May 31, 2016

Learn Southern Italian Folk Dancing

Workshops with Michela Musolino
Michela Musolino
Celebrate the beginning of Summer by dancing! Wednesday Evenings in Scotch Plains, New Jersey and Thursday evenings in Bloomfield, New Jersey, Michela Musolino will be teaching workshops on Southern Italian Folk Dance. Each week, we dance a different dance from somewhere in the The South of Italy (you just KNOW one week is dedicated to Sicily...)  
Classes are 1 1/2 hours of fun and the fee is $15 per class. Bring 3 friends to dance with you and you dance for free.
Here is the info for the Wednesday in Scotch Plains classes: 
Thursday nights in Bloomfield:

Announcing the 2016 Festa di San Calogero in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn

Announcing the 2016 Festa di San Cono, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

For more info visit the San Cono Society on Facebook

May 29, 2016

Announcing the 2016 Festa di San Francesco di Paola in Ambler, Pennsylvania

Maestro Gioacchino Longobardi Concert in Madrid, Spain

Concert June 1, 2016 (8:00 PM)

Shigeru Kawai Center
Plaza Francisco Morano 3
Madrid, Spain

Maestro Longobardi performing unknown works of Neapolitan composers: Francesco Durante, Leonardo Leo, Giuseppe Sarti, Mattia Vento and G. Francesco de Majo.

Our mailing address is:
Neapolitan Music Society
37 Hendrick Avenue
Albany, New York 12204

May 28, 2016

Remembering the Battle of Bitonto

Neobriganti Gather in Brooklyn, New York for the Eighth Annual Battle of Bitonto Commemoration
Revelers rally around our ancestral flag before dinner
Photos by New York Scugnizzo and Luca Lerario
By Cav. John Napoli
As part of our yearlong tricentennial celebration of the birth of HM King Carlo di Borbone (1716-1788) we decided to bring back our semipublic Battle of Bitonto Commemoration, a celebration of faith, culture and history. In the past we had trouble locking down commitments from participants or finding a suitable place to celebrate because of the Anniversary’s proximity to Memorial Day Weekend; however, thanks to our good friend Giuseppe Marrone, we finally found the perfect venue at Forno Rosso.
Admittedly, the numbers are still low (only about half our guests could make it), but I gave up the idea of having large festive celebrations long ago and resigned myself to smaller, more intimate gatherings of like-minded individuals to network and discuss important issues concerning our community, while still having a good time.
This year, friends and colleagues from the Saint Rocco Society of Potenza, the Comitati Due Sicilie USA, and the U.S. Delegation of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George came together to remember and honor the Great Restorer, Carlo di Borbone, and extoll the virtues of our Borbone Monarchs.
This year's invitation
Celebrants mingled and enjoyed a few cocktails before dinner. Some pamphlets about the pivotal battle were distributed and each guest received a small packet of prayer cards, buttons and a scapular. This year three lucky winners went home with door prizes. Marco and John each won a Concertos for the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies CD (Hyperion, 1999), and Andrew carried off a first edition copy of Nino Zchomelidse’s Art, Ritual, and Civic Identity in Medieval Southern Italy (Penn State University Press, 2014).
Knowing how terribly disappointed I was at being unable to join my confratelli in Rome and attend the recent Confirmation of TRH Princesses Maria Carolina and Maria Chiara of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Cav. Charles Sant’Elia thoughtfully presented me with a copy of the program and a Constantinian Order handbook. They are very considerate keepsakes, which I will cherish forever. Charles was also kind enough to bring me back a beautiful handmade Argenio silk tie adorned with the crimson and gold insignia of the Constantinian Order of Saint George. It was an extremely generous gift that I will wear often and proudly.
Spirits high, we finally sat down for dinner. My dear friend Marcantonio Pezzano said grace, then we all raised our glasses and made a toast to our ancestors and the memory of the combatants. Throughout the night, the beer, wine, laughs and interesting conversation continued to flow freely.
For our first course, Chef Marrone treated us to a delicious assortment of Neapolitan delicacies. Each of us were given a large dish laden with Frittatina di maccheroni, Panzarotti Napoletani, Mulignan a fungitiell, Polpo alla griglia, Bruschetta and Insalata mista e CapreseThe antipasti was followed with a perfectly cooked Penne alla Sorrentina, al dente pasta served in a simple tomato sauce with basil, mozzarella and pecorino cheese. 
After a short breather, our pizza entrées were brought to the table. First we had the classic Pizza Margherita, a true Neapolitan culinary masterpiece. Then came Pizza ’nduja, a spicy Calabrese specialty made with the famous spreadable salumi from Calabria.
Our sumptuous repast was capped off with caffè, dessert and some shots of limencello and amaro, the perfect after dinner digestivi.
I cannot thank Chef Marrone enough for letting us hold our celebration in his restaurant. Giuseppe is a genuine friend and remarkable host. As always, the food was delicious and the service was great. He and his hardworking staff went above and beyond to make us feel at home and accommodated our every need. We couldn't have asked for anything more.
Special thanks to all the attendees, it was an honor and a privilege to celebrate with you and I look forward to doing it again next year. Viva ‘o Rre! 
Giorgio, Stephen, John, Andrew, Mike, Giuseppe, John, Marco and Charles
Some information about the battle and the Neapolitan Bourbons was on hand
Attendees received a small packet of prayer cards, buttons and a scapular
This year's door prizes 
Confratelli Cav. John Napoli and Cav. Charles Sant'Elia show their pride
Programs from the Confirmation of TRH Princesses Maria Carolina and Maria Chiara of Bourbon-Two Sicilies and a Constantinian Order handbook
Charles presented me with a beautiful handmade Argenio silk tie
The beer, wine and laughs continued to flow freely
Frittatina di Maccheroni, Panzarotti Napoletani, Mulignan a Fungitiell, Polpo alla Griglia, Bruschetta and Insalata Mista e Caprese
Perfectly cooked Penne alla Sorrentina
Pizza Margherita, a Neapolitan masterpiece
Pizza 'nduja, a spicy Calabrese specialty
For dessert we enjoyed chef Marrone's Coccole Con Nutella, deep fried sweet dough with Nutella, strawberries and powdered sugar
Luca, Giuseppe, Mike, John, Andrew, John, Giorgio, Stephen and Charles
pose for one last picture before calling it a night
Also see:
Super Saturday at Forno Rosso
Compra Sud — Forno Rosso
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May 27, 2016

A look at the 2016 Feast of Our Lady of the Audience, Kansas City, Missouri

Viva Maria!
Photos courtesy of Robert Kearney
Thank you Robert for sharing your wonderful pictures of the Feast of Our Lady of the Audience (May 22nd). Each year devotees gather at Holy Rosary Church in Kansas City, Missouri to celebrate the Feast of the Madonna dell'Udienza, patroness of Sambuca, Sicily. Festivities included live music, refreshments and the highly anticipated rose petal shower, where celebrants ritually wipe the face and arms of the Blessed Mother and Child with cotton balls and rose petals.
Holy Rosary Church was packed for the celebration
(Left) Donations are pinned onto the Altar Society Standard
Our Lady of the Audience departing Holy Rosary Church
After Mass, the statue is processed around the neighborhood
Upon her return, the Madonna is placed beneath a canopy
and showered with rose petals 
A close-up of the canopy
Devotees swab the statue with cotton balls
and rose petals to collect the Blessed Mother's blessings
Afterward, celebrants enjoyed some refreshments in the church hall
Also see: 
• A look at the 2015 Feast of Our Lady of the Audience, Kansas City, Missouri 
• A look at the 2014 Feast of Our Lady of the Audience, Kansas City, Missouri 
• A look at the 2013 Feast of Our Lady of the Audience, Kansas City, Missouri

Save the Date!

Announcing the 2016 Feast of the Madonna del Sacro Monte, Clifton, New Jersey

May 26, 2016

Evviva Santa Rita! A Look at the 2016 Feast of St. Rita of Cascia in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn

Evviva Santa Rita!
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
By Giovanni di Napoli

Sunday's Feast of Saint Rita of Cascia was a huge success as hundreds gathered at St. Athanasius Church in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn for the festivities. Mass was celebrated by Msgr. David Cassato, who blessed the parishioners and the sea of roses filling the pews.

After Mass, members of the Associazione Culturale Pugliese Figli Maria SS. Addolorata carried the statue of St. Rita through the neighborhood singing hymns and praying. Thankfully the thunder storms in the forecast never arrived and we had picture perfect weather for the procession.

Afterward, we returned to the auditorium for some coffee, dessert and an all-around good time. Blessed loaves of bread were distributed to all attendees.

Thank you President Lucrezia Nardulli, Vice President Josephine DiDonna and the rest of the Association for your hard work and dedication. It is always a pleasure to celebrate our faith and culture with you. Evviva Santa Rita!
Members of the Associazione Culturale Pugliese Figli Maria SS. Addolorata carry St. Rita into the nave. The statue is displayed next to the altar with baskets of blessed loaves of bread, which were distributed to participants
Msgr. David Cassato blesses the roses
After Mass, Josephine and Lucrezia carry the statue out of church
and begin the procession through the neighborhood 
The procession wends its way through the neighborhood
Devotees pray and sing hymns to St. Rita
(Above & below) Members take turns carrying our beloved patroness
(Above & below) The procession saunters back to St. Athanasius Church
Back at St. Athanasius, participants pose for a group picture
Salvatore and Oronzo are ready to party
St. Rita was set up for veneration in the auditorium
It's always great to see our friends Marcantonio and his mom, Teresa
(Above & below) Just some of the delicious goodies partygoers enjoyed
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