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

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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 17, 2014

Feast of Santa Restituta

Viva Santa Restituta!
Photo by New York Scugnizzo
By Giovanni di Napoli
May 17th is the Feast Day of Santa Restituta, virgin martyr and patroness of Lacco Ameno, a town in northwestern Ischia. According to legend, in 284 AD (during the reign of Emperor Diocletian) Santa Restituta was tortured and sentenced to death for her faith and piety. Brought out to sea, she was placed in a small boat, lashed to a pyre and set aflame. However, a strong wind blew the burning pitch onto her executioners' ship, consuming their vessel in flames instead. She died from her wounds while adrift. [An alternate version of the legend states that she was cast overboard with a millstone tied around her neck. The stone is said to be embedded into the wall of the Chiesa di Santa Restituta in Lacco Ameno.] Continue reading

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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Announcing the 88th Annual Feast in Honor of Saints Cosmas & Damian, Cambridge, Massachusetts

May 11, 2014

A Poem For Mother's Day

Hera nursing (4th Century B.C.)
Photo by New York Scugnizzo
In loving memory of my mother I'm posting November 2, a moving poem by the great Neapolitan poet Salvatore Di Giacomo (b. 1860–d. 1934).* The accompanying photo of Hera Nursing was taken at the Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Paestum during my 2010 visit to Campania. Terracotta statuettes of the goddess enthroned, accentuating her function as kourotrophos, were commonly used as votive offerings during pregnancies.

November 2

When my mother died, I was too
to grieve; at the foot of the bed,
I stared, unseeing, at the drab clad body;
blinding, blunting all living memories.

No, I did not cry, no wail, not a tear,
I imagined her asleep, a halo
of a mother about that worn grey face;
waiting for me to come home, she dozed.

A year now that she is deep in her grave,
in my dreams she appears, her love unslaked,
vanishing, she strands me in a desert.

Suddenly my heart overflows, cascades
with tears, laving these dear remembered walls,
I choke up, tears, tears, are drowning my poem.

(*) Reprinted from The Naples of Salvatore Di Giacomo: Poems and a Play, translated by Frank J. Palescandolo, Forum Italicum, Inc., 2000, page 65