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
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

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 www.anthonyriccio.com 


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

October
• October 15, Wednesday 6:30 Southington Library

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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.

For more info: http://www.frazettaartmuseum.com/

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

www.cosmas-and-damian.org

May 10, 2014

Feast of San Cataldo

Viva San Cataldo! 
Photo by New York Scugnizzo
May 10th is the Feast Day of San Cataldo, Bishop and protector of Taranto. He is invoked for protection against epilepsy, paralysis and visual impairments, as well as plagues, droughts and terrible storms. Widely venerated across southern Italy, he is the principal patron of Taranto (TA), Corato (BA), Cagnano Varano (FG), Brienza (PZ), Massa Lubrense (NA), Roccaromana (CE), Cirò Marina (KR), San Cataldo (CL), Gangi (PA), Gagliano Castelferrato (EN), and Giuliano Teatino (CH), among others. To commemorate the occasion I'm posting a Prayer to Saint Cataldo. The accompanying photo of the Saint 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 Saint Cataldo
We salute thee with our hearts o most glorious San Cataldo, our Protector and Advocate. We remit all our possessions and ourselves to your pity. Be so graceful to bestow upon us the protection and grace of God through your most potent intercession; do so that our life conforms to yours to join you in Heaven to praise and enjoy God. Amen.

Feast of the Three Saints

Viva Sant'Alfio! Viva San Filadelfo! Viva San Cirino!
Photo by New York Scugnizzo
By Giovanni di Napoli

May 10th is the Feast of the Three Saints—Sant'Alfio, San Filadelfo and San Cirino—protectors of Trecastagni, a small town in the Province of Catania, Sicily. In commemoration I'm posting a Prayer to the Three Saints.(1) The accompanying photo was taken at Holy Rosary Church in Lawrence, Massachusetts, during the 89th Annual Feast of the Three Saints in 2012.

According to tradition, the three brothers were martyred for their faith on May 10th in the year 253 AD. Born to a noble family in Vaste, a town in the Province of Lecce, Puglia, the boys were secretly raised Christian by their parents, Vitale and Benedicta.

In 250 AD an edict was issued by Emperor Decius demanding that all Christians renounce their faith and pay homage to the gods, upon penalty of death. Benedicta refused and was martyred. Vitale escaped, leaving his sons in the care of a faithful servant.

Rounded up, the brothers were brought before the Emperor in Rome, who hoped to retrieve the young nobles. However, unable to convince the boys to denounce their faith, they were shipped off to Sicily to be coerced by Tertullo, governor of Sicily.

Landing in Messina the prisoners were marched to Lentini, stopping in Trecastagni and Catania along the way. In charge of getting the brothers to renounce their faith, Tertullo subjected his victims to many cruel and sadistic tortures.

After months of persecution, the frustrated governor ordered their deaths. Lashed to a post, Alfio, the oldest brother, had his tongue torn out. Next, Filadelfo was burned to death on a gridiron. Finally, Cirino, the youngest, was thrown into a cauldron of boiling oil.

Many miracles have been attributed to the brothers, both during their captivity and after their deaths.   

Prayer to the Three Saints

Glorious Martyrs of our Faith, we exult with holy joy calling to mind the immortal triumphs which you brought about in fiercest torments. And we exult the more at the thought of you being our defenders in life and our protectors at death. Deign, from heaven where you sit midst the splendor of infinite light, to cast your merciful glances upon us and make us worthy of your protection. Heal us from all sicknesses, but above all, heal us from the leprosy of sin and enkindle in our souls a burning charity which will have as its reward eternal life. Amen

(1) Prayer to the Three Saints reprinted from a prayer card.

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