August 31, 2018

Terra Sangue Mare Returns to California

Sicilian folk and roots music with Terra Sangue Mare
Terra Sangue Mare returns to California with a series of Sicilian folk music and dance workshops at Chapman University (1 University Dr.) in Orange on September 11th, 12th and 13th.
For more info visit www.michelamusolino.com
They will also perform at the 10th Annual Festa Coloniale Italiana (1630 Stockton St.) in San Francisco on Saturday, September 15th
For more info visit http://www.sfiacfesta.com/

Announcing the 85th Annual Fisherman’s Festival of Santa Rosalia in Monterey, California

This year will mark the 85th Annual Festa Italia Fisherman’s Festival honoring the local fishermen of Monterey, past and present. It is a celebrated event with wonderful Italian food and drink and amazing entertainment. We thank all those who came out and celebrated the Italian heritage with us in the past and we invite all to take part in the sights, sounds, food and culture that make the Italian experience so very special. Mark your calendars now to attend this year’s gathering for three days of Italian cuisine, music, dancing, fun and friendship. This year's Queen Coronation Ball will be held on August 18th at the Monterey Marriott. Tickets are $80.00 per person.

Festival favorites include: unprecedented entertainment, raffles, bocce tournament, parade, Italian food, beer, wine and more, all offering something for everyone's enjoyment.

Hours:
Friday, Sept. 7: 3:00pm–10:00pm
Saturday, Sept. 8: 10:00am–10:00pm
Sunday, Sept. 9: 10:00am–6:00pm

Saturday Schedule
Mass: 10:30am–San Carlos Church

Parade: 12:00pm–Starting at 500 Church Street, proceeding through Downtown Monterey, ending at Custom House Plaza

Opening Ceremony
Blessing of Fleet after parade
Re-dedication of Santa Rosalia statue

FREE ADMISSION!

Share the heritage, culture and the romance of Italy that our local Italian community was built on! Enjoy a feast of sight, sound and wonderful tastes, filled with entertainment.

www.festaitaliamonterey.org

August 25, 2018

Pilgrimage to the Chiesa di San Gregorio Armeno in Naples

Much appreciated souvenirs from the Chiesa di San Gregorio Armeno:
Santa Patrizia prayer card and pamphlet describing the life of the saint
My dear consorella Rosanna Minervini recently returned to her ancestral homeland of southern Italy to connect with family and explore her rich culture. While in Naples, she visited the Baroque Chiesa di San Gregorio Armeno (Church of St. Gregory of Armenia), the repository of Santa Patrizia’s relics. Knowing my strong devotion to the Saint, Rosanna was kind enough to bring me back a couple of souvenirs and share a few photos she took inside the beautiful church.
The Santa Patrizia chapel
Ornate organ pipes above the chapels
The nave
Placard with prayer to Santa Patrizia
Also see:
A Calabrian Pilgrimage
Feast of Santa Patrizia, Patroness of Naples

Announcing the 44th Annual Feast of San Nicola di Bari in Scotch Plains, New Jersey

www.sbuitalianfestival.com

August 24, 2018

A Look at the 2018 Feast of Santa Rosalia in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn

Evviva Santa Rosalia!
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
Despite running for eleven days (August 16th thru August 26th), I’ve been so busy with work and family of late I thought I would never get to go to the “18th Avenue Feast” in honor of Santa Rosalia; but thankfully Thursday evening I was able to stop by and venerate our glorious patroness and enjoy some of the festivities with a few close friends.
The procession with float and statue will begin at the outdoor chapel on 18th Avenue and 72nd Street on Sunday, August 26th at 3:00pm. Mass will be celebrated in Italian at St. Dominic's Church (2001 Bay Ridge Parkway) at 4:00pm.
Festive street lights line the avenue
John and Rosanna celebrate their faith and culture
Feast organizers acquired a beautiful statue of the saint
from the closed St. Rosalia Church (6301 14th Avenue)
(L) The new statue was placed in the outdoor chapel on 72nd St.
(R) The longtime processional statue stood beside the chapel
Our pal Angelo Timoneri with Gino, Charlie and Anthony 
After saying our prayers, we explored the festive fairgrounds
 I never miss an opportunity for Lucy's hot peppers and stigghiola
We stopped by Staten Island's very own Montalbano's of Rosebank
sausage stand for a few sandwiches
Delicious hot sausage smothered in sweet onions and peppers
A view of the fairgrounds from atop the ferris wheel 
After some fun rides and games we indulged our sweet tooth with some zeppoli
Naturally we made our obligatory stop at Villabate Alba Pasticceria
(7001 18th Ave.) for some espresso and baked iris
And finally, we cooled off with a little gelato from L'Artigiano

Announcing the 95th Annual Feast of the Three Saints in Lawrence, Massachusetts

www.threesaintsinc.org

August 23, 2018

A Look at the 129th Annual Feast of Saint Rocco in Little Italy, New York (Part 3)

The Procession Continued and Dinner Party
Viva San Rocco!
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
Scenes from Sunday’s 129th Annual Feast of St. Rocco at the Shrine Church of the Most Precious Blood in Manhattan’s historic Little Italy. (See Part 1, Mass and Opening Ceremony and Part 2, The Procession)
The procession makes its way through China Town and Little Italy
The color guard lead the way up Mulberry Street
(Above & below) Members and friends of the St. Rocco Society
of Potenza take turns carrying our beloved patron
Devotees Michael and Freddy show their support
Little Italy was hopping with enthusiasm for San Rocco
Stephen, Concetta, Bruno and Italo enjoying the festivities
After the procession, members of the St. Rocco Society
of Potenza pose for a commemorative photo
Peppino's from Bay Ridge generously donated
trays of delicious southern Italian 
fare 
Revelers danced the night away
(Above & below) Partygoers enjoyed a very competitive game of “pass the provolone,” a humorous take on “hot potato,” where the winner gets the cheese
(Above & below) A good time was had by all

Salvatore LaRocca was the big winner
Children help draw the raffle tickets
Also see: The 2018 San Rocco Triduum

Traditional Low Mass for the Feast of St. Louis IX of France in New York City

August 22, 2018

A Look at the 129th Annual Feast of Saint Rocco in Little Italy, New York (Part 2)

The Procession
Viva San Rocco!
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
Scenes from Sunday’s 129th Annual Feast of St. Rocco at the Shrine Church of the Most Precious Blood in Manhattan’s historic Little Italy. (See Part 1, Mass and Opening Ceremony and Part 3, The Procession Continued and Dinner Party)
The expectant crowd erupts in elation as the saint descends the stairs
Laden with gold, money and ex-voto,
the procession departs Little Italy
Salvatore and Constantino did a terrific job
conveying the cinte, or candle house
Society standards add to the pageantry
Paul Tocci and family generously provided
beverages to thirsty participants 
(Above & below) Revelers dance the tarantella in the
rain outside the old Vanella Funeral Chapel
 
Passing on the traditions to the next generation 
(Above & below) Members and friends of the St. Rocco Society
of Potenza take turns carrying our beloved patron
Locals and tourist enjoy the festivities 
Donations are pinned to the statue all along Mulberry Street
(Above & below) Family and friends celebrating their faith and culture 
(Above & below) A good time was had by all
Our friends from the St. Joseph Society of Lodi, New Jersey show their support
Our friends from the Associazione Culturale Pugliese Figli Maria SS. Addolorata