April 2018 - NEWSLETTER




Next Meeting Date: April 19, 018

Meeting Location: Burlington Senior Center 61 Center Street Burlington
3rd Thursday of the Month @ 7:00 PM

Address: P.O. Box 193, Burlington, Ma. 01803

Email:burlsonsofitaly@yahoo.com  Website: Website: HHHHTUTUTUTUwww.burlingtonsonsofitaly.orgUUUUTTTT

News Editor: Deborah Squeri - Dsqueri@yahoo.com











UUUUFrom the Presidents Desk


Brothers and Sisters,


I think the snow has finally given up. We got more snow in March then we did in February. We had three straight weeks of cancellations with the Italian classes. At this rate the classes may run until the fourth of July. But it looks as though the warmer weather is on its way. With Easter  come and gone , spring is right around the corner.


We have busy couple of months coming up. Beginning with the paint night on April 12th and the wine tasting on May 4th. Also, some members have expressed interest in the MELA Awards on May 6th.


Tickets for the wine tasting can be purchased at our next meeting or at the door the night of the event. I will not be at the next meeting because I will be in Italy. Don has graciously said he would run the meeting for me. THANK YOU  Don .


We have two new members , Kathy and Paul and one other person,Emily, to be sworn in as soon as she can find a convenient  time that works for her. Also, we have a former member , Betty, who transferred  back to our lodge.  Its nice to see the membership growing.

Welcome to all our new and former members .


As I'm writing this note I did receive an e-mail from Don that Anna had fallen and fractured her hip.  I think she would enjoy getting some get well cards from her friends at the lodge. Don and Anna , live at 206 Fox Hill Road, Burlington. GET WELL SOON.


 Looking forward to seeing you all in May.


Ciao for now DAN



Daniele (Dan) Squeri

President , Burlington Sons of Italy Lodge 2223

Home: 781-270-9868, Cell: 781-864-6514





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                 UUUULodge Officers

President:                           Dan Squeri

Vice President:                    Pat Moreno

Treasurer:                            Ann McGowan

Financial Secretary:           Jo Parrella              

Recording Secretary:           Lola Lombardo     

Orator:                               Marie Patrick

Past President:                   Don McGowan


Trustees:                            Toni Faria

                                           Nella Cugno

                                           Marie Saia              

                                           Jo Schipelliti


Master of Ceremonies:         Tony Saia

Mistress of Ceremonies:       Shirley Moreno

Sergeant of Arms:                 Fred Fernandez


UUUUArticles Of Interest


Unto the Sons By Gay Talese
submitted by Pat Moreno


               Let it first be known that “Gay”, quite unlike the more customary “Guy” was the abbreviated name for Gaetano, the name of this prolific and talented Italian-American writer.  His book is a chronicle, very nearly a saga of the Italian-American experience, largely narrated in the first person.  He creates an enormously researched story of his own ancestors before the turn of the last century up and through WWII.  He narrates in crafted and moving fashion the major historical events as they affected the lives of his ancestors and immediate family.


               “`Unto the Sons` is a triumph…Place and time are summoned directly and sensuously out of the memory of Gay Talese, who begins this story as a first person narrator, creating a voice, an entirely trustworthy witness.  But soon he vanishes gracefully into the telling of the tale, a tale of others…..The story begins as a personal account but ends as a communal one, a shared experience.”, writes the Chicago Tribune.




               As I read, a great and continuous number of reference points that I could have shared with Mr. Talese’s story came to mind.  But it was not so very much those common points of reference that intrigued me with this book as it was his stunning craftsmanship as a writer.  An economy of words often covered an entire lengthy event or theme most effectively. A “demon” at research, his work includes fascinating details on the history of such prominent Italian-Americans as Frank Sinatra, the DiMaggio brothers, Mario Cuomo and Geraldine Ferraro.   It became most difficult to interrupt the reading.  Highly recommended.


In 1992 a chain of events accelerated Andrea from piano bar performer to international stardom: Italian rock legend Zucchero held auditions for tenors to make a demo tape of the duet ”Miserere”, the track co-written with U2’s Bono, in attempt to persuade Luciano Pavarotti to record the song.  When Pavarotti received the demo, his response was, Let Andrea sing “Miserere” with you, for there is no one finer.  Pavarotti later arranged to meet with Andrea and a friendship was formed.


A 1995 pan-Europe tour featuring Bocelli, Bryan Ferry, Al Jarreau and others played to millions and his name was born.  In 1993 he signed with a Milan based music group.  In 1994 he successfully sang at the San Remo Festival.  He was invited to return in 1995 and introduced “Time to Say Goodbye” (Con Te Partiro).  IN 1996 Sarah Brightman heard Andre’s recording of “Con Te Partiro” and contacted Andrea and soon recorded the song with him.  It was, however, his recording of “Romanza” him to even greater heights.


His humble and handicapped appearance belies the vigor and range of his voice, yet the gentility of his heart and person can readily be felt in the following poem written for his youngest child.


            While, as a giant, among the arms,

            proud and happy, I hug my little boy

            and the tender body, innocent,

            fragile and alive as a small bird

            against my chest presses, abandoning himself

            quiet and secure, half asleep,

            for that instant, almost sweetly,

            appears to me in dream my destiny.

            In this way I see myself as old and resigned,

            seated there, in front of the fireplace,

            expecting with the anxiety of a baby

            the evening, to feel it suddenly

            re-enter with the gift of a smile

            of a word, of a politeness

            and as a promise that consoles

            the immense joy of his caress,

            then I shake myself and already have forgotten,

            but inside of me, the soul enraptured;

            I realize that baby just born,

            already is worth more than my own life.


Translated from Italian.                                                                              P. Moreno


5 Reasons Why We Love Visiting Italy in Spring

from www.touritalynow.com


Florence, Duomo And Giotto's Campanile.


With the changing of seasons upon us, the coming spring season is a much appreciated time for tourists and locals alike. In fact, there are many reasons that make spring an ideal time to visit Italy. While summer certainly has its fair share of festivities, the post-winter months are also something that can be appreciated for those looking to enjoy an authentic Italian vacation.

We’ve compiled the top five reasons why spring is the best time for your to visit Italy.

Great Weather

If you’re sick and tired of the cold weather, then spring should be a much needed reprieve from the winter season. While it is still common to see spring showers during the months of March and April, the weather can still be comfortably warm during these times. Temperatures ranging from 50 and 60 F are normally felt in the central areas of the country, such as in Rome and in Florence. Because of this, spring is the ideal time to take a nice, relaxing stroll and do some sightseeing without having to suffer from the cold of the previous months or the punishing heat of the upcoming summer season.


Fewer Crowds, Lower Prices


Early spring is the best time to get ahead of the crowds that tend to congest the famous tourist spots and cities. As people are still shaking off the sleepy cobwebs from the winter season, you won’t see a lot of people traveling during this time, so you might want to consider booking your trip before the summer tourists start appearing in droves. In addition, this “off peak” season usually means “Tour Italy Now’s Tips on Traveling in Italy On A Budget cheaper airfare and accommodations. You can expect the number of visitors to rise as Easter approaches, but it is still nowhere near as many during the summer months of June and July.





Spring Festivals


Easter is definitely the big highlight of the spring season festivals. The Monday following Easter (la pasquetta) is considered a national holiday, with days before Easter filled with solemn processions and masses. Various cities across the country hold processions on Good Friday, with participants dressed in traditional costumes while carrying special statues through the streets. The Easter mass is also a very notable event as the Pope presides over the celebration in one of the year’s biggest and most popular mass at St. Peter’s Basilica.

Other notable festivals and events include Liberation Day on April 25, which signifies the fall of the Italian Social Republic and the ousting of the Nazi occupation of Italy. The first of May is also considered a public holiday, as well as June 2, which celebrates the Festival of the Italian Republic (Festa della Repubblica Italiana).


Seasonal Spring Food

The changing of the seasons heralds the return of seasonal food like the Roman artichoke. Dishes like carciofi romaneschi are commonly served during this time as artichokes are in season from February to May. Spring fruits like cherries, lemons, strawberries and tomatoes are also commonly seen during these months. There are many local fairs that are held during spring that offer many of the seasonal produce. The warm weather is also a great time to enjoy gelato – nothing is as enjoyable as strolling down the streets with a gelato in hand while enjoying the sights.


Street show-window of flower shop in Italy

Flowers in Full Bloom

Of course, nothing says spring more than the advent of flowers coming into bloom after the winter season. The beauty of each city is enhanced with the new growth of flora across the many streets and parks. The best places to appreciate spring flowers include Rome’s famous rose garden and the Iris Garden in Florence. There are also numerous festivals that use floral decorations and make the each celebration come alive with the vibrant color that it lends.








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Punchy pesto



·                  a large handful of fresh basil

·                  a large handful of fresh flatleaf parsley

·                  40g roughly chopped parmesan

·                  2 anchovy fillets

·                  1 tbsp rinsed, drained capers

·                  1 garlic clove

·                  1 tsp sea salt

·                  80ml good quality extra-virgin olive oil

·                  lemon juice to taste (we used ½ a lemon)



1.                01.In a mini chopper or food processor, whizz the basil, flatleaf parsley, parmesan, anchovy fillets, capers and garlic until you have a rough paste. Add the salt and extra-virgin olive oil then whizz again until combined. 

2.                02.Taste, season if it needs it and add lemon juice to taste.


Spring minestrone soup with pesto


·                  3 tbsp olive oil

·                  40g/1½oz butter

·                  2 large onions, finely chopped

·                  leek, halved lengthways and thinly sliced

·                  250g/9oz potatoes, peeled and finely chopped

·                  3 sticks celery, finely chopped

·                  150g/5oz savoy cabbage

·                  2 litres/3½ pints beef or vegetable stock

·                  400g/14oz can Italian chopped tomatoes

·                  salt and freshly ground black pepper

·                  2 tbsp green basil pesto

For the pesto - follow Punchy Pesto recipe



1.               Heat the oil and butter in a large pan. Add onions, leek and potatoes and cook for about five minutes, until starting to soften, stirring from time to time. Add the celery and cook for a few minutes more.

2.               Meanwhile cut the half cabbage in quarters. Remove central stalk from cabbage and discard. Cut leaves across the wedge shape in short shreds.

3.               Pour stock and can of tomatoes into the pan with the cabbage. Bring to the boil and gently simmer for about 30 mins.

4.               Add pesto for the last 5 mins, and check the seasoning before serving.




Baked Goods Volunteers:



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The following people have volunteered to bring baked good to the next meeting:


Lina D'Alleva

Maria Fulciniti

Jo Parrella


Thank you in advance to those that have signed up. A special thank you to those that bring goods every month without being asked. If you have not signed up yet please let us know what month you would like to contribute.

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Am I Adopted?

Father: “Son, you were adopted.”
Son: “What?! I knew it! I want to meet my biological parents!”
Father: “We are your biological parents. Now pack up, the new ones will pick you up in 20 minutes.”


Go Home You're Drunk

Peter comes very drunk home late at night. He wakes his sleeping wife: “Emily wake up! You know what just happened!?”

“No”, she replies sleepily.

“I went to the toilet and the light switched on all by itself. And when I went out of there, the light switched off again without me having to do anything. I think I’m getting super powers!” 

Emily replies groans: “Oh no, Peter! You pig, you just peed into the fridge again!!!”

The Clothesline


My neighbor came at me really aggressively, asking if I knew anything about her underwear disappearing from her clothes line.

I can tell you I nearly crapped her pants.





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Upcoming Events/ Ideas




BYOB Paint Nite at Pinot's Palette Lexington, MA. April 12, 2018

$45.00 PP open to family and friends

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Wine Tasting - May 4th 2018

7:00 - 10:00 pm

Cheese Pairings by Wegmans

50/50 Raffle

Raffle Baskets

Door Prizes


20.00 P.P.

For tickets email

Burlsonsofitaly@yahoo.com or



Tickets may be available at the door the night of the event.








Just For Fun


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