UUUUFrom the Presidents Desk
This month's meeting
will be on March 15th, we will finally be initiating our new members. The
spring semester Italian courses are underway and doing well. We have started our initial plans for the
wine tasting and have received a $200.00 donation from Wegmans, which we will
be using towards cheese pairings with their assistance. We have four baskets
donated to date. Please bring in any
new/unused items to donate for baskets to the March meeting. Priscilla Scanio has graciously agreed to put baskets together for us
the night of the meeting. Some examples
of items that you may donate are gift certificates from local businesses,
chocolates, wine, pasta, anything that will generate
revenue in a raffle, any baskets or other containers are also appreciated.
Join me in thanking
Priscilla for her help with this as this is a lot of work and it a big help in
funding the scholarship for a deserving Burlington High Senior!!
Membership dues are
to be paid by the night of our March meeting.
If you have not done so, please bring your checkbook. Anyone who
attended the trolley tour, your refund will be put towards your dues. Please
remember the new dues are now $50.00.
March 8th is our Pizeeria Uno fundraiser in Woburn. We have potential to receive 20% on
the total return. It is important to
bring the attached flyer with you so we receive credit. If you would like additional flyers to give
to friends and family, please call me.
We have another
event planned for Pinot's Palette in Lexington
on April 12th. Everyone is invited,
including friends and family. The event
is BYOB & snacks, the price includes canvas, paint
and instruction. The painting that will
be done is Venice
at Sunset. You may sign up on line. See attached
flyer for details, guaranteed to be a lot of fun!
See you on the 15th, Caio
Daniele (Dan) Squeri
President , Burlington
Sons of Italy
Home: 781-270-9868, Cell: 781-864-6514
TO THE EDITOR
Newsletter is published monthly from September through June. Newsletter topics will include items of
interest to members, as well as occasional local/general news and information.
A big part of the newsletter being successful is
participation of it's members. If there is something
you would like to see in the Newsletter, please notify:
Deborah Squeri -
Remember this is YOUR newsletter.
President: Dan Squeri
Vice President: Pat Moreno
Treasurer: Ann McGowan
Financial Secretary: Jo Parrella
Recording Secretary: Lola Lombardo
Past President: Don McGowan
Trustees: Toni Faria
Master of Ceremonies: Tony Saia
Mistress of Ceremonies: Shirley Moreno
Sergeant of Arms: Fred Fernandez
UUUUArticles Of Interest
Submitted P. Moreno
answer to Boston’s
North End and New York’s
Little Italy. Twice a year, once in June
and again in October, but a treat anytime, you have a chance to stroll through
one of Providence’s
most cultural neighborhoods; discovering the treasures at a variety of
restaurants, boutiques and gourmet shops.
During this “Federal Hill Stroll”, you can sample signature cuisine and
fine products at 33 of the Hill’s best venues. Register online at www.GoProvidence.com.
the overhead pineapple built into the arch at the base of Atwell Ave. to the
very top of Federal Hill dominated by a stately Catholic church where mass can
be heard in Italian, one can encounter at every storefront the sights and
sounds and aromas of the Italian tradition.
The breads, the wines, the pastas the imported products without end are
everywhere available. A full day
excursion to this wonderful Hill is a most rewarding experience, Italian or not!
19TH ANNUAL FEDERAL
The Federal Hill Stroll will be held on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 from
4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Stroll through one of Providence's most flavorful
neighborhoods, and sample signature
cuisine or enjoy exclusive discounts at dozens of restaurants, shops and
Tickets will be on sale in April. In the meantime enjoy
an amazing meal at any one of the great restaurants in Providence
and throughout Rhode Island.
to last year's winning venues:
King of the Hill - Pane e Vino
Most Creative - Massimo
'Flight of the angel' launches Venice carnival
Venice's 'angel' descends from the
bell tower. All photos:
Twenty thousand revellers, wearing masks and colourful
period costumes, packed into St Mark's Square on Sunday for the "flight of
the angel" marking the traditional opening of the Carnival of Venice.
Tourists and Venetians alike, the spectators looked on as 19-year-old
student Elisa Constantini leapt from the famous St
Mark's Campanile bell tower, attached to a wire 80 metres
(265 feet) above the ground.
The "angel" threw confetti at the
crowd below, in a highlight of one of the world's most celebrated carnivals.
"It's like we're going back in time,"
enthused Susie, from Verona
in northern Italy,
who had come to watch the spectacle. But modern-day concerns were evident in
the high security put on for the event.
"It's normal, these measures," said
Chinese tourist Xu Hong. "You have to have them. That doesn't take away
from the beauty, the magic of this event".
The carnival, which will end on February 13th,
is thought to have started in 1162 after a military victory. Abandoned for
decades, it was revived in 1980.
Have A Gratitude
Filled St. Joseph’s Day!
di San Giuseppee !!
Submitted by state Rep. Paula Sasso
March 18th (today),
Italians everywhere celebrate the Feast of St. Joseph. It is a day that
involves a lot of food preparation for large dinners. In many Catholic
parishes, Italians assemble a St.
Joseph’s Altar where a variety of foods are laid in thankfulness.Here is a link for a virtual St. Joseph’s Altar:http://www.thankevann.com/stjoseph/
Well the fun and festivities around the globe for St.
Patrick’s Day have come and gone. And today a very little known feast day is
observed among Italians and Italian-Americans. It is a quiet form of tribute,
but it is still very meaningful. On this day Italians give thanks for
prosperity, fulfilled promises, and/or to simply share with those who are less
fortunate. Here is a brief explanatory background of this feast day:
In Italy this day is known as “La Festa di
San Giuseppe”. St.
Joseph is the Patron Saint of Sicily and in many American-Italian
communities. On this day people show their gratitude to St. Joseph because: In the Middle
Ages, there was a servere drought, so the people
prayed to St. Joseph
for rain with an oath to honor him with a large feast if their prayers were
answered. The skies opened up with rain, a famine was prevented, and the people
kept their promise by preparing a massive banquet for St. Joseph. Everyone participated, including
The good news does not stop there. On
this day, it is still tradition for Italians to give food to the poor and
needy, in addition to placing fava beans (the crop that helped prevent
starvation during the drought) on altars created for St. Joseph.
The altar is commonly 3 tiers high to represent the Trinity (Father, Son, and
Holy Spirit) and is covered with white linen fabric. Flowers, limes, wine,
cakes, cookies, breads, candles, and a special Sicilian pastry called “Zeppole” are
also placed on the altars. No meats or meat-filled dishes are allowed on the
altars or to eat meat during the dinner, because the feast takes place during
Lent. Bread crumbs are commonly used in some of the recipes in order to
represent saw dust, since St. Joseph
was a carpenter. Many people will wear red.
A very special food made by Italians
is called “Cuccadati” which are beautiful bread
loaves that are decorated in designs symbolic of a crown of thorns or other
spiritual symbols of the Church. These cover latticework known as La Vastedde,
along with lemons, limes, oranges, bay leaves, and myrtle branches.
In the United States, St. Joseph is honored in larger metropolitan
cities where there is a high population of Italians. . . New Orleans, especially, because it is the port where many Sicilians entered America.
New York City, Chicago, and Kansas City also have
public and private St. Joseph’s
altars constructed. A parade also takes place in New Orleans.
Saint Joseph's Day
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Submitted by State Rep. Paula Sasso
Saint Joseph's Day, March 19,
the Feast of Saint Joseph is in Western
Christianity the principal feast
day of Saint
Joseph, husband of the Blessed
Virgin Mary. He is the foster-father of Jesus
Christ. It has the rank of a solemnity in
Catholic Church. It is a feast or
commemoration in the provinces of the Anglican
Communion, and a feast or festival in
Church. Saint Joseph's
Day is the Patronal
Feast day for Poland
as well as for Canada,
persons named Joseph, Josephine, etc., for religious
institutes, schools and parishes bearing his name, and for carpenters.
It is also Father's
Day in some Catholic countries, mainly Spain, Portugal,
It is a holiday
of obligation for Roman Catholics, unless the particular Episcopal
Conference has waived the obligation.
March 19 was dedicated to Saint Joseph
in several Western calendars by the 10th century, and this custom was
established in Rome
by 1479. Pope
Pius V extended its use to the entire Roman
Rite by his Apostolic Constitution Quo
primum (July 14, 1570). Originally a double of the
second class and a feast
of precept, it was re-raised to be of precept in 1917 after having this
status intermittently lost, and consequently also raised to its current rank of
double of the first class (now called a solemnity), having become in the
meantime the rank common to all remaining general feasts of precept. Since
Conferences may, if they wish, transfer it to a date outside Lent.
and 1955, an additional feast was celebrated in honor of Saint Joseph as Spouse of the Blessed Virgin
Mary and Patron of
the Universal Church, the latter title having been
given to him by Pope
Pius IX. Originally celebrated on the third Sunday after Easter with an
octave, after Divino Afflatu of
Saint Pius X (see Reform
of the Roman Breviary by Pope Pius X), it was moved to the preceding
Wednesday (because Wednesday was the day of the week specifically dedicated to
St. Joseph, St. John the Baptist and local patrons). The feast was also
retitled The Solemnity of Saint Joseph. This celebration and its accompanying
octave were abolished during the modernisation and
simplification of rubrics under Pope Pius XII in 1955.
At the same time, Pope Pius XII
established an additional Feast of "St.
Joseph the Worker", to be celebrated on May 1, in order to coincide with
the celebration of International
Workers' Day (May
Day) in many countries. Until this time, 1 May had been the Feast of the
Apostles Saint Philip and James, but that Feast was then moved to the next free
day, May 11 (and again to May 3, in 1969, having become free in the meantime).
In the new calendar published in 1969, the Feast of Saint Joseph The Worker, which at one time occupied the highest possible
rank in the Church calendar, was reduced to an optional Memorial,
the lowest rank for a saint's day.
Orthodox Church celebrates Saint
Joseph on the Sunday after Christmas.
customs among Christians of various liturgical traditions observing Saint
Joseph's Day are attending Mass or
Service, wearing red-coloured clothing,
carrying dried fava
beans that have been blessed,
and assembling home
altars dedicated to Saint Joseph.
always falls during Lent,
and traditionally it is a day of abstinence. This explains the custom of Saint Joseph tables being
covered with meatless dishes.
If the feast day falls on a Sunday
other than Palm Sunday, it is observed on the next available day, usually
Monday, March 20, unless another solemnity (e.g., a church's patronal saint)
falls on that day. Since 2008, if Saint
Joseph's Day falls during Holy
Week, it is moved to the closest possible day before 19
March, usually the Saturday before Holy Week. This change was announced by
for Divine Worship in Notitiae March–April,
2006 (475-476, page 96) in order to avoid occurrences of the feasts of Saint
Joseph and the Annunciation both being moved to just after the Easter
octave. This decision does not apply to those using the 1962 Missal
according to the provisions of Summorum Pontificum; when that
missal is used, its particular rubrics must be observed.
where Saint Joseph is regarded by many as their Patron saint, and in many Italian-American communities,
thanks are given to Saint Joseph (San Giuseppe in Italian)
for preventing a famine in Sicily during the Middle
Ages. According to legend, there was a severe drought at the time, and
the people prayed for their patron saint to bring them rain. They promised that
if he answered their prayers, they would prepare a large feast to honor him.
The rain did come, and the people of Sicily
prepared a large banquet for their patron saint. The fava
bean was the crop which saved the population from starvation and is
a traditional part of Saint Joseph's
Day altars and traditions. Giving food to the needy is a Saint Joseph's Day custom. In some
communities it is traditional to wear red clothing and eat a Neapolitan pastry
known as a zeppola (created in 1840 by Don Pasquale Pinatauro in Napoli) on Saint Joseph's Day. Maccu di San Giuseppe is a traditional
Sicilian dish that consists of various ingredients and maccu that is prepared on this day. Maccu is a foodstuff and soup that dates to ancient times
which is prepared with fava beans as a primary ingredient.
typical Saint Joseph's Day altar, people place flowers, limes, candles, wine,
fava beans, specially prepared cakes, breads, and cookies (as well as other
meatless dishes), and zeppole. Foods are traditionally served containing
bread crumbs to represent saw dust since Joseph was a carpenter. Because the
feast occurs during Lent, traditionally no meat was allowed on the celebration
table. The altar usually has three tiers, to represent the trinity.
the Saint Joseph
legend is modified somewhat, and says that sailors returning from the mainland
encountered a fierce storm that threatened to sink their boat. They prayed to Saint Joseph for
deliverance, and when they were saved, they swore to honor the saint each year
on his feast day. The Liparian ritual is somewhat
changed, in that meat is allowed at the feast.
like Avola used to burn wood and logs in squares on
the day before Saint Joseph,
as thanksgiving to the Saint. In Belmonte
Mezzagno this is currently still
performed every year, while people ritually shout invocations to the Saint in
local Sicilian language. This is called "A Vampa
di San Giuseppe" (the Saint
celebrations are also held in Bagheria. Joseph is even celebrated twice a year,
the second time being held especially for people from Bagheria
who come back for summer vacation from other parts of Italy or
in salted boiling water for a couple of minutes (more if fresh) and drain. In a
non-sticking frying pan melt the butter; add ham, peas, sage, and cook for a
few minutes until ham is lightly crispy. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
meantime cook the Tortelloni according to package
instructions and drain, reserving ˝ cup of the pasta cooking water. Add Tortelloni to the pan and stir gently, adding pasta water a
little at a time if you need to loosen the sauce.
grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese alongside.
- Heat oil in
a deep-fryer to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
- In a medium
saucepan, combine the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Stir in the
eggs, ricotta cheese and vanilla. Mix gently over low heat until combined.
Batter will be sticky.
- Drop by
tablespoons into the hot oil a few at a time. Zeppole
will turn over by themselves. Fry until golden
brown, about 3 or 4 minutes. Drain in a paper sack and dust with confectioners'
sugar. Serve warm.
LAUGH OUT LOUD!!
mother visits her son in his New
Yourk City apartment and asks, "How do
you find the Americans, Donald?"
says Donald, "they're such noisy people. One neighbor won't stop banging
against the wall, while the other screams and screams all night long."
Donald! How do you manage to put up with them?."
can I do? I just lie in bed quietly, playing my bagpipes." p
What's In A Name
ladies are playing bridge.
One of them
looks across at her partner and says, "I know we've been playing bridge
every week for two years, but I can't remember your name. Could you please tell
Her partner look at her for a long moment and finally replies,
"How soon do you need to know?"
You Sound Like My
After the honeymoon, the new wife
tells her husband, "I think it's time for you to stop playing golf. In
fact, you might want to sell all of your clubs."
The husband replies, "You're
starting to sound like my ex-wife."
His wife says.,
"I thought you said you've never been married before?"
The husband says, "I
Did you know.......
The name Italy comes
from the word italia, meaning “calf land,” perhaps because the bull was a
symbol of the Southern Italian tribes.
is approximately 116,400 square miles (including Sicily and Sardinia),
which is slightly larger than Arizona.
The official name of Italy is the Italian Republic (Repubblica
is said to have more masterpieces per square mile than any other country in the
Almost four-fifths of Italy is either
mountainous or hilly.
In 2007, a dog named
Rocco discovered a truffle in Tuscany
that weighed 3.3 pounds. It sold at auction for $333,000 (USD), a world record
for a truffle.
· Italians claim to have taught the rest of Europe
how to cook. Italy
is responsible for introducing the world to ice cream (via the Chinese),
coffee, and fruit pies. In addition to Belgium and France, Italy also
claims to have made the first French fries. The first Italian cookbook was
written in 1474 by Bartolomeo Sicci.
The Italian wolf is Italy’s
unofficial national animal and plays a large role in the legend of the founding
When McDonald's opened
in 1986 in Rome,
food purists outside the restaurant gave away free spaghetti to remind people
of their culinary heritage.
Parmesan cheese originated
in the area around Parma, Italy. Italians also created many
other cheeses, including gorgonzola, mozzarella, provolone, and ricotta. No one
knows when the pizza was invented, but the people of Naples made it popular.
Baked Goods Volunteers:
people have volunteered to bring baked good to the next meeting:
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.
check out the Burlington Sons of Italy website at
If you have
anything that you would like to share with the BSOI community please email
Upcoming Events/ Ideas
Scholarship Fundraiser -
Woburn Mall -
Please bring attached flyer with you so that the BSOI will get the credit,
please feel free to give a copy to family & friends
BYOB Paint Nite at Pinot's Palette Lexington, MA. April 12, 2018
$45.00 PP open to family and friends
Sign up by
coping & pasting the following into your search bar:
- May 2018<
new/unused raffle donation items to the March meeting
Just For Fun