Thursday, August 15 (giovedi'15 agosto)
11am to 4pm
Rosedale Park, Pavilion A, 8200 Old Philadelphia Rd, Baltimore
In Italia, Ferragosto is a national holiday celebrated on August 15th at the beach or in the mountains with picnics and all-day celebrations. All of Italy shuts down to enjoy it! You should too! Divertiamoci!
Bring a covered dish!
This is a fundraiser for the Pandola Learning Center in Little Italy - a donation of $5 or more is appreciated.
History of Ferragosto
Ferragosto derives from the Latin expression feriae Augusti' - Augustus' rest. It is a festivity created by Emperor Augustus in 18BC, an addition to the existing ancient Roman festivals such as Vinalia Rustica and Consualia' to celebrate the harvest and end of agricultural tasks. The purpose of linking the August festivities was to provide a suitable period of rest, necessary after the hard labor of the previous weeks.
In religion, The Catholic Church celebrates this date as a Holy Day of Obligation to commemorate the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In the Roman Empire it was celebrated to honor the gods, in particular Diana, and the cycle of fertility and ripening.
Between August 15-25, the majority of the work force in Italy stops, Italians go on vacation (Ferie di Ferragosto - Ferragosto's Holidays). Cities become empty, bars, restaurants and stores close, vacation places become crowded. During this time there are events such as culinary fairs, religious feasts and popular holidays that take place in paese. Among the merriment is the most beautiful public holiday - Il Palio di Siena - a medieval holiday on August 16 in Siena. Its culminating point is the horse race.
ITALIAN BOOT CONTEST
Count this Italy boot and all
like it which you spy in today's newsletter and your name will be entered to win a Little Italy souvenir! Email your count to firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line BOOT COUNT. One entry per reader please. A winner will be drawn from all correct answers. Buona fortuna!
For the second annual FALL SOCIAL
hosted by the Promotion Center for Little Italy on OCTOBER 24 at CHIAPPARELLI'S RESTAURANT
, we are gathering product samples and promo items to fill 50 complimentary goody bags. If your business is able to donate 50 items (they do NOT need to be identical) email director Suzanna Molino. In return you will receive 4 complimentary tickets to the event.
To date we acknowledge
the following goody bag sponsors:
AND/OR a 50-50 chance to win cash!
(Do NOT need to be present to win.)
NEXT 2 MOVIES!
LITTLE ITALY OPEN AIR FILM FEST
Click image to view entire movie schedule on our website
FRIDAY AUGUST 9 - EAT PRAY LOVE (PG-13)
Believing there's more to life than a husband, house and career, Liz Gilbert (Julia Roberts) finds herself with a new appetite for life in this inspiring true story, based on the bestselling book.FRIDAY AUGUST 16 - LA DOLCE VITA (NR)
*** BECAUSE OF LENGTH, THIS MOVIE WILL BEGIN AT 8:30 pm ***
Marcello Mastroianni stars as a tabloid reporter with a beat among Rome's international jet set. This role made Marcello an international sensation.
MANGIA at the movies
! Bring your appetite! Eat on the lot! The following restaurants (members of Film Fest host - the Original Little Italy Restaurant Association) offer affordable menu items on site at the Film Fest 6 - 9 pm:
Chiapparelli's, Da Mimmo's, Sabatino's, and Vaccaro's Italian Pasty Shop.
Come and enjoy one of St. Leo's oldest traditions!
ST. GABRIELE ITALIAN FESTIVAL
Saturday, August 17
12 noon to 8 pm
Sunday, August 17-18
11 am to 7 pm
along Stiles & Exeter Streets
WIN THIS - a $1,350 value!
PASSAPORTO TO LITTLE ITALY
Get your raffle ticket now!
(or buy one in our festival booth)
Please include your phone number.
You do NOT have to be there to win!
PASSAPORTO TO LITTLE ITALY package will be raffled at the conclusion of the St. Gabriele Italian Festival (Aug 17-18) in the booth of the Promotion Center for Little Italy
. ONE WINNER
will take home thiswonderful assortment of gift cards valued at $1,350 from 13 Little Italy businesses, plus six bottles of wine!
1840s Carrollton Inn one-night stay for 2 w/ breakfast at this B&B (up to $350 value)
- Amicci's Restaurant $25 gift card
Caesar's Den Restaurant $35 gift card
Chiapparelli's Restaurant $50 gift card
- Ciao Bella Restaurant $35 gift card
Da Mimmo Ristorante $35 gift card
- Edge Evolution Salon & Spa $100 gift card
- Germano's Trattoria gift card $30
- La Tavola Ristorante $38 gift card
- MS Walker 6 bottles wine (from rep Vince Grande) $60 value
Sabatino's Restaurant $35 gift card
- Stratford University Private Cooking Class for 6 - value $500
- Toscana Medispa $25 gift card
- Vaccaro's Pastry Shop cannoli cake/cannoli chip & dip - $40 value
|PHOTO BLAST FROM PAST
(Email us your photos for inclusion in a future issue!)
Western Union bike courier
Joseph Montcalmo, age 15
(above left and below on bike)
Email YOUR vintage photos of Little Italy or of Italian ancestors in .jpg format to info@LittleItalyMD.com. Include year of photo, your name, city, state and a brief caption.
FRUIT ... FRUTTA!
Oggi ripassiamo, data la stagione, i nomi della frutta piu' comuni.
Today, considering the season, we will go over the most common fruit names:
mela = apple
arancia = orange
fragola = strawberry
sour black cherry
pera = pear
mandarino = mandarin
pompelmo = grapefruit
susina = plum
banana = banana
pesca = peach
nocepesca = nectarine
prugna = prune
uva = grapes
fico = fig
ribes = currant
uvetta = raisin
albicocca = apricot
anguria = watermelon
mora = blackberry
dattero = date
ananas = pineapple
melone = cantaloupe
lampone = raspberry
mirtillo rosso americano = cranberry
limone = lemon
ciliegia = cherry
mirtillo = blueberry
melone con la buccia
gialla = honeydew
Italian 101 content is graciously provided by Italian teacher Elisabetta Longardi
Email lesson questions here.
PAID SPONSOR - click to visit website
PAID SPONSOR - click to visit website.
ELIO SCACCIOis an agent with Palumbo Insurance Associates and a gifted vocalist who performs his unique blend of Italian classics, jazz standards and original music which has gained him much notoriety across the country. His CD "Lettere D'Amore" contains original compositions as well as Italian classics. Elio's CDs are available for purchase at elioscaccio.com,
downloaded through amazon.com or in person during his performance at Little Italy's Open Air Film Fest:
FRIDAY, AUGUST 23 - 6:30-8:30
FRIDAY, AUGUST 30 - 7-9 pm
The editor of Neighborhood News thanks Tom for the use of many of his complimentary photos in this newsletter and on our website.
calendario e notizie
BE IN THE COLUMBUS DAY PARADE!
Would your school band, community group, dance troupe or organization like to march in the parade? Committee seeks marching bands, dance troupes, unique vehicles, floats, mascots, and other parade-type participants. For an application or more info,
Application must be approved by the Columbus Day Parade committee.
CRITERIA: No business self-promotion. Parade participants must honor Christopher Columbus in some way on floats, signage or display.
FREE LITTLE ITALY MAPS
Consider displaying Little Italy souvenir poster maps
in your place of business with high foot traffic. Maps can also be placed in visitor packages, hotels, at hostess stations, or even in your guests' wedding favor bags! Email email@example.com.
IN THE NEWS
Canton & Little Italy residents fight back>>>
By Danielle Sweeney
The Baltimore Guide
photo by Angie Cochrun
(Little Italy Property Owners Association) has just received a shipment of 1,000 lightbulbs to keep the iconic string lights on in The Neighborhood. The money came from the hard work of the Mother's Day Bake Sale headed by Barbara Stone and Mary Ann Campanella
. The labor will come from the hard work of Bob Marsili
and his helpers. Look UP soon for the results!
MORE from LIPOA
... The LIPOA Safety Committee (formerly headed by the late Matt Hersl) is now in capable hands with PJ ONeill. Committee members have been attending the Southeast District monthly meetings and gaining valuable insight on working with the police and the State's Attorney concerning safety matters.
HANDS & HEARTS
FALL WINE TASTING
Hands & Hearts, a ministry of St. Leo the Great, is hosting a Fall Wine Tasting Fundraiser
Sunday, October 27
1 pm to 4 pm
St. Leo's School Hall
912 Stiles Street
Enjoy samplings of Italian wines, delectable tastes of food from sponsoring
restaurants, and a free souvenir wine glass!
Contact Mike Dominelli at 443-838-4738 or email
AT ST. LEO'S
Hosted by Knights of Columbus / St. Vincent Pallotti Council #14535
Saturday, August 24
10 am to 2 pm
St. Leo's School Hall
There is always a need for blood. The gratification is instant. Please give blood ... it saves lives! Contact Ed Volatile 410-370-3771.
HOST AN ITALIAN STUDENT!
Practice your Italian daily by hosting an Italian student or a student from another country. International students are very eager and ready to live temporarily in the U.S. to learn about American life. The Northwest Student Exchange program is ALWAYS looking for host families, specifically right now to place a young girl named RITA from Italy
to attend school this fall in the U.S. Please visit their website
for more information or email Dale Nicholson here
, NWSE Regional Manager, 401-736-0376 in Warwick, RI.
WIN CASH! SUPPORT
COLUMBUS DAY PARADE!
Last year's 50-50 winner received close to $5,000! Proceeds benefit the cost to produce the Columbus Day parade to be held 2 pm on October 6, 2013 in Baltimore. Stop by the 50-50 raffle booth across from the bocce courts at the upcoming St. Gabriele Festival to grab your $10 chance to WIN! Or to purchase a ticket right now, email BILL MARTIN here.
SAVE THESE EVENT DATES!
Columbus Day Parade
Sunday, October 6
Fall Social fundraiser for Promotion Center
for Little Italy
Thursday, October 24
St. Leo's Ravioli Dinner
Sunday, November 3
LITTLE ITALY LODGE EVENTS & DAY TRIPS
- Crab Feast Sept 29
- Cooperstown, NY Baseball Hall of Fame bus trip Oct 22-23
- Sock Hop Oct 27
- Philadelphia Outlets bus trip Nov 9
- NYC bus trip Dec 3-4
Join the fun in your pick of events offered by The Little Italy Lodge! For more info contact Sue Walmsley 443-691-3046 or John Kutz 410-952-2794.
LODGE GENERAL MEETING
Curious as to what's happening at the Little Italy Lodge? Join in the General Membership Meeting Tuesday, August 13. Enjoy a free light dinner and drinks with friends and join in the camaraderie. A guaranteed $50 attendance prize and 50/50 raffle at every meeting.
PLEASE ALSO PAY YOUR 2013 DUES IF YOU HAVE NOT! Checks payable to Little Italy Lodge/OSIA #2286 and brought to the Lodge or mailed to The Little Italy Lodge Attn: Nancy Barbieri Wolfe, 905 East Pratt St, Baltimore MD 21202.
CARD GAMESPiedigrotta Bakery
1300 Bank Street"Mangiamo! Giociamo! The more the merrier!!
" says Joe Zuccaro
. For more info email Joe@allinio.com.
WANT TO GET INVOLVED IN THE ITALIAN COMMUNITY?
We always need volunteers! Email info@LittleItalyMD.com
BE AN ITALIAN VOICE
Italian-American One Voice Coalition is a national network of activists enabling the Italian American community to act as one united voice when dealing with defamation, discrimination and negative stereotyping. Member organizations provide a liaison with the Italian American One Voice Coalition to disseminate information to the Italian American community and protest with one voice against each outrage against our heritage, culture and character. For more information, visit iaovc.org
ANNAPOLIS SONS OF ITALY AT OKTOBERFEST
The Annapolis Sons of Italy Lodge #2225 announced its participation in the September 22 Oktoberfest in Annapolis and invites Baltimore's Italian community to attend. They will host two booths offering Italian food specialties and Italian novelties such as aprons, hats and pins. They will be also promoting the Order Sons of Italy of America to solicit new members.
"This is an important event for our lodge," said member Larry Olmo, "possibly some of our Little Italy friends will plan to attend. Maybe we will have more visitors of Italian heritage than German! It should be fun!!"
BY DEGREES CAFE OPENS
415 S. Central Ave
Restaurant Week has ended yet a few participating restaurants have opted to extend the prix-fixe offer. Click here to see the full list including five in Little Italy: Caesar's Den, Da Mimmo, Sabatino's, Ozra and Mo's Crab & Pasta Factory.
RESTAURANT WEEK EXTENDED!
ABOUT FORMER ROCCO'S
When Italy was founded in 1861, less than 3% of Italians spoke Italian fluently.
pssst ... tell a paesano
BRAVO! The Little Italy email list has topped 5,400 and growing! Please continue to PASS ALONG issues of Neighborhood News to your family and friends.
"You may have the universe
... if I may have Italy."
~ Giuseppe Verdi
"Wonderful newsletter. I have watched you grow this into something wonderful! You have done an amazing job! Look forward to this. Thanks for all the hard work."
"Thanks, very informative."
"Grazie! for your timely response. We did attend the Film Fest and had a wonderful time! My folks loved it! We have had so much fun in Little Italy this summer and all because of your great newsletter! Thank you so much for your work and for promoting such a wonderful neighborhood. Nudohiyusvna!"
(Cherokee for 'unbelievable')
"Just got your newsletter and you've convinced me: I'm planning to take the bargain bus down to Baltimore on Sunday, August
18, go to the O's game in the early afternoon and the Feast [of St. Gabriele] afterwards. And perhaps I'll write something up and get it in one of the New York area newspapers and get
you folks some free publicity.
I even have the lead-in line:
'There are five great American cities between Maine and Virginia. The one you know the least about has the prettiest modern ballpark, and the neatest Little Italy ...'"
Join the 'LITTLE ITALY BALTIMORE' group on LinkedIn!
As posted on facebook:
"Hi my name is Giuseppe. I'm born in Italy and I'm living in Italy ... but my dream is to live in USA. I'm a chef ... a good chef. I seek work in the USA. Can you help me? I know that Americans are the best people in the world, I count on you. Thanks good day."
"Will somebody please open a big, honkin' Italian deli/market/import store in the old Maria's? It's big enough to develop some critical mass. And it's crying out for such an operation. This neighborhood needs diversification."
"We had a delighful visit from a few hungry Texas Rangers baseball players!"
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Neighborhood News is produced bi-weekly by ...
Suzanna Molino, Director
The mission of the Promotion Center for Little Italy, Baltimore, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charity organization, is to act as a voice for Little Italy as an ethnic neighborhood through consistent communication and promotion; to conduct fundraising activities to support its charitable and educational organizations; and to help preserve the neighborhood's culture, beautification and history.