September 30, 2013

Italian American Museum Presents "Long Island Italian Americans: History, Heritage and Tradition" by Dr. Salvatore J. LaGumina

Dr. Salvatore J. LaGumina
Photo by New York Scugnizzo
Thursday, October 3rd (6:30PM)

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

Power Point presentation 
by Dr. Salvatore J. LaGumina

You are cordially invited to attend a presentation and signing for Dr. Salvatore J. LaGumina's latest book titled, "Long Island Italian Americans: History, Heritage and Tradition". 

For Italian immigrants and their descendants, moving from “the city” out to Long Island was more than a change of address. It signaled that the family had achieved the American dream, and in turn, elements of Italian values and culture are visible all over the island. Italians helped to build Long Island, whether as laborers or as contractors, such as the Castagnas. They brought their culinary traditions and opened markets, such as the still family-owned Iavarone Brothers Foods and restaurants, including New Hyde Park’s Umberto’s. 

Italians’ industrialism helped them thrive in fields as diverse as medicine, politics, acting and winemaking and importing (including the nationally recognized Banfi label). Join author Salvatore J. LaGumina to discover the remarkable contributions and vibrant culture of Italians and Italian-Americans on Long Island.

Suggested donation of $10 

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

September 29, 2013

Feast of the Archangels

The Archangel Michael smiting Satan
Photo by New York Scugnizzo
September 29 is the Feast Day of the Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael. In celebration I'm posting The Saint Michael Prayer.(*) The accompanying photo of Saint Michael the Archangel smiting Satan was taken at Saint Joseph's Church (5 Monroe Street) in Two Bridges, NYC.

The Saint Michael Prayer

Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the Divine Power of God,
cast into hell, Satan and all the evil spirits who roam throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls.

(*) The Saint Michael Prayer, reprinted from Our Catholic Prayers

September 28, 2013

Announcing the 3rd Annual San Gennaro Feast of the Hamptons

San Gennaro statue
Saturday, October 5th & Sunday, October 6th, 2013 (10AM — 10PM)

Good Ground Road
Hampton Bays, NY 11945

Opening ceremony parade Saturday, October 5th at 10:30 am

There will be plenty of delicious food, fun carnival rides, games, and fantastic live entertainment, including the "voice of romance" Franco Corso and the "smooth voice" of Johnny Avino. Car raffle and fireworks finale on Sunday night.

* All schedules and activities are subject to change, so please check with organizers for any updates.

For more information visit or find them on Facebook

September 25, 2013

A Look at the 2013 Feast of San Donato, Montclair, New Jersey

Viva San Donato!
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
Some pix from Sunday's (Sept. 22nd) 3rd Annual Feast of San Donato di Arezzo at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church (94 Pine St.) in Montclair, New Jersey. The Feast was organized by the Saint Donato Society of Montclair, New Jersey.
The procession makes its way through the neighborhood 
It was great to see some youth pitch in
President Dan Arminio pins donations to the statue outside Caffe Marzullo
Cousin Mike leads the way 
Once again Danny Vecchiano and the Giglio Band
show why they're among the best festival bands
Another look at San Donato 
A close up of the holy relic 
Returning to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church 
An outdoor shrine dedicated to San Donato
was set up in the church parking lot
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Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino return to NYC

Highline Ballroom
431 W 16th Street
(Between 9th & 10th Ave.)
New York, NY 10011
(212) 414–5994

Tuesday, October 8, 2013 
Showtime @ 8 PM
Doors open @ 6 PM

Tickets $15 in advance,
$20 day of show

Hit Week, with the Support of Viaggiare in Puglia and Puglia Sounds Presents Made in Puglia headlined by Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino and Nicola Conte DJ Set. 
Italy's new-generation masters of taranta, Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino, return to New York for a headline appearance at the Hit Week Festival. A must-see band on the world music festival circuit, Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino – better known as CGS -- have established themselves as the leading force in the revival of the mysterious Italian folk style known as pizzica, or more commonly "taranta." Nicola Conte, a DJ and producer, is internationally known for his “lounge jazz” style that draws from bossa nova and Italian movie soundtracks of the 1960s and 1970s. A classically-trained musician, Conte founded the Fez Collective in the southern Italian city of Bari and Schema Records, a label specializing in “acid jazz” and other jazz styles. A very special Pre Show with Don Pasta Food Sound System

September 24, 2013

A Look at the 2013 Feast of the Madonna Addolorata di Castelpetroso in Nutley, New Jersey

Viva Maria!
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
Some pix from Sunday's (Sept. 22nd) 22nd Annual Feast in Honor of Maria SS. Addolorata (Our Lady of Sorrows) at Holy Family Church (28 Brookline Ave.) in Nutley, New Jersey. The Feast was organized by the Societa' Oriundi Castellani.
After Mass, the procession made its way through the neighborhood
The color guard leads the way
Participants carry the standards of the Societa' Oriundi Castellani
and Madonna delle Lacrime di Siracusa
Devotees set up shrines along the procession route 
Msgr. Paul L. Bochicchio offers benediction during the parade 
A spectacular fireworks show at Booth Park
Another look at the procession 
The Tony Neglia Band
Afterward, we returned to the church fairgrounds for a bite to eat
A look at Holy Family Church
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Announcing the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows and Saint Padre Pio, Union City, New Jersey

September 27th—29th, 2013

Festival Hours:
Friday, September 27 (6:00 pm – 11:00 pm)
Saturday, September 28 (1:00 pm – 11:00 pm)
Sunday, September 29 (1:00 pm – 11:00 pm)

Mass will be celebrated on September 29th at noon. Procession immediately following Mass

Food • Rides • Games • Nightly 50/50 • Nightly Entertainment

St Rocco/St Brigid RC Church
4206 Kennedy Blvd.
Union City, NJ 07087

* All schedules and activities are subject to change, so please check with organizers for any updates.

For more information call (201) 863–1427 or email at

September 23, 2013

A Look at the 2013 Feast of Padre Pio in Tuckahoe, New York

Viva San Pio!
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
Generoso Pope Place was the place to be Saturday night. My friends and I made the trip to Tuckahoe, New York to celebrate the Annual Padre Pio Feast outside the Generoso Pope Foundation. Needless to say, a great time was had by all.
A large crowd turned out to celebrate the Feast
and enjoy the fantastic weather, delicious food and live entertainment
Speaking of live entertainment, singer-songwriter Sam DeRosa and Mike Squillante got the party started with their upbeat, catchy pop melodies
Angelo Venuto & Voices brought down the house
with their popular blend of Italian and American rock standards

September 21, 2013

A Look at NYC's 87th Annual San Gennaro Feast

Viva San Gennaro!
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
I made my annual pilgrimage to Most Precious Blood Church in Little Italy on Thursday (Sept. 19th) for the Feast of San Gennaro. As always, I had a great time with good friends. The atmosphere was festive and the food was delicious. It was a wonderful opportunity to venerate our great patron. Viva San Gennaro! 
Leaving Most Precious Blood Church 
Soprano Cristina Fontanelli sang a glorious rendition of Ave Maria during Mass
The procession crawls along bustling Mulberry Street
Members of the Saint Anthony Society of Giovinazzo help carry the saint 
Briganti from Naples joined in the celebration 
The Red Mike Festival Band
Festive lights line the streets of Little Italy
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September 20, 2013

Presenting "Trinàcria: A Tale of Bourbon Sicily" by Anthony Di Renzo at Casa Belvedere

Monday, October 7, 2013 @ 7 PM

Italian Cultural Foundation
at Casa Belvedere
79 Howard Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10301
(718) 273-7600

Guernica Editions and the Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere invite you to attend the book launch of Trinàcria: A Tale of Bourbon Sicily by Anthony Di Renzo

Please join us for a reception and reading for Trinàcria: A Tale of Bourbon Sicily

The historical novel chronicling the destruction of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies during the Italian Revolution. Drawing on history and family legend, Anthony Di Renzo presents a tale of progress and reaction, irony and paradox, in which the splendors of Caserta must yield to the wonders of the Crystal Palace. Both intimate and sweeping, Trinàcria questions the price of pride and the cost of prosperity and contrasts illusions of grandeur and dreams of happiness with the pitiless truth that kills all hope and desire. As readers will learn, this is the fatal spell of Sicily--an island of loss and change--where death alone is eternal.

$20 donation per person. Hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served.

For more information on the author and the book, please visit:

Copies of this book may be available for sale at the event, or you may purchase online at A portion of the proceeds from the purchase of this book will benefit the Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere

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September 19, 2013

Patrizio Buanne Announces US Tour Dates

Patrizio Buanne wearing custom made Due Sicilie shirt by Argenio
Photos courtesy of Patrizio Buanne
Neapolitan–Austrian singing sensation returns to the USA!

October schedule:

• Thursday, October 3rd — FT. LAUDERDALE, FL, Broward Center/Amaturo Theater (8 PM)
• Friday, October 4th — TAMPA, FL, Starz Center for the Performing Arts (8 PM)
• Saturday, October 12th — RIDGEFIELD, CT, Ridgefield Playhouse (8 PM)
• Sunday, October 13th — NEW YORK, NY, Joe's Pub (2 shows 7:30 PM and 9:30 PM)
• Tuesday, October 15th — WASHINGTON, DC, The Hamilton (7:30 PM)
• Wednesday, October 16th — PHILADELPHIA, PA, World Cafe Live (7:30 PM)
• Thursday, October 17th — MORRISTOWN, NJ, Mayo Performing Arts Center (8 PM)
• Friday, October 18th — YOUNGSTOWN, OH, Stambaugh Auditorium (8 PM)
• Saturday, October 19th — JACKSON, MI, George E. Potter Community Center (8 PM)
• Sunday, October 20th — CLINTON TOWNSHIP, MI, Macomb Center for the Performing Arts (3 PM)

For more info visit Patrizio Buanne on Facebook or at

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September 18, 2013

A Look at the 6th Annual Festa di Maria S.S. Addolorata, Bensonhurst, Brooklyn

Evviva Maria!
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
Sunday, hundreds of devotees from around the tri-state area converged on Bensonhurst, Brooklyn for the Sixth Annual Feast of the Madonna Addolorata at Saint Athanasius Church. Celebrants made their way through the neighborhood singing hymns and invoking the Blessed Mother's intercession and protection.

Sponsored by the Associazione Culturale Pugliese Figli Maria S.S. Addolorata, the celebration was a grand expression of faith and devotion in our Celestial Mother, Our Lady of Sorrows, patroness of Mola di Bari. 

As always, President Lucrezia Nardulli and society members deserve our thanks and praise for their hard work and dedication. They do an incredible job preserving our Southern Italian culture and traditions.
An explosion of confetti greets the Madonna outside Saint Athanasius Church 
Sunday was a picture-perfect day for a procession
(Above and below) The society's pride and joy
(L-R) President Lucrezia Nardulli and Vice President Josephine DiDonna 
(L-R) Last year's Grand Marshals Michael and Angela Stephan join 2013 Grand Marshals Vanna and Giuseppe Marinelli, and President Lucrezia Nardulli
(Above and below) Members of the Figli Maria S.S. Addolorata
sing devotional hymns in honor of the Blessed Mother
Tony and Son's Festival Band lead the way
The procession makes its way through the neighborhood 
Outdoor shrines were set up along the parade route
Flag twirlers enliven the procession
Another look at the procession 
After Mass, the party moved to the St. Athanasius Auditorium.
During the awards ceremony several members were recognized
for their outstanding contributions to our community 
The celebration lasted into the night with plenty of food, music and dance 
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