UUUUFrom the Presidents Desk
Brothers and Sisters,
Welcome Back. Sorry for the delay in the newsletter, but I was traveling last week and was busy with the new job.
We had a great meeting to start off in September. We initiated two new members are will plan on initiating two more at the October meeting. We discussed changing the meetings back too Tuesday nights, and everyone seemed to be OK with that. I have sent an updated email with the new meeting dates and will discuss them at the October meeting.
The Christmas dinner at Lucia’s is set for Sunday December 9th @ 12;00 PM. We will need a head count at the next meeting. We will discuss entertainment possibilities at the next meeting.
The Italian classes have started and Don reported that we had 67 people sign up. It is one of the bigger class sizes we have had. Thank you, Don, for all the work you put into organizing the classes. It is greatly appreciated. Those classes keep funds coming in to keep the lodge going.
We need any and all ideas for activities for the lodge. Think about it for the next meeting. See you soon.
Ciao for now,
Daniele (Dan) Squeri
Home: 781-270-9868, Cell: 781-864-6514
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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President: Dan Squeri
Vice President: Pat Moreno
Treasurer: Ann McGowan Financial Secretary: Joanne Margi
Recording Secretary: Lola Lombardo
Orator: Marie Patrick
Past President: Don McGowan
Trustees: Toni Faria
Master of Ceremonies: Tony Saia
Mistress of Ceremonies: Shirley Moreno
Sergeant of Arms: Fred Fernandez
submitted by Carmelina (Lina) DAlleva
THE ITALIAN CHAPEL
In January 1942 some 550 Italian prisoners of war, mainly captured in North Africa, were brought to Orkney, Scotland. They were needed to overcome the shortage of labor working on the continuing construction of the Churchill Barriers. These were the four causeways designed to block eastern access to Scapa Flow following the sinking of HMS Royal Oak by a German U-Boat in 1939.
Prisoners of war were prevented by treaty from working on military projects, so the barriers were said to be primarily causeways linking the southern islands of Orkney together, which is what they remain today.
The causeways are not all that remains to remind us of this period. On a bare hillside on the north side of the little island of Lamb Holm, overlooking the most northerly of the Churchill Barriers, is what has become known as the Italian Chapel. The Chapel, together with a nearby concrete statue of St George killing the dragon and an Italian flag fluttering atop a pole are all that remain of Camp 60.
Camp 60 was home to the Italian prisoners from January 1942 until September 1944. The camp comprised 13 huts, which the Italians improved with concrete paths (concrete was never in short supply during the construction of the Churchill Barriers) and gardens, complete with flower beds and vegetable plots.
In the center of the camp, one of the prisoners, Domenico Chiocchetti, produced the statue of St George you can still see today, fashioned from barbed wire covered with concrete. The prisoners also worked to produce a theatre and a recreation hut, complete with three billiard tables made, perhaps inevitably, from concrete.
One thing Camp 60 did lack was a chapel. In 1943 the camp acquired a new commandant, Major T.P. Buckland. He favored the idea, as did Father Giacobazzi, also known as Padre Giacomo, the Camp Padre. Late in 1943 two Nissen huts were provided. They were joined together end to end, with the intention of providing a chapel in one end and a school in the other.
The work of turning the Nissen huts into a chapel fell to the prisoners themselves, led once more by Domenico Chiocchetti. The interior of the east end was lined with plasterboard and Chiocchetti started work on what is now the sanctuary. The altar and its fittings were made from concrete and were flanked by two windows made from painted glass. The gold curtains either side of the altar were purchased from a company in Exeter using the prisoners' own funds.
Chioccetti then set to work on the painting of the interior of the sanctuary. The end result is a work of art that is magnificent even to jaded 21st Century eyes, and must have been utterly stunning to those imprisoned here. Another prisoner, Giuseppe Palumbi, who had been a blacksmith in Italy before the war, spent four months constructing the wrought iron rood screen, which still complements the rest of the interior today.
The contrast between the east end of the double hut and the remainder was by now so stark that the decision was taken to improve whole interior of the structure. This in turn was lined with plasterboard, before being painted by Chiocchetti and others to resemble brickwork.
This showed up the plainness of the exterior of the chapel, so a number of the prisoners built the facade you can see today, again largely from concrete. The new facade had the effect of concealing the shape of the Nissen huts behind it, and came complete with a belfry, decorated windows, and a moulded head of Christ above the door. At the same time the metal exterior of the huts was coated in concrete.
The end of the war meant that the chapel was only in use by the prisoners for a short period of time. It was still not fully finished when most of the Italians left the island on 9 September 1944, bound for a new camp in Yorkshire, while Chiocchetti stayed behind to complete the font. Before the Italians departed the Lord Lieutenant of Orkney, who also owned Lamb Holm, promised that the Orcadians would look after the chapel they had created.
During the years after the war the chapel increasingly became a visitor attraction, and in 1958 a preservation committee was set up. In 1960, the BBC funded a return visit to Orkney by Domenico Chiocchetti. His restoration of the paintwork was followed by a service of rededication attended by 200 Orcadians, and broadcast on Italian radio.
Domenico Chiocchetti returned to Orkney again in 1964 with his wife, and gifted to the chapel the 14 wooden stations of the cross on view today. In 1992, 50 years after the Italians were originally brought to Orkney, 8 of the former prisoners returned, though Chiocchetti was too ill to be with them. Domenico Chiocchetti died on 7 May 1999 in his home village of Moena, aged 89. He did so in the knowledge that his masterpiece will live on as a tribute to his artistry and to the spirit of all those involved in its construction and preservation.
The Exterior of the Chapel
Creamy Tuscan Chicken
PREP TIME:0 HOURS 5 MINS
TOTAL TIME:0 HOURS 40 MINS
1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
Freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp. dried oregano
3 tbsp. unsalted butter
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 c.cherry tomatoes
2 c. baby spinach
1/2 c. heavy cream
1/4 c. freshly grated Parmesan
Lemon wedges, for serving
1. In a skillet over medium heat, heat olive oil. Add chicken and season with salt, pepper, and oregano. Cook until golden and no longer pink, 8 minutes per side. Remove from skillet and set aside.
2. In the same skillet over medium heat, melt butter. Stir in garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add cherry tomatoes and season with salt and pepper. Cook until tomatoes are beginning to burst then add spinach and cook until spinach is beginning to wilt.
3. Stir in heavy cream and parmesan and bring mixture to a simmer. Reduce heat to low and simmer until sauce is slightly reduced, about 3 minutes. Return chicken to skillet and cook until heated through, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from heat, squeeze with lemon and serve.
ONE-SKILLET ITALIAN SAUSAGE PASTA Easy pasta recipe with Italian sausage, tomatoes and pasta all cooked together in one skillet, then topped with Parmesan cheese.
3/4 pound Italian
1-1/4 cups water
1 can (14.5 oz each) Hunt's® Diced Tomatoes with Basil, Garlic and Oregano, undrained
1 cup Hunt's® Tomato Sauce
8 ounces dry penne pasta, uncooked
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
STEP ONE- Heat large skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausage; cook 5 minutes, breaking apart with spoon to crumble. Drain; return to skillet.
STEP TWO- Add water, undrained tomatoes, tomato sauce and pasta to skillet; stir to combine. Bring to a boil. Cover; reduce heat and cook 15 minutes or until pasta is tender.
STEP THREE- Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Serve with additional Parmesan cheese, if desired.
LAUGH OUT LOUD!!
My dog used to chase people on a bike a lot. It got so bad, finally I had to take his bike away.
Maybe it’s Maybelline
The other day, my wife asked me to pass her lipstick but I accidentally passed her a glue stick. She still isn't talking to me.
UUUUBaked Goods Volunteers:
At our September meeting the following people volunteered for October:
Thank you in advance to those that have signed up, if you have not signed up yet please let us know what month you would like to contribute.
Burlington Sons of Italy
Italian classes are underway and sign ups were a great sucess. Thank you to all of those involved in getting the word out.
We have had two instillations at our meeting in September. Welcome to Paul Lombardo & Mastracci.
Upcoming Events/ Ideas
Christmas Dinner - TBD.
The Calamari Sisters – Arlington MA.
Blind Auction -
Murder Mystery Dinner –
We are always open to ideas!!
Just for Fun