ottobre 2019
We hope you find our calendar handy, inclusive of events
planned by the various organizations in The Neighborhood.
It is updated to the best of our ability.
Benvenuti a Piccola Italia
Next time you're in The Neighborhood, stroll by Bank & Exeter Streets to view Little Italy's newest welcome mural, a beautiful and vibrant expression of Little Italy impeccably created by local artist Donald Tysons . The project was coordinated by LICO / Little Italy Community Organization.
129th Columbus Commemoration
offers new heritage festival
Curley marching band photo
There may not have been the traditional street parade as in the past 128 Christopher Columbus celebrations within Baltimore's Italian community, yet October 6th still offered pageantry and honor to Columbus Day as a solid crowd gathered in Columbus Piazza in Little Italy for a commemoration and wreath-laying ceremony. Italian-related organizations such as Appian Society, Society of Italian American Businessmen , American Citizens for Italian Matters, Promotion Center for Little Italy, plus eight Sons of Italy Lodges from around Maryland, each laid a wreath at the base of the statue.

Afterward, Archbishop Curley High School's lively marching band led a procession of city officials, civic leaders, organizations' members, and spectators, along Eastern Avenue into the heart of Little Italy to kick off the first Italian Heritage Festival along Stiles & Exeter Streets which drew over 1,300 attendees.

The event was organized by John Pica (chair), Al Massa, Bill Martin, Mike Gallerizzo, Vince Piscopo, Tony Montcalmo, and Cyd Wolf . Associated Italian American Charities of Maryland (AIAC) was very much involved. Don Castronova (below left) has portrayed Christopher Columbus in costume since 1970.

"We are very happy with the turnout and the event," said Pica. "We have received many compliments from a diverse group of people. This was clearly a collective effort."
Buon compleanno, Helen!
BUON COMPLEANNO, HELEN! The Mugavero family celebrated their Aunt Helen's 100th birthday October 5th at the Little Italy Lodge with approximately 100 family and friends in attendance.

Helen Mugavero Motto was born 1919 on Fawn Street in Little Italy, grew up in the neighborhood, and married Sam Motto. She was employed by Lever Brothers. Helen is a sister to the neighborhood icon, Marion "Mugs" Mugavero , who owned and operated the original Fawn Confectionery at the corner of Fawn & Exeter for close to seven decades.

" We had an amazing party," said Gayle Mugavero , Helen's niece and Mugs' daughter. "Aunt Helen couldn’t stop dancing to the Monaldi band ... so much fun!!! Thanks to all who attended!"

Helen and Marion, along with seven other siblings, were born to Sicilian immigrant parents who raised their family in the same house where they operated a neighborhood bakery. "They had big ovens," said Gayle, "and would sell bread directly out of the house. To my knowledge, the bakery never had a name." Helen is the last living sibling of the nine Mugaveros.
Saving the Tommy
An interesting display at the October 6th Italian Heritage Festival was an information booth hosted by the Fire Museum of Maryland regarding the 1956 "Tommy," Baltimore City's first diesel-powered fireboat, and the most powerful one the city ever owned at 12,000 gallons of water per minute. The Tommy was named after the sitting mayor at the time, Thomas D'Alesandro, Jr. of Little Italy. Serving the city faithfully until 2007, the fireboat was decommissioned and eventually sold for scrap. However, a significant portion of the boat was saved and now sits at Sparrows Point.

The Fire Museum in Lutherville is campaigning to raise revenue and bring the boat to the museum where it can live again. Preserved and interpreted for the public, the plan is to allow water to once again flow from Tommy's deck guns. As such an important part of Baltimore City and the Italian community's history, the museum staff is determined for the boat deserves to be brought back to life for the public to enjoy in a permanent display.

For more information or to help save this piece of history, contact Eric Kelso, Museum Curator, 410-321-7500 x106, . To learn about the Fire Museum or to arrange a group tour for students, Scouts, etc. visit

community events
Italian American
Civic Club of Maryland
presents Third Annual
in honor of Columbus Day
Monday, October 14

Dinner $15 (optional) 6 pm
Lecture & Discussion (free) 7 pm
Open to public
1214 St. Paul Street, Baltimore

Marc A. De Simone , Sr., Ph.D., Full Professor, University of Maryland Global Campus presents: Christopher Columbus: Fact versus Fiction

Nicolino Applauso , Ph.D., Director of Applauso Italian Learning Center, presents: Columbus and the Niño Brothers: Collaboration between Afro-Spaniards, Italians, and Africans during the Age of the International Exploration
Dumpster Day
hosted by
Little Italy Neighborhood Association (LINA)
Saturday, November 9
9 am – 1 pm

corner of Bank & Exeter Streets
(next to Little Italy Garage)

Next LINA meeting:
October 15 at 7 pm
Pandola School Hall
Stiles Street
Tickets $85. Email or call Al Massa 410-977-2140
or Bill Martin 410-591-1096.
Need a nice Christmas gift for the history buff? Learn the fascinating history of Little Italy and its Italian immigrants in Baltimore's Little Italy: Heritage and History of The Neighborhood. Book proceeds benefit the nonprofit Promotion Center for Little Italy, Baltimore with a mission to promote the history, heritage and events of The Neighborhood.
BUONE NOTIZIE! Promotion Center for Little Italy's director, Suzanna Molino , author of Baltimore's Little Italy was invited by Arcadia Publishing to write another Italian-related book. Her working title is Maryland's Italian Community. The book would be an historic look using a quantity of 150-220 VINTAGE PHOTOS . Categories might include the following:

  • Italian immigrants & families who settled in Maryland
  • Old photos depicting Growing Up in Little Italy
  • Old photos depicting Growing Up Italian
  • Old photos of weddings, baptisms, First Holy Communion and other Sacraments performed in St. Leo's Church (or another Italian-related parish community in Maryland)
  • Old photos of Italians at work and at home
  • Old photos of Italian-owned businesses
  • Old photos of Italians at home
  • Old postcards / maps / letters / illustration
  • Old photos of events in our Italian community
  • Old photos depicting Italian-related organizations around Maryland and its events, members, directors
  • Old photos of celebrity Italians who were natives of, or lived in, Maryland or Little Italy
  • Old photos of buildings in Little Italy or another Italian-related neighborhood, such as Highlandtown, Jonestown, etc.
Please email Suzanna if you are in possession of similar photos and might be interested in contributing one (or more) to help this book to be published. Stay tuned for further info about this project!

NOTE: Not all photos will be accepted; they must meet criteria, fit into a chapter theme, and selected by author and publisher. All photos will be scanned into high resolution and returned to you.
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Promotion Center for Little Italy, Baltimore is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit
organization established in 2010 with a mission to promote Little Italy's
events, community organizations, church, history and Italian heritage.