settembre 2019
We hope you find our calendar handy - it is inclusive of all events of the various components and organizations around The Neighborhood,
and is updated often to the best of our ability.
5th annual Madonnari Arts Festival
'chalks' up another victory
"What a gorgeous festival we had. All of the art is spectacular!" said Cyd Wolf, co-organizer/founder of the Madonnari Arts Festival . "Congratulations to the artists and thank you to everyone who participated. I add an emphatic thank you to the presenters, Little Italy Neighborhood Association/LINA and Baltimore Jazz Alliance/BJA."

The festival's estimated attendance was 30,000. Wolf says plans are already underway for the 2020 festival and "other exciting community projects." If you didn't have a chance to attend this spectacular September 6-8 event, stroll through Little Italy soon to view the gorgeous 3-D chalk artwork still available until Mother Nature washes them away.

In the Classical category, winners are:
  • First $1,000: Abraham Burciaga for "David & Goliath"
  • Second $500: Flavio Coppola for "Immigration"
  • Third $350: Nicole Flaig for "NASA Women;" Andrea Starinieri for "Martin Luther King, Jr."

In the Contemporary category, winners are:
  • First $1,000: Julie Jilek for "Jane Goodall"
  • People’s Choice $250: Lissette Aguirre for "Gypsy"
  • School Art $250: Baltimore School for the Arts
Some photos courtesy Kevin Moore, photographer
around the neighborhood
"It's a nice addition to the neighborhood and nice to see a vacant building renovated and new businesses opening to further activate the streets in Little Italy."

~ Matt Daddio, resident
and LINA board member
Yossita's Coffee
now serving
A small friendly neighborhood coffee shop has opened in Little Italy - Yossita's Coffee & More is now at 245 Albemarle Street (at Fawn, in the house once occupied by the D'Alesandro family). Owned and operated by Yosselin Sudano (married into the Sudano family of Little Italy), it offers speciality coffee, all-natural protein smoothies, fresh squeezed OJ, and fresh daily-delivered pastries from local bakers. Yosselin's mother planted her first coffee farm in Honduras in 1968 that inspired her and her three brothers to continue the legacy. "Now, my mother has passed the torch to us, and we will carry it proudly," she says.
50th Annual Car Raffle
Hosted by Saint Vincent Pallotti Council Knights of Columbus of Saint Leo's Church
2020 Ford Mustang
or $18,000 cash!
2nd PRIZE - Apple iPad
3rd PRIZE - $200 gift card

$1 per chance. Drawing in October. Purchase tickets from Fran Blattermann 410.207.7075 or any Council member. Raffle benefits the Council's charitable works and scholarship program. (Pictured right is NOT the actual car prize.)
Little Italy Lodge seeks additional members - The Little Italy Lodge is looking to grow its membership base. The purpose of this organization is to enroll people of Italian birth or descent, spouses of those of Italian lineage, and those adopted by, or married to persons of Italian lineage. The Lodge is a chapter of the national Order Sons & Daughters of Italy headquartered in D.C., which promotes national education, upholds the prestige of the people of Italian heritage in America, and establishes a motto of liberty, equality and fraternity. The Lodge hosts MANY events & activities - always something to do for the family! For membership information or with questions, email Susanne Spinnato Walmsley, Lodge Membership Chair.
fall classes begin October
For information about Pandola's additional Italian language classes held at OSIA Annapolis Lodge , call or email Rosalie Ranieri , 410-866-8494.
  • Italian Language classes (all levels, $80 for 8 weeks)
  • Culinary classes
  • Cultural classes
  • Book Club
  • Plus jewelry-making, calligraphy, computer skills, Italian card games, baseball talk with a pro & much more!
  • Something for everyone!

Classes meet Thursday evenings OR Saturdays in St. Leo's School Hall, Little Italy
Grand Lodge of Maryland
Annual Memorial Mass
St. Leo the Great Church
Sunday, September 15 ~ 11:30 am

The Mass honors members of Maryland OSDIA Lodges who have died in the past two years. The following names will be read. Lodge members are invited to Mass and lunch to follow at Chiapparelli's ($23 per person).
Joseph Petrella, Sr.
Vincent Rocco Pastore
Patricia Rosso
Louis J. Tirocchi, Sr.
Vincent Trombetta
Amelia "Melie" Matricciani
Frederick J. Petrella, Jr.
Rita Petti Templeman
Catherine Johnson
Ray Peluso
Joseph Verdecchia
Herbert D. King
Nancy Azzaro
Salvatore Barbieri
Giovanna "Jennie" Scaffidi
Norma Aversa
Phyllis Julia Della-Rocca
Mary P. Sergi
little italy in the media
neighborhood events
Tickets $85. Email or call Al Massa 410-977-2140
or Bill Martin 410-591-1096.

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.' Makes a nice Christmas gift!
paid sponsor

Promotion Center for Little Italy

Director & Founder

Ray Alcaraz
Co-Founder & President

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.