June 30, 2014

The Italian American Museum Presents "The Marquis of Roccaverdina"

Book Presentation
by Santi V. Buscemi

Thursday, July 24th (6:30pm)

An engrossing and moving story, The Marquis of Roccaverdina (1903), is a psychological tour de force, which analyzes the life of a Sicilian aristocrat forced to choose between his passion for a beautiful peasant woman and the demands of a moribund social structure that preclude his marrying below his station. Attempting to resolve the dilemma, he makes a decision that leads to a life tortured by jealousy, guilt and self-recrimination.

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

Suggested donation of $10 per person

To reserve a place for these events, please call the
Italian American Museum at (212) 965-9000 or email: ItalianAmericanMuseum@gmail.com

June 26, 2014

A Look at the 2014 Sons of San Paolino Procession and Barbecue, Franklin Square, New York

Evviva San Paolino!
Photos courtesy of Bobby Maida
Thank you Bobby for sharing your wonderful photos of the Feast of San Paolino in Franklin Square, Long Island (Saturday, June 21st).

Each year the Sons of San Paolino di Nola sponsor a Procession and Barbecue in honor of their beloved patron, San Paolino di Nola. Festivities included live music and an all-day Barbecue.
The color guard lead the way
Sons of San Paolino on the march
Devotees pin donations to the statue 
Number 1 Capo Paranza Tony Torello with his beautiful daughter Nola 
Photographer Bobby Maida on the other side of the camera
Giglio Girls Je C Jean and RoseAnn
Kids get in the spirit
The Giglio Band 
Mike, Nicky and Ralphie man the grill

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A Look at the 2014 Dressing of the Giglio, Franklin Square, New York

First the frame of the giglio is erected
Photos courtesy of Bobby Maida
Every year the Sons of San Paolino di Nola of Franklin Square, Long Island erect an elaborate three story giglio in honor of their beloved patron, San Paolino di Nola (Friday, June 20th)These photos show the dedication of the builders and all the hard work that goes into "dressing" the votive tower. Thank you Bobby Maida for sharing them with us.

The Feast kicked off yesterday at St. Catherine of Siena Church (33 New Hyde Park Road) and will continue through Sunday, June 29th. The Dancing of the Giglio will take place on Saturday, June 28th at 4pm, with a special late night lift at approximately 10pm.
Workers scale the tower and attach the various papier mâché segments
Saint Anthony is lifted into position 
Saint Catherine of Siena is added 
San Paolino takes his place of honor at the base of the giglio
Finally, a decorative partition is affixed to the platform 
Before and after

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June 25, 2014

A Look at the 2014 Feast of Saint Anthony, Lynbrook, Long Island

Evviva Saint Anthony!
Photos courtesy of Marcantonio Pezzano
Thank you Marcantonio for sharing your wonderful photos of the Feast of St. Anthony in Lynbrook, Long Island (Sunday, June 22). Each year the St. Anthony Italian Benevolent Society of Lynbrook, NY sponsor a Mass and Procession in Greis Park in honor of their beloved patron, Saint Anthony of Padua. Festivities included live music and an all-day picnic, with plenty of delicious Italian delicacies.
Getting ready to start the Procession
An Adorable Little Saint Anthony enjoys some popcorn 
A detail of the statue's pedestal

June 18, 2014

Blessing of the Fleet in New Haven Connecticut

Photo courtesy of the St. Andrew The Apostle Society
Sunday, June 22nd at 1pm
New Haven Long Wharf Harbor
New Haven, Connecticut 06511

St. Andrew The Apostle Society will be hosting their annual Blessing of the Fleet in honor of St. Andrew the Apostle who was a fisherman. The Society would like to wish all the boaters and their families / friends a happy and safe boating season!

Anyone interested in attending the ceremony please sign up on Facebook.

June 17, 2014

A Look at the 2014 Giglio di Sant’Antonio in the Bronx

"Dancing the giglio" outside Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
By Giovanni di Napoli

What a difference a day makes. Friday’s thunderstorms were long gone without a trace, giving us ideal weather conditions for Saturday’s giglio lift outside Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Belmont, Little Italy of the Bronx (627 East 187 Street, The Bronx 10458). Celebrants came from far and wide to partake in the celebration, including a large contingent of lifters (paranza) from Williamsburg, Brooklyn. This year's giglio paid homage to Sant'Antonio, Our Lady of Mount Carmel and San Paolino, Bishop of Nola.
Full steam ahead
(Above and below) The paranza at work
Detail of San Paolino on the giglio
Hurts so good
The excitement of the giglio spans generations
Veteran lifters Dom and Frank
Years of lifting has left its mark
The Giglio Band 
Joe Peluso sang a heartfelt rendition of Ave Maria 
Festive facade of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church
A sea of support
Marching with purpose 
Sant'Antonio inside OLMC
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A Look at the 2014 Festa di Sant’Antonio, SoHo, New York

Evviva Sant'Antonio!
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
By Giovanni di Napoli
Friday, my friends and I attended the Festa di Sant’Antonio at the beautiful Shrine Church of St. Anthony of Padua in SoHo, New York (154 Sullivan Street, New York, NY 10012). Arriving early, we mingled with parishioners and members of the clergy before heading into the church basement to see the wonderful selection of Italian delicacies and religious articles for sale. 
Alas, I could not partake in any food or drink before Communion, but I did get an opportunity to explore and admire the church’s wonderful collection of statuary, particularly an incredible depiction of the Holy Trinity up in the choir balcony. 
Sadly, the Procession was cancelled after Mass due to poor weather. The setback, however, did not dampen the spirits of the attendees, who kept the festivities rolling in the church, thanks in part to the terrific selection of music performed by Red Mike’s Festival Band. 
I would like to extend my gratitude to Toni and David Rosa for there hard work and dedication. Their devotion to Saint Anthony helped make this celebration another huge success.
Famished, my friends and I took a short stroll to Carmine Street for a delicious celebratory dinner at Numero 28 Pizzeria in the West Village (28 Carmine Street). As always, the Neapolitan style pies, cold beers and warm company were the perfect ending to a fantastic evening.
Volunteers serve up some delicious fare
The beautifully decorated altar
Statue of the Holy Trinity in the choir balcony
After Mass devotees pin donations onto Saint Anthony
Toni and David Rosa did a wonderful job decorating the statue 
Louise Acampora and the Red Mike Festival Band
Celebrants line up to venerate the relic of Saint Anthony
A close up of the statue
A Neapolitan masterpiece at Numero 28 Pizzeria
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