• May 18th, Sunday, 2:00, Woodbridge Historical Society 
• May 28th, Wednesday “Connecticut Style” New Haven, Channel 8
• May 30th, Friday, at 7:00 Dante Alighieri Society, New London

• June 1, Sunday at 1:00 Naugatuck Historical Society
• June 7th, Saturday, 2:00, Waterford Library
• June 17th Tuesday, 6:30 Prospect Library
• June 24th, Tuesday at 6:00, Waterbury UNICO
• June 25th, Wednesday at 7:00 Blackstone Library, Branford, CT
• June Friday 26th & Saturday 27th 6:00-10:00 - Saint Andrews Festival New Haven
• June 29th , Sunday, 1:00 at Bale Bookstore, Waterbury
• June 29th Sunday 4:00-7:00 “Festa al Fresco” Greenwich, Historical Society
• June 30th, Monday, Fox News Morning Show, Hartford, Channel 61, 9:00

• July 2nd, Wednesday, 6:00, Salas Bronson Library, Waterbury
• July 9th, Wednesday, 7:00 Branford, Saint Mary Women’s Guild
• July 19th, Saturday, 1:00, Westerly Library, Rhode Island
• July 23rd, Wednesday, 7:00, East Lyme Library

• September 21, Sunday, 2:00, Saint Anthony’s Church Hall, New Haven

• October 15, Wednesday 6:30 Southington Library

Click here for book description

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Anthony Riccio's "From Italy to America" Travels to Ravello, Italy
Anthony Riccio Featured in 'Act Two' Magazine
A Look at Anthony Riccio's 'From Italy to America '
Preserving Living History: Interview with Oral Historian and Photographer, Anthony V. Riccio

May 12, 2014

Frazetta Museum reopens on May 17th and 18th

After nearly five years, the Frazetta Art Museum will be opening once again.

Frank Frazetta Jr. and his wife Lori are now the sole owners of the estate property located in Pennsylvania, in the heart of the Pocono Mountains.

“We are working diligently," says Frank Jr., "to meet our anticipated opening date of Saturday and Sunday, May 17th and 18th, 2014.” From 10 am–5 pm.

The weeks following will have our extended summer hours which are Thursday through Sunday, 10 am–4 pm.

The opening weekend of the 17th and 18th,  will have complimentary food and beverages on hand as a tribute to the fans. Admission on these two days will be what ever you would like to contribute towards the preservation of the art museum.

Admission will be $15 year round for ages 12 and up. Children 12 and under will be $10.

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May 7, 2014

Buffalo Street Books Presents "Trinàcria: A Tale of Bourbon Sicily" by Anthony Di Renzo

Anthony Di Renzo will read from Trinàcria: A Tale of Bourbon Sicily at Buffalo Street Books on Saturday, May 10 (3:00 PM). 

Since the event coincides with Mother's Day weekend, the performance will dramatize the conflict between a proud matriarch's conflict with her headstrong granddaughter over the coming revolution. Their private civil war mirrors public events and questions the official version of Italian history.

The book's central conflict, however, is between patria and madreterra (fatherland and mother earth), two diametrically opposed concepts of home and country. This death struggle results in the pillage of Sicilian language and culture. As the poet Ignazio Buttita laments:

Nuàtri l'avevamu a matri,
nni l'arrubbaru;
aveva i minni a funtani di latti
e ci vìppiru tutti,
ora ci sputanu.

Nni ristò a vuci d'idda,
a cadenza,
a nota vascia
du sonu e du lamentu:
chissi non nni ponnu rubari.

"We once had a mother; they stole her. She had breasts overflowing with milk that everyone drank; now she is spat upon. Her voice stayed with us: the intonation, the soft note, the sound and the lament. These they could not take from us."

Readers may purchase "Trinàcria" online from Guernica Editions or from Buffalo Street Books: 215 North Cayuga Street, Ithaca, NY.

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May 6, 2014

Luigi Capuana's "The Interrogation" at the Italian American Museum

(L-R) Italian American Museum President Dr. Joseph V. Scelsa with the readers Dr. William D'Arienzo and Professor Santi Buscemi
Recently I had the pleasure of seeing The Interrogation, a play by the Sicilian author Luigi Capuana (1839—1915) at the Italian American Museum on Mulberry Street in New York City’s Little Italy. What made this event very special was that it was the first time this play has been translated into English from Sicilian, and for that we need to thank Professor Santi Buscemi who’s translation of Capuana’s The Marquis of Roccaverdina was reviewed by our site in September, 2013.
Professor Buscemi does tremendous work for our community. He brings the culture of Southern Italy directly to us with his translations of Sicilian children’s stories (Sicilian Tales, 2009) and works from the Veristi School of literature. His upcoming book is about the history of Neapolitan music. In Capuana’s Interrogation the good professor plays the role of a Sicilian murder suspect being interviewed by a northern magistrate played by Dr. William D’Arienzo. The following is an excerpt from the advertisement of the play:
The Interrogation (‘Ntrrugatoriu) is a play in one scene with two speaking parts. A murder suspect speaks Sicilian while his interrogator, a magistrate from the north (Piemonte or Lombardia, Capuana suggests), speaks Tuscan. This creates a linguistic contrast that underscores the alienation of the southern poor (the accused is a barber) in a state ruled by the arrogant northern bureaucracy of nineteenth-century Italy. The magistrate speaks in a cerebral, formal, and distant voice, while the accused is passionate and engaging, if not always honest. As such, Capuana is able to address differences in class, and he critiques the political reality under which the people of the Mezzogiorno suffered. But the dialogue in this exciting, suspense-filled play goes beyond politics. Capuana believed that our fate was determined largely by forces outside our control: the environment, economics, and our animal biology. An expert at exposing human motives found at the lowest depths of the psyche, he wrote several works that remain masterpieces of psychological and emotional intrigue. The Interrogation, which focuses on a man driven to violence by passion, hubris, and jealousy, is one of them.”
In order to familiarize the audience with the differences between Sicilian and Tuscan, part of the play was read in its original form before the full English version was started. Far from being a dialect, Sicilian is a distinct language that is actually older than Italian. It was enlightening to see how that difference was incorporated into Capuana’s play.
The Magistrate (D'Arienzo) makes his entrance 
After the performance, Santi read from Capuana’s The Marquis of Roccaverdina to further accentuate the veristi’s writing style. There was a brief question and answer period and then he spoke at length about the people he met and his experiences in Sicily while doing research on Capuana. He praised how friendly the Sicilians were during his stay and how invaluable they were to his work. Professor Buscemi generously donated copies of his books; all proceeds went to the Italian American Museum.
Copy of the script in Sicilian, Italian and English
We would like to thank Dr. Joseph Scelsa, president of the Italian American Museum, for hosting this play and for all the work the IAM does for the Italian American community. We are also very grateful to Professor Santi Buscemi and Dr. William D’Arienzo for the performance, and for Santi’s many translations of Sicilian literature.
Professor Buscemi reads from The Marquis of Roccaverdina
Italian Americans today complain that the younger generations do not hold the values and culture of their ancestors, but it is my opinion that many of these young people simply do not know about them. In our rush to Americanize our families we failed to pass on the rich cultural history that is ours, and that is a tragedy because it does not take away from being American but enriches it. Our ancestors shared many of the same values that made America great, such as a respect for hard work and the value of family. Many people try to find themselves in the culture of others but never think to look into their own past, and find who they truly are. With their work, people like Dr. Joseph Scelsa and Professor Santi Buscemi return to us a lost part of ourselves and for this we are eternally grateful.

May 3, 2014

Help Support The Saratoga Springs Youth Orchestra

Violins, Voices & Vino: An Afternoon of Music with The Saratoga Springs Youth Orchestra with Conductor Maestro Gioacchino Longobardi, Tenor Angelo Mazzone, and Sopranos Catherine Mazzone and Giselle Bellas

Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 2:00 PM 
Hall of Springs, Saratoga Springs
Join us in the magnificent Hall of Springs for a delightful afternoon of delicious food, tasty and tempting desserts (Mazzone Catering) sparkling Prosecco and a variety of elegant wines, paired with enchanting musical offerings, a perfect way to spend a beautiful spring afternoon and support a great cause.
In 2013, SSYO participated in the prestigious American Prize Competition, Youth Orchestra Division. The Saratoga Springs Youth Orchestra in spite of the formidable competition from orchestras from around the nation proudly brought to the city of Saratoga Springs, the honor of being named 3rd best youth orchestra in the nation!
Now, the “award winning” Saratoga Springs Youth Orchestra has the opportunity to be SARATOGA’S Musical Ambassadors in the city known as the cradle of culture, Florence, Italy. The orchestra has been accepted “by invitation only” into the International Festival of Youth Orchestras, Italy 2014! But, we need you to help make this trip possible.
We have a goal to raise at least $45,000. To meet this goal, we are asking for sponsorships from local businesses and individuals such as you. You have the opportunity to relive your own early love of music experiences by supporting a young musician of the Saratoga Springs Youth Orchestra. You can make this exciting cultural exchange and travel opportunity available by ensuring that every musician, indeed, the entire orchestra, can share this once-in-a-lifetime journey.
As a not for profit organization, SSYO relies on generous support of people like you. We ask that you consider a sponsorship donation of $1,500 or more.
Remember that your donation is tax deductible! Please come to what promises to be a delightful event. Become the “sponsor” of a Saratoga Springs Youth Orchestra musician. Make your ticket reservations today at $85 per person.
Download a Sponsorship Donation Form
Violins Voices & Vino
Facts About SSYO
SSYO is made up of 26 string musicians from schools across the Capital/Saratoga Region.
1 in Elementary School.
3 in Middle School.
14 in High School.
6 High School Seniors
8 College Students
There will be a 2 week Music Conservatory this summer prior to the trip to Italy. the Conservatory will end with a public concert July 18, 2014.
The Conservatory will focus on unknown, unheard music from 18th century Naples and produce a recording for the Neapolitan Music Society.
This music will be performed at the Festival of Youth Orchestras.
Tania Susi, Julliard Graduate, violinist and violin teacher, assists Maestro Longobardi with the orchestra and sectionals at rehearsals.
They rehearse 3 hours every Sunday and many hours with their private teachers and solo study.
Orchestra Musician are interested in math, science, medicine, tennis, computer engineering, teaching music, working with autistic children and those suffering from brain injuries, soccer, track, dance, football, playing Irish jigs, painting, drawing, composing, and being professional musicians.

Opening Reception for "Napoli: A Photographic Exhibition" at the Italian American Museum

Friday, May 9th (6 PM to 8 PM)

The Italian American Museum cordially invites you to attend the opening reception for "Napoli: A Photographic Exhibition" by Janine Coyne 

Last year, Coyne visited Naples, staying in the ancient Spaccanapoli district, where she mingled with residents and photographed the vibrant street life. While traditionally working with film, she chose to shoot Napoli with a digital camera, and the resulting photographs reflect her ability to capture subjects in timeless moments. Fifteen from this series will be part of the IAM exhibit.

Coyne has included six large-scale prints whose rich colors and compositions depict the natural and majestic beauty of Naples. The remaining nine photographs show the raw, inner-city street life of a city that suffers from high unemployment and other urban woes.

Coyne’s works are in the permanent collections of The Brooklyn Museum, The Museum of the City of New York, The National Museum of Immigration at Ellis Island, and The Museum of Friends. She resides in Brooklyn and since 1986 has been a professor at Kingsborough Community College, where she teaches photography.

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

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

Magna Graecia in 3D

Temple of Hera, Metaponto (Photo courtesy of Wikipedia)
Reprinted from the May 2014 Craco Society Bulletin

Metaponto una colonia greca is a 3D reconstruction of Metaponto about 2500 years ago. 

If you don't know about its connection to Craco the area was once known as Magna Graecia, and for good reason. Ancient Greeks colonized the area and established a large trading port at Metaponto (just down the road from Craco). Metaponto was a thriving city attracting the likes of Pythagoras, where it is said he is buried. 

The Greek influence from this period, along with the colonists, influenced development in the region. Legend claims that Craco was founded by monks from Metaponto. 

The Museo Archeologico Nazionale history museum and Tavole Palatine (Greek temple ruins) in Metaponto are must-sees when visiting the Craco area. For those who cant wait to visit Italy the Metaponto una colonia greca website is a way to enjoy this recreation of life in ancient Basilicata!