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ITALIAN TIMES Published by the Italian Community Center, 631 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee, WI 53202-5916 VOL. 34, NO. 2 SECTION B JULY/AUGUST 2012

Spectacular Bartolotta fireworks each night at Festa; biggest show is Friday, July 20 By Thomas Hemman Times Editor Since its beginning in 1978, Milwaukee’s Festa Italiana has been known for its spectacular nightly fireworks shows. Festa officials are promising a continuation of that tradition this year. With one difference. The show on Friday, July 20 will be bigger than all the rest. The Friday night show will feature more than 1,500 aerial shells and salutes, and a ground bombardment incorporating about 3,000 shells. This year, as has been the case every year since Festa’s beginning, the responsibility for the nightly pyrotechnics productions has been placed in the hands of the Bartolotta Fireworks Company of Genesee Depot, Wis. Shows will be presented at 10:15 p.m. each night – Thursday, July 19 through Sunday, July 22. Jeff Bartolotta, who with his brother, Jim, owns the company, promised that Festa patrons will be treated to “good old-fashioned Italian fireworks.” That means that while the sky will be ablaze with color, the emphasis will be on noise – both in the air and on the ground. “You’ll be able to ‘feel’ these fireworks,” Bartolotta emphasized. While some shells used in the

show were made at the Bartolotta plant in Waukesha County, the vast majority of those to be fired have been imported from China. Bartolotta said his company will be debuting a new shell this year at Festa called a “wind bell.” While it’s difficult to explain wind bells, he said, “they’re real cool looking and they float in the sky longer than most shells and we’re getting them in the Italian colors – green, white and red – for Festa.” It usually takes about 20 people to set up and fire a Festa fireworks show. When the company was founded in 1977 by the late Sam Bartolotta, and in its early years, the Bartolottas did three or four shows a year. However, their reputation grew as word spread about the quality of the shows they produced for Festa Italiana. Today, Bartolotta Fireworks Company produces more than 500 shows a year, including the 4th of July shows in Milwaukee County parks along with several of the biggest event-related shows in the state. Summerfest’s “Big Bang” is among Bartolotta’s most prominent shows in 2012. As one might expect, the 3rd and 4th of July are the busiest days of the year for the Bartolottas. On July 3rd and on Independence Day, Please turn to page 2B

‘The Bug Whisperer’ comes to Festa’s Children’s Stage By Ginny Balistreri Most people call an exterminator when they find bugs. Antonio Gustin puts them in his act. The 43-year-old entomologist will be sharing his love of all things icky with children of every age when he brings his widely popular bug show, Tony’s Creepy Crawly Zoo, to

the Festa Children’s Stage, July 20, 21 and 22. The show promises to fascinate audiences and to change pre-conceived notions that anything you’d want to stomp on can be hilariously fun, interesting and educational. Gustin, the son of ICC directorat-large Peter Gustin and his wife,

A youngster gets a close-up look at one of Antonio Gustin’s “Creepy Crawlers.” (Photo provided by Antonio Gustin)

Millie, has been entertaining and educating audiences around the country for 15 years. Also known as the “Bug Whisperer,” the 1995 UW-Madison graduate became fascinated with the bug world as a child, but set his interests aside until he was forced to fill in his university class schedule with one more class. He saw a description of an entomology course and figured he could ace it because of his childhood knowledge of bugs. He entered the class and was hooked. “My professor was a riot,” he explained, “and he made the subject so interesting and fun, I changed my major.” When he neared graduation, Gustin and several friends contemplated their futures over beers at a local pub. Gustin remembers telling his fellow entomologists, “Wouldn’t it be fun if we could talk about bugs and get paid for it?” He began to realize that dream while developing an outline of a business plan for a local pet store. Gustin got the idea to bring a variety of interesting bugs to audiences of youngsters and teach them to love and respect the bug world. He Please turn to page 3B

Dentro a queste pagine (Inside these pages) Festa’s VIP Day becomes a Friday event page 2B MCTS offers hsssle-free ride options to Festa page 2B Children’s Stage lineup announced page 3B Singers wanted for ‘Italian Idol’ contest

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Calendar of events

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Courtyard Music Series for July and August pages 6B-9B ICC has tickets for ‘Italian Heritage Day’ game page 10B Nov. 24 musical show announced page 10B Election Committee chosen to prepare slate page 11B By-laws revisions proposed

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Henry Piano cooks feast for worthy cause pages 12B-13B Fall semester of Italian classes announced page 14B Members’ news

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Society & club news

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Festa’s VIP Day: Different day, similar perks By Colleen Jurkiewicz The Italian Community Center invites and welcomes all persons with disabilities to attend VIP Day at Festa Italiana on Friday, July 20 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Attendees should note that VIP Day has been moved from Thursday (when it has been held in the past) to Friday. Similar perks will be available to participants, such as free admission for all those with physical challenges and their caregivers, as well as designated half-priced food items and free 16 oz. sodas at all vendors (for that three-hour period only). The only difference will be that the grounds will also be open to the public during this time. The VIP guests will also receive one piece of fresh fruit from the fruit vendor in the Miller Stage area. The fruit has been donated by an anonymous area fruit producer. The discounted meals were selected by Festa’s food committee. “We wanted to make sure we treat out guests nicely,” said Bill Jennaro, VIP Day chairman. To obtain tickets for VIP Day, anyone with a disability may request a free advance admission ticket (which admits one VIP and one guest) by sending a stamped, self-addressed envelope to VIP Day, c/o Festa Italiana 631 E. Chicago St. Milwaukee, WI 53202-5916 Please include the name of the VIP and guest (unfortunately, any

more than one guest is strictly prohibited) and indicate the type of disability as well as any special needs. Festa provides wheelchairs at no cost. The deadline for ordering VIP Day admission tickets is Friday, July 6. This information is important to

festival planners to ensure that all guests’ needs are met and that suitable accommodations are present on the grounds during VIP Day. Passenger drop-off will be at the South Gate on Polk St. Van and wheelchair drop-off will be at the Mid Gate on Chicago St.

VIP Day would not be possible without the generous sponsorship of the Milwaukee Public Schools, Goodwill, and Summerfest. “We’re looking forward to it and we hope we’re going to have a nice turnout and good weather,” said Jennaro.

Wheels & Heels Rush on Festa to benefit National Spinal Cord Injury Association – Southeast Wisconsin Chapter The National Spinal Cord Injury Association – Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter will hold its 25th annual fund raising Wheels & Heels Rush on Festa, a 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) race and one-mile walk on Thursday, July 19. The event’s starting point is just outside of the north end of the Festa Italiana grounds on the corner of E. Michigan St. and N. Harbor Dr. Registration fees have been set at $20 per person before July 9 and $25 thereafter. A family can register for $60 before July 9 or $75 thereafter. A corporate team registration (good for up to 20 persons) is available for $400. To sign up before July 9, go to or visit any area running store. Registrations on race day will be accepted from 5

to 6:30 p.m. All registration fees include free admission to Festa Italiana after the race. The starting time for physically challenged participants who race in the 5k in their wheelchairs or hand cycles is 6:55 p.m. Runners follow at 7 p.m. with walkers strolling away at 7:05 p.m. The event takes place rain or shine. An awards ceremony will be held inside the North Gate on the Festa Italiana grounds at 8 p.m. First, second and third place male and female runners in each age division will receive medals. Medals will also be awarded to the first, second and third place paraplegic and quadriplegic wheelchair and hand cycle participants and the first place male and female paraplegic and quadriplegic under

the age of 14 who race in wheelchairs. Race results will be posted online at The Spinal Cord Injury Association is a member of Community Health Charities (CHC) and helps to educate and advocate for individuals living with various degrees of paralysis. They provide counseling and support as well as promote funding for research initiatives to improve the lives of handicapped persons and further their independence. The Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter operates a Respite Center on the festival grounds, which was built with fund raised by the Wheels & Heels race. For more information on the event, visit or call 414-384-4022.

Milwaukee County Transit System offers hassle-free options to get you to and from Festa The Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) is making it easy for you to travel to and from Festa Italiana, July 19-22, on the Summerfest grounds. A downtown shuttle service will again be provided along Wisconsin Avenue to the festival.

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MCTS Freeway Flyers will take passengers to Festa’s Mid Gate from five park-ride lots. Downtown shuttle service Shuttles will provide service roughly every 15 minutes from 4:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 19; from 11 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, July 20 and 21; and from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. on Sunday, July 22. Festa-goers can hop on the eastbound shuttle along Wisconsin Ave. between N. 6th St. and N. Jackson St. At Jackson, the shuttle travels south non-stop to E. Chicago St. and then directly to the festival grounds’ Mid Gate. All inbound stops are on the south side of the street, except for the stop at Wisconsin and N. 6th St., which is on the northeast corner. Stops along the route are indicated by the Summerfest logo. When leaving Festa, shuttle passengers can board outside the Mid Gate. Stops will be made along Wisconsin Ave., between Cass St. and 6th St. The round-trip shuttle fare for adults is $3 in cash. The fare is reduced to $1.50 cash for children (ages 6-11), seniors (65 and older) and disabled persons with proper identification. In both cases, a weekly or monthly MCTS pass or a valid transfer will also work. Children under 6 ride free. In all cases, exact fare is required. MCTS has many local routes throughout Milwaukee County that connect with the shuttle. Freeway Flyer service Festa-goers can catch a Freeway Flyer from these park-ride lots: Watertown Plank (Watertown


Plank Road, west of U.S. Highway 45), Brown Deer East (Brown Deer Road, west of I-43), Holt (Holt Avenue, west of I-94), College (College Avenue, east of I-94)), and State Fair Park NE (S. 76th St. and W. Kearney Ave.). Parking is free at all park-ride lots. Service operates every half-hour beginning a half-hour before the opening of Festa each day and ending a half-hour after Festa closes. On the return to the park-ride lots, Freeway flyers drop off passengers one block north of lot. Round-trip Freeway Flyer fares are $6.50 for adults. For children, seniors and the disabled with ID, the fare is $3. Again, exact fare is required. People can also board the Freeway Flyer with a weekly or monthly pass plus $2.

fare information, call the MCTS BusLine at 414/344-6711. Automated recorded information is available 24 hours a day. The same information is also easily accessible online at There is no Ozaukee County Express service to Festa Italiana or any of the lakefront festivals this year.

Bartolotta fireworks to rock Festa from page 1B the company is at work in numerous Wisconsin communities and employs about 400 people for those days to get the jobs done.

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Festa’s Children’s Stage offers entertainment for the whole family By Ginny Balistreri The new manager of the Festa Children’s Stage has a fun-filled line up of entertainment for kids of all ages. “Whether you’re one or 101, you will enjoy the shows we have planned for you,” said Richard Alswager, who took over stage management from Michelle Shoplas in 2012 when she relocated to the West Coast. Rick might be new to managing the stage, but he’s not new to Festa audiences. He has been entertaining kids on the Children’s Stage as Bingo the Magical Clown for 30 years, and he’s been a fan favorite of youth and grown-up audiences throughout the Midwest for an equal number of years. Married to the former Rosemary Zizzo, and the father of four grown kids, he knows what children and their families enjoy, and he considers this a special line-up. “We have three new acts this year: Pocket Lady™, Tony’s Creepy Crawly Zoo, and one I’m particularly excited about, Rick Allen’s Magic Show,” he announced with the enthusiasm of a circus Ring Master. “And coming back this year are two of Festa’s favorite Children’s Stage performances, Anita’s Dance Companies and the ever-popular I Bei Bambini children’s dance group.” Festa has always been a family event, Rick noted. “Entertainment, activities and even the food are geared toward hours of fun for intergenerational families,” he said. “But the Children’s Stage has been planned especially for the younger kids who come to Festa, even though the acts are just as appealing and entertaining to older children, teens, and their parents.” The fun begins Thursday, July 19. You’ll be asking yourself, “How did he do that?” when Rick Allen plies his mind-blowing magic, engaging music, and fun audience participation during Rick Allen’s Magic Show. Rick Allen (a.k.a. Richard Alswager; aka Bingo the Clown) performs for schools, libraries, festivals, private parties, corporate events and other audiences throughout Wisconsin and the Midwest. Whether he is performing for children or adults, Rick is known for his warm gentle humor and stunning magical effects. He also has the unique ability when entertaining children to get down to their level. A master of his craft, Rick’s Festa show is sure to amaze everyone in the audience. He and his long-time assistant, Kristin Bayer, will perform Harry Houdini’s mystifying Packing Crate Escape, and one lucky audience member will have a chance to learn what it feels like to float into the air during a levitation demonstration. Catch Rick Allen’s Magic Show at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday on the Festa Children’s Stage. Anita’s Dance Companies has not only been performing 25 consecutive years on the Festa Children’s Stage, but Anita’s Dance Center, located in Muskego and home to Anita’s Dance Companies, is also celebrating its 50th anniversary teaching the art of dance and charming audiences throughout Wisconsin and the nation. This is no ordinary dance company. Anita’s Dance Companies has


earned a national reputation and performed for more than one million people, often sharing the stage with celebrities like Paula Abdul, Liza Minelli, Chubby Checker, Donald O’Connor, Raven Symone and the Jonas Brothers. Under the direction of Anita Bronk, who was recently named the 2011-2012 National Dance Teacher of the Year, Anita’s Dance Center is home to National Award winning Jr. and Sr. Competition Teams. The Festa performing groups will feature dancers from ages 7 to 18 years of age, from over 35 local communities. Their high energy, family-friendly shows will appeal to all ages. “I especially want to thank Anita’s Dance Companies for joining us at Festa again this year,” announced Rick Alswager. “In celebration of its 50th anniversary and 25 years at Festa, it is appearing at no charge to the festival. This is one of Festa’s most popular children’s acts, so we are overwhelmed by this act of generosity. Therefore, please join me in welcoming Anita’s Dance Companies with another big turnout.” Enjoy a different performance by Anita’s Dance Companies every night Thursday through Sunday at 7:15 p.m. on the Festa Children’s Stage.

“Pick-a-pick-a-pocket, I won’t mind. Pick-a-pick-a-pocket and see what we find.” With these words, Pocket Lady™, spinning gaily in a circle with her tambourine, chooses something special from her magical skirt. Out come short, lively stories of Italy - traditional and original - told with sensitivity and humor! The anticipation of what is in the next pocket is what adds to the excitement and charm of a Pocket Lady ™ storytelling experience. Pocket Lady™ is performed by Kathleen Mohr, of One Mohr Production, an original one-woman theatrical troupe. She has been entertaining and teaching thousands of children and adults in Wisconsin and throughout the country with 36 of her fun and interesting characterizations, including Pocket Lady ™. This is her first appearance at Festa Italiana. Pocket Lady™ will be telling stories on the Festa Children’s Stage Saturday and Sunday from 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Also look for Pocket Lady™ strolling on the festival grounds and spinning her tales from 2:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., on Saturday and Sunday. Tony’s Creepy Crawly Zoo is also making its first appearance at Festa Italiana. (See article, “Bug

Whisperer Comes to Festa Italiana.) Local entomologist/educator Antonio Gustin is presenting a fun, entertaining, and educational show with an array of exotic bugs like tarantulas, black widow spiders, and giant centipedes. During the second half of this show, children in the audience will be invited on stage to handle less threatening crawly things like praying mantises, hissing cockroaches, and stink beetles. Tony’s shows never lack for willing audience participants. Even normally skittish adults will be anxious to get in on this act. Tony and his zoo of creepy things will be on the Festa Children’s Stage from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Rounding out the acts on the Festa Children’s Stage is the local Children’s Italian Dance Group, I Bei Bambini. The music and routines will enchant children and adults alike. An audience favorite, each routine will take you on a journey to the many regions of Italy. Performing under the direction of ICC board member Susan (DeSanctis) Christiansen, the group features approximately 50 young and talented entertainers Please turn to page 4B

‘The Bug Whisperer’ comes to Festa’s Children’s Stage from page 1B developed a 30-minute presentation into an entertaining act followed by on-stage audience participation with volunteers. Kids are naturally fascinated and generally fearless when it comes to bugs and other crawling things. So Gustin designed a fun show where audiences are introduced to exotic bugs like tarantulas, black widow spiders, and giant centipedes, and then are invited on stage to handle less threatening, but equally creepy bugs like praying mantises, hissing cockroaches, and stink beetles. “The kids and their parents love it,” he said. His shows never lack for willing audience participants. Even normally skittish adults are anxious to get in on the act.

Hannah, appearing at Hannah’s Annual Insect Fair. This will be Gustin’s debut performance at Festa Italiana. His show will run Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on the Children’s Stage located just beyond the Children’s playground on the festival grounds. Festa Children’s Stage Manager, Richard Alswager, said he was thrilled that Festa was able to book Tony’s Creepy Crawly Zoo for the 2012 festival. “It’s a great show,” he added, “and it’s not just for kids. I’ve seen it, and he has something for everyone in his performance. I expect teens and adults to enjoy it just as much as younger children.” Although Gustin performs mostly in Wisconsin and the Midwest, his popularity is widespread thanks to You-Tube and a pilot for

a series he produced in 2005 called, “Tales from the Bug Whisperer.” Gustin explained that he and friends produced the DVD on a minimal budget. Now he wishes he had invested a little more into cameras and other production elements. After it appeared on YouTube, he was invited to present his DVD at two international film festivals going up against high-end national productions like “Animal Planet,” and the Discovery Channel. Yet, he won honorable mention in five categories, and his work became nationally recognized and acknowledged. The very entertaining DVD can be viewed on You-Tube under “Tales from the Bug Whisperer.” Visitors to his Festa show can purchase individual copies of the DVD following each performance.

The first year he started entertaining, Gustin brought his show to four local schools. Word caught on, and the next year, the young entertainer/educator performed for more than 50,000 children at a variety of venues, including schools, libraries, private parties, nature centers and zoos. Local newsman John Drilling caught his act and produced a three-minute spot about Gustin’s show for Fox 6 News that was picked up by other Fox News affiliates. WTMJ, the Milwaukee area NBC affiliate, also covered his act with a feature spot on the news that further spread his popularity. Gustin’s career as the Bug Whisperer took off. Since then he has packed in audiences at Summerfest and a wide range of other venues. From 1996-1998, he even shared the stage with nationally renowned animal activist, Jack

Here’s Antonio Gustin presenting “Tony’s Creepy Crawlers Zoo” show on the Children’s Stage during Summerfest. (Photo provided by Antonio Gustin)


Singers wanted for ‘Italian Idol’ contest By Thomas Hemman Times Editor Could you be Festa Italiana’s next “Italian Idol” winner? For the sixth consecutive year, Festa Italiana is conducting its Italian Idol karaoke competition for amateur singers, 14 years and older. This year, the nightly event will be presented, for the first time,

on the Cucina Showcase stage, starting at 8 p.m. Sponsoring the Italian Idol contest for the first time is WFA – Asset Management, Nick Enea, President. The 35th annual Festa takes place Thursday, July 19 through Sunday, July 22 on the Summerfest grounds

Festa to have LEGOs activity tent Last year, Festa Italiana debuted a LEGOs® activity tent in conjunction with the display of a LEGOs replica of the Leaning Tower of Pisa that was built by Milwaukee School of Engineering students. The activity tent proved to be quite popular with children (and even teens and adults), so Festa officials decided to bring it back this year. The LEGOs activity tent will be located on the north end of the

festival grounds and will be open all four days of Festa, July 19-22. Festa will have volunteers on hand to monitor activities and to assist guests. The replica Leaning Tower of Pisa will once again be displayed there, too. The MSOE students’ representation of the famous Italian landmark stands five feet tall and was crafted out of about 18,000 LEGO pieces.

To register to compete in Italian Idol, persons who believe they have some degree of vocal ability are asked to come to the Cucina Showcase starting at 6 p.m. on the Thursday, Friday or Saturday of Festa to sign up. Idol managers Christine Conley and Sandy Winard said they are looking for 15 contestants each night. At the time of registration, contestants will be asked to decide what song they wish to perform. They are allowed to choose any title from the extensive karaoke repertoire brought to Festa by Kim Marie, the founder and one of the vocalists of the Oldies But Goodies Spectacular, a rock and roll band that is slated to perform late nights at Festa. Three finalists and an alternate will be selected by a panel of judges each of the first three nights of Festa to advance to the championship round on Sunday, July 22. In all, nine finalists will sing for a chance to win cash prizes on Sunday night. In the finals, the contestants will not only sing the song of their

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choice, but will be asked to choose a number from Kim Marie’s Italian tunes selection. This year, the prize money has been doubled from previous years! The first prize is $500. Second prize is $300 and third prize is $200. Last year, Kelly Gerschke of Brookfield captured the first prize. Jim Unger of Racine won second prize and Ed Lemberger of South Milwaukee took third prize. Winard will be serving as the emcee each night.

Children’s Stage acts announced from page 3B ranging in age from tots to teens who will perform traditional Italian folk dances in colorful, authentic peasant costumes. I Bei Bambini performs at 3 p.m., Friday, Saturday and Sunday, on the Festa Children’s Stage. The Children’s Stage is located near the main entrance to the festival grounds. It is just southeast of the playground equipment where youngsters can burn off some energy between shows. The Children’s Stage is very near to bathrooms. It’s accessible to wheelchairs and strollers, and over-laden dads carrying backpacks and sleeping babies will appreciate the stadium seating. Come a few minutes before the start of the shows to find good seating. You won’t want to miss even a few minutes of the magical, musical, creepy fun that Festa has in store for visitors to this year’s Festa Children’s Stage.

Letters from members and friends Dear SanDee Peller, Director of Sales, Catering & Special Events: The event last night, May 14th, was wonderful and I wanted to thank you and David Stachowiak for all your work with making my first event like this a success1 The place was beautiful and the service was awesome and everyone loved the food! It was a pleasure working with you both. Thank you again. Tuleka Valdez Metropolitan Banking Group – Midwest Markets U.S. Bank, N.A. Editor’s Note: This event, attended by 400 people, was held for the first time at the ICC. Dear SanDee Peller, Director of Sales, Catering & Special Events: Thank you for your extraordinary efforts. As always, it was great working with you. Mary Stitt Mary Stitt & Associates Editor’s Note: Stitt has brought many political events to the ICC over the past 15 years.


Calendar of Events June 26 – August 30, 2012 Tuesday, June 26 • Courtyard Music Series: Tuesday Bluesday with Leroy Airmaster and Junior Brantley, 6:30 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 6 • Courtyard Music Series: Hot Jazz featuring Frank DeMiles and Company, 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 27 • Festa Italiana Advisory Board meeting, noon. • Courtyard Music Series is suspended June 27 through July 5 due to Summerfest at Maier Festival Park. Sunday, July 1 • Italian American Heritage Day ballgame with tailgate party at ICC, 11 a.m. Details in this issue.

Tuesday, Aug. 7 • Italian Community Center Culture Committee meeting, 6 p.m. • Courtyard Music Series: Tuesday Bluesday with Greg Koch Funk Quartet, 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 4 • Independence Day. The offices of the Italian Community Center, Italian Conference Center, Festa Italiana and The Italian Times and Cafe La Scala will be closed.

Thursday. Aug. 9 • Courtyard Music Series: Rock and Roll with the Oldies But Goodies Spectacular, 6:30 p.m.

Monday, July 9 • Courtyard Music Series: Hot Jazz featuring Joanne Mattson with Pete Lang, Joel Freisinger, Tom Sorce and Brian Ford, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 10 • Italian Community Center Culture Committee meeting, 6 p.m. • Courtyard Music Series: Tuesday Bluesday with the All-Star Super Band, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 11 • Festa Italiana Advisory Board meeting, noon. • Filippo Mazzei Lodge/Order Sons of Italy in America membership meeting, 6 p.m. • Courtyard Music Series: Opera, Classical & Broadway with Sparling Theatrical Productions, Inc., 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 12 • Courtyard Music Series: Rock and Roll with the Tom Anthony Group, 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 16 • Courtyard Music Series: Hot Jazz featuring Sandra Mandella with the Tom Sorce Band, 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 8 • Courtyard Music Series: Opera, Classical & Broadway with South Shore Youth Opera Ensemble, 6:30 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 13 • Italian Community Center Finance Committee meeting, 6 p.m. • Courtyard Music Series: Hot Jazz featuring Jack & Jill Jazz, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14 • Courtyard Music Series: Tuesday Bluesday with Reverend Raven & The Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys, 6:30 p.m. • Abruzzese Society meeting, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15 • Courtyard Music Series: Opera, Classical & Broadway with Notturno, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16 • Italian Community Center Board meeting, 6 p.m. • Courtyard Music Series: Rock and Roll with Rick D’Amore’s Rockin’ Dance Party, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17 • Abruzzese Society social, 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20 • Courtyard Music Series: Hot Jazz featuring Bob Maynard & The Milwaukee Connection, 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, July 17 • Courtyard Music Series: Tuesday Bluesday with Perry Weber & The DeVilles, 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 21 • Milwaukee Ladies of UNICO general meeting with dinner, 6 p.m. • Courtyard Music Series: Tuesday Bluesday with Billy Flynn Blues, 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 18 • Festa Italiana Advisory Board meeting, noon. • Courtyard Music Series: Opera, Classical & Broadway with the Master Singers of Milwaukee, 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 22 • Courtyard Music Series: Opera, Classical & Broadway with Kerry Hart & Friends, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 19 • Festa Italiana opening day, 5 p.m.-midnight. Details throughout this issue. • Festa Italiana opening day ceremony, 6 p.m. • Festa Italiana fireworks, 10:15 p.m. Friday, July 20 • Festa Italiana VIP Day program, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Details in Section A. • Festa Italiana public hours, 11:30 a.m.-midnight. • Festa Italiana fireworks, 10:15 p.m. Saturday, July 21 • Festa Italiana, 11:30 a.m.-midnight. • Festa Italiana fireworks, 10:15 p.m. Sunday, July 22 • Festa Italiana Mass, 11 a.m. Details in this issue. • Festa Italiana, 11:30 a.m.-midnight. • Festa Italiana fireworks, 10:15 p.m. Monday, July 23 • Courtyard Music Series: Hot Jazz featuring Joe Zarcone with Sharon Schmidt and Jeff Stoll, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 24 • Milwaukee Ladies of UNICO Board meeting, 6 p.m. • Courtyard Music Series: Tuesday Bluesday with Robert Allen, Jr. Band, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 25 • Courtyard Music Series: Opera, Classical & Broadway with Notturno, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 26 • Courtyard Music Series: Rock and Roll with the Oldies But Goodies Spectacular, 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 30 • Courtyard Music Series: Hot Jazz featuring Anita Stemper with the Tom Sorce Band, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 31 • Pompeii Men’s Club Board meeting, 6 p.m. • Courtyard Music Series: Tuesday Bluesday with La Chazz, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1 • Courtyard Music Series: Opera, Classical & Broadway with Wisconsin Conservatory Faculty Singers, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2 • Courtyard Music Series: Rock and Roll with Bob Hirschi & Groove Therapy, 6:30 p.m.


Thursday, Aug. 23 • Italian Community Center membership dinner, 5:30 p.m. • Italian Community Center general meeting, 6:30 p.m. • Courtyard Music Series: Rock and Roll with the Oldies But Goodies Spectacular, 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 27 • Courtyard Music Series: Hot Jazz featuring Janet Planet & Trio, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28 • Milwaukee Ladies of UNICO Board meeting, 6 p.m. • Courtyard Music Series: Tuesday Bluesday with Jim Liban Combo, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29 • Courtyard Music Series: Opera, Classical & Broadway with the Metropolitan Opera National Council Singers, 6:30 p.m. Final show in Wednesday night series. Thursday, Aug. 30 • Courtyard Music Series: Rock and Roll with the Doo-Wop Daddies, 6:30 p.m. Daily and weekly classes and activities • Bocce leagues. The fall bocce season will get under way the week of Sept. 10 with a mixed couples league on Monday night and seniors leagues on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Team registration forms are available by calling 414/223-2194 or contacting any league coordinator. Details in this issue. • Free Children’s Italian class. The fall semester of the Italian Community Center’s free children’s Italian class (for those ages 6-12) will begin on Saturday, Sept. 15. Look for a story and registration form in this section. • Italian I and II classes for teens and adults. The fall semester of Italian I and II classes for teens and adults will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 11. Look for a story and registration form in this section. • Tradizione Vivente, The Italian Dance Group of Milwaukee. This folk dance group practices weekly on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at the ICC. Visit for details. Ballate con noi! Dance with us! • Members Room. Open to Italian Community Center members and their guests, 8 a.m. - 9 p.m., Monday - Thursday and 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.. Friday and Saturday. Websites: Italian Community Center – Festa Italiana – Italian Conference Center –


ICC’s 12th Courtyard Music Series season off to a great start The highly anticipated 12th season of the Italian Community Center’s Courtyard Music Series has gotten off to a rousing start. Featuring a line-up of popular talent performing a different musical genre each night, Monday through Thursday, the series, so far, has benefited from warm and dry weather, allowing many of the shows to go on in the Courtyard although a few have had to come indoors to the Festa Ballroom when precipitation fell or it was a bit too cold. The series continues to attract capacity crowds for “Hot Jazz” on Monday nights and Rock and Roll on Thursday nights. Fans of blues have found the ICC the place to be on “Tuesday Bluesdays.” The programs on Wednesday nights are garnering renewed attention of fans of opera, classical and Broadway music. All programs in the series begin at 6:30 p.m. and are open to the public and are offered with no cover charge or drink minimum. Free parking is available in the lot on the south side of the building. Attendees can order delicious food – from appetizers to sandwiches, dinner entrees and desserts – and their favorite beverages from the staff of Cafe La Scala, the ICC’s public restaurant, starting at 5 p.m. until the shows are over. The 2012 series began on Monday, June 4 and continues with a few interruptions through the end of September. The Wednesday night programs conclude at the end of August, but the three other series go on through September. If you happen to be reading this story between June 27 and July 8, you will find the series on hiatus in deference to Summerfest, the music festival held at nearby Maier Festival Park. The Courtyard Music Series will resume a nearly continuous run the week of July 9. The only times the series will be suspended will be on Thursday, July 19, the opening day of Festa Italiana, also at Maier Festival Park, and on Labor Day, Sept. 3. This season’s series has been coordinated by Joe Campagna, Jr., a past president of the ICC, and Sal Quarino, a longtime ICC member. Tom Sorce booked the talent per-

Kay Sparling

forming on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday nights. Kay Sparling arranged the acts appearing on Wednesday nights. Sorce, a guitar genius, and Sparling, a dramatic soprano, are performing with some of the acts booked this summer. Due to the popularity of the series, reservations are strongly recommended and can be made by calling Cafe La Scala at 414/2232185. Here’s a look at the acts that will be performing from the week of July 8 through the end of August. Monday Jazz • July 9 – Vocalist Joanne Agnello Mattson with Peter Lang, Joel Freisinger and Tom Sorce. Mattson, who performs at jazz clubs and piano bars around the Milwaukee area, will sing, accompanied by Milwaukee area favorites Pete Lang (on trumpet and vocals), Joel Freisinger (on piano and bass), Tom Sorce (guitar) and Brian Ford (on drums). The latter three comprise the Tom Sorce Band. Ford is the band’s newest import, having just joined Freisinger and Sorce this year. A veteran musician, Ford has written several instructional books. • July 16 – Sandra Mandella with the Tom Sorce Band. Milwaukee native Sandra Mandella will show off her pipes accompanied by the Tom Sorce Band. Mandella

is the daughter of Nino Mancuso, former lead tenor with the Florentine Opera Company, and Mary Jennaro, who sang in the Florentine chorus. Mandella has been appearing regularly at Festa Italiana since 1994 and has performed all over the country, including at the Detroit Jazz Festival and of course at the ICC’s own Courtyard Music Series. Her CD, “One Breath Closer,” is widely available. Mandella is also performing at Festa Italiana, July 19-22. • July 23 – Joe Zarcone with Sharon Schmidt and Jeff Stoll. Zarcone’s skills on the drums are legendary to Milwaukee audiences, and Sharon Schmidt has been racking up awards for her jazz performances, including a Wisconsin Area Music Industry Award for her CD “Dancing in the Kitchen” and a 2006 nomination for the Shepherd Express’ “Best of Milwaukee Jazz Artist.” Stoll is the band’s keyboardist and also lends his vocals to the group’s arrangements. • July 30 – Anita Stemper with the Tom Sorce Band. Vocalist Anita Stemper takes a break from her own popular jazz trio – the Anita Stemper Trio – to headline with the Tom Sorce Band. • Aug. 6 – Frank DeMiles and Company. Frank (Dominguez) DeMiles, a pianist and vocalist, spent several decades as a teacher by day and a jazz musician by night. His performing career spans more than 60 years. He appeared in the 1989 Charlie Sheen movie Major League and received a Milwaukee Civic Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010. • Aug. 13 – Jack & Jill Jazz. This band features award-winning guitarist Jack Grassel, vocalist Jill Jensen, John Babbitt on bass and Johnny Padilla on drums. Jack Grassel was voted one of the “Ten Best Guitarists in the U.S.” by the readers of Guitar One Magazine and his wife, singer Jill Jensen, has also been nominated for several Wisconsin Area Music Industry awards.

Year” Steve Lewandowski. Joining them are Chicago’s John Blegen on clarinet, George Welland on bass and Jack Carr on drums. Begun in 1999 by the late Chuck Hedges, the band has become a Milwaukee jazz-scene staple by featuring some of the Midwest’s best jazz musicians along with a harddriving rhythm section and tight ensemble melodic lines. • Aug. 27 – Janet Planet. International recording artist Janet Planet will appear with Tom Theabo, Ross Pederson, and Dan Loomis. Planet’s 25-year-career has taken her to performance halls, festivals, and clubs across the world. Called “the voice of a new Jazz Culture” by Jazziz Magazine, Planet is a producer and recording artist known for her soulful lyricism. She co-founded Stellar Sound Productions in 1995. Her latest CD. “Janet Planet Sings the Bob Dylan Songbook, Vol. 1.” was released in the fall of 2010. According to her website (, “Bob Dylan fans and foes alike will marvel at Janet’s fresh interpretation of these 1960’s compositions. Rediscover the poetic poignancy of Dylan’s work set to an eclectic mix of jazz-minded arrangements.”

Janet Planet

Jack Grassel and Jill Jensen

Tom Sorce

Sandra Mandella


• Aug. 20 – Bob Maynard and The Milwaukee Connection. The group that opened the 2012 Courtyard Music Series returns for its second and final engagment of this season. The group is led by vibraphonist Bob Maynard and features 2006 WAMI “Guitarist of the

• Sept. 10 – Pete Sorce and Jeff Labarge with Swing Explosion Band. Featuring the smooth vocals of Pete Sorce and the classic arrangements of Jeff Labarge with the finest musicians from southeast Wisconsin, the 18piece ensemble of Swing Explosion brings excitement, prestige and sophistication to any stage – and they don’t just do big band music. Their unique and eclectic style is guaranteed to have you tapping your toes. This group plays a variety of styles from a variety of composers and arrangers; Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, Buddy Rich, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Glenn Miller, Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Brian Setzer, Barry Manilow, Lionel Ritchie, Big Bad VooDoo Daddy Continued on page 7B


from page 6B and lots more. • Sept. 17 – Ellen Winters Group. This very popular Milwaukee group will perform their popular “Tribute to Rosemary Clooney.” The program premiered in Elm Grove last November with a sold-out run, and audiences have responded with overwhelming approval to Winters’ interpretation of Clooney’s classic songs. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel claimed she is “arguably Milwaukee’s best jazz singer” who “recreated the Rosemary Clooney voice and era.”

Ellen Winters

• Sept. 24 – Gail Valenti with Joel Freisinger, Tom Sorce and Brian Ford. The 2012 jazz series will close with a show featuring vocalist Gail Valenti, who performed nationally with the likes of Doc Severinsen and shared the spotlight with Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, Tony Bennett and Dionne Warwick. She has also worked as a national jingle singer and spokeswoman, representing Oldsmobile, Kentucky Fried Chicken, State Farm Insurance, Northwestern Mutual Life, Bank of America, Disney World, Anheuser Busch and Miller Beer. Valenti is exactly the kind of act Tom Sorce and his cohorts love to back up. “Joel Freisinger writes great arrangements for these singers,” said Sorce. “His arrangements bring out their best strengths, which adds so much.”

Gail Valenti

Tuesday Bluesday • July 10 – All-Star Super Band. The Tuesday Bluesday concerts return on July 10, but it won’t be a blues band taking the stage. Featured on this night will be the All-Star Super Band, a 16-piece jazz band featuring many of


Milwaukee’s finest jazz musicians. The group plays original music, as well as covers influenced by Count Basie, Woody Herman, Stan Kenton, Thad Jones, Charlie Parker, Buddy Rich, Dizzy Gillespie and Toshiko Akiyoshi. The band leader is bassist Gary Christensen, who said, “The main difference that distinguishes the All-Star Super Band from Milwaukee’s other big bands is that we play music that features improvisation and music that is difficult, as a rule.” Most big bands have somewhere between one to four soloists; the All-Star Super Band usually has a minimum of 12 soloists, he added. The band’s current format includes five saxophonists, four trumpeters, four trombonists, a keyboardist, a string bassist and a drummer. • July 17 – Perry Weber & The Devilles. This Milwaukeebased band was formed in May 2007. Weber is best known for backing up harmonica legend Jim Liban and has worked closely with The Legendary Blues Band and Hubert Sumlin. Weber and The Devilles present traditional, high-energy blues shows. The group’s CD debut “Savage Beauty” was released in 2007 and peaked at #14 on the Living Blues Magazine chart. The group’s latest CD, “The Riot Act,” also made it to #14 on the same chart. Prior to their July 17 show, the band has gigs in Clear Lake, Iowa and Neenah and Ripon, Wisconsin. • July 24 – Robert Allen, Jr. Band. Robert Allen was described in a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel story appearing in 2003 as “an extraordinary guitarist, a passionate singer and a powerhouse of a showman. His booming pipes and presence will draw you in and never let go.” Joining Allen in his rockin’ blues band are: Dave Braun (drums), Rick Holmes (bass and backing vocals), Guy Florentino (electric bass) and “Cadillac Pete” Rahn (harmonica and backing vocals). Steve Seymour wrote this about Allen and his band on after a Jan. 22 show in Gladstone, Mich.: “With his Gibson Epiphone ES-335 guitar named “Blondie,” Allen captured the audience from the beginning, with Rahn’s harmonica work adding an authentic blues feeling to the band’s repertoire.” • July 31 – La Chazz. Formed in 1978 by guitarist Toty Ramos, La Chazz began as an 11-piece salsa band that featured original compositions and renditions of the famous Latin bands of the time. Later, Ramos decided to concentrate on original instrumental Latin-jazz works to showcase the band members’ improvisational skills and to differentiate La Chazz from traditional salsa bands. Other band members are: Allen Johnson, Jeff Pietrangelo and Michael Betz (all on trumpet), Michael Franceschi (trombone), Jim Paolo (bass guitar), Tony Ayala (percussions, conguero), Jeno Somlai (percussions, drums) and Hector “Vivo” Rodriguez (percussions, timbales). La Chazz has performed at many regional festivals such as Jazz in The Park, Bastille Days, Summerfest, Lakefront Festival of the Arts, Rainbow Summer, Madison’s Jubilee Jazz Festival and Racine’s Harbor Fest. • Aug. 7 – Greg Koch Funk Quartet. Guitar genius Greg Koch brings his Funk Quartet to the Courtyard Music Series for the first

Reverend Raven & The Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys

time. Playing with Koch are Dylan Koch (drums), Eric Harvey (bass) and Theo Mayweather (keyboards). Koch is an ambassador for Fender guitars. Greg Koch has been called a “twisted guitar genius” and “eclectic virtuoso” by guitar pundits. In his own words, he is nothing short of a “plectrum-wielding skullduggarist.” The towering Koch is moving beyond mere local hero status in the upper Midwest and becoming an internationally renowned guitarist, session ace, top-selling guitar instructional book author and DVD star, magazine columnist, radio personality, comedian and indemand worldwide guitar clinician for Fender Musical Instruments and Hal Leonard Publishing. • Aug. 14 – Reverend Raven & The Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys. After debuting in the Courtyard Music Series last summer, this popular Milwaukee-based blues band returns for its first of two shows this season on Aug. 14. The group also performs for the last Tuesday Bluesday show in the 2012 season on Sept. 25. Specializing in classic Chicago blues, Reverend Raven & The Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys won the Wisconsin Area Music Industry Award for best blues band in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2008 and 2010. The group is playing at Summerfest on the HarleyDavidson Roadhouse Stage on Thursday, July 5. After that, they have several gigs in Ontario, Canada and throughout the Midwest. • Aug. 21 – Billy Flynn Blues. A Green Bay, Wis. native, Billy Flynn has been a mainstay on the Chicago blues circuit since the mid1980s. From June 29 through July 8, Flynn is performing with “Chicago Blues – A Living History” during a tour of France. Flynn has played with Bryan Lee, Mississippi Heat, the Legendary Blues Band, Big Bill Morganfield and Billy Boy Arnold. In the late 1980s, he joined Legendary Blues Band, which included Pinetop Perkins, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, and Calvin “Fuzz” Jones, all Muddy Waters alumni. Billy’s versatility is also shown through his prowess with a mandolin, sitar, harmonica and in his vocals. He’s played with just about everybody who’s anybody in Chicago Blues, and he’s put out a boatload (40-plus) of CDs, a list of which can be found on his website, • Aug. 28 – Jim Liban Combo. This show will be a night for fans of harmonica style blues. Jim Liban has an international cult status as one of the foremost post-war blues harmonica stylists on the scene. One critic said, “Liban is one of the few players working today who seems to have captured much of the bite and playfulness of (Junior) Wells’ best harmonica work and he’s taken it one step further to his own voice on the instrument.”

Liban has penned songs for John Mayall, Johnny Winter, Lonnie Brooks and other international blues artists. Wednesday night Opera, Classical & Broadway • Wednesday, July 11 – Sparling Theatrical Productions, which opened the 2012 Wednesday night series, returns with a program that includes selections from the world of opera and the Broadway stage. The singers include international dramatic soprano Kay Sparling of Jefferson; lyric tenor Ryan Albrechtson, Waukesha; lyric coloratura soprano MeriKate Bock, Racine; lyric tenor Matthew Huston, Madison; Halli Stewart, lyric mezzo-soprano, Ft. Atkinson; and lyric baritone Seth Westenberg, Watertown. Accompanying the singers at the piano will be Ruth Gurgel, Jefferson. Sparling Theatrical Productions is a branch of Sparling Conservatory, Jefferson, Wis. The company presents opera and musical theatre concerts, Broadway revues, pop concerts, plays, operas and lectures. Students enrolled in Sparling Conservatory have the opportunity to audition for company productions • Wednesday, July 18 – Master Singers of Milwaukee “celebrates a passion for vocal artistry by exploring the dimensions of choral music that engage, uplift and rejuvenate the human spirit through extraordinary choral music and exceptional performances.” That is the mission, as posted on its website, of this popular vocal group which was founded in 1972 and has performed for the ICC’s Courtyard Music Series on numorous occasions. The group’s current music director is Dr. Eduardo Garcia-Novelli, an associate professor of music and director of choral activities at Carthage College in Kenosha. He is a native of Argentina. • Wednesday, July 25 – Notturno – Notturno is a group of local singers who are classically trained, love to sing together and take great pleasure in performing. Singers this night include soprano Erin Sura, who has recently been seen on the Florentine Opera stage as Mrs. Hayes in the recent production of Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah; mezzo-soprano Allison Hull, who was chosen as a young artist for the Skylight Opera Theatre, Glimmerglass Opera and Seattle opera; baritone Tim Rebers, a Milwaukee native who holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Wisconsin Lutheran College and a Master’s in vocal performance from Truman State University, Kirksville, Mo; and tenor Edson Melendez. Accompanying the group will be Adriana (Addy) Stoiber, who holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Please turn to page 8B


Enjoy live entertainment with no cover charge all summer long in the ICC’s Courtyard from page 7B • Wednesday, Aug. 1 – Wisconsin Conservatory of Music Faculty Singers –Representing the Conservatory for this performance will be Kathleen Matts, soprano; Kathleen Sonnentag, mezzo-soprano; Nathan Wesolowski, baritone; and accompanist Michele Thiele. Matts, a soprano, is a well known soloist in recital, opera, concert and musical theatre styles; has appeared with most major musical organizations, including soloing with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and leading roles with the Skylight Theatre; and is a choral conductor. Sonnentag is best known to area audiences through frequent appearances with major musical organizations; has soloed with the Florida, Dayton and Virginia Symphony Orchestras; and toured Japan with the Japan Shinsei Symphony. • Wednesday, Aug. 8 – South Shore Youth Opera Ensemble – The ensemble was formed in 2002 by Julie Maurer, who is its director. Initially, the group was meant to provide Maurer’s voice students with increased opportunities to use their training and showcase their talent. While that still remains true, South Shore’s primary purpose today is to educate and inspire young singers, musicians and audiences through the art of opera. In the beginning, most SSYOE members were from south shore communities. Today, members are joining from throughout the metro Milwaukee area. Performers are between the ages of 14 and 30. Maurer, a mezzo-soprano, is a graduate of St. Norbert College, where she received a bachelor’s degree in music education with a vocal/choral emphasis. Wednesday, Aug. 15 – Notturno – Performing will be soprano Sarah Lewis Jones, who was a studio artist with the Florentine Opera Company during the season in which Elmer Gantry was presented and in which she was the featured soprano in the Keely family; mezzo-soprano Jillian Hansen Bruss, who has performed here and abroad, including Norway and Denmark, in opera, oratorio and the concert stage and teaches private voice at UW-Parkside; tenor Joseph Graziano, who has performed with the Florentine Opera Company for several seasons, singing in their outreach programs and who has been a featured soloist throughout the Midwest; and baritone Doug Clemons, who

Jillian Hansen Bruss

has performed with the Skylight Theater, Milwaukee Opera Theatre and the Door County Opera Festival.. The singers will be accompanied by Anne Van Deusen, a freelance pianist and music director in the Milwaukee area. • Wednesday, Aug. 22 – Kerry Hart & Friends — Mezzo-soprano Kerry Hart received two awards at the Wisconsin District Metropolitan Opera Auditions and also received a Downbeat Award for her work as a jazz singer. Joining her will be soprano Melissa Kelly Cardamone, who has vocal performance degrees from Lawrence University and the Eastman School of Music; baritone Doug Clemons, who has appeared in Skylight Music Theater and Milwaukee Opera Theatre productions; and tenor Ian Toohill, who in 2010 won a first place award in the Wisconsin National Teachers of Singing competition.

Kerry Hart

Joseph Graziano

Doug Clemons

Melissa Kelly Cardamone

Ian Toohill

• Wednesday, Aug. 29 – Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Singers – The National Council Auditions is a program designed to discover promising young opera singers and assist in the development of their careers. The singers on this program have all been winners of district Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Soprano Kathy Pyeatt is the director of the Wisconsin District auditions.

Opera’s production of Don Giovanni in 2008. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2012. Baritone Todd Von Felker has worked with leading regional opera companies including New Orleans Opera, Pensacola Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, St. Petersburg Opera, Chicago Opera Theatre and was an apprentice artist with the Florentine Opera Company.

Pyeatt has sung with leading regional opera and orchestra companies throughout the United States. She recently made her role and company debut as Tosca with the Springfield (MO) Symphony Orchestra in a joint production with the Springfield Regional Opera. Mezzo-soprano Colleen Brooks made her debut with Tulsa Opera in 2009. She was a studio artist with the Florentine Opera Company in the 2008-2009 season. Tenor James Kryshak made his professional debut in Raylynmor

The South Shore Youth Opera Ensemble vocalists and instrumentalists are seen here in a photo taken at the Milwaukee Art Museum.


Thursday night Rock & Roll • July 12 – Tom Anthony Group. One of the top drawing groups to perform in the ICC’s “Cabin Fever Music Series” this past winter, the Tom Anthony Group, returns for its first show this summer in the Courtyard Music Series. Vocalist Tom Anthony has long been a fixture on the Milwaukee area music scene. With his group – Tom Sorce (guitar), Joel Freisinger Please turn to page 9B

Tom Anthony


The Oldies But Goodies Spectacular, shown here in a performance at the ICC this past January.

from page 8B (keyboards) and Frank Nicotera (drums), Anthony presents the best of the rock, pop and rhythm and blues era. Anthony is famous for his Las Vegas-style show, singing the hits of Elvis, Buddy Holly, Bobby Darin, Everly Brothers, Frankie Valli, Roy Orbison and even some of today’s biggest hit makers such as Marc Anthony, Brooks & Dunn and Dwight Yoakam. The latest CD by the Tom Anthony Group is “Just For You.” Among the dates on the group’s busy summer schedule is a performance at Festa Italiana on Thursday, July 19. The group returns to the ICC on Sept. 27 to close out the 2012 Courtyard Music Series season. For more information on the group, visit • July 26, Aug. 9 and Aug. 23 – Oldies But Goodies Spectacular. This multi-talented band was formed by vocalist Kim Marie about 15 years ago after she completed seven years in Las Vegas and a gig for Chevrolet at New York City’s Lincoln Center and in various cities around the country. Kim Marie said her goal in forming the band was to gather the most talented Milwaukee area musicians from bands popular in the 1960s, and and regenerate the nostalgic feel of the ‘60s rock and roll era in Milwaukee. Joining Kim Marie today are vocalists Tony Clementi and Chuck Travis, keyboardist Brian Lorde, drummer Bruce Cole, lead guitarist Tom Sorce, bass guitarist Bob Sanders, saxophonist Mike Miller, trombonist Jay Allison, and trumpeter Mike Betts. • Aug. 2 – Bob Hirschi & Groove Therapy. Bob Hirschi was one of the original vocalists in the Oldies But Goodies Spectacular and has been seen in a number of local theater productions. He’s now

appearing with the seven-piece group, Groove Therapy. The group includes Marshall Mauney (guitar, vocals), Rick Anderson (keyboards, vocals), Andy Waldoch (bass), Tim Sardina (drums), Lauren McCray (saxophone, flute), Eric Sperry (trumpet and flugelhorn) and Jake Tomasicyk (trombone). Their show will feature a mixture of classic rock and roll, rhythm and blues and soul. The group featußres the works of Chicago, Blood Sweat & Tears, Huey Lewis, Tower of Power, Sam & Dave, Phil Collins, Journey, The Commodores, The Doobie Brothers, Santana, Al Jarreau, Earth Wind and Fire, Harry Connick Jr., Toto, Ides of March, Billy Joel, Mayer Hawthorne, Boston, Frank Sinatra, REO Speedwagon, Stevie Wonder, Steely Dan, Elton John, John Mayer, Michael Bublé, and more! • Aug. 16 – Rick D’Amore’s Rockin’ Dance Party. Rick D’Amore, a longtime popular vocal-

ist, told The Italian Times, “Get ready to dance the night away to your favorite rock and roll tunes from the ‘50s, ‘60s, ‘70s and on up.” Joining D’Amore will be Rob Chalifaux on bass; Tim Sardina on drums; and Pete D’Amore on lead guitar. • Aug. 30 – Doo-Wop Daddies. One of Milwaukee’s longest running rock and roll show bands – the Doo-Wop Daddies – come back to the ICC for their only performance in this summer’s Courtyard Music Series. The group last played at the ICC for the Rock and Roll Blast in January. Lke then, the ICC is expecting a full house for the Aug. 20 show. The Doo-Wop Daddies capture the demanding styles of doo-wop

music with unsurpassed excellence. That’s only the beginning. The Daddies don’t merely recreate the classic genre, but have redefined it and made it their own 21st century doo-wop. The group’s live shows attain that ideal unity of masterful performance and entertainment. Combining elements of vintage and cutting edge musical technologies, the Daddies produce an exciting threatrical show that remains faithful to the doo-wop style. The Doo-Wop Daddies lineup includes Mike Sturino, Mike Welch, Ryan Clark, Mark Lansing, Tom Riepenhoff, Lee Stephens, Lee Wanek and Terry Casey. * * * This story was compiled by Colleen Jurkiewicz, Bob Ruggieri and Tom Hemman.


MILWAUKEE’S ITALIANS: THE EARLY YEARS by Mario A. Carini, Italian Community Center Historian

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ICC has your tickets for Brewers’ ‘Italian Heritage Day’ game on July 1 The Italian Community Center is actively participating in the Milwaukee Brewers’ “Italian Heritage Day” promotion for the game on Sunday, July 1 against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The ICC purchased 500 tickets for the game and is offering a package that includes a pre-game tailgate party at the ICC, bus transportation to and from Miller Park and a premium ticket in the shade-

covered rightfield loge for $55. These tickets can still be obtained by stopping in at the ICC reception desk on weekdays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by calling 414/2232180 and having a credit card handy. Everyone who buys this $55 package will be entitled to free parking in the ICC’s closest lot to the building even though Summerfest will be going on at nearby Maier Festival Park.

Trizzano wins ICC’s spring bocce championship

An Italian-style tailgate party will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the ICC’s Courtyard, with buses departing for Miller Park around 11:30 a.m. The first pitch is at 1:10 p.m. For the three-game series against the Diamondbacks (June 29 and 30 and July 1), the Brewers will wear special uniform tops, including the word “Birrai” (the Italian translation of “Brewers”) stretched across the front.

ICC’s fall bocce leagues to start week of Sept. 10 Teams are invited to participate in the fall bocce leagues at the Italian Community Center. There will be an adult league on Monday night and seniors’ leagues on Tuesday and Thursday afternoon. Competition will begin the week


ICC Spring Bocce Leagues

More often than not, the teams with the best regular season record coming into the Italian Community Center’s championship bocce playoffs get knocked off in an early round of the tournament, but not this year. Trizzano, the Monday night league champ with the best regular season record (22-2) of the eight teams in the tournament, rolled past three opponents to capture the spring bocce championship. Trizzano defeated Como Si Chiama, the Thursday afternoon seniors league champ (18-6), in the title match. Trizzano scored earlier victories over Monday night league opponents, Cannestras (15-9) and Amici’s (17-7). For winning the championship, the Trizzano players each received a $15 Cafe La Scala gift certificate. Four of the five Trizzano members are seen here. From the left: Sal Carini, Tony LoCoco, Sal Galioto and Mario Orlando. Missing from the photo is teammate Sal Canizzo. To advance to the title match, Como Si Chiama won matches over the Addolorata Society team, runnerup in the Tuesday afternoon seniors league (18-6) and Paesane, runnerup in the Thursday afternoon seniors league (17-7). In opening round matches not previously mentioned, Amici’s defeated Monday night league opponent It’s All Good (15-9) and Paesane beat Felice Amici, Tuesday afternoon seniors champ (19-5). This season, with only one night mixed couples leagues, four teams from the Monday night league qualified for the playoffs. They were joined by the first and second place teams from the Tuesday and Thursday afternoon seniors leagues. (Times photo by Jim Schultz)

Monday Night 1st-Trizzano 22-2 2nd-Amici’s 17-7 3rd-Cannestras* 15-9 4th-It’s All Good 15-9 5th-Metagannis 11-13 6th-Still Reunited 9-15 7th-Red Dot 8-16 8th-Diletantes 7-17 9th-LeRoy’s Dollies 5-19 *Cannestras won the tiebreaker over It’s All Good to qualify for playoffs. Tuesday Afternoon Seniors 1st-Felice Amici 19-5 2nd-Addolorata Society 18-6 3rd-Swingers 16-8 4th-Young-At-Heart 14-10 5th-Cruisers 13-11 6th-Happy Rollers 11-13 7th-Bocce Moms 4-20 Thursday Afternoon Seniors 1st-Como Si Chiama 18-6 2nd-Paesane** 17-7 3rd-Holy Crucifix Society 17-7 4th-Bishops 10-14 5th-Balistreri’s on 68th 10-14 6th-Shipmates 7-17 7th-Bocce Moms 6-18 8th-Buon Amici 4-20

Come and enjoy a tribute to 35 years of entertainment By Fred Meier If you have enjoyed the entertainment at Festa Italiana over the past 35 years, you won’t want to miss the show coming to the Italian Community Center’s Pompeii Grand Ballroom on Saturday, Nov. 24 from 7 to 11 p.m. The show will be a benefit for the Hunger Task Force of Milwaukee, whose mission since 1974 is ending hunger among children and the elderly, veterans, displaced workers and working poor families. The show will be a tribute to the 35 years of entertainment at Festa Italiana. It will include songs that have been performed by some of the best and well known

entertainers who have ever been at Festa since its inception in 1978. The show will include the most well known songs from ABBA, Frankie Avalon, Tony Bennett, Dick Contino, Vic Damone, Vic Dana, Danny & The Juniors, Dion & The Belmonts, The Four Aces, The Four Lads, Sergio Franchi, Jay & The Americans, Al Martino, Liza Minelli, The Monkees, The Righteous Brothers, Jimmie Rodgers, Bobby Rydell, Neil Sedaka, Nancy Sinatra, Jerry Vale, Frankie Valli, The Vogues and many more. Performing these songs will be Sherwood Alper, Johnny B, Mike Betts, Bruce Cole, Mark Koch, Jeff


The Brewers have also announced that the July 1 game will feature a bobblehead giveaway. All fans entering the ballpark with receive a bobblehead of “Guido,” the Italian racing sausage, courtesy of Klement’s Sausage. Last September, the ICC offered a Brewers game outing with a pregame tailgate party as a membership promotion that was well received.

LaBarge, Larry Lynne, Tony Machi, Freddy Meier, Mike Miller, Judy Oswald, Joe Palumbo, Elvis Prince, Bob Sanderson, Sam Schiera, Tom Sorce, Jeff Stoll, Jayne Taylor, Chuck Travis and Kirk Vernon. The Italian Community Center’s public restaurant, Cafe La Scala, will be open for dinner and late night dining. Reservations can be made by calling 414/223-2185. A cash bar will also be set up in the ballroom. Advance tickets for the show are now on sale for $30 per person and can be obtained by calling 414/764-4145. The night of the show, tickets will be sold at the door for $35 per person. Hope to see you there.

of Sept. 10. The regular season runs eight weeks. Each team, consisting of a minimum of four players, is scheduled for three matches a week. Ideally, the league coordinators would like to have eight teams in each league. Registration fees are $40 per player who is not a member of the ICC and $30 for each player who is an ICC member. Membership will be verified. Registration forms are available from league coordinators (Dan Conley, Monday night; Anthony Gazzana, Tuesday Afternoon; and Joe Torcivia, Thursday Afternoon) or by calling the ICC office at 414/223-2180 and speaking to Mary Ann Maglio. The registration form with full payment for all players is due no later than Tuesday, Sept. 4.

Deadline set for September issue of The Italian Times All advertising copy, news and feature stories, letters from the readers and photographs for publication in the September 2012 issue of The Italian Times must be submitted to the editor no later than Tuesday, Aug. 7. Materials can be emailed to editor Tom Hemman at, sent to The Italian Times, 631 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee, WI 53202, or dropped off at the reception desk in the Italian Community Center office. Your cooperation will insure timely publication of the newspaper.

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Cafe La Scala at the Italian Community Center 631 E. Chicago St. A block west of Summerfest in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward.


ICC Election Committee chosen By Thomas Hemman Times Editor In compliance with the Italian Community Center’s Constitution & By-Laws, an Election Committee was chosen at the May 24 general membership meeting. The committee is charged with the duty of preparing a slate of candidates for the upcoming ICC election. According to Article V, Section 3 of the ICC By-Laws, “An Election Committee consisting of two members in good standing appointed by the President and three members in good standing nominated and elected from the floor at the May general membership meeting shall develop a slate of candidates for the five officer positions and four director-at-large positions on the Board

of Directors. The President shall have the authority to name the chairperson from among the five members of the Election Committee.” (A member in good standing is someone who holds a current paid membership.) With that stated, David J. Spano used his presidential authority to appoint Rosemary DeRubertis and Mary Ann Maglio to the committee. He named DeRubertis as chairperson. Members attending the May 24 general meeting elected Sal LoCoco, Marie Schwindt and Frank D’Amato to complete the committee. What happens next? The Election Committee has

ICC by-laws revisions proposed Two revisions to the Italian Community Center Constitution & By-Laws have been addressed by the By-Laws Committee. The amendment changing the date of the May Election Committee “nominations from the floor” and the September “mailing of the election ballots” were proposed by the Finance Committee to the ICC Board of Directors. The membership will vote on the proposed revisions at the general meeting on Thursday, Aug. 27, said Tony Piacentini, committee chairman. To understand the proposed revision, use this as a guide: Any current by-law language proposed for deletion is crossed out (there’s a line through the wording) and the new proposed language is underlined and in bold type. After each proposed revision, the committee offers the rationale for revision and/or addition and its position regarding the same. Article V – Nominations and Elections Section 3. An Election Committee consisting of two (2) members in good standing appointed by the President and three members in good standing nominated and elected from the floor at the May April general

membership meeting shall develop a slate of candidates to run for the five (5) officer positions and four (4) Director-At-Large positions on the Board of Directors. The President shall have the authority to name the chairperson from among the five (5) members of the Election Committee. Committee comments This is a date change only to coincide with the Board’s decision to change General Membership meetings to every other month (starting in February). This change is recommended by the Finance Committee, Board of Directors and By-laws Committee. Article V – Nominations and Elections Section 9. Ballots will be mailed to all members in good standing within eight (8) fifteen (15) days following the September general membership board meeting. All ballots must be postmarked no later than the Thursday preceding the October general membership meeting. Ballots marked after that date will be saved, but will not be opened or counted. Committee comments Same as above.

until the August general meeting (set for Thursday, Aug. 23 at 6:30 p.m.) to ready a slate of candidates. Persons interested in running for president, vice president, treasurer, secretary or sergeant-at-arms or one of the four open director-atlarge seats are asked to inform any member of the Election Committee of their intentions. According to Article V, Section 1 of the ICC By-Laws: “To be eligible as an officer or board member of the Italian Community Center, a potential candidate: “a. Must be a member in good standing; “b. Must have been a member of the Italian Community Center for at least 12 months prior to his/her nomination; “c. Must have served on at least one Italian Community Center or Festa Italiana committee within the past five years or attended at least 50% of the regularly-scheduled general membership meetings in the preceding year as confirmed by the record.” Once the committee presents its proposed slate at the Aug. 23 general meeting, additional nominations can and will be taken from the floor. The next responsibility of the Election Committee is stipulated in Article V, Section 1.d., which states, “Nominations for an officer or board member to be made from the floor will be validated by the Election Committee prior to placing the names on the ballot.” Next, the Election Committee will conduct a drawing to determine placement of names on the election ballot. The committee will go on to oversee the mailing of ballots to all members in good standing. The mailing takes place within eight days of the September general meeting, which is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 27. Members must make sure that their ballots are postmarked no later than the Thursday preceding the October general meeting to be eligible to be counted. The October general meeting is Thursday, Oct. 25, which means ballots need to be postmarked no later than Oct. 18. Ballots that are not postmarked or are postmarked after Oct. 18 will not be opened or counted. The Election Committee will select volunteers to help them tabu-

late the votes on the qualifying ballots on the day of the October general meeting. The results will be announced during the meeting. Newly-elected officers and directors will officially begin their service on Thursday, Nov. 1. All nomination and election procedures are spelled out in Article V of the ICC By-Laws. Terms of office The term of officers is one year. The current officers are: president David J. Spano, vice president Gina Spang, treasurer Sam Purpero, secretary Rose Anne Ceraso-Fritchie and sergeant-at-arms Joanne (Sanfilippo) Czubek. Under the term limit stipulation set forth in Article IV, Section 8.c., “A President shall be allowed to succeed himself/herself for one term and one term only. All other officers shall be eligible for re-election to said offices without limitations.” Since Spano is completing his second consecutive term, he is not eligible for re-election. All other officers are eligible to seek another term of office, if they so desire. The term for directors-at-large is two years. Current directors who will be completing their service are Thomas Balistreri, Dean Cannestra, Susan (DeSanctis) Christiansen and Giuseppe Vella. The term limit stipulation for directors-at-large is set forth in Article V, Section 8.b., which states, “The term of office for Directors-At-Large shall be two years, with four Directors elected each year. No Director-At-Large may serve more than two consecutive terms (four consecutive years). After two such consecutive terms, he/she must either run for a higher office or remain on a hiatus from the Board of Directors as a Director-At-Large for at least a one-year period prior to running for Director-At-Large again.” Both Balistreri and Christiansen are about to complete two consecutive terms and will not be eligible for reelection as directors-at-large. Cannestra and Vella were elected to their first two-year term in 2010 and are, therefore, eligible to run for a second term. Directors Ralph Busalacchi, Elizabeth Ceraso, Peter Gustin and Tony Piacentini will have one year of service remaining when the 2012-13 term begins on Nov. 1.

Thanks for your donations to the Italian Community Center building fund The officers and directors of the Italian Community Center wish to thank and acknowledge all those who pledged, fulfilled a pledge, or contributed to the building fund. To obtain information on how to make a donation, please call 414/223-2194 or visit The following donations were received between May 8 and June 6, 2012. In memory of Ronald R. MacCudden David & Christine MacCudden In memory of Vincent Castiglione Mary Ann Erdtmann In memory of Rosemarie Jadwek Ted & Rosemary Glorioso In memory of Thomas Lore Marie Lore In memory of Susan Eleanore Miswald Anthony T. Machi


Mary Ann Maglio In memory of Donald Kruck Marie Lore In memory of Rev. Frank J. Sanfelippo Sal Mussomeli & Sally Mullins Jim & Marie Schwindt Jimmy & Linda Spataro In memory of Howard Cato Marie Lore In memory of Frances (Vincenza) Balistreri Mr. & Mrs. Edward Straszewski Kathy Balistreri George & Aggie Collura In memory of Charles “Chuck” Cannestra Phyllis Spera George & Judy Menos Mary Ann Maglio Jack & Zina Fallucca Rosemary DeRubertis

In memory of James J. Zimney Ted & Rosemary Glorioso Rosalie Glorioso In memory of Rosina Spiccia Marie Lore Mary Ann Maglio In memory of Carmela “Millie” Maro Anthony & Catherine Gazzana In memory of Salvatore T. “Sal” Pizzo George & Aggie Collura In memory of Antonia “Ann” Panella George & Aggie Collura In memory of Angelo Edward Pizzino Anthony T. Machi Anthony & Catherine Gazzana In memory of Rose Sorce Jimmy & Linda Spataro Please turn to page 24B


Henry Piano cooks a feast to benefit Alzheimer’s Association By Ginny Balistreri It’s been said that busy people always seem to find time for one more project. That’s true of Henry Piano, the 78 year old attorney and former president of the Italian Community Center, who still practices law 70 hours per week, maintains an active role in the ICC and Festa Italiana, and is a devoted husband to Joanne, their two children and four grandchildren. He also cooks sumptuous Italian meals and devotes time and money to charities that are close to his heart. One of those charities is the Alzheimer’s Association Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter. The ICC and Henry donated a six-course Tuscan dinner at the ICC for a party of 30 that was auctioned at the Alzheimer’s Association’s Annual Mardi Gras Gala in February. The successful bidders were Bill and Maureen Haggerty Warmuth, who didn’t know Henry, and were not aware of the extent of his culinary skills. They bid because “it sounded like a great opportunity for a party.” And a great party it was. The Warmuths and their guests are still talking about the sixcourse meal Henry planned and cooked and the fun evening they regretted coming to an end. Henry became involved with the Alzheimer’s Association after Joanne’s mother died from complications of Alzheimer’s. “My mother-in-law lived with us for 23 years,

and I just loved her,” he explained. “She had Alzheimer’s for eight years before her death, and it tore my heart out to watch her fade away. “Alzheimer’s is horrible for the people going through it,” Henry added, “but it is devastating for the family who loves them. “ About seven years ago, he became involved in the Alzheimer’s Association through its Executive Director Tom Hlavacek. Tom suggested that the Association join forces with the ICC to raise funds and awareness for Alzheimer’s. They’ve been working together ever since. Henry speaks highly of the support services provided to Alzheimer’s patients and their families in Southeastern Wisconsin, and he is encouraged by research being done to end Alzheimer’s and related dementia disorders. “I fully expect a cure in eight or 10 years,” he added. “I’m not a doctor. I’m not a scientist. All I can do is donate some time and money to help put an end to this terrible thing.” His commitment to helping others is a pledge he made to his father. “On the day I graduated from law school, my dad took me aside and told me that it was now my turn to give back,” he explained. “I have been so blessed in my life, that giving back is the only way I can thank God for my many blessings. “ His next project is to help coor-

Henry Piano, a past president of the Italian Community Center, schmoozed with guests after completing his cooking demonstration.

Photos provided by George and Judy Menos

Henry Piano received assistance from Gina Manning (seen here) and Rosemary DeRubertis during his cooking demonstration at the June 1 event, which benefited the Alzheimer’s Association of Southeastern Wisconsin.

dinate an Alzheimer’s conference in Milwaukee with leading doctors and researchers, because Henry believes that there is much to be gained from education and awareness. That’s why he agreed to donate his culinary skills for the party at the ICC. He said events like the dinner help to highlight what brought everyone together in the first place. Barbara Stein, community leader and philanthropist, is a friend of the Warmuths and was invited to the dinner. Ironically, she lives in the same building as the Pianos and she and Henry served together on their condo association board. She decided to bring a friend to the dinner whose mother was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Mrs. Stein s said her friend was introduced to people there, like Tom Hlavacek, who advised her about services available to her mother and family that she didn’t know existed. But the evening wasn’t just about Alzheimer’s. It was about fun, family, friends, and an extraordinary meal. Like Henry and Joanne Piano, Bill and Maureen Warmuth like to make sure their parties are lively. The Warmuths’ invitation included

an apron design contest, and their guests’ creations set the lighthearted tone for the evening. They came with aprons decorated with everything from appliqués to shower curtains and faux fruit to battery-operated Christmas lights. Contest winners were awarded lava lamps, which were highly sought after by the competitors. Henry also did his part to keep the laughter going throughout the evening by telling stories about the ICC, the history of Milwaukee’s Italian community, and his own family. He gave the guests a tour of the ICC. One of the special moments was when Henry showed the guests The Pieta in the main lobby. The sculpture, which is a casting from the original Michelangelo masterpiece, is on loan from the Haggerty Museum at Marquette University. The Haggerty Museum was a gift to Marquette from Maureen’s family. But the evening really took off when Henry began to demonstrate his culinary skills. A portable island used for cooking demonstrations gave the guests an unobstructed view of each step in the preparation. Henry, who learned to cook from Continued on page 13B

Chef Henry Piano is surrounded by most of the guests who attended his cooking demonstration to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association of Southeastern Wisconsin.



Piano cooks a feast for a worthy cause from page 12B his mother Angelina DeQuardo Piano, created a Tuscan menu almost entirely in the Florentine style. The meal began with Florentine bruschetta, followed by manicotti crepes filled with ricotta and Romano cheese and a main course of Florentine chicken breast saltimbocca, Roman baked potatoes, and string beans Florentine. He prepared a mixed salad with a special Florentine dressing for the fourth course, Tiramisu for the fifth course, and wine and biscotti for the sixth course. The only things he didn’t make were the Tiramisu, which was prepared by the ICC staff, and the biscotti, which were donated by Sciortino’s Bakery. The wine was also provided by LoDuca Bros.

Members: Please notify ICC of a change of address Any member of the Italian Community Center who has a change of address is asked to notify the ICC promptly so that mailings from the Center are sent to the correct address. Since the ICC uses nonprofit bulk rates to mail The Italian Times, the United States Postal Service is entitled to charge a fee (50¢) for each newspaper that is returned to the ICC and deemed undeliverable due to an incorrect address. Since June 2009 when the fees were first assessed, the ICC has been forced to pay more than $355 to the Postal Service because members did not supply the ICC with their change of address information. Even if you are temporarily away from your permanent residence and are not receiving mail at that address, you need to notify the ICC of your temporary address so that your newspaper can be delivered to that address and so that the ICC is not charged 50¢ for each failed attempt to deliver the publication to your permanent residence. “We’ve had a number of members who have gone to Florida or another warm weather location for the winter and these people did not supply us with their temporary change of address; hence their newspaper was returned to the ICC with the 50¢ service fee due for each newspaper,” Editor Tom Hemman said. Nonprofit bulk rate mail is not forwarded to a new address, which means those members who neglect to inform the ICC of their change of address will not receive the newspaper. Please send change of address information to: Italian Community Center, 631 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee, WI 53202-5916 or email Constance Palmer at or call her at 414/223-2808.

Pietro Tarantino offers help to Italian citizens Pietro Tarantino, a longtime member and past board member of the Italian Community Center, is offering free assistance to members of Wisconsin’s Italian community on matters involving the Italian government. Tarantino will be at the ICC on the first Saturday of the month from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Tarantino is a member of Comites (Comitato degli Italiani all’estero) and a liaison to the Italian General Consulate of Chicago. Among the matters for which Tarantino can provide assistance are visas and passports, power of attorney, verification of signatures, documents relating to death certificates and declarations dealing with citizenship, civil status and pensions.


Because Henry cooks from experience and taste, none of his recipes were written down. Weeks before the event, he began recording the recipes by cooking each dish and measuring every handful and pinch of ingredients so that he could give his audience detailed instructions on how each is made. Then he spent another week or two with the ICC culinary staff teaching them how to replicate each dish exactly. “It was amazing,” said Barbara Stein. “Henry would mesmerize us by preparing this beautiful dish, and ‘whoosh!’ the doors would open and the ICC’s wait staff would parade out each course to serve to the guests, perfectly prepared to Henry’s specifications.” Guests included the Warmuths’ children, Elizabeth Eileen Ryan and son Sam Warmuth, sister-inlaw Nancy Haggerty, Nancy Healy, Public Health Manager for Waukesha County, former director of Public Affairs for WISN-TV Mary Alice Tierney, and several friends who are professional chefs and caterers, including Mike Teich, the former sous chef at Sanford’s,

and Valerie Wilson Reed. “As Henry cooked or prepared each dish, the chairs kept moving closer and closer to get a better vantage point,” said Maureen Warmuth. “Eventually Henry invited some of the guests to stand next to him as he made each dish.” “We were stuffed to the gills before the main course,” she added. “We were all loosening our ties and unbuckling our belts as we waited for the next part of the meal to come through those doors. It was one of those evenings where you didn’t want it to end, and then, in a blink of an eye, it was over.” Henry graciously prepared a packet of all of his recipes for everyone at the event, along with information on the Alzheimer’s Association and the ICC. Guests also left with enough leftovers for another family meal. Maureen Warmuth said that one of her caterer friends tried a different Piano recipe every night for a week after the event, and “loved every one of them.” No stranger to the ICC, Barbara Stein teased that her neighbors,

Henry and Joanne (also a superb cook), never invited her to dinner. “I always knew there was something special cooking in the condo below mine because these wonderful smells travelled up to my apartment,” she explained. “Instead of waiting for an invitation, I think I’m going to have to install a dumb waiter between our apartments so that every time Henry cooks, he can just send a dish up to me.” The Pianos and the ICC donated the food for the event, and the ICC provided the facilities and wait staff. In addition to the generous amount raised for the Alzheimer’s Association, the event brought the Association greater awareness and made some new friends for the Alzheimer’s Association and the Italian Community Center, which gained several new members from the event. “Bill and I enjoyed ourselves so much, we joined the ICC the very next day,” said Maureen Haggerty Warmuth. “We’re now card carrying members, and we’re looking forward to attending other events at the ICC.”

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Fall semester of free children’s Italian class to start Sept. 15 at ICC The fall semester of a free weekly series of Italian classes for children between the ages of 6 and 12 will begin Saturday, Sept. 15 at the Italian Community Center. The classes, which run from 3 to 5 p.m., will continue through Nov. 3. The course is intended to provide children with an introduction to the Italian language and the culture of Italy. Besides learning some basic words and the Italian alphabet, the children also make drawings for the holidays and special occasions and receive a snack each week. The instructor is Enrica Tarantino-Woytal, who also leads the ICC’s Italian classes for teens and adults. She was honored by WisItalia as Wisconsin’s 2009

“Italian Teacher of Year.” Tarantino-Woytal has been leading the children’s class at the ICC since the early 1980s. Over the years, several hundred youngsters have participated in the free class. To register for the spring semester, please complete the form accompanying this article and mail it to: Children’s Italian Course, c/o ICC, 631 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee, WI 53202-5916. Since there is no enrollment fee, parents can also register their children in person any time during the semester. For further information, contact the ICC office at 414/223-2180 or Enrica Woytal or Pietro Tarantino at 414/481-0170 or via email at

Correcting errors in our June issue In an article in our June issue on the culture exhibit at Festa Italiana, we had the last name of Gina Jorgensen misspelled throughout the article and the first and last name of Christina Ziino misspelled in its one mention. Our apologies to Gina and Christina. * * * A second error in our June issue was made in Ann Romano’s thank you message to the donors, volunteers and ICC staff who participated in “A Taste of Italy.” Isidore

Pecoraro, Giovanni Frijia and Frank Galioto who fried calamari for the event, are not connected to the Società Maschile Maria S.S. del Lume. * * * In a caption under the photo of Christina Balistreri, we inadvertently identified her as “Nancy Sinatra.” This resulted from a layout production error and should have been caught during the final proofreading. Our apologies to Christina and the Balistreri family.

Members of La Società di San Giuseppe contributed in three ways to ‘Taste of Italy’

Free Children's Italian Course Registration Form (For children ages 6-12) at the Italian Community Center, 631 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee Parent(s) Name ________________________________________ Address ______________________________________________ City ________________________ State _______ Zip __________ Phone No.: ______________ Email_________________________ Children's Names & Ages: _______________________________ ______________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________ Send this form to: Children's Italian Course, c/o ICC, 631 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee, WI 53202-5916.

Italian classes for adults and teens to begin Sept. 11 at ICC The fall semester of an introductory (Italian I) class and advanced (Italian II - Conversation) class for adults and teens will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 11 at the Italian Community Center. Both classes will be held on 10 consecutive Tuesday nights, with the final classes set for Nov. 13. Instructor Enrica TarantinoWoytal described Italian I as being for those who want an introduction to the language. The introductory course will run from 7:30 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. The Italian II course will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, and end at 7:15 p.m. “The advanced class is

for those who have completed Italian I and are ready to learn more about the language and how to converse,” Tarantino-Woytal said. Enrollment is open to ICC members and the general public. There is a limit of 25 students per class. The fee for each course will be $90 for an ICC member and $100 for a non-member. The fee does not include the course textbook. To register, complete the form accompanying this article. Checks or money orders are payable to the Italian Community Center. Registrations will be accepted up to the start of the Sept. 18 classes.

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Course fee: ICC Member - $90.00; Non-Member - $100.00 Make payment to: Italian Community Center, and send to: ICC, c/o Italian Class, 631 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee, WI 53202-5916. Enrollment in each class is limited to the first 25 students who send in this registration form with full payment.


The members of La Società di San Giuseppe contributed in three different ways to the Italian Community Center’s “A Taste of Italy” fund-raiser on Apr. 22. The society made a monetary donation, sponsored the performance by the Sicilian Serenaders II and provided volunteers to serve chicken pastina and lentil soup. Seen here (l to r) are volunteers Sam Schiera, Judge John DiMotto, Santo Sanfillippo, Tom Spera and Nick Germano, who were manning the soup booth when our photographer took this picture. This photo was accidentally omitted from our June issue. (Times photo by Tom Hemman)

Letters from members and friends Dear SanDee Peller, Director of Sales, Catering and Special Events: Thank you so much for your incredible help and support with our event this past week! I am seriously amazed at how much you accomplished this week and how perfectly you and the entire team executed it all. Without your help, our event would’ve been 1/10th as great. Mary Urbina Tom Barrett Campaign Dear SanDee Peller, Director of Catering & Special Events: On behalf of the ladies of Women’s Court & Civic Conference of the Greater Milwaukee Area, I thank you and David Stachowiak for the fine service given us this past year. Your chef did a great job with the lunches! The waiter staff also did an outstanding job in taking care of us. Thank you for a great two years. It was a pleasure to work with you and David. Will see you at future luncheons. I will be stepping down as Arrangement/Reservations Chair. Carolyn A. Krueger Women’s Court & Civic Conference of the Greater

Milwaukee Area. Editor’s Note: This group has held monthly luncheons at the ICC for the past three years. Dear David Stachowiak, Catering Sales Representative: Thank you and your team for making La Causa’s 18th annual “Celebrity Waiters” event a great success. Our collective effort resulted in a net donation of $63,000 – all in support of our mission “where children and families come first.” I appreciate your attention to detail and flexibility. Janet Peshek Director of Community Affairs & Fund Development La Causa Editor’s note: Held at the Italian Conference Center for the second time, this event attracted 375 guests.

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Conversazione with Bob Ruggieri There’s going to be a sizable family reunion in Greenfield on Saturday, July 21. This will be the 38th such annual gathering. Nearly100 people are expected to attend from throughout the United States. The family in question, according to Lee Loveall, is the Magestro family. Lee knows that and a lot more, since he’s a genealogy fan, and has been working on the Magestro family tree for more than 20 years. That family tree is what I’d like to focus on here, because it gives the word “sizable” a whole new meaning to me. Lee told me about five brothers who form the “root” of the family tree. The brothers emigrated to the U.S. from Piraino in Italy’s Sicily region between 1903 and 1912. Their names were Vincenzo, Carmelo, Francesco, Antonino and Costantino. The family name at the time was Magistro. According to Lee, it started morphing around 1920 into Magestro, with which we’re now familiar. Lee’s research led to information about the brothers’ marriages; work history; and where they lived. It turns out one returned to Europe; one settled in Pennsylvania; and three stayed in Milwaukee and worked for awhile for the city streets department. Fraancisco Magistro/Magestro was Lee’s grandfather. You read frequently in this newspaper, courtesy of George Koleas, about the local chapter of POINT (Pursuing Our Italian Names Together.), a genealogy group. Lee Loveall is a member of that group, and has volunteered at POINT’s display in the Culture Tent at Festa. Lee’s Magestro family tree will

be on display in the Culture Tent on the north end of the grounds. I don’t think you’ll miss it. It’s 20 feet wide and contains more than 450 names of Magestro family members livng in the U.S.! If you want to know more about the Magestro family tree, you’re invited to e-mail Lee at By the way, did you notice Lee scheduled the reunion on the weekend of Festa?. His hope, of course, is that reunion attendees will visit the festival. ##### I may be one of the few people on the planet who hasn’t seen a production of the stage play, “Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding.” Had I gone to one of the performances in May at

Tony Machi is seen here in a photo taken at his 90th birthday party at the Italian Community Center last year. (Times photo by Tom Hemman)

Turner Hall, I’d have seen one of our own in the cast. I’m talking about Tony Machi, who played the part of “Uncle Luigi,” the great uncle of “Tina,” the bride. Tony, as you may know, was one of the founders of Festa in 1978, was the first president of the Italian Community Center and the first general chairman of Festa Italiana. So how did he get the part? It seems that Tony enjoys karaoke, and was demonstrating his singing prowess on a Tuesday night at Potawatomi Bingo Casino. After he finished one of his numbers, a man approached him. He said he was from New York and wanted Tony to play a part in an upcoming Milwaukee production of “Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding.” Tony took him at his word, said “yes” and the rest, as they say, is history.

Barbara Piercy

Italian American Baseball Trivia By Larry Baldassaro For more than 100 years, Italian Americans have been making significant contributions to big league baseball, as players, coaches, managers and executives. This third installment of the series includes two segments: film and television appearances, and family connections. Movies and TV Ernie Orsatti (Cardinals, 1927’35) got his start in baseball while working as a stunt man and bit player at the studio of the great silent film comedian, Buster Keaton. Orsatti also played for Keaton’s indoor baseball team. In 1925, Keaton, who happened to be part owner of the Vernon franchise in the Pacific Coast League, signed Orsatti to a contract. Umpire Joe Paparella (1946’65) played the role of the umpire in “The Babe Ruth Story” (1948). Phil Rizzuto was the first mystery guest on the television show, “What’s My Line,” Feb. 2, 1950. In 1963, after an 11-year major league career as an infielder, Johnny Berardino became one of the original cast members of the soap opera, “General Hospital.” Dropping the second “r” in his name to become John Beradino, he


played the role of Dr. Steve Hardy for 30 years and was nominated three times for an Emmy as best actor in a daytime drama. After retiring as a major league umpire in 1953, Art Passarella had an uncredited role as an umpire in the film “Damn Yankees“ (1958) and played a recurring role as Sergeant Sekulovich in the television series “Streets of San Francisco “ (1972’77). Sebastian “Sibby” Sisti, who spent his entire 13-year career with the Braves, including his final two seasons in Milwaukee (‘53-‘54), played the role of the Pirates manager who brings in the young relief pitcher who yields the climactic home run by Roy Hobbs (Robert Redford) in “The Natural” (1984). Family Ties There have been two Italian American grandfather-grandson duos in Major League history: • Len Merullo (infielder, Cubs, 1941-47) and Matt Merullo (catcher, three teams, 1989, 1991-95); Sam Dente (infielder, five teams, 1947-55) and Rick Porcello (pitcher, Tigers, 2009-). • Father-son duos: Yogi and

Dale Berra; Sal and Drew Butera; Dolph and Doug Camilli; Tito and Terry Francona; Steve and Jason Grilli. • The Mancusos, Gus (five teams, 1928-‘45) and Frank (St. Louis Browns, 1944-‘47), were one of 11 pairs of brothers who were both Major League catchers. • Chris Bando, brother of Sal (Brewers player and later general manager), was a catcher for the Indians, A’s and Tigers between 1981 and ’89. * * * Larry Baldassaro, Professor Emeritus of Italian at UWMilwaukee, is the author of Beyond DiMaggio: Italian Americans in Baseball (U. of Nebraska Press, 2011). In May, he received the Leonardo da Vinci Award for Excellence in Literature from the Illinois and Wisconsin Grand Lodge of the Order Sons of Italy in America.

When I was talking to Tony about this, he quipped, “They even paid me. I’ve lost my amateur status!” One more thing. They’ve asked Tony to play “Uncle Luigi” again the next time they’re in Milwaukee. Tony, of course, said “yes” again. By the way, Tony will be 91 in November! ##### Nice article in the May 18 edition of The Milwaukee Business Journal about Dan Gustin and his Oak Creek-based company, Green Man Tree & Landscape Service. Dan is company president and the son of ICC Board member Peter Gustin. An interesting part of the story line is Dan Gustin’s commitment to an environmentally friendly service that recycles 100% of the wood from his tree removal and trimming projects. Wood that can’t be used by carpenters or artists is usually recycled into firewood or compost. You might be able to access the article by Googling the headline – “Going green to make some green.” You can learn more by visiting ##### Charles and Doris (Stamitti) Evans are rightfully proud of their daughter, Rev. Barbara Jo Piercy, Minister of Music at The First Presbyterian Church in Caldwell, NJ. Rev. Piercy was one of five organists to perform in a Festival of Organists concert on Mar. 11, in Plainfield, N.J. She graduated from Carroll College (now Carroll University) with a degree in organ performance, and went on to a master’s degree in the subject from the University of Illinois. She did doctoral studies in organ and sacred music at Indiana University and has a master of divinity degree from Drew University in New Jersey. ##### In closing, let me say this. Buona Festa a tutti!

World Fireworks Championship coming to Italy Starting the last weekend of July and ending the last weekend in August, thousands of people are expected to flock to Lake Orta in northern Italy (Piedmont region) for the World Fireworks Championship. Many of the world’s finest pyrotechnicians will paint the night sky with monumental works of art. The shows are free and begin at 9:30 p.m. Major firework manufacturers from four continents are expected to take part in this competition, demonstrating their pyrotechnic abilities and creativity, while spectators get to vote on the shows they think are most spectacular.


Bill Jennaro receives ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ from Milwaukee Bar Association Attorney William A. Jennaro, a former Milwaukee County judge and a past president of the Italian Community Center, was recognized by the Milwaukee Bar Association (MBA) with its “Lifetime Achievement Award” at the organization’s 154th annual meeting and luncheon held on June 12, 2012 at the ICC. Jennaro is now an independent general practitioner of law affiliated with the Milwaukee law firm of Gimbel, Reilly, Guerin & Brown, LLP. From 1984 until late last year, Jennaro was a shareholder in the law firm Cook & Franke, S.C. Prior to joining Cook & Franke, Jennaro was a Milwaukee County judge for 12 years. Before that, he established and administered the public defender program at the Children’s Court Division of the Milwaukee County Court system. From 1968 to 1970, he was a Milwaukee County Assistant District Attorney, serving under David Cannon and then E. Michael McCann. Since 1984, he has served as a reserve circuit court judge upon assignment by the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Jennaro has specialized as a mediator in the process of alternative dispute resolution. In 2009 and 2010, he was named “best mediator” in the State of Wisconsin in a statewide poll of attorneys and judges by the Wisconsin Law

Journal. In 2011 and 2012, Jennaro was named to the Wisconsin’s Best Lawyers by his peers and has received recognition as one of the “Best Lawyers in America” specializing in mediation and arbitration since 1998. He has received several other accolades for his work. Jennaro has been active in lawrelated activities, including serving as president of the Milwaukee Bar Association, and is a member of a number of law-related organizations. He is a 1968 graduate of the Marquette University Law School. In addition to serving as president of the ICC (1994-95), Jennaro has held other positions on the Board of Directors. He was the general chairman of Festa Italiana on two occasions; chaired its Executive Committee for three years; and for the last 15-plus years has chaired Festa’s VIP Day program for the disabled of the community. This year’s Festa marks his second year as manager of gondola operations. In 2004 and 2005, Jennaro was president of United Ethnic Festivals of Milwaukee. Jennaro is the current president of Milwaukee’s Filippo Mazzei Lodge of the Order Sons of Italy. He is a member of the Pompeii Men’s Club and a member of the Wisconsin Chapter of the Justinian Society of Lawyers as well as the National Italian Bar Association.

Attorney William A. Jennaro is seen here with the Lifetime Achievement Award that he received from the Milwaukee Bar Association at its 154th annual meeting and luncheon on June 12 at the Italian Community Center. Jennaro is a past president of both the ICC and MBA. (Times photo by Tom Hemman)

For a number of years, he served on the Board of Directors of the National Italian Invitational Golf

Carlo Besasie directed Summerfest commercials that are now airing Award-winning filmmaker is dedicated Festa volunteer By Bob Ruggieri In all likelihood, you’ve seen one of the television commercials promoting this year’s Summerfest. There are three of them running, and all were directed by longtime Festa Italiana volunteer Carlo Besasie. The 42-year old Besasie is enjoying a successful career as a filmmaker – a career that has taken him around the United States and to foreign shores.

Fr. Frank Sanfelippo dies at age 80

But since he was a child, one could expect in July to find him at Festa Italiana in Milwaukee. His first volunteer experience was when he was about 8 years old and he and his cousin, Joe Spang, were stagehands on the Children’s Stage. They subsequently joined the gate control crew. Today, Besasie is captain of Festa’s Mid Gate, and Spang is captain of the South Gate. Besasie has missed his Festa assignment only once. That was in 1992, when he was out of state on an internship. And he definitely missed being there. “Festa is the highlight of my summer,” said Besasie. “The best part is that, every year, I meet a family member I never knew I had.” Besasie graduated with honors from the University of WisconsinMilwaukee with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Since then, he’s gone on to a successful career filming documentaries, corporate image pieces, commercials and feature films. Recent clients have included the Milwaukee Ballet and the Wisconsin Department of Continued on page 17B

Tournament for Charities and was president of the organization from 1993 to 1995. Jennaro has served on the boards of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Shalom Alternative High School, Historic Third Ward Association, Child Abuse Prevention Fund and Milwaukee World Festivals. Others honored at the MBA event included James L Santelle, United States Attorney, Eastern District of Wisconsin, with the E. Michael McCann Distinguished Service Award; Julie J. Darnieder, Director, Marquette University Volunteer Legal Clinic, with the Lawyer of the Year Award; and Michael J. Gonring, Partner, Quarles & Brady, with the Distnguished Service Award.

Carlo Besasie (right foreground), working with film students, used a monitor to demonstrate some of the things that go into good composition.


Father Frank J. Sanfelippo, a priest of the Milwaukee Archdiocese for more than 50 years and former chaplain of the Italian Community Center, died on Monday, May 14 at the age of 80. He was born and raised in Milwaukee in what is now known as the Historic Third Ward and celebrated his first Mass at Our Lady of Pompeii Church, where he worshiped growing up. A graduate of St. John Cathedral High School, Sanfelippo was ordained on May 31, 1958. His first assignment was to St. Killian Parish in Hartford. That was followed by his being assigned to Old St. Mary’s church in downtown Milwaukee, where he served for more than 23 years. He played a key role in the 1970s and 1980s in the restoration of Old St. Mary’s, a national and local landmark which was established in 1849. For many years, he celebrated a weekly Mass from Old St. Mary’s Continued on page 17B


Mary Ann Ganny receives Milwaukee County volunteerism award Italian Community Center member Mary Ann Ganny was presented with a 2012 Milwaukee County Senior Citizen Hall of Fame Award, on Friday, May 25. The award is given for volunteer work to the community. Ganny has volunteered for many years at the Milwaukee Art Museum and the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts in addition to her longtime service to the Milwaukee Ladies of UNICO, the ICC and Festa Italiana. She is a past recipient of the Ladies of UNICO Star Award, given in recognition of volunteer service. The Milwaukee County awards ceremony and luncheon was held at the ICC. Ganny was one of four award recipients. She was presented her honor by County Supervisor Patricia Jursik. Joining Ganny in sharing in her special day were UNICO Ladies President Sophia Michalovitz and members Anna Pitzo, Marian Romberger and Ann Romano, all longtime ICC members. Romberger received the same award in 2004.

Mary Ann Ganny is seen here with her award in hand. (Times photo by Tom Hemman)

Besasie directed 2012 Summerfest commercials from page 16B Traansportation. He won an Emmy for a commercial he directed for Potawatomi. A 20-minute film, “The Violinist,“ directed by Besasie, has been shown at 32 film festivals and has won 11 awards, including two “best of fest” and four “audience choice” awards.. In the midst of his busy schedule, Besasie is putting together a feature film. Working with him on that project are screenwriter Ryan

Plato and producer Mark Foot. Besasie is also skilled behind the camera. He’s the cinematographer on a film being directed by his cousin, Frankie Latina, also an independent filmmaker.. To see samples of Besasie’s work, visit Besasie, known to family as “Carlo” but to people in the film industry as “Vinnie,” is married to Wendi Bazar-Besasie and has two step-children, Chris, 19 and Catie, 10.

Welcome, new Italian Community Center members! The following people became members of the Italian Community Center between May 8 and June 6, 2012. Benvenuti! (Welcome!) James Mangi of Oak Creek Ernest Plotecher of Brookfield Diane Roth of Elm Grove

Fr. Frank Sanfelippo dies at age 80 from page 16B that was broadcast on WISN-AM radio. In 1972, Sanfelippo and a group of St. Vincent de Paul Society men founded the International Seamen’s Center at the port of Milwaukee, which became for some crew members on visiting ships a “home away from home.” In 1983, Mayor Henry Maier appointed Sanfelippo, who was chaplain for the Port of Milwaukee, to a seat on Milwaukee’s Board of Harbor Commissioners. Sanfelippo served for nine years. Sanfelippo also served as chaplain for the Catholic Daughters of America and the Catholic War Veterans. He was spiritual director for the Milwaukee-based National Italian Invitational Golf Tournament for Charities and served on the organization’s board of directors. Sanfelippo is survived by two sisters, Antoinette “Toni” (the late

Joseph) Carini and Lucretia (the late John) Burke; a brother, Michael (Antoinette); 12 nieces and nephews; other relatives, fellow priests and friends.

Fr. Frank Sanfelippo

Allie Truitt graduates from Virginia Intermont College Allie Rose Truitt, granddaughter of Italian Community Center members Jo Crosariol (Al Salzstein) and the late Carmen Crosariol, has graduated from Virginia Intermont College in Bristol, Va. with a degree in equine sciences. Allie’s parents are Carl and (ICC member) Joanna Crosariol Trutti of West River, Md. Her paternal grandparents are Jabe and Jean Truitt of Friendship, Md. Allie is currently employed as a horse trainer by The Saddle Club in Boone, N.C. On right: Allie Rose Truitt

Elizabeth Kortes and Todd Voigt wed in Dominican Republic Elizabeth Kortes and Todd Voigt, both of Chicago, Ill., were married on Friday, Apr. 20, in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. The bride is the daughter of Pamela Glorioso, and stepdaughter of Michael Glorioso, both members of the Italian Community Center of Milwaukee. The groom is the son of Art and Gretchen Voigt of Buffalo Grove, Ill. John Nichols, friend of the bride and groom, officiated at the ceremony. Kristin Labanauskas was the maid of honor and Christopher Kabat was the best man. A reception was held at the

Paradisus Palma Real Resort immediately following the ceremony. The bride graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, receiving a bachelor’s degree in marketing. Elizabeth is currently employed as an account executive at ARC Worldwide, A Leo Burnett Company. Her husband is a graduate of Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, receiving a bachelor’s degree in business/marketing. Todd is currently employed as a marketing director of Corona at Crown Imports LLC. The couple will honeymoon in Hawaii, and will reside in Chicago.

Natalie Boinski of Franklin Anthony Ciurro of Butler Ellen Lilburn of Butler

Todd and Elizabeth (Kortes) Voigt

Charlene Lilburn of Butler Nick & Yoonne Campanelli of Allenton Dolores Ploetz of Milwaukee Arthur Colaianni of Burlington John Inzeo of Waukesha Juana Sabatino and daughter, Alayna Smith, of Milwaukee Shayna Smith of Milwaukee Maureen Warmuth of Wauwatosa Cindy Spera of North Olmstead, OH



Balistreri siblings academic achievements announced Christina and Michael Balistreri, children of Italian Community Center members Tom and Barbara Balistreri, achieved major academic goals in May. Christina received her juris doctorate from the University of Wisconsin Law School on May 18. She will be admitted into the State Bar of Wisconsin on June 7. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2008, with a double-major in Communication Arts and Political Science. After college, Christina worked as a longterm substitute teacher at Milwaukee’s Victory School in the Italian Immersion program in the four-year-old kindergarten classroom. She began law school in the fall of 2009 and has focused primarily on the areas of family law and criminal law. Throughout law school, Christina was active in a number of student organizations including serving as the publicity coordinator for the Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers-Student Chapter and as the Vice President of Academic Affairs for the Latino Law Students Association. She has also remained involved in her sorority, Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc. and plans to join the Alumnae Association upon graduation. Christina also served as a contracts law study group leader for first year law students and as a law school tour guide. When Christina graduated, she received recognition from the Pro Bono Society for her

Christina Balistreri

Michael Balistreri

volunteer service at the Dodge County Immigration Detention Center and in the Unemployment Appeals Clinic.

legal career in either Milwaukee or Madison. She is also an ICC member and a Festa Italiana volunteer.

Christina also gained invaluable experiences through various internships and clinics, including a judicial internship with Judge John J. DiMotto in the Milwaukee Circuit Court; as a student attorney in the Criminal Appeals Clinic: an intern at the Juvenile Division at the State Public Defender’s Office in Waukesha County; and an extern in the Criminal Litigation Unit at the Wisconsin Department of Justice. Christina plans to begin her

Otto and Joan Satula celebrate 60 years of marriage Italian Community Center members Otto and Joan Satula celebrated 60 years of marriage on Saturday, May 20 at a surprise dinner party that was held at the Italian Conference Center. Otto and Joan (nee Sciortino) were united in marriage on Feb. 23, 1952 at Our Lady of Pompeii Catholic Church in Milwaukee’s old Third Ward. The couple have always worked together and have not yet retired. The dinner party was hosted by the couple’s five children. Completing the family are 13 grandchildren and seven greatgrandchildren. The ICC was chosen for the occasion for sentimental reasons as Joan grew up in the old Third Ward and Otto was raised a short distance away in Bay View.

Michael, after four eventful years as a Midshipman at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., will be commissioned as an Ensign in the U.S.

Navy on May 29. He was one of 27 from the Class of 2012 to be selected as a Surface Warfare Nuclear Officer In July, he will report aboard the USS Carney (DDG 64) for a 21month tour, then attend Nuclear Power School in Charleston, S.C. As a senior, he achieved the rank of Midshipman Lieutenant Commander as the First Battalion Commander. He was a founding member and later President of the Italian-American Midshipmen Club. His fluency in Italian allowed him to be selected to visit the Italian Naval Academy in Livorno, Tuscany three times and two weeks aboard an Italian Navy vessel. He will graduate with a bachelor of science degree in Honors English. Michael graduated as valedictorian from Rufus King International Baccalaureate High School in 2008. Michael is a member of the ICC, the Order Sons of Italy in America and La Società di San Giuseppe. He also has volunteered at Festa Italiana and as a Festa Mass usher. Michael is proud of his Sicilian heritage and is honored to be able to serve the United States of America as a naval officer.

What is the most popular seafood in Italy? As with any country with a lengthy coastline, the answer is dependent on what part of Italy you are in. In general, the local fresh fish is usually the most popular. The main fish caught are anchovy, rainbow trout, European

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Spotlight on Cultural Arts

L’Angolo del Poeta In June, the subject was roses – and in July, it is still. The rose, a symbol of perfection and beauty, has been the subject of poetry for centuries and a common pervasive theme is that of urging maidens to gather rosebuds while they may because, like roses, their beauty and youth are transitory. Angelo Ambrogini, commonly known by his nickname Poliziano (July 14, 1454 – September 24, 1494), wrote “La Ballata delle Rose,” a poem suggestive of this theme and intended to be sung and performed even with dance. Poliziano is depicted in several famous works of art: Poliziano and Giuliano de’ Medici (his pupil) by Domenico Ghirlandaio found in the Sassetti Chapel, Santa Trinita, Florence and in “The annunciation of the angel to Zaccharia” also by Ghirlandaio. Poliziano was a child prodigy.

He began his studies after the premature death of his father (murdered by political antagonists) in Florence, where he learned Latin, Greek and philosophy. By age 13, he began to circulate Latin letters; at 17, he wrote essays in Greek versification and at 18 he published an edition of Catullus. By age 16, he had distinguished himself by winning the title of homericus adulescens , having translated books II-V of the Iliad into Latin verse. He became the tutor of Lorenzo de’ Medici’s children and also taught at the University of Florence. His translations, essays on philology and criticism had an immediate and lasting influence on scholars. His early death at age 40 is up for speculation. Did he die of syphilis or arsenic poisoning? A TV documentary is being made of research done on his body,

Opera topics by Angelo Castronovo A soprano and some tenors is this month’s topic and a most interesting one it is, coming at the end of the regular Met Opera broadcast season. Giulietta Simionato is our soprano – to be more accurate, our mezzo. Although these distinctions are often meaningless in light of the widely acclaimed further performance capabilities in both coloratura and dramatic roles such as Rosina, Santuzza, Cherubino, Azucera and Dalila. Not only was she versatile, but long lived, reaching the ripe old age of 99 years. Born December 15, 1910, Simionato passed away on May 5, 2009. By the age of 23, she won first prize in the Florence Bel Canto voice competition and, in 1938, she made her major debut in Pizzetti’s “L’Orseolo,” also in Florence. She went on to sing under Arturo Toscanini in Boito’s “Nerone” in 1948 and later sang the major roles of Adalgisa, Amneris and Azucena, all with Maria Callas. Simionata’s Met Opera debut came in 1959 as Azucena. Her peak years were in the ‘50’s and ‘60’s when she performed with such luminary tenors as Jussi Bjorling, Franco Corelli, Mario Del Monaco and Giuseppe Di Stefano. Appearing in a film titled “Opera Fanatic: Stefan and the Divas,” she spoke about her famous colleagues. Singing with Bjorling in “Cavalleria Rusticana,” she described Bjorling’s voice as “very beautiful,” and that he was a good colleague and a pleasant person. She described the fact that he was known to drink, which she said is what ruined his voice. She called him “Nordic” as compared to Di Stefano, who she called “…impetuous, volatile, warmblooded and a real Sicilian…” “Di Stefano is the sun,” she said. Again, she referred to Bjorling when asked if his stage temperament was too cold for the Italian repertoire, saying that maybe he was, but that Bjorling’s voice was so beautiful, so well-placed, that


he could do anything he wanted with it. Returning to Di Stefano, she said his was a voice of genius, but that he was “so intemperate, especially in his off-stage life.” She said when he opened his mouth, he drew breath and out poured those gorgeous tones. About her other performance partners, Del Monaco and Corelli, she said Del Monaco was “very professional, very organized…and very, very serious. He was the last heroic tenor we have had.” Simionato said. She also called Corelli “always professional,” but noted that his problem was he was insecure, “although his performances were stupendous.” Simionato sang Carmen with Corelli, Del Monaco and Di Stefano, and said all three tenors were completely different. Di Stefano was “amazingly spontaneous” while she described Corelli as more thought-out, more studied and Del Monaco she called highly passionate. But, Simionato had only positive comments about all her tenors generally – “I admired them all.,” she said. Quotable Quote: “I never let my schooling interfere with my education.” – Mark Twain

exhumed in 2007 along with that of Pico della Mirandola (who may have been his lover). Forensic tests showed that both Poliziano and Pico della Mirandola likely died of arsenic poisoning. This poem of his evokes the familiar theme of gathering rosebuds. * * * La Ballata delle Rose I’ mi trovai, fanciulle, un bel mattino di mezzo maggio in un verde giardino. Eran d’intorno violette e gigli fra l’erba verde, e vaghi fior novelli azzurri gialli candidi e vermigli; ond’io porsi la mano a côr di quelli per adornar i miei biondi capelli e cinger di grillanda el vago crino. I’ me trovai, fanciulle… Ma poi ch’i ebbi pien di fiori un lembo, vidi le rose e non pur d’un colore: io corsi allor per émpier tutto el grembo, perch’era sì soave il loro odore che tutto mi sentì destar el core di dolce voglia e d’un piacer divino. I’ mi trovai, fanciulle… I’ posi mente: quelle rose allora mai non vi potrè dir quant’eran belle: quale scoppiava della boccia ancora; qual èrano un po’ passe e qual novella. Amor mi disse allor: Va’, cô di quelle che più vedi fiorite in su lo spino. I’ mi trovai, fanciulle… Quando la rosa ogni sua foglia spande, quando è più bella, quando è più gradita, allora è buona a méttere in ghirlande, prima che sua bellezza sia fuggita: sicché fanciulle, mentre è più fiorita, cogliàn la bella rosa del giardino. I’ mi trovai, fanciulle… – Angelo Poliziano (1454-1494) The Rose Ballad I found myself, maidens, one fine morning in mid May, in a green garden. There were violets and lilies in the green grass, and graceful buds of azure, yellow, snow-white and vermilion; I stretched forth my hand to gather some with which to adorn my fair hair and weave a garland around my graceful head.

Barbara Collignon

I found myself there, maidens… But when I had of flowers a lapful, I spied roses and not just of one color: so I ran to fill my skirts with them for their fragrance was so sweet that I felt all my heart awaken with sweet desire and divine pleasure. I found myself there, maidens… I then beheld those roses whose beauty I’ll never be able to tell: some still bursting into flower; some a bit withered, some still new. Then Love said to me: Go, gather the ones you see in fullest bloom on the bush. I found myself there, maidens… When the rose unfolds every petal, when it’s most beautiful, most sweet, then it’s time to set her in a garland, before her beauty has faded: so, maidens, let us go pluck the fair rose, while in the garden she’s still in blossom. I found myself there, maidens… – Translated by Roberto Ciampi * * * Here is my offering, a poem that speaks of the rose as perfection. Vive la Rose No one would accuse the rose of vanity or artifice. She seeks no counsel, no advice. She studies not what is amiss. No brush of rouge does she apply her blossom more to beautify. No powder, lotion, spray or dye applies her charms to amplify. No bloom can with the rose compete though many blooms may strive. No other flower is as sweet. Long may the red rose thrive. – By Barbara Collignon Vive la Rose Nessuno incolperebbe la rosa di vanità o artifizio. Lei non cerca parere o consiglio. Non si cura di ciò che non va. Né un tocco di minio per abbellire il suo fiore si dà. Né con cipria, lozione, lacca o tintura per accrescere il fascino si pittura. Nessun fiore può competer con lei benché molti possan provar Nessun fiore è più dolce di lei possa la rosa rossa a lungo prosperar. – Translated by Roberto Ciampi

Roberto Ciampi


Italian Society and Club News Victory School’s Italian Immersion staff recognized at WisItalia awards banquet

Cass Street Softball Reunion slated for Sunday, July 15 The fifth annual Cass Street Softball Reunion is set for Sunday, July 15 at the Cass Street School Playground, 1647 N. Cass St., Milwaukee. This event, which includes a softball game, lunch and renewing of old friendships, is open to anyone who grew up on the Lower East Side of Milwaukee. Sign-up time for the softball

game is 12:30 p.m. with the game at 1 p.m. Afterward, anyone is invited to come to Pitch’s Lounge & Restaurant, 1801 N. Humboldt Ave., for lunch. A $20 donation is requested. This year, the event is sponsored by the Sons of Sicily. For more information, contact Felix Glorioso at 414/272-1311.

OSIA Mazzei Lodge sets Aug. 19 for annual golf outing

The principal and teaching staff of the Italian Immersion Program at Milwaukee’s Victory School for the Gifted and Talented was presented with WisItalia’s “President’s Award” at the organization’s awards banquet on Saturday, May 12. WisItalia President Tony Bruno (left) presented the award to Victory Principal Wanda Varela-Katz (second on left). Also seen in this picture are teachers Cathy Laurenzi, Steve Falsetti, Christine Kleczewski, Elizabeth Zizzo and Annette Robertson. Missing from the photo is teacher Saruccia Benedetto-Alanis. Victory School, 2222 W. Henry St., on the city’s southside, has been offering an Italian immersion program for students since 2008. Zizzo also received WisItalia’s “Outstanding Service Award” for her commitment to and participation in programs promoting Italian language and culture. WisItalia’s “Teacher of the Year Award” went to Dr. Robin Pickering-Iazzi, a professor of Italian and Comparative Literature at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Several Italian Community Center members attended the banquet, including ICC President Dave Spano. Tradizione Vivente, the Italian Dance Group of Milwaukee, performed at the event, which was held at O’Donoghue’s Irish Pub in Elm Grove. (Photo provided by WisItalia)

The Filippo Mazzei Lodge of the Order Sons of Italy in America has announced that its annual golf outing will take place Sunday, Aug. 19 at The River Club of Mequon, 12400 N. Ville du Parc Dr., Mequon. The event, which is open to both members and non-members, will begin at 10 a.m. The cost is $95 per golfer, which includes course fee, a cart, range balls, a box lunch on the course, prizes/gifts and hors d’oeuvres at the program that follows

golfing. The cost to attend the program only is $30 per person. The program is expected to start at 4 p.m. Persons interested in participating should send a check (payable to the Filippo Mazzei Lodge, Order Sons of Italy in America) to Joe Palmisano, 5302 S. Hidden Dr., Greenfield, WI 53221. For more information, contact either Palmisano at 414/281-5556 or Joe Campagna, Jr. at 262/7836161.

Madonna del Lume Society plans trip to Chicago feast The members of Società Maschile Maria S.S. Del Lume are planning to take their annual trip to Chicago for the feast of Maria S.S. Lauretana on Sunday, Sept. 2. They invite all who might be interested in attending to join them. A bus will leave from St. Rita

Church, 1600 N. Cass St., Milwaukee, at 8 a.m. and will return at 7:30 p.m. The cost of the bus is $25 per person. For more information, please call Mario or Rose Carini at 414/964-1161.

Pompeii Women’s Club hosts 15th annual May Crowning The Pompeii Women’s Club hosted its 15th annual May crowning at the Italian Community Center on Wednesday, May 30. Over 100 members and guests attended the event, preceded by a dinner honoring member Suzanne Wypijewski with the 2011 Angel of the Year Award. Wypijewski, the subject of an article in the June 2012 issue of The Italian Times for her service to the club, was presented with the “Angel” award by President Carla San Felippo. Wypijewski had the special privilege of placing the flo-

ral crown on the statue of our Blessed Mother. The May Crowning, an annual club event that was started by ICC member Pauline Cannestra in 1997, is a tradition of the Catholic Church that originated in Italy in the 16th century. May devotions to the Blessed Virgin Mary refer to special Marian devotions that honor the Virgin Mary as “The Queen of May.” A statue, or other likeness of the Blessed Virgin Mary, is ceremonially crowned to signify her as the Queen of Heaven and the Mother of God. The cere-

Suzanne Wypijewski, the Pompeii Women’s Club “Angel of the Year,” placed a floral crown on the statue of the Blessed Mother during the organization’s May Crowning ceremony on Wednesday, May 30 at the Italian Community Center. On the left is Lena Zingale. On the right is Rusty Ingrilli-Taylor. (Photo provided by the Pompeii Women’s Club)


mony often includes the singing of Marian anthems, readings from scriptures, a sermon, or a presentation by local choirs. The crowning ceremony took place following dinner prepared by the ICC banquet and catering staff. Leading the procession were “Angels” Marie Consolazione, Greta and Ava Gardetto, Maya Hamdan, Alarie Moye and Julia Pipia. The Court included members Margaret Carini, Aggie Collura, Nina Mussomeli, Rosa LoPiparo, Connie Sanfilippo, Grace Paradiso, Connie Schmieder and Nancy Spano. Rusty Ingrilli Taylor and Lena

Zingale unveiled the statue just before the crowning. Pianist John Puchner and vocalist Carrie Sanders provided appropriate musical selections. Father Tim Kitzke, pastor, and Philip Schumacher, deacon of Three Holy Women Parish, and Father Mike Hammer of The Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, were among the guests at the event. Father Tim offered the invocation and Father Mike briefly spoke of Mary. In the style of the “Three Tenors,” the men performed an a cappella spiritual chant. All joined in later to sing “Gentle

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“The Three Holy Tenors” Father Mike Hammer, Fr. Tim Kitzke and Deacon Philip Schumacher sang a spiritual a cappella chant during the invocation at the May Crowning ceremony hosted by the Pompeii Women’s Club. (Photo provided by Pompeii Women’s Club)


Letters from members and friends Dear SanDee Peller, Director of Sales, Catering & Special Events: Thank you so much for all your help. Working with you was a pleasure and a delightful experience. Your knowledge and professionalism are impressive and praiseworthy. Words can’t express how grateful we are to you. Kathy Campagna ICC member Editor’s Note: The occasion was a 70th birthday celebration for Kathy’s husband, Joe. Held on Mar. 24, the party was attended by 300 people. Dear SanDee Peller, Director of Catering & Special Events: Thank you so much for all the hard work, effort, creative juices and overall “can do” attitude you displayed throughout our Aurora Nursing celebration event for 2012. We have had scores of positive comments from a variety of attendees. I personally want to express my sincere thanks to you and your entire team for a successful event. Joan Bennett Aurora Health Care Editor’s Note: The Aurora Nursing Awards dinner was held for the first time at the ICC on May 3. There were 350 guests. Dear David Stachowiak, Catering Sales Representative: I do not think we have ever officially thanked you for all of the work you and the staff there at the Italian Conference Center have done for us over the years with the Messmer High School Junior/Senior Prom. So, I send this letter to make our gratitude official. For five years now, you all have made our work easier, our proms better. Not only do you provide a beautiful setting for the prom, but you have catered —- and more than with just delicious food – to our needs, your suggestions over the

years helping to make our proms the successes they have been. The commitment of all there has truly made our work with the prom easier, and it has also made the proms themselves wonderful. Our entire Prom Committee and all of our students attending thank you heartily for your work and hospitality. Please extend our gratitude to everyone there. We look forward to continuing our relationship with the ICC for years to come. Timothy Gallagher Messmer High School Dear SanDee Peller, Director of Sales, Catering and Special Events I just wanted to reach out quick and let you know that the event last night was amazing and we couldn’t have been happier. There were NO issues. Everyone was awesome – spectacular night for the animals! Wonderful turnaround from last year. Really, I could not have been more pleased. Amy Rowell Milwaukee Animal Rescue Center Editor’s note: This Apr. 27 event was attended by 350 people, including Green Bay Packer Jarrett Bush. It has already been booked for 2013.

Become a Sponsor of Festa Italiana’s Venetian Bell Tower or Festa’s Arched Entryway In 2008, Festa Italiana built an acclaimed replica of the famous “Campanile di San Marco” (St. Mark’s Bell Tower) in Venice, Italy. Each year, the Venetian bell tower is displayed at Festa, standing tall as a representation of Italy and what the festival is all about. Festa is inviting people to become sponsors of the replica of the Venice landmark by making a donation. Persons making a contribution of $500 or more can designate their donation in honor or in memory of one or two related people. These donors are recognized each year at Festa on one of the decorative panels accompanying the display. To become a sponsor, please fill out the information below and send it to the Festa Italiana office. * * * In 2007, an entryway arch, reminiscent of the famed arched entry to the St. Rocco’s festival that took place for many years in Milwaukee’s old Third Ward, debuted at Festa Italiana. Like the bell tower, the arch was designed and built by Italian Community Center member Cosmo Carini with building assistance of an able crew. The arch has become another signature attraction of Festa and one that is characteristic of the pride of the Festa volunteers in their Italian heritage. Festa is also inviting people to become sponsors of the arch by making a donation. Again, anyone making a contribution of $500 or more can designate their donation in honor or in memory of one or two related people. These donors are also recognized each year at Festa on one of the decorative panels accompanying the display. Persons interested in becoming a sponsor are asked to fill out the information below and send it to the Festa Italiana office.

Dear SanDee Peller, Director of Sales, Catering and Special Events Thank you for the planning of our outing at the Italian Conference Center on Mar. 30. All of my friends from Brookfield Presbyterian Church were very pleased. They mentioned more than once how good and plentiful the food was. They also had fun playing bocce. Rose Emanuele Italian Community Center member Editor’s note: Rose has continued to bring 40 – 50 church members here for the past 15+ years for a fish fry and a fun night of bocce.

Request from ICC for cell phone numbers and e-mail addresses By Susie Christiansen Social networking websites, such as Facebook and Twitter, as well as email and cell phone texting, are currently the most common methods of communicating for people. Using those avenues, we want to develop a way to reach out to our membership to inform you about upcoming events organized by the Italian Community Center, such as Il Grande Carnevale, A Taste of Italy and Festa Italiana. When the ICC hosts wine tastings, musical events and cooking classes, it would be helpful to everyone involved to be able to send an e-mail blast or a cell phone text blast to ICC members and as many non-members as possible. Right now, committee chairs and event planners here don’t always know what advertising options are available to them and how to reach out to you. Without spending a ton of money, we just aren’t sure how to let the people out there know about upcoming events at the ICC. ICC members can be placed on an e-mail list and a cell phone list when they sign up for or renew their membership. Our application includes a place for your e-mail address and cell phone number. Our membership contact list is extremely private, and we will continue to keep it that way. We do not distribute our address, phone or e-mail lists to anyone. Rest assured your contact information will be retained by the ICC and only the ICC, and you will only be sent messages on a limited basis. We simply want to inform you. We want to tell you about the fantastic events, activities and ethnic experiences that the Italian Community Center has to offer. These are the other options available for submitting your cell phone number and e-mail address: 1. Our website: – use the Contact Us Form (the last tab on the site). 2. By e-mail: 3. Call Constance Palmer at the ICC – 414-223-2808.


Check this box  if you are making a sponsor donation for the Venetian Bell Tower. Check this box  if you are making a sponsor donation for the Arch. Check this box  if you are making a donation of $500 or more. Your name(s) _______________________________________________________ If you are making a donation of $500 or more, please list the names of those you wish to honor here: __________________________________________________________________ Your address _______________________________________________________ City, State, Zip ______________________________________________________ Contact info - phone number and/or email address: __________________________________________________________________  Please bill me/us at the above address.  Credit Card payment. Please fill in the following information. Card Number _______________________________________________________ Card Expiration _____________________________________________________  Please find my/our payment enclosed. Checks or money orders are payable to the Italian Community Center, Inc. Mail this form to: Festa Italiana, c/o Sponsorships, 631 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee, WI 53202. Please note: Those making donations of less than $500 will not be listed on the sponsor panels.


LA PAGINA ITALIANA a cura di Enrica Tarantino-Woytal

Festa di Santa Rosalia La Festa di Santa Rosalia (u fistinu in siciliano) si svolge nel mese di luglio a Palermo. La nascita della festa Nel 1624 nella città di Palermo, martoriata dalla peste la popolazione si affidava invano alle sante protettrici della città e dei quattro mandamenti cittadini: Sant’Agata, Santa Cristina, Sant’Oliva e Santa Ninfa. Durante questa crisi, secondo la leggenda, l’allora poco nota Santa Rosalia apparve ad un saponaio di nome Vincenzo Bonello, indicando l’ubicazione delle proprie spoglie e ingiungendo che solo se i propri resti fossero stati portati in processione la peste sarebbe terminata. Nella grotta indicata dalla visione vennero trovate 27 reliquie e il giorno 15 luglio l’arcivescovo seguito da tutto il clero, dal senato palermitano e da alcuni cittadini eminenti fece una processione attraverso le strade della città con le reliquie della santa. In pochi giorni la città venne liberata dalla peste. Dal 1625 la Chiesa autorizzò il culto, anche se Rosalia venne proclamata santa soltanto il 26 gennaio 1630. Il rito nel passato Nel 1625 le reliquie vennero poste all’interno di uno scrigno in argento e vetro, custodito all’interno del Palazzo Arcivescovile, e dallo stesso anno vennero portate in processione per ricordare il miracolo compiuto, inaugurando una tradizione che in più di tre secoli ha subito ben poche interruzioni. La processione La prima celebrazione del 1625 fu particolarmente breve: le reliquie vennero spostate per pochi metri, dal Palazzo Arcivescovile fino alla cattedrale. Il percorso divenne sempre più lungo e complesso con i passare degli anni, fino a coinvolgere buona parte della città. Alla processione partecipano di diritto molte confraternite costituite nel corso dei secoli, la più antica e famosa è la Confraternita di Santa Rosalia dei Sacchi, costituita nel 1635 e formata da barbieri e calzolai (varberi e scarpari). La confraternita, che prende il nome dall’abbigliamento usato durante la processione, ha il compito di trasportare l’effigie della santa che durante l’anno viene conservata nella Chiesa di Casa Professa. Tutte le confraternite dovevano portare un mantello con l’effigie della santa e grossi ceri in processione. In occasione della festa, sin dal XVII secolo, il Cassaro veniva addobbato con fastose architetture temporanee. Il carro I quattro piccoli carri utilizzati per le prime processioni vengono sostituiti nel 1686 da un grosso carro trionfale. Il carro, metafora del trionfo della santa, diventa ben presto il centro della celebrazione, assume subito dimensioni notevoli ed è stato più volte sostituito, nella ricerca di effetti scenografici sempre più solenni. Tra il Settecento e l’Ottocento molti famosi architetti palermitani si cimentarono nella sua progettazione. Nel 1701 ad opera dell’architetto Paolo Amato, assunse per la prima volta la forma di vascello, idea ripresa anche in tempi moderni. Durante il periodo borbonico, fino al 1860 si mantenne a lungo il carro settecentesco, che mostrava l’opulenza della corte. In occasione dell’unificazione dell’Italia venne creato un nuovo carro, una grande vasca ornata da puttini. Nel 1896, su ispirazione di Giuseppe Pitrè, venne costruito un carro di dimensioni tali da non potere passare attraverso le strade del centro, ma dalle vie più esterne della città. Nel 1924, in occasione del terzo centenario del ritrovamento delle reliquie, venne costruito un carro fisso con una torre centrale alta 25 metri. Il rito nel presente Ancora adesso il “festino” è una grande festa popolare che richiama

centinaia di migliaia di fedeli, curiosi e turisti, e che consiste in spettacoli, mostre e concerti che iniziano i primi giorni di luglio e si concludono con le celebrazioni religiose del 15 luglio. Ogni anno viene sviluppato un tema differente, mantenendo però di base la storia del miracolo della vittoria sulla peste. La notte del 14 luglio la festa giunge all’apice, con una solenne processione dal Palazzo dei Normanni, lungo l’antico asse viario del Cassaro fino al mare, passando attraverso Porta Felice, secondo un itinerario ideale dalla morte (la peste) alla vita (la luce dei fuochi d’artificio in riva al mare). La processione, composta da un carro trionfale con la statua della santa, trainato da buoi, e da carri allegorici, si ferma davanti alla Cattedrale, ai quattro canti (momento in cui, tradizionalmente, il sindaco in carica depone dei fiori ai piedi della statua della Santa gridando “Viva Palermo e Santa Rosalia!”) e alla Marina, dove ha luogo un grande spettacolo pirotecnico (10.000 tubi di lancio nel 2005) accompagnato da musica sinfonica eseguita dal vivo. Accompagnano la processione canti di devozione in rima: “Uno. Nutti e jornu farìa sta via! Tutti. Viva Santa Rusulia! U. Ogni passu e ogni via! T. Viva Santa Rusulia! U. Ca ni scanza di morti ria! T. Viva Santa Rusulia! U. Ca n’assisti a l’agunia! T. Viva Santa Rusulia! U. Virginedda gluriusa e pia T. Viva Santa Rusulia!” ed ogni tanto il grido “E chi semu muti? Viva viva Santa Rusulia”. Il carro Nel 1974 viene costruito un carro di ispirazione settecentesca, a forma di vascello, che raggiunge i dieci metri d’altezza e i nove metri di lunghezza ed è trasportato da buoi. Da questo momento il carro in sé diviene un piccolo palcoscenico coreografico. Nel 2006 viene costruito un nuovo carro, per il quale si abbandonano le forme barocche in favore di una più semplice forma di nave da pesca con una vela interamente intarsiata di cristalli Swarowsky realizzata da Jannis Kounellis. Nel 2008 simbolo del carro trionfale divengono le rose rosse. Lo spettacolo Dalla fine degli anni novanta lo spettacolo, un tempo una mera tradizione popolare, sotto la direzione di Pino Caruso è divenuto una rappresentazione teatrale a tutti gli effetti, con giochi di luce spettacolari e danze acrobatiche, che rappresentano gli ultimi giorni della peste a Palermo. Lo spettacolo ha carattere itinerante, infatti dopo la rappresentazione cittadina viene rappresentato in vari parti del mondo, in modo da recuperare parte delle spese affrontate per l’intero festino. Dal 1995 al 1997 la Festa di Santa Rosalia a Palermo su indicazioni di Pino Caruso è stata progettata, e curata da Studio Festi, su commissione di Leoluca Orlando. Durante le celebrazioni si consumano cibi che fanno parte della tradizione popolare palermitana: la Pasta con le sarde (la pasta chî sardi), i babbaluci (lumache bollite con aglio e prezzemolo), lo sfincione ( ‘u sfinciuni), il polpo bollito ( ‘u purpu), Calia e simenza ( ‘u scacciu), la pannocchia bollita (pullanca) e l’Anguria (detto ‘u muluni).

Cittadinanza a Benigni a Firenze Roberto Benigni sara’ insignito ufficialmente della cittadinanza onoraria di Firenze. L’attore e regista e’ già cittadino onorario della città dal 1999, quando gli fu conferito il riconoscimento dopo la vittoria dell’Oscar per ‘La vita e’ bellà.’


Buon divertimemto a tutti! La Festa Italiana qui, da noi, a Milwaukee vi offre l’opportunità di trascorrere un weekend all’itali ana

con varieta’ di cibi italiani e spettacoli sulle rive del lago Michigan il 19,20,21,22 luglio.

L’estate e’ arrivata Era primavera o era estate? Il tempo era incerto. Faceva qual che volta, freddo e caldo. Poi, tutto ad un tratto, il tempo e’ cambiato ed ecco che l’estate fa il suo ingresso. Con l’arrivo dell’estate, che gioia! Le scuole chiudono perchè termina l’anno scolastico. Addio libri, addio quaderni addio esami! Si va in montagna o si va al mare? Se si e’ fortunati di poter affittare una casetta in montagna, andiamo. Ci sono boschi di castagne con viali misteriosi e strani giochi di luce ed ombre. Si ci diverte molto ad osservare la natura, i cinguettii degli uccelli, le passeggia te all’aria aperta. Che

pace! C’è però chi preferisce il mare. E’ cosi’ bello quando e’ calmo! E’ grandissimo. Nelle sue profondità vivono pesci, strane piante ed alghe. Il mare è un pò misterioso, nasconde tesori. Che meraviglia sdraiarsi sulla sabbia in costume da bagno, occhiali da sole sotto il sole infuocato dopo averfatto tuffi nel mare salato i bambini si abbronzano volentieri facendo castelli di sabbia e i giorni in riva al mare sono endimenticabili! Se non si puo’ andare in mare si può godere l’estate ai laghi che vi offrono delle meraviglie favolose. Qualunque sia stata la vostra scelta. Buone Vacanze!

Corso d’italiano per bambini presso l’ICC di Milwaukee Siete invitati ad iscrivere i vostri piccoli, età dai 6 ai 12 anni, al corso d’italiano che iniziera’ a settembre presso la comunità italiana.

Nuovo video per Pausini Sarà in rotazione dal 18 giugno il video del brano Le cose che non mi aspetto, quinto singolo estratto da Inedito, l’ultimo album di Laura Pausini. Il video e’ girato da Salvatore Billeci, un giovane regista ventiduenne di Lampedusa iscritto all’Accademia di Belle Arti di Viterbo, che da dicembre si occupa di riprese live durante i concerti dell’Inedito World Tour di Laura Pausini.

Il corso è gratuito con la durata di 8 settimane. Per maggiori informazioni telefonate L’ICC al 414-223-2180.

Modà all’Arena di Verona Domenica 16 settembre i Modà saranno all’Arena di Verona per l’unico concerto del 2012. Saranno accompagnati dalla Grande Orchestra diretta dal Maestro Charles Burgi. Sul palco con la band saliranno anche Pau Dones degli spagnoli Jarabedepalo, con cui i Moda’ hanno duettato nel singolo Come Un Pittore, e tanti altri ospiti. A partire da domani saranno aperte le prevendite sui circuiti Ticketone e Unicredit.

Isabella Rossellini ha festeggiato 60 anni Sontuosa, raffinata, uno sguardo che infiamma. Fotografa, attrice, modella, giornalista, un rapporto mai interrotto con l’Italia. Oltre 500 copertine sui magazine di tutto il mondo. Isabella Rossellini compie 60 anni. Nata il 18 giugno 1952, figlia

di due leggende: il regista italiano Roberto Rossellini e l’attrice svedese Ingrid Bergman. Contesa dai piu’ grandi fotografi e registi di tutto il mondo. Debutta negli Usa come attrice 1976 con il film ‘Nina’ di Vincente Minnelli.

Il grande ritorno live di Celentano L’8 e il 9/10 all’Arena di Verona, l’ultimo concerto 18 anni fa A diciotto anni dall’ultima esibizione dal vivo, Adriano Celentano torna in concerto. Le due uniche eccezionali performance si terranno il giorno 8

e 9 ottobre all’Arena di Verona. Gli ultimi concerti live di Adriano Celentano risalgono al 1994 con la tournee italiana ed europea.

Emma in tour dal 10 luglio La cantante farà 23 tappe Manca poco più di un mese all’inizio del nuovo tour di Emma. Sara’ l’Arena della Regina di Cattolica, il 10 luglio, a ospitare il primo dei 23 concerti che faranno tra l’altro tappa a Roma, Caserta, Lignano Sabbiadoro, Messina e Paestum. Emma proporra’ i brani dei suoi tre album: Oltre, A me piace cosi’ e il recente Saro’ Libera.


Ferragosto Il Ferragosto è una festività che cade il 15 agosto in concomitanza con la ricorrenza dell’Assunzione di Maria. In Italia, il giorno di Ferragosto è tradizionalmente dedicata alle gite fuori porta e spesso caratterizzata da lauti pranzi al sacco, grigliate e, data la calura stagionale, da rinfrescanti bagni in acque marine, fluviali o lacustri. Molto diffuso anche l’esodo verso le località montane o collinari, in cerca di refrigerio. Il termine Ferragosto deriva dalla locuzione latina feriae Augusti (riposo di Augusto) indicante una festività istituita dall’imperatore Augusto nel 18 a.C. che si aggiungeva alle esistenti e antichissime festività cadenti nello stesso mese, come i Consualia, per celebrare i raccolti e la fine dei principali lavori agricoli. L’antico Ferragosto, oltre agli evidenti fini di auto-promozione politica, aveva lo scopo di collegare le principali festività agostane per fornire un adeguato periodo di riposo, anche detto Augustali, necessario dopo le grandi fatiche profuse durante le settimane precedenti. Nel corso dei festeggiamenti, in tutto l’impero si organizzavano corse di cavalli e gli animali da tiro, asini e muli, venivano dispensati dal lavoro e agghindati con fiori. Tali antiche tradizioni rivivono oggi, pressoché immutate nella forma e nella partecipazione, durante il “Palio dell’Assunta“ che si svolge a Siena il 16 agosto. Nell’occasione, i lavoratori porgevano auguri ai padroni, ottenendo in cambio una mancia: l’usanza si radicò fortemente, tanto che in età rinascimentale fu resa obbligatoria dai decreti pontifici. Il Ferragosto nella cultura popolare In Lombardia, fino al XIX secolo, era uso “dare il ferragosto” (in dialetto lombardo dà el faravóst) che consisteva nel donare emolumenti in denaro o in beni commestibili alle maestranze, da parte dei datori di lavoro, in modo che le famiglie potessero trascorrere lietamente il giorno di Ferragosto. Nei cantieri edili, nei primi giorni d’agosto, veniva fissato dai muratori un grande ramo d’albero sulla parte più elevata del fabbricato in costruzione, detta pianta del faravóst, che serviva scherzosamente a rammentare all’impresario l’imminente esborso della tradizionale mancia.

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Italians baptized at St. John’s Cathedral prior to June 1899 Compiled by Mario A. Carini, Italian Community Center Historian Names in this listing appear as written in the Baptismal Register. Source: Baptismal Register of St. John’s Cathedral, 1/1881 - 11/1901.

Infants Name Anthony Bacigalupo Isabella De Bona Carolina Schiappacasi Marianna Sigadelli Joseph Bacigalupo Stella De Bona Ralph Martino Maria Scarpace Marianna Catalano Vincent Carbone Francis Balbi Francis De Bona Augustino Balsano Margaret Caponi Cosimo Catalano Salvatore Catalano Sara D’Angelo Joseph Distraffolo Joseph Di Marini Anthony Casona Frank Maglio Amalia Bacigalupo Joseph Battilo Joseph Burgarino Joseph Catalano Concetta Catalano Christina Corsi Maria Ciarla Salvatore Catalano Margaret Caponi August Casamani Mary Catalano Mary Cavilieri Lucy Cianciolo Anna Capello Michael Capone Concetta D’Amore Rocco De Lorenzo Francis De Lorenzo Beatrice De Bona Francis Dentice John De Bozzo Joseph D’Amore Anthony Gentile Joseph Gentile Mariano Gerimaco Magdalena Geraci Peter Ingolia Isabella Martino Margaret Larussa John Laurosa Joseph Mercurio August Matachio Teresa Mascheri Rose Mercurio Ignatius Mercurio Rose Palmirsina Anthony Cavaliere Joseph Quartana Vincent Quattrochi John Quartano Joseph Quartano Anthony Spizzato John Spicuzza Rosalia Scarpace Francis Scarpace Philip Balistreri Dominic Bacigalupo August Benedetto Maria Balistreri Christina Buscaglia Julia Balbi Angelina Buscaglia Angela Bariserio Anna Cianciolo Salvatore Catalano Grace Curro Charles Conti Concetta Corrao Anna D’Amore

Date Baptized 8/15/1883 4/4/1883 5/29/1885 5/10/1885 7/15/1885 2/21/1886 6/6/1887 6/16/1887 9/11/1887 3/1/1888 9/30/1888 9/30/1888 12/2/1894 6/11/1893 9/17/1893 12/8/1891 4/29/1894 7/5/1894 11/3/1894 9/26/1894 2/15/1891 3/3/1890 11/1/1891 4/7/1894 3/25/1891 1/31/1892 3/6/1892 9/19/1893 4/16/1893 6/11/1893 9/17/1893 10/23/1893 1/28/1894 7/25/1894 9/17/1894 9/16/1894 12/14/1890 2/21/1891 2/21/1891 11/12/1891 11/5/1893 11/12/1893 9/11/1894 6/17/1894 10/13/1889 8/30/1894 9/2/1894 9/30/1894 1/13/1891 8/27/1893 3/26/1893 12/22/1888 6/16/1889 11/22/1889 6/18/1890 1/18/1891 3/2/1890 12/11/1892 11/16/1890 9/11/1892 12/25/1892 3/25/1894 9/21/1894 11/27/1892 10/22/1893 6/10/1894 10/23/1898 6/25/1896 8/16/1896 5/2/1899 9/26/1897 5/29/1898 4/16/1899 1/22/1899 3/303/1898 3/27/1898 9//11/1898 12/11/1898 4/2/1899 12/9/1894

Infants Name Augustina D’Amore Joseph Debrozzo Anthony Dentice Achille De Lorenzo Luis Dichiara Joseph Debrozzo Margaret Catalano Joseph Caponi Josephine Commela Dianna Cianciolo Mary Catalano Mary Capella John Capella Anthony Cusimano Rosa De Angela Francis D’Amore Mary D’Amore Mary Debrosa Santo D’Angelo Mile DePalma Anthony Dentice Anna D’Amore Philip D’Amore Salvatore D’Amore Anna Gerace Mary Gentile Stello Gerace Salvatore Gusamano Francis Gagliano Joseph Gerasi Josie Gagliano Vincent Guardalabene Mary Longo Mary Longa Theresa Longa Joseph Gagliano Mary Mercurio Michael Martino Infant Martini Mary Mariano Ignatius Maddaleno Paul Martini Sara Martino Santa Malio Lucy Martino Michael Mercurio Ignatius Maddaleno John Maglio Infant Mazzalino August Matacio Madalena Maddaleno Rosa Nicola Philip Pupuri Francis Pastorino Felice Palmeri Madaline Pastorino Teresa Pulpero Anthony Pistoria Paul Polumbo Edith Pastorino Rosalia Quadraggi Joseph Quartano Joseph Quartana Carmella Quattrochi Joseph Quartana Peter Quartano Bosari Riesi Florence Rodino Angela Sangiola Salvatore Serio Joseph Serio Salvatore Serio Saveria Scarpaci Michael Spiccati Philip Sapanio Anthony Scarpaci John Sangola Joseph Tolosi Mary Tolosi

Date Baptized 12/9/1894 3/23/1895 5/8/1898 6/6/1898 10/2/1898 2/9/1899 11/10/1895 7/7/1895 12/22/1895 12/29/1895 3/22/1896 4/7/1896 2/7/1897 2/6/1898 1/6/1895 2/2/1896 1/3/1897 4/1/1899 9/5/1897 11/28/1897 1/1/1897 1/9/1898 3/27/1898 4/24/1898 12/23/1894 1/4/1895 12/8/1895 6/7/1896 11/22/1896 11/15/1897 8/21/1898 4/16/1899 7/14/1895 6/13/1897 1/15/1899 8/21/1898 10/13/1895 2/23/1896 5/31/1896 8/3/1896 8/9/1896 3/21/1897 5/30/1897 8/18/1897 10/17/1897 10/31/1897 3/26/1898 11/27/1898 10/9/1898 10/23/1898 4/2/1899 8/23/1896 6/30/1895 2/17/1895 11/10/1895 2/24/1897 2/14/1897 7/18/1897 9/12/1897 4/9/1899 3/3/1895 2/7/1897 5/9/1897 5/9/1899 7/17/1897 11/5/1898 8/21/1898 5/29/1899 8/16/1896 10/23/1896 7/18/1897 8/1/1897 12/26/1897 1/16/1898 1/9/1898 5/8/1898 3/5/1899 12/9/1894 6/20/1896


Palermo’s U Fistinu celebrates ‘The Little Saint’ Saint Rosalia is known as La Santuzza, or “the little saint,” and most of what is known about her today stems from legend and mystical revelation. However, as the patroness of Palermo in the region of Sicily, she holds a special place of honor for Italians. July 15 is the anniversary of the discovery of her remains in a remote cave where she had lived as a hermit; this discovery coincides with the end of the Plague in Palermo, a miracle which her intercession is believed to have brought about. In July of each year, citizens of Palermo honor their Santuzza with a grand festival. The festivities oftentimes begin in

early July, and on the 14th the image of Saint Rosalia is driven by oxen through the streets in a magnificent procession which stops in front of the Cathedral of Palermo. Here the mayor of the city lays flowers at the feet of the saint’s statue to shouts of “Viva Santa Rosalia!” A fireworks display, musical performances, and the eating of babbaluci (garlic and parsley-baked snails) also accompany the celebrations. The event is a great tourist attraction and revelers often number in the hundreds of thousands.

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Residents of Siena (Tuscany region of Italy) as well as enthusiastic tourists from all over the world will get a chance to view the historic annual Palio horse race on July 2 and Aug. 16. The horse race (divided into two parts, the first of which is held on July 2,; the other on Aug. 16) features horses representing Siena’s districts (contrade) racing one another around the city’s Piazza del Campo. The race only lasts about a minute and a half but visi-

from page 11B In memory of Bernadine A. Cifaldi Eddie & Jo Ann Gloriso In memory of Margarita Balistreri Her loving son, Isadore T. Balistreri (posthumously) of San Diego, Calif. Jack Balistreri Kandis Chappell

Copies of vintage photos displayed at ICC or Festa available through Milwaukee County Historical Society Persons interested in acquiring a copy of any of the vintage Italian American photographs that are displayed throughout the year at the Italian Community Center or during the four days of Festa Italiana must contact the Milwaukee County Historical Society (MCHS) to obtain the photo, ICC Historian Mario A. Carini announced. “The Historical Society is the keeper of the negatives,” Carini

said, who donated a massive collection of artifacts, photos and other memorabilia to the society on behalf of the ICC and the early Italian immigrants in 2010. You are invited to stop in at the MCHS, 910 N. Old Third Ward St. in downtown Milwaukee or contact either Steve Daily or Amanda Koehler at the MCHS. They can be reached at 414/273-7487 or 414/273-8288.

Famous Palio di Siena approaching tors come from far and wide to witness this world-famous event. The rivalries between the contrade (neighborhood districts of Siena) are deeply-rooted and victory over an adversary is a great honor for the successful district. Each contrada has its own colors and emblem for its jockey and horse; this year’s 10 participants will consist of the seven districts who were excluded in 2010 as well as three participants who were awarded spots as the result of

drawing lots. Only twice in history has a horse ever won the July Palio (Palio di Provenzano) and the August Palio (Palio dell’Assunta). Though there are 17 contrade only 10 are represented, due to a 1729 decree by the city’s governor Violante of Bavaria, who hoped to reduce the amount of injuries that were resulting from the lively ritual, in which participants and onlookers alike have been known to be hurt.

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The Italian Times photo policy The Italian Times welcomes and encourages societies and organizations associated with the Italian Community Center to submit photographs from their events for possible inclusion in our newspaper. Photos from events of an Italian nature from private individuals are also welcomed. From time to time, The Italian Times receives requests to take pictures at various events involving societies, organizations and private individuals. The Italian Community Center’s Newspaper Committee advises that those organizations and individuals, not The Italian Times, are responsible for the photography at these events and encourages event organizers to take that into account in their planning. When submitting photographs, please be sure to include a brief statement on the event and the names of the persons pictured. The Italian Times reserves the right to determine whether a submitted photograph is published. This decision will be based on a number of factors, including quality of the photo and whether the individuals appearing are properly identified. Photos can be emailed to editor Thomas Hemman at, mailed to the Times office, 631 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee, WI 53202, or dropped off at the ICC.

Pompeii Women’s Club May Crowning report from page 20B Woman,” an ode to Mary. Every guest received a foilwrapped, long-stemmed tulip as a favor. The dinner, the ceremony and the beautifully decorated altar by member Peggy Zoet received many compliments throughout the evening. May our Blessed Mother Mary accept and be honored by our club’s yearly May Crowning in recognition of her glory. - Submitted by Mary Winard Publicity Chairperson



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