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ITALIAN TIMES Published by the Italian Community Center 631 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee, WI 53202 VOL. 35, NO. 1 JUNE 2013




Free Courtyard Music Series starts June 4 International Autos Group sponsoring 13th season of outdoor concerts By Thomas Hemman, Times Editor, and Kalah M. Krogmann For the 13th consecutive summer, the Italian Community Center’s spacious and beautiful courtyard will be the setting for a variety of free live music performances four nights a week through August, then consolidating into two weeknights in September. The 2013 Courtyard Music

Series, sponsored by the International Autos Group, officially begins on Monday, June 3 and concludes on Thursday, Sept. 26. Coordinators Joe Campagna, Jr. and Sal Quarino expressed their gratitude to International Autos Group. “The generosity of this Italian family-run business allows us to continue to offer this exceptional music series with neither a cover charge nor drink minimum,”

Festa’s bringing back fan favorites with top local acts Dick Contino, the Louis Prima, Jr. Band, The Bronx Wanderers and Ricci Martin (yes, Dean’s son) are among the fan favorites with return engagements at the 36th annual Festa Italiana, Friday, July 19 through Sunday, July 21 on the Summerfest grounds. Joining them are singers Michèal Castaldo, Moreno Fruzzetti, Tony Spavone, John Ciotta and Filippo Voltaggio, all of whom have established a faithful following from previous shows at Festa. Performing nightly at the festival will be singers from the Florentine Opera Company,

Wisconsin’s oldest fully professional performing arts organizaPlease turn to page 10

Dick Contino

Campagna said. “We’re honored to have the Ralph Mauro family and International Autos Group joining us this summer,” Quarino said. “We invite everyone to come to enjoy the music in our courtyard and, the next time you’re in the market for a new or used car, we encourage you to visit International Autos Group which has 11 dealerships in the Milwaukee and Chicagoland area.” The staff of Cafe La Scala, the ICC’s public restaurant, will be on Please turn to page 16

Get your advance Festa tickets now 3-day pass available online only Can’t wait for Festa Italiana? Then, get your advance admission tickets now. Festa officials have kept the price for an advance admission ticket for the 2013 festival the same as last year – $10. That’s a $3 saving over the gate admission price. The 36th annual Festa is Friday, July 19 through Sunday, July 21 at Henry W. Maier Festival Park (Summerfest grounds). New this year, attendees can purchase a three-day pass for just $25. The pass is available only online at In fact, the easiest way to order

advance tickets – good for admission any of the three days – or the three-day pass is to go online to and purchase them with a credit card. Once on the website, click on “Get Your 2013 Festa Tickets,” follow the instructions and print your order. These ticket-purchasing opportunities will be available through July 1 only. You may also buy advance tickets in person at the Italian Community Center, 631 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee, or call the ICC at 414-223-2180 and have your credit Please turn to page 2

Something special brewing on Festa’s Spiked Island Adult Lemonade Stage

Plain White T’s, Colt Ford, Matt Nathanson and country superstar to be revealed July 1 among headliners Fans of today’s hit country and pop/rock music mark your calendars now. Some of your favorite artists will be playing on the Spiked Island Adult Lemonade Stage at Festa Italiana, Friday, July 19 through Sunday, July 21 on the Summerfest grounds. Country superstar Colt Ford, who is touring on his Billboard chart-topping album, “Declaration of Independence,” is among the headliners July 19. The twice Grammy-nominated band Plain White T’s, which just released the smash hit single, “Should’ve Gone to Bed,” and platinum-selling song/songwriter Matt Nathanson are co-headliners on July 20. On Sunday, July 21, another country superstar (and Midwest fan favorite) will take the Spiked Island Stage. Look for an official announcement on this act on

Monday, July 1. Colt Ford and other Friday acts Taking cues from country and hip hop, Colt Ford has charted hits and collaborated with some of country music’s biggest stars including Jason Aldean, Jake Owen and Darius Rucker. Having charted six times on the Hot Country Songs chart, sold over one-million albums and over three-million digital downloads, the songwriter is honest, groundbreaking and refreshingly unique. Whether longtime fans or new to his music, audiences will quickly realize that Ford doesn’t just write about country music, he lives country music. His fourth album, “Declaration of Independence,” became his first number one album on Top Country Albums and its first single, “Back,” a duet with Jake Owen, climbed

the Hot Country Songs chart in 2012. In releasing his fifth studio album this month titled, “Every

Chance I Get,” Ford is poised to add to his collection of hits, with Please turn to page 9

Plain White T’s

St. Joan Antida High School reunion planed for Festa Italiana Attention all St. Joan Antida High School alumnae: Come to Festa Italiana to celebrate the 55th anniversary of the first graduating class. All alumnae are welcome for this two-day event, which will cele-

brate all SJA alumnae as well as the nuns who supported them throughout the years. The dates set for the reunion are Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, July 21. The alumnae meeting loca-

Get your Festa advance tickets now Please turn to page 1 card ready. You can also use the form that accompanies this article to order your advance admission tickets. Persons using the advance ticket order form must have their envelope postmarked by July 5.

As always, children 12 and younger are admitted to Festa for free when accompanied by an adult. Festa Italiana will be open from 11:30 a.m. to midnight Frday and Saturday and closing after the fireworks on Sunday.

ORDER YOUR MONEY-SAVING ADVANCE TICKETS TO FESTA ITALIANA 2013 Name(s) ____________________________________________________ Address _____________________________________________________ City, State, Zip _______________________________________________ Phone ________________ Email _________________________________

tion is set for the pavilion above the Venice Club food booth. There will be a dinner, wine toast and short program on Saturday. Sunday’s activities will start with a breakfast, attendance at the Festa Mass in a specially designated section and participation in the religious procession. Class gatherings are welcomed.

A message from ICC President Gina Spang Each day is a precious gift and life can change quickly so as we celebrate Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Holy Communion and graduation, enjoy the moment, enjoy each other and make new memories. – Gina M. Spang Italian Community Center President

I/we want to order _____ advance tickets @ $10.00 each. Total amount enclosed: $________________________________________ Payment by check, money order and credit card accepted. Credit Card No. _______________________________________________ Credit Card Expiration Date _____________________________________ Mail this form with your payment to Festa Italiana, 631 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee, WI 53202. Checks or money orders are payable to Festa Italiana. Your advance tickets will be mailed to you. Requests for advance tickets must be received no later than July 8, 2013.

Harder Funeral Home JAMES T. GUARDALABENE ASSOCIATE 18700 W. Capitol Drive “Three generations of my family serving yours.” Phone: (262) 781-8350 Cell: (414) 588-0836 “As dictated by the laws of the State of Wisconsin, all pre-paid funeral trusts are allowed to be transferred to another funeral home at any time. I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to discuss transferring your trust to me from Schmidt & Bartelt or any other funeral home. I would, of course, honor all the terms and wishes as originally agreed upon. It is a very simple process that only requires your signature on a transfer form which I would provide. In addition, there likely could be a savings to you because of Harder’s more reasonable charges.” PAGE 2 – JUNE 2013

• NO LONGER ASSOCIATED WITH SCHMIDT & BARTELT/ GUARDALABENE & AMATO. • Personally providing the services you have come to expect at your church, chapel or at the Harder Funeral Home. • Funeral planning & pre-planning at your residence or at the funeral home. • Pre-planning and Title 19 expertise. • Longtime member of the Italian Community Center. • Proud sponsor of the Festa Italiana Mass since 2002.

There will be assigned areas for these activities both days. Planning has begun on a possible bocce tournament with the nuns and faculty and an alumna of the year award. For further information on this reunion, please contact Marilyn Venturi (Class of 1960) at 414/7624744 or Look for full details in the next issue of The Italian Times (July/August Festa Italiana edition) as well as online at

Festa launching mobile app Gina Spang, president of the Italian Community Center and Festa Italiana, issued this important announcement to The Italian Times just before presstime. “We are very excited this year to launch our first Festa Italiana mobile app. From our knowledge, we believe Festa will be the first ethnic festival in Milwaukee to have a mobile app. In conjunction with local design firm Thiel Design and developer, Xorbix Technologies Inc., the mobile app will be available for iPhone and Android. The name of the app is FestaMKE and we hope to launch it in the app store around June 1. “The app will feature an interactive map of the grounds, entertainer information and performance times, food vendor locations, attractions, links to engage with Festa social media and a photo gallery. Look forward to the launch of our first mobile app by checking back to the Festa Italiana website –”

THE ITALIAN TIMES 631 E. Chicago St. Milwaukee, WI 53202-5916 (414) 223-2180 Published 11 times annually Publisher . . . Italian Community Center ICC President . . . . . . . . . . . Gina Spang Newspaper Committee Chairman . . . . . . . Rosemary DeRubertis Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Thomas Hemman Italian Page Editor . . . . . . . Enrica Tarantino-Woytal Advertising Sales Manager . . . . . . . . . . . .Thomas Hemman Advertising Sales Representative . . . . . . Faye Ann Kessler Editorial Contributors and Staff Writers/Reporters . . . . , .Mario A. Carini Angelo Castronovo, Barbara Collignon and Susan Christiansen Staff Photographers . . . . Tim Townsend, Joe Spasiano and Tom Hemman For advertising information, please call (414) 223-2180 or send an e-mail to: Copyright 2013 The Italian Community Center, Inc. All Rights Reserved All advertisements must be in accordance with the rules and requirements as determined by editorial policy. Paid advertisements are not to be interpreted as an endorsement by the Italian Community Center or its newspaper, The Italian Times. In addition, the Newspaper Committee reserves the right to reject ads based on editorial policy approved by the Board of Directors of the Italian Community Center. The Italian Community Center is a member of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce, Visit Milwaukee and the Historic Third Ward Association.


Bishop Hying to be Main Celebrant of Festa Mass Most Reverend Donald J. Hying, Vicar General/Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, has accepted an invitation from the Festa Italiana Mass & Procession Committee to serve as the Main Celebrant of the 2013 Festa Mass on Sunday, July 21. Hying was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee on May 20, 1989. He was ordained the seventh auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee on July 20, 2011. Prior to being named auxiliary bishop, Hying served as rector of Saint Francis de Sales Seminary from 2007 to 2011 under appointment by then-Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan. Hying was the temporary administrator at St. Augustine Parish, Milwaukee, in 2006. He also filled the post of the dean of Formation at Saint Francis de Sales Seminary from 2005 to 2007. Hying was pastor at Our Lady of Good Hope Parish, Milwaukee, from 1999 to 2005, and St. Anthony Parish, Milwaukee, from 1998 to 1999. He also served as temporary administrator at St. Peter Parish, East Troy, 1998, and as a team member for La Sagrada Familia Parroquia, Dominican Republic, from 1994 to 1997. His first priestly assignment was as associate pastor for St. Anthony Parish, Menomonee Falls, from 1989 to 1994. Hying, a native of West Allis, was born to Albert and Catherine Hying (both deceased) on Aug. 18, 1963 as the youngest of their six sons. After attending St. Aloysius and Immaculate Heart of Mary grade schools, he graduated from Brookfield Central High School and Marquette University. He earned

The Festa Italiana Mass and Procession Committee has issued its annual plea for donations to offset the cost of the religious celebration on Sunday, July 21. “We’re extremely grateful for and appreciative of the support we to have received from the sponsors of the Mass and procession over the last several years,” said committee co-chairs Vivian Balistreri and Sal Lo Coco. “It is a very costly undertaking to convert the Marcus Amphitheater from a concert venue into a place of worship. “For the last several years, a number of people have stepped forward with individual donations to help defray those costs, and we hope that people will be similarly moved this year,” the co-chairs said. Every year, the overnight transformation of the Amphitheater is accomplished successfully by the Mass Committee, as evidenced by com-

ments received on a regular basis from people – including visiting clergy – who attend the Mass for the first time. The Mass and the traditional procession that follows have, since the beginning, been an essential component of Festa Italiana. Festa itself is an outgrowth of the street festivals held at Our Lady of Pompeii Catholic Church to honor patron saints. Persons interested in making donations for the Mass and procession are advised to send checks made out to the Italian Community Center with “Festa Mass” written on the memo line. Mail those checks to the ICC at 631 E. Chicago St.,. Milwaukee 53202-5916. Donations by credit card can be made by calling Constance Palmer at 414/223-2808. Persons with questions are invited to call Lo Coco at 414/9619823 or 262/617-8727 or Balistreri at 414/690-1299.

Festa Committee seeks priests, deacons, brothers and eucharistic ministers to take part in Mass Bishop Donald J. Hying

his Master of Divinity from Saint Francis de Sales Seminary and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry degree from the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary. He is also the spiritual advisor for the Saint Vincent de Paul Society. The Festa Italiana Mass is set for 11 a.m. on July 21 in the Marcus Amphitheater followed by a religious procession.

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Festa Mass Committee seeking donations to help defray costs of celebration

The Festa Mass and Procession Committee is enlisting the support and participation of priests, deacons, brothers and eucharistic ministers in one of Milwaukee’s favorite festival Masses on Sunday July 21 at 11 a.m. Bishop Donald Hying will be the

main celebrant this year. The committee invites everyone to help us carry on this wonderful tradition. Please contact Therese Ciofani at 414/303-9772 or e-mail her at if you are interested in participating in the Festa Mass.

Sing in Italian this summer!

Festa Choir forming Singers wishing to join their voices to this year’s Festa Choir will be rehearsing at St. Sebastian Catholic Church, 5400 W. Washington Blvd., Milwaukee. Rehearsals will last 90 minutes and music will be provided. Some of the hymns will be sung in Italian and Latin but no previous knowledge of either language is necessary as Dr. Marisa Gatti-Taylor will provide language coaching. The mixed chorus is open to all voice parts (soprano, alto, tenor, bass). No auditions are necessary; however, Maestro Michael Kamenski requests that you have had some experience singing in a choir. Choir members must attend at least three of the following choir rehearsals: July 9, 11 and 16 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and July 13 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. The final rehearsal on Thursday, July 18, from 7 to 9 p.m., is mandatory for everyone. The Mass, which is the heart of Festa Italiana, will be held on July 21 at 11 a.m. in the Marcus Amphitheater. Anyone interested in registering for the Festa Choir or wishing to ask questions is cordially invited to contact the director, Michael Kamenski at 414/453-1928 or by e-mail at (please use “FESTA CHOIR” in the subject line).

Call put out for Festa Mass ushers Ted Catalano, Mass & Procession Committee member and usher recruiter, has issued a call for at least 15 new ushers to step up and volunteer for this year’s Festa Italiana Mass on Sunday, July 21. To be an usher, you must be at least 16 years old. The only other requirement is that you attend a brief instructional meeting at the Italian Community Center on Monday, July 15 at 7 p.m. At that time, information on the duties of an usher during the Mass and the

procession, which follows the Mass, will be discussed. Catalano requests that new ushers sign up with him early and then follow through on their commitment. To volunteer as an usher or for more information, call Catalano at 414/305-9769. At least 55 ushers are needed every year for the Mass, which has drawn up to 15,000 people. Catalano said he has about 40 dedicated ushers who show up automatically each year.

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2013 Festa Parade: Calling all children for fun opportunities, seeking parade floats By Susie DeSanctis Christiansen Festa Parade Manager Not only do we invite all children to march in Festa Italiana’s Grand Parade wearing either an Italian costume or a clown costume, but we also present a new, really fun opportunity for children to participate. You provide the children, we provide the masks. We are looking for 20 children to walk in the parade, wearing feathered

Carnevale masks. Festa is just a few months away, so there is no better time to get ready than now. Search online for a colorful clown costume or Italian costume. Search the shops. Have nonna make an Italian costume – a labor of love that will surely result in an amazing costume. You may also allow us to feature your children in beautiful Carnevale masks supplied by the Italian Community Center.

We would love to have as many children as possible march in the parade. Imagine how happy and festive and touching our parade will be with the sweet faces of children throughout. That is our dream. Help us realize it. Searching for floats Do you have access to a parade float that we might be able to borrow or rent in July 2013 for our

parade? Do you know of an organization or person who has a float available? We hope to add beautiful floats each year that will make our parade really special. Please consider lending us a float for our parade. We will treat it with the utmost respect and take meticulous care of it. If you have a float available or have any questions about the parade, please contact me, Susie Christiansen, at 414/217-0174.

Singers wanted for Festa’s ‘Italian Idol’ contest By Thomas Hemman Times Editor Could you be Festa Italiana’s next “Italian Idol” winner? For the seventh 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 on the Cucina Showcase stage, starting at 8 p.m. Sponsoring the Italian Idol con-

test for the second consecutive year is WFA – Asset Management, Nick Enea, President. The 36th annual Festa takes place Friday, July 19 through Sunday, July 21 on the Summerfest grounds. 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

Friday or Saturday of Festa to sign up. Idol managers Christine Conley and Sandy Winard said they are looking for 16 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 nightly at Festa. Four of the 16 contestants will be selected by a panel of judges on both Friday and Saturday night to move on to the championship round on Sunday, July 21. The eight finalists will sing for a chance to win cash prizes on Sunday night. This year, the prize money is: $500 for first prize, $300 for second prize and $200 for third prize. In the finals, the contestants will not only sing the song of their choice, but will be asked to choose a number from Kim Marie’s Italian tunes selection. Last year, Anastasia Lee of Green Bay captured the first prize. Gregory Rogalinski won second prize and Steven Mattox of Kenosha took third prize. Winard will be serving as the emcee each night.

ICC announces postponement of golf tournament Italian Community Center officials have announced that a golf tournament, initially scheduled as a fund-raising activity for the nonprofit organization on June 10, has been postponed. Look for any word on the rescheduling of the event in a future edition of The Italian Times.

Deadline set for our July/August Festa issue All advertising copy for publication in the July/August Festa Italiana 2013 issue of The Italian Times must be submitted to the editor no later than Monday, June 10. This will be both a printed and online edition. Stories and photos for this issue must be turned in by Saturday, June 8. Advertising, stories and photos can be emailed to editor Tom Hemman at, sent to The Italian Times, 631 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee, WI 53202.

There’s no better time to advertise in The Italian Times than in our July/August Festa Italiana issue. It’s our biggest and most read issue of the year. If you’re interested in advertising call 414-22-2180 or send an email to Tom Hemman at

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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 2 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, Gina M. Spang used her presidential authority to appoint Rosemary DeRubertis and Frank D’Amato to the committee. She named DeRubertis as chairperson. Members attending the May 2 general meeting elected Bill Dickinson, Sal Lo Coco and Mary Ann Maglio to complete the committee. What happens next? The Election Committee has until the August general meeting (set for Thursday, Aug. 1 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. 1 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.” Election 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. 5. 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. 3, which means ballots need to be postmarked no later than Sept. 26. Ballots that are not postmarked or are postmarked after Sept. 26 will not be opened or counted. The Election Committee will select volunteers to help them tabulate 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 serv-

ice 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 Gina M. Spang, Vice President Giuseppe Vella, Treasurer Sam Purpero, Secretary Rose Anne Ceraso-Fritchie and Sergeant-atArms 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 Spang was first elected last fall, she is eligible for reelection. 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 Ralph Busalacchi, Elizabeth Ceraso, Peter Gustin and Tony Piacentini. 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.” Busalacchi is nearing the completion of two consecutive terms and will not be eligible for re-election as a directorat-large. He was appointed to the the Board initially in February 2009 to fill a vacancy, was elected in that fall and re-elected in 2011. Ceraso, Gustin and Piacentini were elected to their first two-year term in 2011 and are, therefore, eligible to run for a second term. Directors Dean Cannestra, Henry Piano, Anna Pitzo and Anthony Zingale will have one year of service remaining when the 2013-14 term begins.

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ICC Historian Carini wants your high school yearbooks and other memorabilia Don’t throw away your old high school yearbooks or other memorabilia. If you attended a high school in Milwaukee County or surrounding counties, Italian Community Center Historian Mario A. Carini is interested in using the yearbooks and other high school memorabilia for furthering his research on local Italian Americans. Carini will deposit the yearbooks and memorabilia at the Milwaukee County Historical

Donated ICC vintage photos being catalogued by Historical Society

Society after he completes his research. “These can be yearbooks and memorabilia from public, Catholic or private high schools,” Carini said. Yearbooks and memorabilia can be dropped off at the reception desk in the main office of the ICC. Please include a note with your name and phone number so Carini knows who made the donation.

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 all 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. Please contact either Steve Daily or Amanda Koehler at the MCHS. They can be reached at 414/273-7487 or 414/273-8288.

Sarah Hopley, archivist with the Milwaukee County Historical Society, sat down with Mario A. Carini, Italian Community Center’s historian, on May 1 to review digital copies and produce identification information for many of the thousands of vintage Italian American photos that Carini has donated to the Historical Society on behalf of the ICC membership. These are the photos that members and friends of the ICC have donated to the organization over the course of the years, Carini said. Since he made the massive donation, MCHS staff has scanned the photos and stored them digitally on disks. Eventually, the photos will be posted on the MCHS website. The original photos are safely stored at the Historical Society, 910 N. Old World Third St. (Times photo by Tom Hemman)

Calendar of Events May 21 – June 26, 2013 Tuesday, May 21 • Milwaukee Chapter UNICO National and Milwaukee Ladies of UNICO annual “Scholarship & Awards Banquet,” 6 p.m. • Società Maschile M.S.S. Del Lume meeting, 6:30 p.m. • Abruzzese Society singers rehearsal, 6:30 p.m.

Orchestra, 6:30 p.m. Details in this issue.

Monday, May 27 • Memorial Day. The offices of the Italian Community Center, Italian Conference Center, Festa Italiana and The Italian Times Newspaper as well as Cafe La Scala will be closed.

Monday, June 17 • Italian Community Center Finance Committee meeting, 6 p.m. • Courtyard Music Series: Hot Jazz with Chanel Le Meaux & The Dapper Cads, 6:30 p.m. Details in this issue.

Tuesday, May 28 • Milwaukee Ladies of UNICO Board meeting, 6 p.m. • Italian Community Center spring bocce championship playoffs, 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, June 18 • Milwaukee Ladies of UNICO membership summer picnic, 6 p.m. • Courtyard Music Series: Tuesday Bluesday with the Bryan Lee & The Blues Power Band, 6:30 p.m. Details in this issue. • Abruzzese Society singers rehearsal, 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 29 • Pompeii Women’s Club May Crowning event, 6 p.m. Details in this issue. Monday, June 3 • Solomon Juneau Club meeting, 1 p.m. • Italian Community Center Culture Committee meeting, 6 p.m. • Courtyard Music Series Season Opener: Hot Jazz with Joe Zarcone Band, 6:30 p.m. Details in this issue. • Pompeii Women’s Club Board meeting, 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 4 • Pompeii Men’s Club Board meeting, 6 p.m. • Courtyard Music Series: Tuesday Bluesday with Jim Liban Combo, 6:30 p.m. Details in this issue. • Abruzzese Society singers rehearsal, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 5 • Courtyard Music Series: Opera & Classical with Kay Sparling Theatrical Productions, Inc., 6:30 p.m. Details in this issue. Thursday, June 6 • Italian Community Center membership dinner, 5:30 p.m. • Italian Community Center general membership meeting, 6:30 p.m. • Courtyard Music Series: Rock & Roll with the Oldies But Goodies Spectacular, 6:30 p.m. Details in this issue. Monday, June 10 • Italian Community Center golf outing at Brown Deer Golf Course, 11 a.m. Details in this issue. • Italian Community Center golf outing awards hospitaly reception and dinner at ICC, 5:30 p.m. • Courtyard Music Series: Hot Jazz with Chris Hanson Band, 6:30 p.m. Details in this issue. Tuesday, June 11 • Courtyard Music Series: Tuesday Bluesday with Reverend Raven & The Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys, 6:30 p.m. Details in this issue. • Abruzzese Society meeting, 7 p.m. • Milwaukee Chapter UNICO National meeting, 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 12 • Courtyard Music Series: Opera & Classical with Milwaukee Mandolin

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Thursday, June 13 • Courtyard Music Series: Rock & Roll with the Tom Anthony Group, 6:30 p.m. Details in this issue.

Wednesday, June 19 • Courtyard Music Series: Opera & Classical with Siempre Flamenco, 6:30 p.m. Details in this issue. • Filippo Mazzei Greater Milwaukee Area Lodge of the Order Sons of Italy in America membership meeting, 6 p.m. • Pompeii Women’s Club membership meeting, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 20 • Italian Community Center Board meeting, 6 p.m. • Courtyard Music Series: Rock & Roll with the Oldies But Goodies Spectacular, 6:30 p.m. Details in this issue. Friday, June 21 • Abruzzese Society social, 6 p.m. Monday, June 24 • Courtyard Music Series: Hot Jazz with the MC Swingtet (formerly Milwaukee Connection), 6:30 p.m. Details in this issue. Tuesday, June 25 • Courtyard Music Series: Tuesday Bluesday with Steven Cohen Band with Greg Koch, 6:30 p.m. Details in this issue. Wednesday, June 26 • Summerfest begins its 11-day run. All programs in the ICC’s Courtyard Music Series program suspended until Monday, July 8. Daily and weekly classes and activities • Spring bocce leagues. The spring season ends with the championship playoffs on Tuesday, May 28. The fall season will begin the week of Sept. 9. Look for details in the next issue of The Italian Times. • 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.


MATC’s ‘Culinary Stars of the Future’ shine at ICC’s Apr. 17 ‘La Cucina’ class Young, talented student chefs from the Milwaukee Area Technical College’s Culinary Program displayed their prowess to attendees at the Apr. 17 “La Cucina” program presented by the Italian Community Center’s Membership Committee. Billed as “The Culinary Stars of the Future,” these student chefs prepared wild boar cannelloni, risotto di Barbietola and Chianti

and some tantalizing desserts. The student chefs were Whitney Proebstring and Eric Shneyder (for the wild boar cannelloni), Rueben Godoy (risotto dish) and Chuck Stepanovich and Mark Kory (desserts). The third and final session of “La Cucina” occurred on Wednesday, May 15 after the deadline for this issue. Photos will appear in our next issue.

Times photos by Joe Spasiano

Whitney Proebstring (left) and Eric Shneyder revealed the secrets to preparing their wild boar cannelloni.

Rueben Godoy stirred the pot where his risotto recipe was made.

Rueben Godoy displayed a sample of his risotto di Barbietola and Chianti to class attendees.

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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 414/223-2808 or visit The following donations were received between April 4 and May 7, 2013. In memory of Judith Torcivia Caravella George & Judy Menos In memory of Theresa “Terry” Provinzano Anthony T. Machi Josephine G. Crosariol In memory of Salvatore “Sam” Schiera Anthony T. Machi Jimmy & Linda Spataro Eddie & Joanne Glorioso Michael I. Tarnoff Sam Purpero Ron & Joanne Czubek

Mary Winard Sons of Sicily Ted & Rosemary Glorioso George & Judy Menos Jo Schiera Marlega Sal Mussomeli & Sally Mullins Mary Ann Maglio Paul & Rose Iannelli Salvatore & Antonette LoCoco In memory of Anthony Tarantino Anthony T. Machi Rose Spang Ted & Rosemary Glorioso Eddie & Joanne Glorioso George & Judy Menos In memory of Jane Frinzi Anthony T. Machi Mary Ann Maglio Francis Firle In memory of Joseph J. Ziino, Sr. Phyllis Spera In memory of Josephine C. “Babe” Grieger Eddie & Joanne Glorioso Rosalie Glorioso Mary Winard

Ted & Rosemary Glorioso Francis Firle Mary Ann Maglio In memory of Assunta D’Acquisto Rosalie M. Glorioso Ted & Rosemary Glorioso Eddie & Joanne Glorioso In memory of Margarita Balistreri From her loving son Isadore T. Balistreri (posthumously) of San Diego, CA In memory of Isadore T. Balistreri Kandis Chappell & Jack Balistreri In memory of Edward R. “Eddy” Murphy Betty Hermann In memory of Judith Bruno John A. & Antoinette Sanfilippo Sons of Sicily Ted & Rosemary Glorioso Anthony T. Machi Mary Ann Maglio Sam Purpero

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Sagra di San Giovanni The Sagra di San Giovanni is the oldest historical event to take place on Lake Como in the Lombardy region of Italy. It is celebrated the last weekend of June in the town of Como. Hundreds of tiny lamps float in the lake and there’s a large fireworks display on the Saturday evening (June 29 this year). The next morning brings a parade on the lake in which boats are decorated with flowers. This is followed by folk dancing competition, the showing of folk art displays and flag throwing competitions.

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Something special brewing on Festa’s Spiked Island Adult Lemonade Stage

Plain White T’s, Colt Ford, Matt Nathanson and country superstar to be revealed July 1 among headliners from page 1 tracks such as “Ride Through the Country,” “Cold Beer,” “Chicken & Biscuits,” and “Country Thang.” Ford takes the Spiked Island Stage at 9 p.m., July 19. Opening for him at 6 p.m. is Bella Cain, a newly-formed, young, high-energy six piece Top 40 country group that delivers a nonstop and explosive performance. Based in Kenosha, the group has experienced success playing at local venues and is quickly gaining a following across the Midwest. With a “big” guitar sound, they also bring five-part harmonies, fiddle, steel guitar, piano, banjo, a solid rhythm section and both male/female vocals to provide a full and dramatic sound. Festa attendees seeing Bella Cain can expect the hottest new country music, along with a few age-old favorites. Keeping the crowd entertained and on their feet after Bella Cain and before Colt Ford and after Festa fabulous fireworks show will be top-touring DJ/remixer/producer Dee Jay Silver. Playing at premiere venues in major markets around the world, his unique brand of “party-rock” country style of music has landed him on show packages with the likes of Jason Aldean, Luke Bryant and Rascal Flatts. Other Friday acts on the Spiked Island Adult Lemonade Stage include the Milwaukee-based rockin’ rhythm and blues band The Noyz Boyz & Gyrls at noon, the Italian-harmony group Tre Bella (“Three Beauties, One Voice”) at 1:30 p.m., The A-Sides, performing the quintessential hits of favorites Motown & R&B artists at 3 p.m., and the eight-piece 52nd Street – Playing the Music of Billy Joel at 4 p.m. Both The ASides and 52nd Street are based in Milwaukee. Plain White T’s, Nathanson and other July 20 acts One of the summer’s hottest touring acts, the Plain White T’s, having released the single and EP

bearing the same name – “Should’ve Gone to Bed” – on Apr. 9 and having appeared on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” on Apr. 23, perform at 9 p.m. on the Spiked Island Adult Lemonade Stage. Did you catch band member Tim Lopez on Eva Longoria’s NBC dating show “Ready for Love” this spring? Lopez was one of the handsome bachelors. As their many fans know, the Plain White T’s have already experienced much success with platinum-selling hits including “Hey There Delilah” (which reached #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and topped 13 international charts), “Hate (I Really Don’t Like You),” “1,2,3,4” and “Rhythm of Love.” The group was nominated for two 2008 Grammy Awards for “Song of the Year” and “Best Pop Performance for a Duo or Group with Vocals.” The mega-hit “Hey There Delilah,” which became the fourth song in history to sell over three-million digital downloads, also earned the group an MTV Video and American Music Awards and Teen Choice and People’s Choice nominations. Known for singing songs about love, heartbreak and everything in between, the Chicago-based poprock band draws inspiration from the likes of The Beatles, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen and John Mellencamp, but their care-free vibes and unique sound are all their own. “Should’ve Gone to Bed” is the group’s seventh studio album. The co-headliner on Saturday night is Matt Nathanson, taking the stage at 7 p.m. Nathanson treats audiences to acoustic and electric guitar during his captivating live performances. Fans of his work – including the charttopping hits “Come on Get Higher,” “Faster” and “Run” – know Nathanson as a storyteller, joyful, complex and bold. His latest single, “Mission Bells,” off his upcoming ninth studio album (due out this summer), finds him singing about a girl who got away. His songs have

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made appearances on notable TV shows such as “NCIS,” “Private Practice,” “Vampire Diaries” and “90210,” helping in some instances to shape the plot lines, have been heard on “Good Morning America” and sung by aspiring artists on “American Idol” and “X Factor.” The Saturday lineup also features The Noyz Boyz & Girlz at noon, rising country star, 17-year old Charissa Mrowka at 1:30 p.m., Tre Bella at 3 p.m., the Milwaukee-based rock band 76 Juliet at 4:30 p.m. and Greg Koch Quartet with John Sieger at 10:30 p.m. Koch is an internationally recognized blues guitarist. Sieger is the former lead vocalist of Semi Twang. Sunday shows Sorry, folks, but we can’t give you any more clues on who’s the Sunday night’s headliner (in the 9 p.m. slot). Be sure to check on July 1 for the official announcement. Opening for the the mystery country star at 7 p.m. is Old Dominion, a band based in Nashville and comprised of four Virginians, one Michigander and one bearded keyboard player whose place of origin remains a mystery. On the busy country music scene, Old Dominion has managed to carve its own territory with original songs as well as to play songs of today’s top artists including Steve Holy, Chris Young, Taylor Swift and others. Completing the Sunday, July 21 lineup on the Spiked Island Stage are: The Noyz Boyz & Gyrlz at noon, Charissa Mrowka at 2 p.m., and teen-age country singer, 15year old Carley Wilemon with Chasin’ Mason, the popular Wisconsin-based country band at 4 p.m. Chasin’ Mason has been performing country music with a rockin’ edge since 2003. Please check our next issue for more details on these acts. Spiked Island Adult Lemonade Gina Spang, president of the Italian Community Center, which produces Festa Italiana, thanked Spiked Island Adult Lemonade for returning a second consecutive year to be a major sponsor of the festival.


Colt Ford

“We’re extremely grateful to Spiked Island Adult Lemonade for its sponsorship,” said Spang, who is also the general chair of Festa 2013. “With the well-known acts performing on the Spiked Island Stage, we’re expecting large turnouts each of the three days. My advice to everyone is get your advance tickets now.” “We are excited to partner with Festa Italiana again this summer,” said Tim Kezman, president of Calypso Brands, the maker of Spiked Island Adult Lemonade. “We believe the entertainment on the Spiked Island Stage enhances and broadens the festival’s already outstanding entertainment offerings.” Spiked Island Adult Lemonade, which will be available at Festa, is produced by Milwaukee’s own King Juice Company. Unlike other companies that take their product and flavor it like lemons, King Juice uses the same flavor systems and methodology that is used in its category leading Calypso Lemonades. These processes use the finest ingredients to create the highest quality lemonade before alcohol is added. This method creates refreshing adult lemonade without the excessive sweetness and beer taste. Spiked Island Adult Lemonade is available wherever the finest alcoholic beverages are sold. For more information, visit or Follow the company on Facebook or Twitter @Calypso_Brands. The entertainment schedule is subject to change. * * * This article was written by Times Editor Thomas Hemman with significant collaboration from Jessica Vollrath and Julie Caan of Vollrath Associates.

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Festa’s bringing back fan favorites with top local acts from page 1 tion and the sixth-oldest opera company in the United States. Expect an Italian opera program. Also scheduled to appear are: the Doo-Wop Daddies, Oldies But Goodies Spectacular, Tradizione Vivente, Tom Anthony Group, Jayne Taylor and Accompany of Kids. All of these performances will take place on either the Miller Lite Stage, the Giuffre Brothers Cranes Stage or the Festa Stage. Dick Contino (, “legendary virtuoso of the accordion,” returns for his 34th appearance in the 36-year history of Festa Italiana in Milwaukee. Famous for his musical stylings of such classics as “Lady of Spain” and “Tico Tico,” Contino, who turned 83 earlier this year, resides in Las Vegas with his wife, Tonia, and still performs regularly across the nation. Louis Prima, Jr. ( is a Las Vegas-based entertainer best known for carrying on the legacy of his late father, Louis Prima, the original “King of Swing.” Born on Father’s Day in 1965, he is the youngest of Louis and Gia (Maione) Prima’s children and their only son. He is a trumpeter, singer and bandleader. He and his band made a rousing debut at Milwaukee’s Festa last year. Here’s what one reviewer had to say about Prima and his band after an Atlantic City show this past February: “This was a very entertaining show. Louis, Jr. makes every effort to tell you about his dad and how he created his famous persona. The songs brought back memories of growing up in that music era. The whole ensemble is very talented.” Traveling extensively across the country and playing in front of sold-out crowds, The Bronx Wanderers ( are making a triumphant return to Festa. Playing the music of doo-wop, rock and roll and rhythm and blues, the band’s performance has heart, soul, purity and plenty of sound. Dubbed as “The Ultimate Tribute Band,” The Bronx Wanderers are making their fifth straight appearance at Festa, which should delight their many fans. .Ricci Martin (www.riccimartin,com)is the sixth of Dean’s eight children. Performing “His Son Remembers: Dean Martin’s Music and More,” Ricci’s performances are filled with music, personal photos and true-life stories. Ricci’s vocals truly make each one of Dean’s classic hits come alive and his performance sure to be one that’s remembered. This will be Ricci’s first return visit to Festa Italiana since 2010. Born in the Calabria region of Italy, Michèal Castaldo ( shares his love for his Italian heritage through music and song. A songwriter, producer, remixer, arranger and singer, Castaldo is classified as a classical crossover pop artist and has produced five full length albums. Castaldo, now resides in New York City, made his Festa debut last year, and has earned high acclaim for his CD titled “Olive You – Classical Italian Songs to Feed the Heart and Soul.” Singer Moreno Fruzzetti (, who just released a new CD titled “Pensando,” is back in the Festa lineup after a year away. “ His new CD, featuring 14 tracks, was recorded in his hometown of Pisa, Italy. Awarded with the prestigious honor of “Ambassador of Italian Music in America,” Fruzzetti has

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.

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entertained throughout the world. Restaurateur and singer – that, in a nutshell, describes Tony Spavone ( A native of Naples (Campania), Italy, Spavone emigrated to the United States in 1965 and worked at his father’s restaurant in Chicago. But singing was, and continues to be, one of his great loves. He received classical training in voice at the Conservatory in Chicago and later returned to Italy for additional training to perfect his Neapolitan style of singing. On occasion, he entertains diners at Tony Spavone’s, his restaurant in Bloomingdale, Ill. John Ciotta ( has been enthralling audiences worldwide for years as an entertainer, singer and percussionist. From Atlantic City to Las Vegas, Hong Kong and Singapore to Europe and Scandinavia, Ciotta has managed to find his way into the hearts of every nationality and culture, no matter how diverse. Whether he’s performing in English, Italian, Spanish or German, Ciotta’s emotion-charged deliveries and broad appeal move the hearts of his audience. Modern-day crooner Filippo Voltaggio (, the son of Italian immigrants, was raised in Southern California in the language, food, and music of Italy – especially opera. Always encouraged by his parents to perform for guests, Voltaggio was a singer from a young age. Though he pursued and was successful in a career at IBM, he stayed true to his artistic roots by performing in community theater, operas and his own concerts. Voltaggio is a nine-time winner of the Sergio Franchi Vocal Competition, a three-time National Italian-American Foundation grant recipient, a Eugene O’Neill Cabaret Symposium Fellow, and a two-time nominee for Entertainer of the Year by the Southern California Motion Picture Council. Vocalists representing The Florentine Opera Company ( will perform a selection of classic Italian arias and art songs from the company’s 80th anniversary season (2013-14). Audiences can expect to hear selections from Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata, George Frideric Handel’s Baroque classic Julius Caesar, a romantic serenade from the Italian countryside Festa Florentina and Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème. Look for full information on Doo-Wop Daddies, Oldies But Goodies Spectacular, Tradizione Vivente, Tom Anthony Group, Jayne Taylor and Accompany of Kids in our July/August Festa Italiana preview issue, coming out the week of June 24. The entertainment schedule is subject to change. * * * This article was written by Times Editor Thomas Hemman with collaboration from Jessica Vollrath and Julie Caan of Vollrath Associates.

Ricci Martin

Moreno Fruzzetti

People with disabilities will be Festa’s special guests on July 19 By Thomas Hemman The Italian Community Center welcomes all persons with disabilities to attend the 33rd annual VIP Day at Festa Italiana on Friday, July 19 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be free admission for all those with physical challenges and their caregivers. Read the details on ordering admission tickets three paragraphs down. Participating food vendors will offer two menu items and soft drink at half the regularly posted price during the three-hour period, said Bill Jennaro, VIP Day chairman. An anonymous area fruit wholesaler is again making a donation which will allow Festa

volunteers to hand out two pieces of fruit to each VIP guest, Jennaro said. This distribution will take place from the fruit stand in the Miller Oasis Area (the same location as past years). To obtain VIP Day tickets, anyone with a disability is asked to send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to:. VIP Day, c/o Festa Italiana 631 E. Chicago St. Milwaukee, WI 53202-5916 Each ticket admits one VIP and one guest. Please include the name of the VIP and guest (any more than one guest per VIP is strictly prohibited) and indicate the type of disability as well as any special needs. This informa-

tion 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. For large group VIP Day ticket orders, please contact Gina Manning in the Festa Italiana at 414/223-2805 or since mailing of tickets may not be possible. The deadline for ordering VIP Day admission tickets is Friday, July 5. Returning as a VIP Day sponsor is Goodwill Industries. “We’re looking forward to it and we hope we’re going to have a nice turnout and good weather,” said Jennaro.


18th annual ‘Taste of Italy’ was a wonderful success thanks to donors, volunteers and ICC staff, Chairperson Ann Romano reports The Italian Community Center’s 18th annual “A Taste of Italy” on Sunday, Apr. 14 proved to be an enjoyable and successful event. All of this is due to the magnificent effort put forth by so many individuals, societies, clubs, donors and the ICC staff. With so many people, groups and businesses participating, it’s impossible to thank everyone individually. But I can assure you that this fund-raising event could not have been done with such success without you. All of your efforts are greatly appreciated. I want to extend a big thank you to ICC Business Manager Patrick Morgan, Assistant Business Manager/Maintenance Manager Laurie Bisesi, Executive Chef Jack McNeir and their staffs; Tom Hemman and Constance Palmer.

Jack McNeir is excellent to work with, and Tom Hemman does a wonderful job promoting the event in our newspaper and other publications and in getting the word out to television stations. Many thanks also to those who entertained our Taste of Italy guests: the Sicilian Serenaders II (Peter Balistrieri and Tom and Ted Pappalardo); Tradizione Vivente, the Italian Dance Group of Milwaukee; and vocalist Charles Evans and his accompanist Galina Gerakosov. I want to acknowledge morning news anchorwoman Kim Murphy and WITI- TV Fox 6 Milwaukee for making time available for us to promote our event. My thanks also go to ICC Chaplain, The Very Rev, Timothy Kitzke, for allowing us to put the Taste of Italy flyers in the

Italian food lovers came in great number to the Italian Community Center on Sunday, Apr. 14 to indulge in “A Taste of Italy,” the organization’s 18th annual fundraising event. Seen here are members of the Randa and Viscuso families who found a table inside Cafe La Scala to feast on the wide variety of the food they purchased for just a $1.50 a serving ticket (or seven tickets

for $10). Numerous entrée items, beer, wine and coffee were sold in the Pompeii Grand Ballroom. Desserts and coffee were available in the Festa Ballroom. Guests found places to sit and enjoy the food and beverages throughout the building. Look for many more photos inside the issue and a complete report on the event in the next issue. (Times photo by Tom Hemman)

Ann Romano (center), general chairperson for the 18th annual “A Taste of Italy,” is seen here with her assistants, Ann Skoczynski (left), vice chair and volunteer meal ticket chair, and Marie Schwindt, raffle chairperson.


bulletins of Three Holy Women Parish and Old St. Mary’s Church. My heartfelt thanks to the societies and clubs that made donations or ran a booth. Those included the Milwaukee Ladies of UNICO, Pompeii Women’s Club, Pompeii Men’s Club, Holy Crucifix Society, Addolorata Society, Abruzzese Society, Milazzese Social Club, Società Femminile Maria S.S. del Lume, Società Maschile Maria S.S. del Lume, Società Santa Rosalia, Società di San Giuseppe, the Filippo Mazzei Lodge of the Order Sons of Italy in America, the St. Theresa Society, the Maria Assunta Society and the Milwaukee Chapter UNICO National. My sincere thanks to these individuals and vendors who donated money or products: Pauline Cannestra; Joe Reina and Gelateria

Italiana (gelato); Miller Beer (soda and beer); Premium Waters, Inc. (bottled water); Patrick Cudahy and its Pavone Italian Deli (all lunch meat for subs); Glorioso’s Italian Market (olive salad); the Giacomo Fallucca family and Palermo’s Pizza (“Dat’s da Best” pizza); Joe Vella and Sciortino’s Bakery (all the rolls); Italian Conference Center (wine); Milazzese Social Club (peaches); Grande Cheese Company (cheese); Mille’s Italian Sausage and Venice Club (Italian sausage); Bella Caffè (espresso); Ted Glorioso and Glorioso’s Gold Imports & Diamond Center (ring for raffle); Suminski Family Funeral Homes ($500 donation for raffle ticket printing): and several individuals who made anonymous cash donations for the raffle prizes. I want to acknowledge and extend my gratitude to Ann Zambito who took over chairing the pasta booth in place of the Solomon Juneau Club, which has disbanded. Special thanks also to Maria Lieber for providing extra volunteers where they were needed, 12-year old volunteer Gregory Frijia, who did an excellent job helping out everywhere he could. My sincerest thanks to my wonderful committee co-chair Ann (D’Amico) Skoczynski for the handling of food and beverage tickets and raffle chairpersons Marie and Jim Schwindt, who did a terrific job. A hearty thank you goes out to Anna Pitzo and Sophia Michalovitz for making and donating all the manicotti as they have done for many years now; Rosalia Ferrante for chairing the pizzelle booth and doing the pizzelle-making demonstrations; Isidore Pecoraro and his crew Frank Galioto and Giovanni Frijia for making Milwaukee’s best calamari; and John Sanfilippo for chairing the beer and soda. – Ann Romano Chairperson “A Taste of Italy”

Peggy Salamone and Vivian Balistreri were among the volunteers who staffed the booth where breaded pork tenderloin sandwiches were sold.

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Scenes from the 18th annual ‘A Taste of Italy’

Kathy Balistreri (left) and Concetta Sanfilippo helped to serve the calamari (deep-fried squid) sold at a booth operated by members of the Pompeii Women’s Club.

These volunteers from La Società di San Giuseppe were working with a heavy heart after the sudden death of their president, Sam Schiera, the night before (Apr. 13). In spite of their grief, the society had volunteers such as (l to r) Nick Germano, Judge John DiMotto and Tom Spera serving at the stand where Italian wedding soup, lentil soup and chicken pastini soup was sold to guests. Schiera, a longtime member of the ICC and volunteer for Festa Italiana, was one month away from his 71st birthday when he passed away.

Times photos by Tom Hemman

Christy and Katie Librizzi sold the Italian olive salad that was donated for this fund-raiser by Glorioso’s Italian Market, a longtime contributor to “A Taste of Italy.”

Judy Lemminger and Lena Zingale handed out trays to guests as they entered the Pompeii Grand Ballroom.

Joe Reina had a some of his Italian-manufactured Vespa scooters on display in the galleria at “A Taste of Italy.” He is seen here with his daughter AnnaMela.

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In the ICC’s kitchen, young volunteers Michelle and Angelo (Jr), Vasta helped to prepare fried Italian bread dough. And they looked like they were having a good time.

Taste of Italy guest Joe Frahm had his tray full with two rice balls and four breaded pork tenderloin sandwiches when our photographer snapped this picture.

Dean Cannestra sprinkled some cheese on top of trays of sfinguine before they went onto the pizza oven before the start of “A Taste of Italy.” Cannestra and his restaurants, Divino Wine and Dine and Nessun Dorma, donated the sfinguine.


Members of the Pompeii Men’s Club sold Italian sausage sandwiches once again at “A Taste of Italy.” Seen in the forefront are (l to r): Joe Liberto and Peter Russo. Next to Russo is the club’s president Chuck Lazzaro. Pasta with red sauce was available at this booth staffed by (l to r) Bradley Kugler, Ann Zambito, Lu LoCoco and Christina Ziino. Bradley Kugler was probably happy he decided to volunteer for “A Taste of Italy” as he was able to hear his name announced as the winner of the second prize in the raffle held in connection with the event. His prize: $500 cash.

Here’s the booth where homemade manicotti was available. The volunteers seen here include Fran Tollefson, Robert Michalovitz, Sophia Michalovitz and Anna Pitzo. Pitzo and Sophia Michalovita donated the manicotti. Robert Michalovitz won the first prize, a 55-inch LCD HD television, in the Taste of Italy raffle.

Fabio Tarantino (left) pitched in with volunteers from the Madonna del Lume Society Women to sell eggplant parmesan at “A Taste of Italy.” The other volunteers are (from the left): Ann D’Acquisto, Joanne Stocker, Nina Carini and the society’s president, Enrica Tarantino Woytal, who was also celebrating her birthday that day.

Rebeka Lee Schwindt, Rosemary Joecks and AudriAnn Schwindt worked at the booth where chocolate covered éclairs were sold.


Volunteers from the Milwaukee Ladies of UNICO staffed the booth where arancini (rice balls) were available. From the left: Carmen Schlotthauer, Nancy Oberleitner, Mary Medo, Mary Castrovinci and Rosalinda Schaapveld.

For a sweet treat, Taste of Italy attendees bought fried Italian bread dough from these volunteers Gina Jenkins and Louise Au.

Members of the Abruzzese Society operated the pizza booth where varieties of Palermo’s Pizza was sold. From the left: Tom Canzonieri, Alfonso Marchillo, Tony Corrao, Vince Azzolina and the society’s president Vince Vitale. Giacomo Fallucca, his family and Palermo’s Pizza have long been product contributors to “A Taste of Italy.”

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More photos from the successsful 18th annual “A Taste of Italy” on Sunday, Apr. 14

ICC Business Manager Patrick Morgan with the assistance of Michelle LeFebvre tabbed the monetary receipts for the 18th annual “A Taste of Italy.” LeFebvre works with Catering Director David Stachowiak in the Italian Conference Center’s Catering Department.

Times photos by Tom Hemman

Joanne Czubek, John L. Sanfilippo and John A. Sanfilippo sold beer on the east end of the Pompeii Grand Ballroom.

ICC member Charles Evans and accompanist Galina Gerakosov performed in the Festa Ballroom. Like all those who entertained, the two donated their services.

The Sicilian Serenaders II (Ted and Tom Pappalardo and Peter Balistreri) are seen here performing in the galleria. Their appearance was courtesy of La Società di San Giuseppe, which also made a monetary donation to “A Taste of Italy.”

Tradizione Vivente, the Italian Dance Group of Milwaukee, gave two performances in the Festa Ballroom.

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Joe Cardinale and Alfonzo Canzoneri helped to make the panini and Italian sub sandwiches at one of the two booths staffed by members of the Santa Rosalia Society.

Mary Ann Maglio (center) and her sister, Frances Firle, were among the volunteers who sold food and beverage tickets to the thousands who attended the 18th annual “A Taste of Italy.”

Becky Bauer helped to sell Italian salads at a booth operated by the Santa Rosalia Society.

Members of the Filippo Mazzei Greater Milwaukee Lodge of the Order Sons of Italy in America manned a booth where bottled water was sold. Seen here (l to r ) are the organization’s president Joe Emanuele with Frank Schiro and Mike Palmisano.

Taste of Italy raffle winners selected

Volunteers on behalf of the Addolorata Society operated the cannoli booth. Unfortunately, the names of the volunteers weren’t given to our photographer in the order they appear, but they included Mary Brusky, Prudy Camuy, Frank D’Amato, Catherine Kelly, Kathy Clancy, Megan Clancy, Daniel Clancy, Zach Sowle and Joe Dentice.

Volunteers packaged several thousand freshly made Italian cookies from Sciortino’s Bakery on Wednesday,


Winning tickets in the raffle held in conjunction with “A Taste of Italy” were drawn Sunday, Apr. 14 at the conclusion of the event at the Italian Community Center. The winners and the their prizes are listed here. • 1st prize – a 55-inch LCD-HD television, to Robert Michalovitz. • 2nd prize – $500 cash to Brad Kugler. • 3rd prize – an Apple iPad Gen4 with 16 gig., to Rita Jennaro. • 4th prize – a 42-inch LCD-HD television, to George and Aggie Collura. • 5th prize – a pearl ring with 20-diamond chips, donated by Ted

Apr. 10 for “A Taste of Italy,” which took place the following Sunday.

Glorioso and Glorioso’s Gold Imports & Diamond Center, to Betty Puccio. • 6th prize – a large wooden bench made from recycled urban lumber, donated by Peter Gustin and Green Man Wood & Landscape Services, to Salvatore Natoli. • 7th prize – a small wooden bench made from recycled urban lumber, donated by Peter Gustin and Green Man Wood & Landscape Services, to Grace Lucretia Machi. The raffle serves as a key fundraising ingredient for “A Taste of Italy.” The raffle chairpersons were Marie and Jim Schwindt.

From the left: C.J. Lieber and his father, Craig Lieber, scooped out dishes of spumoni to attendees.

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Free Courtyard Music Series starts June 4 from page 1 hand each night of the series to take food and drink orders. Due to the popularity of the series, reservations are highly recommended and can be made by calling Cafe La Scala at 414/223-2185. Through August, the series will showcase jazz artists on Monday nights, blues groups on Tuesday nights, opera and classical artists on Wednesday nights and good-time rock and roll bands on Thursday nights. In September, the series continues with jazz and blues performances on Tuesday nights and rock and roll on Thursday nights. The shows are presented rain or shine. When the weather becomes inclement, the shows are brought indoors to the Festa Ballroom, adjacent to Cafe La Scala. The series will be suspended during Summerfest at nearby Maier Festival Park (June 26 – July 7) and on the opening night of Harley-Davidson’s 110th anniversary celebration, Thursday, Aug. 29. Tom Sorce, a legendary local guitarist and producer of quality music for over 40 years, put together the entertainment lineup for Monday, Tuesday and Thursday nights. Kay Sparling, a Metropolitan Opera soprano and owner of a Jefferson, Wisconsin conservatory for young performing artists, enlisted the talent for the Wednesday night series. “I think we have possibly our best lineups ever – from jazz legends Janet Planet and Suzanne Grzanna, Midwest blues favorites The Bel-Airs, outstanding opera and classical artists, an acclaimed Flamenco group and great rock and rollers including the Doo-Wop Daddies,” Campagna said. “We brought back some of our longtime fan favorites and added several new acts to the lineup, which we know have faithful followings. So we’re anticipating a full house nearly every night,” Quarino said. The complete schedule appears below and can be found online at Brief descriptions of the acts performing in June are also presented. Information on artists appearing in July, August and September will appear in our July/August Festa Italiana preview issue

International Auto Group proud to sponsor music series “The International Autos Group is proud to sponsor the Italian Community Center’s Courtyard Music Series. We sell some of the most luxurious European automobiles, including Maserati, so this partnership is the perfect union,” said Crystal A. Mirr, the dealership’s Internet Sales Manager. “Our owner, Ralph Mauro, understands and appreciates how important it is to preserve and honor Italian customs. Southeast Wisconsin is rich in Italian traditions and many local businesses have deep Italian roots. So we are proud to support the Italian Community Center and their mission to educate, promote and celebrate all that their heritage has to offer.” coming out in late June. The entertainment schedule is subject to change. Free parking for the series is available in the lot south of the building. The ICC does not allow people to carry in their own food and beverages. Monday Night Jazz • June 3 – Joe Zarcone Band. • June 10 – Chris Hanson Band with Robin Pluer and Glenn Asch. • June 17 – Chanel Le Meaux and The Dapper Cads. • June 24 – The MC Swingtet (formerly The Milwaukee Connection). • July 8 – Jack and Jill Jazz – Jack Grassel, Jill Jensen, John Babbit and Johnny Padilla. • July 15 – Sandra Mandella with the Tom Sorce Band. • July 22 – Vivo – Pamela Duronio, Tim Stemper and Warren Wiegratz. • July 29 – Anita Stemper with the Tom Sorce Band. • Aug. 5 – Chris Mariani Band. • Aug. 12 – Frank DeMiles and Friends. • Aug. 19 – Janet Planet • Aug. 26 – Suzanne Grzanna. Tuesday Bluesday • June 4 – Jim Liban Combo. • June 11 – Reverend Raven & The Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys. • June 18 – Bryan Lee and The Blues Power Band.

• June 25 – Steve Cohen Band with Greg Koch. • July 9 – Cash Box Kings. • July 16 – Robert Allen, Jr. Band. • July 23 – Reverend Raven & The Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys. • July 30 – Leroy Airmaster with Denny Geyer. • Aug. 6 – Billy Flynn Blues. • Aug. 13 – Bryan Lee Band. • Aug. 20 – Alex Wilson Band. • Aug. 27 – Bel Airs. September Tuesday Night Jazz or Blues • Sept. 3 – Pete Sorce with Jeff Lebarge and Jazz Explosion. • Sept. 10 – Como No. • Sept. 17 – The Jimmys. • Sept. 24 – La Chazz. Wednesday Night Opera or Classical • June 5 – Kay Sparling Theatrical Productions. • June 12 – Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra. • June 19 – Siempre Flamenco (flamenco and Spanish musical/dance group) • July 10 – Kay Sparling Theatrical Productions. • July 17 – Vivace – Jill Bruss and Friends. • July 24 – Kerry Hart & Friends. • July 31 – South Shore Youth Opera Ensemble. Continued on page 19

The Oldies But Goodies Spectacular

Chanel Le Meaux

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Simpre Flamenco

Jack Grassel and Jill Jensen


ICC presenting top acts all summer long from page 18 • Aug. 7 – Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra. • Aug. 14 – Kay Sparling Theatrical Productions. • Aug. 21 – Vivace – Jill Bruss and Friends. • Aug. 28 – Metropolitan Opera National Council Singers. Thursday Night Rock and Roll • June 6 – Oldies But Goodies Spectacular. • June 13 – Tom Anthony Group. • June 20 – Oldies But Goodies Spectacular. • July 11 – The Ricochettes. • July 18 – Oldies But Goodies Spectacular. • July 25 – Bob Hirschi & Groove Therapy. • Aug. 1 – Oldies But Goodies Spectacular. • Aug. 8 – Rick D’Amore’s Rockin’ Dance Party. • Aug. 15 – Oldies But Goodies Spectacular. • Aug. 22 – Bob Hirschi & Groove Therapy. • Aug. 29 – Oldies But Goodies Spectacular. • Sept. 5 – Doo-Wop Daddies. • Sept. 12 – Oldies But Goodies Spectacular. • Sept. 19 – Tom Anthony Group. • Sept, 26 – Larry Lynne Band. Jazz acts in June The Joe Zarcone Band – June 3. Legendary drummer Joe Zarcone is joined by vocalist Sharon Schmidt, saxophonist Wayne Zimmerman and keyboardist Jeff Stoll. Vocalist Schmidt has garnered several 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.” Zimmerman plays both alto and tenor saxophone. Stoll lends his vocals to the group’s arrangements. Besides playing at the ICC, Zarcone and company can often be found performing at the Red Mill Inn in Brookfield or the Packing House in Milwaukee. Chris Hanson Band with Robin Pluer and Glenn Asch – June 10. This group features perennial Wisconsin Area Music Industry award winner Robin Pleur on vocals, 30-year veteran violinist of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Glenn Asch, bassist Mike Britz and John Parrott and Chris Hanson on guitar and vocals. The band performs regularly around the Milwaukee area. Chanel Le Meaux and The Dapper Cads – June 17. A 2013 Wisconsin Area Music Industry award winner, Chanel le Meaux’s repertoire spans from sultry standards to soulful, old school R&B and Motown, to contemporary wailers including Adele and Imelda May. The band features players from the Berkelee College of Music and Wisconsin Conservatory of Music on sax, keys, drums and percussion. The MC Swingtet – June 24. The MC Swingtet, formerly known as the Milwaukee Connection, paying tribute to the music and spirit of the late Chuck Hedges, is under the leadership of jazz guitarist Steve Lewandowski. Featuring some of the Midwest’s best jazz musicians, the MC Swingtet is known for its hard driving rhythm section and tight ensemble melodic lines. The MC Swingtet’s level of musicianship is high, utilizing some of the upper Midwest’s best jazz musicians including vibraphonist Bob Maynard, clarinetist Kim Cusack, pianist Gary Meisner, bassist George Welland and drummer Jack Carr.

June’s blues acts Jim Liban Combo – June 4. Singer, songwriter and stellar harmonica player Jim Liban was known throughout the Midwest in the 1970s as the leader of Short Stuff, the innovative Milwaukee-based ensemble that pioneered the blues and rock sound later identified with bands like the Fabulous Thunderbirds and Stevie Ray Vaughn & Double Trouble. Over the years, Liban has achieved an international cult status as one of the foremost post-war blues harmonica stylists and many of his original songs have been recorded by national blues artists like Johnny Winter and Lonnie Brooks. Joining Liban for the June 4 show will be Roger Brotherhood on guitar, Kurt Koenig on bass and Jimi Schutte on drums. Reverend Raven & The Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys – June 11. One of the most popular blues acts to play at the ICC the last few years is Reverend Raven & The Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys ( Specializing in classic Chicago blues, Reverend Raven and company won the Wisconsin Area Music Industry Award for best blues band in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2008 and 2010. The band performed several shows in Saskatoon, Edmonton and Alberta, Canada in May. Joining guitarist and vocalist Reverend Raven are P.T. Pedersen (bass), Bobby Lee Sellers (drums and vocals), Danny Moore (piano and organ) and Big Al Groth (saxophone). Bryan Lee and The Blues Power Band – June 18. Known as the “Braille Blues Daddy,” Bryan Lee completely lost his sight by the age of 8, but that didn’t stop him from learning how to play rhythm guitar. Lee went on to become a blues institution on Bourbon Street in New Orleans’ French Quarter for 14 years. He and his band have released 13 CDs and one DVD. A 14th CD is expected to be released around the time the band plays at the ICC. Lee was a 2010 Grammy Award nominee and a Blues Music Awards recipient in 2011. He and his band performed at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on Apr. 26. Since then, they have toured up and down the East Coast. Lee’s band includes Brent Johnson (guitar), John Perkins (drums) and Nick Hern (bass). Lee is a native of Two Rivers, Wis. Steve Cohen Band with Greg Koch – June 25. Cohen ( has played his harmonica with some of the world’s top blues players. He was a finalist in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis as a solo performer in 2010 and has received over a dozen awards. Cohen, who performs with several of his own ensembles, averages more than 100 appearances a year. Koch ( is a world recognized guitar clinician and has performed alongside some of the biggest artists in blues, rock and funk. He is currently the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music’s Artist-inResidence. Tom Wheeler from Guitar Player magazine hailed Koch as “fiendishly talented” while other critics have called him everything from “a twisted guitar genius to “the best kept secret in the guitar firmament.” Opera and classical in June Kay Sparling Theatrical Productions – June 5. Kay Sparling, international Verdi and Puccini soprano, will bring a troop of 25 awardwinning singers from the region to perform

International jazz recording artist Janet Planet


Italian opera, Neapolitan song and scenes from Broadway musicals. Sparling Theatrical Productions is a branch of Sparling Conservatory, Jefferson, Wis. The company presents opera and musical theatre concerts, plays, operas and lectures. Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra – June 12. The Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra ( is the oldest fretted instrument music organization in the United States. It was organized in Milwaukee in 1900 and has been in continuous operation in the city ever since. The MMO is led by music director Linda Binder. Its repertoire centers on the best in traditional American mandolin orchestra music (waltzes, marches and polkas) plus light classical, modern, Italian and Latin numbers. Twice, the MMO was honored to have appeared live on Garrison Keillor’s international broadcast radio show, “A Prairie Home Companion.” Siempre Flamenco – June 19. Milwaukeebased Siempre Flamenco ( made its Courtyard Music Series debut to rave reviews last summer. The group, whose mission is “to study, interpret and perform traditional Flamenco music and dance” was formed in 2009. Eric Wruck heads this dance/singing/instrumental performing troop. Flamenco is described as an artistic expression fusing song, dance and musicianship. It originated in and is strongly identified with Andalusia in southern Spain. June’s rock and roll bands Oldies But Goodies Spectacular (June 6 and June 19). You can be sure that fans of ‘50s and ‘60s rock and roll will be on-hand each time the Oldies But Goodies Spectacular ( plays at the ICC. The band was formed by vocalist Kim Marie after she completed seven years in Las Vegas and a gig for Chevrolet at New York City’s Lincoln Center and several other cities across 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 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 Bruce Lorde, drummer Bruce Cole, lead guitarist Tom Sorce, bass guitarist Bob Sanders, saxophonist Mike Miller, trombonist Jay Allison and trumpeter Mike Betts. Tom Anthony Group (June 13) – Whether it’s the summer Courtyard Music Series or the winter Cabin Fever Series, the Tom Anthony Group ( performs before a packed house. Vocalist Tom Anthony has long been a fixture on the Milwaukee area music scene. With his group – Tom Sorce (guitar), Joel Freisinger (keyboards) and Brian Ford (drums), Anthony presents the best of the rock, pop and rhythm and blues era with a bit of today’s country. 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.” The group already has several big-time engagements in 2013 including the Wisconsin State Fair, Aug. 2-11.

“The Braille Blues Daddy” Bryan Lee

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Sam Schiera, president of Società di San Giuseppe, suffers fatal heart attack after guest appearance with Doo-Wop Daddies at ICC show Salvatore “Sam” Schiera, the president of La Società di San Giuseppe, a longtime member of the Italian Community Center and Festa Italiana volunteer, died Saturday, Apr. 13 at the age of 70. He would have turned 71 on May 13. Schiera had come to the ICC with his fiancé, Patricia Holzhauer, joined by several longtime friends the evening of Apr. 13 for a performance by the Doo-Wop Daddies in the Festa Ballroom. Schiera, a fan and acquaintance of the group, had just completed a guest appearance, singing the 1950s classic “Blue Moon” when he was stricken. Bystanders and paramedics worked unsuccessfully to revive him. His daughter, Sally Mayhugh, said her father, who had been a street corner singer since his youth, “was doing exactly what he loved to do, and he was surrounded by the people who he loved and who loved him.” Schiera was one of the individuals involved in reforming La Società di San Giuseppe in the late 1990s. The society had been inactive since 1956. The original organization was one of the first Italian American mutual aid societies in Milwaukee, incorporating on Nov. 7, 1909, according to Mario A. Carini, ICC Historian. Schiera became president of La Società di San Giuseppe succeeding Joseph Balistrieri, who died on Oct. 25, 2010. John Balistrieri, Joseph’s brother, said Schiera was “the ideal candidate to replace my brother. Sam was old enough to remember the traditions of the past and young enough to have an eye to the future.” Balistrieri said Schiera was well

aware of the customs of the society because of his father, Giuseppe, who was a longtime, dedicated member. Balistrieri cited Schiera for recreating an authentic version of the mourning ribbon worn by the original society members for public displays of grief and remembrance of their forefathers. Balistrieri added that Schiera was instrumental in bringing in new, young members ensuring the future of the society. “Sam always had his heart in the right place and did an outstanding job as president. He was an excellent choice to succeed my brother Joe,” Balistrieri said. Mayhugh said her father was involved as a member of the ICC and a volunteer for the organization’s summer festival, Festa Italiana, since the beginning of both in 1978. For many years, Schiera served as bar manager, in charge of the Miller Oasis and bocce court bars and worked in beer distribution. Each year, he marched in Festa’s Sunday religious procession with La Società di San Giuseppe and he took pride in doing so, his daughter said. It brought back the joy of his childhood in Milwaukee’s old Third Ward when early Sicilian immigrants had processions to honor patron saints of their hometowns. The son of immigrants from the Sicilian town of Aspra, Schiera graduated as salutatorian of Milwaukee’s Lincoln High School in 1959 with several academic and athletic prospects. He lettered in several sports, played the trumpet and sang in an a cappella choir while at Lincoln. Schiera suspended thoughts of college when his father, Giuseppe,

New members correction The name of Clare Ostroski was incorrectly published as “Clara” Ostroski in the listing of new mem-

bers in the April 2013 issue. Our apologies to Phil Ostroski and his daughter Clare.

Welcome new Italian Community Center members! The following people became members of the Italian Community Center between Apr. 4 and May 7, 2013. Benvenuti! (Welcome!) Andrew & Laura Brusky and child, Olivia


Larry Cardassi

West Allis

Rosemary Barraco George

Chicago, IL

Maria DeMaio and childrenn Geena and Mikayla


Jan Cascio-Sanchez


Lana Ebesole


Margot Cordes


Kelly Scott


Cynthia Gosinski


Bob & Mari Ann Larsen


Coey Brown


Lee & Carol Loveall

South Milwaukee

Lena Baracco Musso

Oak Lawn, IL

Mark & Diana Metz


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Salvatore “Sam” Schiera

became ill and died soon after high school graduation. He went to work to support his family, taking jobs as a bank teller and later a plumber’s apprentice. He worked for about 15 years for a plumbing company where he did electrical and construction jobs as well as plumbing work. For about the next 25 years, Schiera worked for Milwaukee County, first in hospital grounds maintenance before taking the job as the Director of Grounds and Maintenance at the Milwaukee County Zoo. He oversaw the construction of the penguins exhibit. His job often entailed leaving his Franklin home in the middle of the night to handle maintenance problems that arose and had the potential to impact the well-being of the animals. Schiera also oversaw an upgrade to the zoo’s electrical distribution system, which occurred over a three-year period. The new system allowed sidewalk lighting and

power upgrades to handle summer evening events. Zoo director Chuck Wikenhauser said, “Sam really took this place to heart. He was always a champion for the zoo.” Schiera married his late wife, Judy (Shaw) on Oct. 30, 1971. Judy also worked for Milwaukee County for more than 20 years and was the Deputy Chief of Staff to the County Executive prior to her retirement in 2001. Judy died on Dec. 13, 2005 at the age of 64. “My dad was one of extraordinary character,” Mayhugh said. “We’ve been blessed because of the foundation he’s provided.” Besides his daughter, Sally (Kyle) Mayhugh, and his fiancé, Patricia Holzhauer, Schiera is survived by his brother, John (Liz), his sisters, Joan Ohn, Josephine (Carl) Marlega and Antoinette (Joe) Block, his grandchildren Giuseppe, Sal, Sofia and Aniela and many other relatives and friends.

Granddaughter of Paul and Rose Iannelli is a collegiate hoops star Valerierose Agnello, the granddaughter of Italian Community Center members Paul and Rose Iannelli, is transferring to Wichita State University after two stellar seasons at Kishwaukee College in Malta, Ill. At Kishwaukee, Agnello was a Women’s Basketball College Association/State Farm AllAmerican this past season. She

averaged 14 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game for the Kougars, who finished fourth in the national junior college Division II tournament. Agnello is a longtime member of the Festa Regional and Renaissance Dancers, a group that performs regularly at Festa Italiana. She was a high school basketball standout at Brookfield Central.

Valerierose Agnello (top right, third from left) is seen here with other members of the Festa Regional and Renaissance Dancers in a photo taken at Festa Italiana a couple of years ago.


Jacob Fischer, grandson of ICC member, speaks at Kiwanis event about charitable club he presides over at his school Jacob Fischer, a seventh grader at Washington School in western Racine County, had the privilege of speaking at the 50th annual Kiwanis Wisconin-Upper Michigan District Convention on Feb. 23 about a charitable club at his school. Fischer spoke about the Builders Club which he helped to establish last fall and over which he presides. He said, “Builders Club allowed our middle school students to make a huge impact in our school community, our local community of Tichigan, and our nation.” He noted that the club has conducted a food drive to stock the shelves of the Caldwell Food Pantry, collected nonperishable

food items, games and books for members of the active military, conducted programs to improve the school environment and other activities. Fischer told the convention attendees that the club is helping an organization called Fire Bells which delivers food and other items to EMTs, firefighters and the victims during big fires in Racine and Walworth counties. The club is doing a relay event for the American Cancer Society. School officials and a Kiwanis representative were also involved in establishing the club. Jacob is the son of Scott and Jodi Fischer and the grandson of Italian Community Center member Gino Dentice.

Harrison Balistreri receives SIF scholarship Harrison Balistreri will receive the Frank J. DeSantis Scholarship from the Sons of Italy Foundation at its 25th anniversary National Education and Leadership Awards gala in Washington, D.C. on May 23, report his grandparents Tom and Barbara Balistreri, Italian Community Center members. Harrison is an honors graduate from Marquette University High School. He was class president both his junior and senior years and was a member of the Italian American Club, Latin Club and several others, was co-captain of the varsity golf team and was featured recently in an article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on high school athletes. He is also an Eagle Scout. The SIF event is the Order Sons of Italy in America signature scholarship and awards event. This year, actor Joe Montegna is serving as host. Among the award honorees are General Colin L. Powell, 65th U.S. Secretary of State; and Sergio Marchione, chairman and chief executive officer of Chrysler Group. Harrison was accepted at Georgetown University and Yale

Harrison Balistreri

University. He hopes to pursue a career in the financial sector and work abroad. His parents are Thomas and Debra Balistreri of Hartland. His maternal grandparents are Lucille Felker, the late Harry Felker and Marie Balistreri.

Carnevale princesses participate in ballet dance recital Here is Jacob Fischer speaker at the Kiwanis event.

Elise Fritchie displays art works during Gallery Night & Day at ICC

The weekend of Apr. 27-28 was a big one for two members of the Italian Community Center’s 2013 Carnevale Royalty. Carnevale Principessa Gina Loeffelholz and Piccola Principessa Ella Rose Vollbracht performed a dance together at Anita’s Dance Center’s classical ballet recitals at New Berlin West High School. Gina is a dance instructor at Anita’s and senior member of the studio’s dance company. Ella attends ballet, tap and jazz classes at Anita’s and is part of the Hippity Hopper dance group. The two performed a ballet number, choreographed by Gina, to the song, “These Moments We Share” from the Disney Princess Tea Party album. The performance

has cemented a long term friendship between the two. Gina is the daughter of ICC member Rosa Giannotto Loeffelholz and a senior at Muskego High School. Ella is the daughter of ICC members Jeannine and James Vollbracht and granddaughter of ICC members Joanne and Ron Czubek. She is a first grader at Tess Corners Elementary School. Gina will be giving a final performance at The Pabst Theater on June 7 and 9. She also will be performing at Festa Italiana as a member of Tradizione Vivente, the Italian Dance Group of Milwaukee. You can also catch Ella at Festa performing with her Hippity Hoppers dance group on the Children’s Stage.

The Italian Community Center welcomed Elise (Ceraso) Fritchie as its featured artist for the Apr. 19-20 presentation of Gallery Night & Day, a quarterly program coordinated by the Historic Third Ward Association and the East Towne Association. Fritchie, a lifelong ICC member who received a bachelor’s degree in Visual Communication from the Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago, displayed a variety of her works, many reflecting her influences from Bernini to pop culture to tattoos. (Photo provided by Laura Easey-Jones)

June weather in Italy Unlike the first five months of the year when the daily temperatures from northern to southern Italy can differ by 20º to 25º, temperature readings are fairly consistent during the month of June. In Milan (Lombardy region) and other parts of northern Italy, the average monthly high temperature is 77º and the average low is 55º. There are generally four days of precipitation.


In Rome (Lazio region) and central Italy, the average monthly high temperature is also 77º and the average low is 61º. This area has averaged nine wet days in June. In Palermo (Sicily region) and other places of southern Italy, 77º is again the average monthly high temperature. The average low is 68º. There are two to three days of rain on average in June.

Here are Ella Vollbracht (left) and Gina Loeffelholz performing at the classical ballet recital

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Italian Society and Club News UNICO organizations present scholarships to 16 students The Milwaukee Chapter UNICO National and Milwaukee Ladies of UNICO presented scholarships to 16 area students of Italian descent on Tuesday, May 21. The presentations took place at the annual UNICO Scholarship & Awards Banquet held at the Italian Community Center. Each organization presented one $2,000 scholarship. The recipients were: Paul A. D’Alessio, a senior at St. Francis High School, receiving the Theodore Mazza Award, and Katherine Clare Loomis of Greendale High School, receiving the Anita Mazza Award. Each of the following high school seniors was the recipient of a $1,000 scholarship: • Brianna Rosalie Cardinale, Glendale Nicolet High School, the Grace Iacolucci Award. • Jake Corrao, Waukesha South High School, the Tony and Sadie Machi Award. • Anna Elizabeth Maglio, Whitefish Bay High School, the Gaetanina Balistreri Award. • Michael Steven Manning, Cedarburg High School, the Sam J. Balistreri Award. • Christina Meyer, Wauwatosa West High School, the Phyllis Vitucci Award.

• Nicholas H. Buzzanca, Mequon Homestead High School, Milwaukee Chapter Award. • Clare Lefaivre, Wauwatosa East High School, Milwaukee Chapter Award. • James S. Maslowski, West Allis Central High School, Milwaukee Chapter Award. • Angelina Caroline Pankow, Milwaukee Lutheran High School, Milwaukee Ladies of UNICO Award. • Hailey A. Pipia, Brookfield Central High School, Milwaukee Chapter Award. • Claire Marie Schroettner, Our Lady of Grace Home School, Milwaukee Chapter Award. • Katarina Mary Schulz, Whitefish Bay High School, Milwaukee Chapter Award. These college students received $1,000 awards: • Jasmine M. Cordero, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Italian Studies Award. • Jackie Baker, Baptist College of Ministry, Alfred A. Silverman Memorial Music Association Award. The Anita Mazza, Gaetanina Balistreri, Grace Iacolucci and Phyllis Vitucci awards were presented by the Milwaukee Ladies of UNICO.

Important notice for societies and organizations associated with the ICC from the Newspaper Committee Dear Friends, To better support the efforts of your society or organization in planning an event or an activity at the Italian Community Center for which you are seeking public support, we strongly suggest that you place your news stories in The Italian Times two months prior to the function date. This will ensure that your event or activity is published in both the online and the printed and delivered editions of the newspaper. As a general rule, your news stories should be submitted to editor Tom Hemman by email at by the 5th day of the month. For the actual deadline for stories, please contact Tom via email or call him at 414/223-2180. The monthly issue of The Italian Times always carries a story regarding to the deadline for advertising, however, that due date is not the same as the deadline for news stories. When articles are presented, they must be typeset (done on a computer) and submitted electronically (i.e., via email). If this is not possible and your articles are handwritten, you will be asked to submit your stories significantly earlier – two weeks before the published deadline for advertising – in order to allot time for proofreading and preparation for layout in the newspaper. If you have any questions about the deadlines or submitting your articles, please contact Tom Hemman at the ICC. Thank you for your continued support of the Italian Community Center. – The ICC Newspaper Committee Rosemary DeRubertis, chair, Tony Piacentini, Tony Zingale, Susie Christiansen, Bobby Tanzilo, Ginny Balistreri, Anna Pitzo, Enrica Tarantino Woytal, Joanne Czubek and Faye Ann Kessler

Pompeii Men sponsoring 31st Super Run/Walk The Pompeii Men’s Club and the Badgerland Striders will team up to stage their 31st annual 5K (3.1 mile) Run / Walk. This year’s event will be held on Wednesday, June 12 in Lake Park. Pre-registration forms are available at several Milwaukee area running stores or you can download a registration form at Race day registration will begin at 5 p.m. in the park’s pavilion and will continue until 6:30 p.m. An entry fee of $25 ($35 after June 1) will entitle each participant to receive the following: entry in the event, a shirt, trophies for top finishers, fruit juice, fresh fruit, beer, and a drawing for prizes. As always, there will be Italian sausage available for sale at a nominal cost. “You can join the fun by either running or walking the 3.1 mile course. It will be good for you, and at the same time, you will be helping local Milwaukee charities,” said Charles Lazzaro, president of the Pompeii Men’s Club. The event has averaged 800 participants and has become known as one of Milwaukee’s premier run/walks. “The race’s image and loyal following have been solidified because of the beautiful location, superb post race refreshments, and the committed efforts of over 100 volunteers who make the race day activities proceed smoothly and efficiently,” Lazzaro said.

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The Theodore Mazza, Sam J. Balistreri, Tony and Sadie Machi, Italian Studies and Alfred A. Silverman Memorial awards were presentations of the Milwaukee Chapter UNICO National. All awards are administered through the UNICO organizations, except the Italian studies and the Silverman awards which are courtesy of the Albert A. Silverman Foundation. The high school award recipients were selected by a nonpartisan, non-Italian panel of dignitaries from the Milwaukee area. The Italian studies awardee was chosen by the teaching staff at UWM. The Civic Music Association of Milwaukee selected the Silverman awardee. Since its inception in 1936, the Milwaukee UNICO scholarship program has steadily expanded. The first year one $250 scholarship was presented. Since then, more than $1.1 million has been awarded to 581 student recipients. The Milwaukee Ladies of UNICO also presented $500 to the Italian Immersion Program at Milwaukee’s Victory School for the Gifted and Talented. Last year, the Milwaukee Chapter UNICO National did the same.

Mazzei OSIA invites golfers to register for June 23 outing The Filippo Mazzei Greater Milwaukee Lodge of the Order Sons of Italy in America invites golfers to sign up for a shotgun/scramble to be held Sunday, June 23 at Ironwood Golf Course in Sussex. The outing, which serves as a fund-raiser for the organization, will begin at 11 a.m. Participants will be provided the use of a cart, golf swing analysis by Dick Wallace (a PGA Pro), grilled Italian sandwiches, Italian buffet dinner, entry in a raffle and chances to win prizes. The golf range will also be open for those who want to practice their swing. The Italian buffet, catered by Mia’s of Waukesha, will be available at approximately 4:30 p.m.

The cost for the program is $110. For those who are interested in the dinner only, the cost is $25. To register, send your list of participants along with your payment, made out to OSIA, to Joe Palmisano, 5302 S. Hidden Dr., Greenfield, WI 53221 or contact any of these individuals: Bill Jennaro at 414/224-8660; Peter Russo at 414/418-9045 or Joe Campagna, Jr. at 262/783-6161. In addition to seeking golfers to participate in the event, the Mazzei Lodge is looking for sponsors, prize and gift donors and volunteers to grill sandwiches and staff the registration table. If interested, please contact the individuals listed above.

Società Maschile Maria M.S.S Del Lume planning trip to Chicago for Sept. 1 feast The Società Maschile Maria M.S.S. Del Lume (Madonna Del Lume Society Men) annual trip to Chicago for the Maria S.S. Lauretana feast is set for Sunday, Sept. 1. Anyone interested in joining the members of Società Maschile M.S.S. Del Lume on this trip is asked to contact Mario and

Rose Carini at 414/964-1161. The cost is $25 per person and pre-paid reservations are required. The society is renting a bus that day, departing from St. Rita Catholic Church, 1601 N. Cass St., Milwaukee, at 8 a.m. Attendees will return to the same location around 7:30 p.m.

Italy’s ‘Festa della Repubblica’ is June 2 The Festa della Repubblica is celebrated in Italy each year on June 2. It commemorates the institutional referendum of 1946 when the Italian population was called upon to decide what form of government – monarchy or republic – to give to the country after World War II and the fall of Fascism. After 85 years of monarchy, with 12,717,923 votes for and 10,719,284 votes against, Italy became a republic, and the monarchs of the House of Savoy were deposed and exiled. It became illegal for any male member of

the family to set foot on Italian soil. Monarchists argued that the vote was miscounted. These allegations were never proven. This is one of the most important Italian public holidays which, like July 4 in the United States, celebrates the birth of the modern nation. A grand military parade is held in central Rome. Many cities mark the holiday with parades and fireworks. Many businesses and venues, even major attractions, are closed in observance of this day.


Spotlight on Cultural Arts L’Angolo del Poeta Prepared by Barbara Collignon with Italian translation by Roberto Ciampi There is a mortuary statue in the Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence unlike any of the other staid, classically sculpted other statues there. This figure, with his windblown hair and coat, braces against the wind and clutches his coat around him. Almost instinctively one realizes it must represent some Romantic poet out in the bitter elements. It represents, in fact, Ugo Foscolo, who was born in 1778 on the island of Zakynthos of an impoverished Venetian nobleman physician and a Greek mother. When Foscolo was 10, his father died and the family moved to Venice. He studied at the University of Padua and found literary fame early at the tender age of 19 with a tragedy called “Tieste.” His novel, Ultime lettere di Jacopo Ortis (1798), reflects the influence of “Werther Fever” prevalent throughout Europe after Goethe published The Sorrows of Young Werther. Overly sensitive and melancholy, Werther suffers mentally and commits suicide. Foscolo’s melancholy story was rooted in fact on the suicide of Jacopo Ortis, a young student of Padua, who did exist and did, in fact, kill himself as Foscolo described. But his novel was also inspired by political events. Foscolo was greatly shocked and disappointed by the Treaty of Campoformio (1797) by which Napoleon handed Venice over to the Austrians. The topic of suicide appealed to young Italian patriots as it did to their contemporaries in Europe. He is also known for Dei sepolcri and other hauntingly beautiful works of poetry. He died at the age of 49 in Cheswick, England where his tomb remains with the inscription “wearied citizen poet”. His remains, however, were brought to Florence 44 years after his death upon the request of the King of Italy. Now he lies near the monuments of Machiavelli, Michelangelo and Galileo in the church of Santa Croce, the pantheon of Italian glory that he celeUgo Foscolo

brated in Dei sepolcri and where he was entombed with the pomp and circumstance of a great national mourning, Evening, in many works of poetry, is a metaphor for death and in his poem “Alla Sera,” Foscolo invites evening to come and soothe his worries. * * * Alla Sera Forse perchè della fatal quïete Tu sei l’immago, a me si cara vieni, O Sera! E quando ti corteggian liete Le nubi estive e i zèffiri sereni E quand dal nevoso aere inquïete Tènebre e lunghe all’universo meni, Sempre scendi invocata, e le secrete Vie del mio cor soavemente tieni. Vagar me fai co’ miei pensier sull’orme Che vano al nulla eterno; e intanto fugge Questo reo tempo, e van lui le tórme Delle cure onde meco egli si strugge; E mentre io guardo la tua pace, dorme Questo spirto guerrier ch’entro mi rugge. – By Ugo Foscolo To Evening O Evening! Perhaps you come to me so dear because you are the image of final quiet, and when happy summer clouds and fair zephyrs pay you court, and when summoned from snowy skies you precede long dark nights into the universe, you always descend and gently guard the secret ways of my heart. You make my thoughts wander with footprints that fade into eternal nothing; meanwhile ruthless time flees, and with it, go the many cares so that it dissipates with me; and while I contemplate your peace, that warrior spirit that roars within me sleeps. – Translated by Roberto Ciampi * * * I tried my hand at writing a poem on the same theme. Here it is. Question Rugged the path, the journey long. I am weary, wrought with care.

B. Collignon

R. Ciampi

As evening falls, I’m still not near the respite, rest, for which I long. But as inevitable night descends I’ll make a stop along the way and greet that quiet, welcome friend one needs at close of day. Welcome sunset, twilight peace, evening when the bird song ‘s ceased. She’s found her nest, her evening rest, the peace for which I long. Shall I, like her, after night’s embrace, wake again to morning’s song? – By Barbara J. Collignon Domanda Aspro il cammino; un lungo viaggio. Sono stanca, provata dalle pene. Come giunge la sera, non sono ancora vicina alla tregua, al riposo che tanto bramo. Ma non appena la notte inesorabile scende farò una sosta lungo la strada e saluterò quell’amico silenzioso e gradito di cui ciascuno ha bisogno alla fine del giorno. Benvenuto tramonto, pace crepuscolare, sera, quando il canto dell’uccello è cessato. Ha trovato il suo nido, il suo riposo serale, quella pace che io bramo. Mi sveglierò anch’io, come lei, dopo l’abbraccio della notte] al canto del mattino? – Translation by Roberto Chiampi

Opera Topics by Angelo Castronovo Recently, I talked about famous composers and conductors and have decided there is another name that must be included in the list of conductors. It is Tullio Serafin, artistic director of the Rome Opera from 1934 to 1943. He was also closely associated with La Scala, Milan and New York’s Metropolitan Opera. Serafin, who was born in 1878 and died in 1968, was considered to be among the finest of Italian conductors of his era. As well as being


a coach and supporter of upcoming young singers, he conducted the first performances of Montemezzi’s L’Amore dei Tre Re and Hanson’s Merry Mount among a number of other prominent operas. Return to last month’s column for a moment. While reviewing operas done by twos and threes, including Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci and Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana, Puccini’s and Leoncavallo’s respective versions of La Bohème and Puccini’s Il Trittico, I mentioned briefly the rare occurrence of two Bohèmes being performed in the same week on the same night in New York City. The date of this memorable event was Jan. 26, 1910. New York’s opera scene was greatly enhanced with the debut of Oscar Hammerstein’s Manhattan Opera in December 1906, featuring tenor Alessandro Bonci in Bellini’s I Puritani. Hammerstein, a former tobacco magnate turned opera impresario, became the man who lost no opportunity to be “one up” on the Met by taking on opportunities that the Met chose to turn down. So it was at the Manhattan

Opera that American opera-goers first heard Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande and Charpentier’s Louise, both starring Mary Garden. Hammerstein secured another coup by persuading Australian soprano Nellie Melba to make her first American appearance in what has been described as “ of the most electrifying in New York musical history.” And not resting for long on his laurels, Hammerstein brought Luisa Tetrazzini and John McCormack to the Manhattan in 1909. This brings me to my promise to relate the unusual tale of the two Bohèmes in the same week and on the same evening. Hammerstein heard of the Met’s plans for an upcoming performance of that opera with Enrico Caruso and Geraldine Farrar and came up with an amazing inspiration – scheduling his own performance of Bohème with Lina Cavalieri and John McCormack. It was an absolute delight for New York opera fans – some even bought tickets for both Bohèmes. Sadly, the Manhattan Opera held forth for only four seasons.

Contradictions abound in life and nowhere is this truer than in the arts and, of course, in opera. Most puzzling is the case of one of the great vocal composers in history who was also the most ill-fated when it came to the operas he wrote. Franz Schubert wrote 14 operas, but only three of them were performed during his lifetime, due mainly to poor libretti. Many were left unfinished. His finest work was considered to be the three act Fierrabras which is set in Charlemagne’s time. It is a story of love and chivalry during the Moorish Wars. Two of Schubert’s most famous compositions are “Serenade” and the memorable, frequently performed “Ave Maria.” And in the category of unusual accomplishments must be that of Carlo Bergonzi’s feat of recording all of Verdi’s tenor arias in the 1950s. Bergonzi, a singer of great taste and style, started his career as a baritone and retrained himself as a tenor midway through his career. Quotable Quote: “Music is well said to be the speech of Angels.” – Thomas Carlyle.

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Victory School’s Italian Immersion Program report on spring activities The pre-kindergarten class has been learning about, “Going green, keeping our planet clean.” Vocabulary words include: mondo, terra, fiori, vermi, composto, foglie, farfalla, uovo, bruco e pupa. The students are raising Pink Lady Butterflies and soon they will emerge! Before the end of the year, the class will plant sunflower seeds in a flat of prepared potting soil, measure their growth and eat them in a salad. In K5 literacy, students are learning all about “mezzi di trasporto!” The students are making books about transportation and learning to read Italian words such as “macchina” and “autobus.” They are also playing many fun games and learning a new song! In the K5 math, students have just finished up a unit all about money. K5 students are learning how to identify quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies. They add money together to pay for books at a pretend bookstore and to buy groceries at the pretend grocery store. They are learning to subtract money to find change, too. It is really exciting for them to learn about money because it is something that is real and tangible. Ms. Zizzo and many of the Italian teachers are either current members or alumni of AmeriCorps and have collaborated on various service learning projects at Victory. The first graders in Ms. Zizzo’s class have been implementing a service-learning project focused on health and nutrition. Students spent time researching different ways to stay healthy and then became advocates for healthy living by creating public service announcements and advertisements that were shared with the school community. A guest speaker from the UW-Extension’s Nutrition Education Program and Victory’s Nurse Hanson visited to share tips on how to stay healthy. Students then chose healthy snacks to prepare for the “Girls on the Run” team and the attendance winners for the month of March. Congratulations to the first graders who worked so hard and are well on their way to being responsible global citizens. April was a “science-tastic” month for the third grade students. The students spent a significant part of the month creating, testing, predicting and observing for the school science fair. Over the course of three weeks, students compared three groups of plants that were fed different amounts of fertilizer. Ultimately, the conclusion most students made was that the food a plant makes for itself through the process of photosynthesis is better than using loads of fertilizer to feed a plant. Students worked in pairs to create science boards that displayed their hypotheses, observations, results and conclusions. Third grade students also hosted an ecosystem gallery walk in order to display and explain their ecosystem posters and reports. Teachers and students from other classrooms were invited to check out student created exhibits, which students set up throughout the room. Visitors from many grade levels came and students had an opportunity to display their presentational and oratory skills. The event helped create a sense of community throughout the classroom.

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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 e-mail 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. We can even email you a copy of The Italian Times. 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 nonmembers 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 – 414-2232808.


Italians married in Milwaukee: 1897-1925 Part VI Compiled by Mario A. Carini, Italian Community Center Historian Introductory Notes The Milwaukee Marriage Index: 1897-1925 includes the name of the individual married and the month and year the marriage took place. Information contained in the Milwaukee Marriage Index:1926-1940 was compiled by this researcher in January of 1993 and will be featured in The Italian Times at future dates. The Milwaukee Marriage Index: 1941-1955 was previously published in The Italian Times. Reporting of the volume Milwaukee Marriage Index was obtained from the Milwaukee County Historical Society and copies at the City of Milwaukee Legislative Reference Bureau. These works are all copyrighted and an original copy is at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. for all time. Please keep in mind that these marriages were actualized only in the City of Milwaukee. Accordingly, if you were married outside the city limits (e.g., Shorewood, West Allis, Cudahy), your name won’t appear in this listing. Names appearing here are listed and spelled exactly as found in the marriage volumes. If you know of a relative who was married in Milwaukee during the time period 1897-1925 and that relative’s name does not appear in these listings, please contact the Milwaukee County Historical Society. Surname of bridegrooms appears in parenthesis after bride’s name. Note: This series appears in all issues of The Italian Times. Since the newspaper is not available in print every month, please check out the online edition, found at, to see this column on a continuous basis. In addition, please watch for an addendum to this series. These are the names of Italians married between 1897 and 1925 who were not part of athe original records for reasons unbeknown to this researcher. Name Married atti, Santo Dec-1919 Patti, Salvatore Jul-1911 Patti, Sebastiano Jun-1908 Patti, Sundina (Ollo) Jun-1920 Pecoraro, Francesco Apr-1903 Pecoraro, Hazel (Krieter) Jul-1920 Pecoraro, Rose (Sardina) Jul-1920 Pecoraro, Salvatore Sep-1914 Pecoraro, Salvatore Sep-1919 Pecorraro, Giusepinna (Cette) Sep-1917 Pedecino, Sam May-1921 Pedrotti, Frank Jun-1923 Pedrotti, Louis Dec-1924 Pedrotti, Maria (Ceccato) Apr-1923 Pedri, Mary (Scagnetti) Mar-1925 Pellegrini, Felice Oct-1911 Pellegrini, Julius Apr-1920 Pacata, Rosalia (Hologa) Sep-1909 Pagliasotti, Domenic Jun-1924 Pagliasotti, Florence Dec-1920 Palazzotto, Frank Nov-1925 Palazzotto, Giovanni Nov-1922 Paliafito, Joseph Dec-1919 Palmieri, Anna (Ditomasi) Jul-1924 Palmisano, Anna (Greco) Apr-1910 Palmisano, Antonia Gennaro Sep-1914 Palmisano, Christine (Baron) Nov-1918 Palmisano, Josephine (Torretta) Dec-1922 Palmisano, Mary (Foti) Oct-1908 Palmisano, Michele Dec-1902 Palmisano, Prodidenzia (Sansone) May-1902 Pellegrino, Joseph Jun-1921 Pellegrino, Paul Feb-1913 Pellettiere, Martha (Diliberti) Jun-1919 Pera, Joseph Jan-1905 Peri, Peter Oct-1917 Perino, Alice (Liston) Dec-1916 Perrili, Ligina (Reccobuono) Sep-1914 Perrotti, Italia (Piagi) Oct-1899 Petrolatti, Catherine (Gianotti) May-1921 Petta, Damiano Aug-1906 Petta, Frank Jun-1915 Petta, Gioacchino Nov-1912 Petta, Mary (Vicari) Feb-1917 Petta, Vincent Nov-1923 Piacentine, Mildred (Puccinelli) May-1915 Piacentino, Nicola Jul-1912 Pianco, Mary (Bertani) Jun-1911 Piano, Nick Jun-1924 Piano, Nick Jun-1915 Picarella, Michael Jul-1919 Piccinno, Binedetta (Balistrieri) Apr-1917 Picciola, Mary (Millele) Mar-1911 Picciolo, Andrew Dec-1910 Picciolo, Concetta (Giovanni) Oct-1914 Picciolo, Domenica (Patti) Dec-1906 Picciolo, Frank Jul-1924 Picciolo, Jennie (Sardina) S ep-1922 Picciolo, Vincenzo Dec-1911 Piccione, Ginseppa (Sciano) Aug-1902 Picciurro, Benedetta (Balestrieri) Apr-1917 Picciurro, Sarro Sep-1921 Piciurro, Cosimo Jun-1914 Pinda, Angelina (Boscia) Feb-1916 Pineo, Pasquale Feb-1909 Pineo, Petrina (Pineo) Feb-1909 Pinilla, Ladislo Jul-1905 Pio, Alberto Apr-1898 Pio, Eduardo Aug-1897 Pipetone, Rosaria (Farina) May-1916 Pipia, Frank Sep-1925 Pipia, Vincenzo Oct-1922 Pipino, Biaggio Sep-1925 Pipino, Catherine (Cashman) Jan-1898 Pipora, Joseph Feb-1925 Piraino, Mamie (Taratino) Nov-1923 Pirelli, Frank May-1922 Pirelli, Josephine (Curro) Sep-1914 Pirelli, Luigina (Riccobono) Oct-1916 Pirelli, Rose (Carini) Feb-1921 Pisciotella, Cologgera (Sacco) Dec-1910 Piscitello, Domenico Oct-1906


Name Piscitello, Joseph Piscitello, Peter Pistoria, Antonia (Amato) Pizzini, Basillie Pizzo, Giacomo Pizzo, Josephine, (Terintino) Pizzo, Maria (Damato) Pizzo, Mary (Vento) Pizzo, Rosalia (Tarantino) Pizzo, Stepharca (D'Amato) Pizzoferrato, Isadore Pizzoni, Basillie Pizzonta, Rosa (Francesco) Plazotta, Joseph Polizza, Josephine (Rotolo) Polo, Eugene Pomosi, Thersa (Angyan) Pontarelli, Dianizio Poteri, George Prato, Andrew Presselli, Rudolph Prestifilippo, Frank Principato, Cyrus Prioletta, Mary (Fiscarelli) Prosetti, Egidac Provetto, Antonia (Farino) Providenzia, Sottile (Sanfilippo) Pucci, Angelina (Viglione) Pucci, Tony Puccinelli, Americo Puccinelli, Christfo Puccinelli, Ferruccio Puccinelli, Mildred (Snyder) Puccio, Giuseppa (?) Puccio, Joseph Puccio, Thomas Puliafito, Anthony Puliafito, Domenica (Schramel) Puliafito, Pietro (Gioacchino) Puliafito, Rose (Draws) Pulpero, Pasquale Purabon, Giovanna (Guerino) Purpera, Philip Purpero, Charles Purpero, Grazia (Sberna) Purpura, Giuseppa (Corrado) Purpura, Theresa (Tripiciano) Puterio, Grace (Cusamano) Puzanca, Josephine Quaranta, Josephine (Lamia) Quaranta, Lorenzs Quartana Peter Quattrocchi, Concetta (Picciolo) Quattrocchi, Santa (Bertucci) Quattrocchi, Vincenzo Raccuglia, Frank Racuglia, Sara (Zichichi) Radasso, Marco Radosta, Anton Radosta, Anton Radosta, Henry Radosta, Ignazia (Crapitto) Ragghianti, Egidis Ragghianti, Isolina (Pera) Raggio, Amelia (Killeen) Raimondo, Calogero Raimondo, Maria (Carmelo) Ramando, Joe Rampolla, Liboria (Dovi) Randasso, Marco Randazzo, Aida (Ramirez) Randazzo, Annie (Russo) Randazzo, Helen (Gebbis) Randazzo, Jack Randazzo, Rose (Petta) Randazzo, Salvatore Ray (Re), Angie (Triscari) Re (Ray), Maggie (Giaimo) Re (Ray), Mary (Bruno) Re Anna, (Quattrocchi) Rebori, Carlotta (Ginocchio) Reccobuono, Giuseppi

Married Oct-1919 Nov-1924 Aug-1910 Nov-1914 Jul-1918 Oct-1919 Mar-1914 Nov-1923 Jan-1910 Dec-1910 Feb-1921 Nov-1914 Sep-1913 Jan-1910 Aug-1916 Apr-1918 Sep-1908 Aug-1901 Feb-1906 Aug-1898 Apr-1914 Feb-1914 Dec-1910 Oct-1923 Sep-1919 Mar-1917 Nov-1924 Jan-1915 Sep-1920 Sep-1922 May-1915 Jun-1914 Oct-1924 Oct-1912 Nov-1921 Jul-1921 Sep-1920 Jun-1918 Jan-1910 Jul-1924 Dec-1901 Apr-1906 Apr-1908 Oct-1920 Nov-1917 Apr-1903 Nov-1907 Mar-1922 Feb-1913 Mar-1907 Jun-1901 Sep-1925 Dec-1910 Feb-1919 Jan-1914 Dec-1911 Jun-1923 Jan-1916 Apr-1904 Sep-1924 Jun-1919 Aug-1921 Jun-1902 Jan-1905 Feb-1906 Apr-1912 Aug-1906 Mar-1912 Nov-1909 Jan-1916 Jul-1923 Jun-1919 Nov-1916 May-1924 Aug-1906 Sep-1920 Feb-1922 Apr-1917 Aug-1917 Jan-1914 Feb-1913 Sep-1914

Name Married Recica, Michael Nov-1909 Regalbuto, Antonio Sep-1920 Regghianti, Jessie (Tralongo) Mar-1920 Regghianti, Julius Jul-1924 Regnieri, Elizebeth (Hand) Nov-1909 Rei, Augustina (Ceraolo) Oct-1916 Remondino, George Jul-1911 Restaino, Dominic Apr-1911 Restevo, William Jun-1914 Restifo, Biaggio Jun-1914 Restivo, Frances (Zarconi) Oct-1919 Restivo, Laura (Dimore) Jun-1917 Ribera, Giovannina (Spata) Sep-1920 Ribera, Josephine (Connizzaro) May-1922 Riccardi, Anna (Defillippo) Nov-1924 Ricciardi, Calorio Jul-1906 Ricciardi, Natali Mar-1919 Riccobono, Giuseppe Sep-1914 Riccobono, Marianna (Mercurio) Jul-1919 Riccobono, Mary (La Domita) Dec-1910 Ricupo, Antonia (Sammario) Sep-1914 Rigacci, Pasquale Apr-1921 Rigali, Irma (Pieracini) Apr-1913 Rigano, Carmelo Oct-1922 Righi, Paolo Jul-1921 Ristifo, Mary (Marchese Jr.) May-1925 Rocco, Louis Dec-1923 Rolli, Alfredo Dec-1913 Romano, Antonietta (Bernard) Jun-1922 Romano, Astrenzio Aug-1916 Romano, Castrenzo Aug-1916 Romano, Joe May-1920 Romano, John Mar-1924 Romano, Lucia (Crema) Oct-1916 Romano, Mary (Lo Cicero) Feb-1912 Romano, Nicola Jan-1900 Romano, Pasquale Sep-1907 Romeo, Vincent Jul-1898 Romiglio, Cialdini Aug-1907 Romolo, August Mar-1905 Rondello, Peter May-1913 Ronelli, Fred Oct-1916 Ronelli, Fred Oct-1916 Rosalia, Maglio (Salvatore) Jan-1906 Rosetti, Gesse (Di Marco) Nov-1914 Rosetti, Maria (La Rosa ) Dec-1914 Rospanto, Nicolina (Levigne) Nov-1920 Rossi, Adela (Rades) Nov-1919 Rossi, Eugene Aug-1915 Rossi, Eugene Nov-1909 Rossi, Frank Feb-1912 Rossi, George Dec-1918 Rossi, Jeanette (Jennrich) Aug-1913 Rossi, Jennett (Puls) Dec-1916 Rossio, Mary (Basso) Sep-1922 Rossio, Mary (Basso) Sep-1922 Rosso, Catherine (Rathkamp) Oct-1903 Rosso, James Mar-1901 Rotolo, Michael Aug-1916 Rotolo, Michael Aug-1916 Roventini, Ortenza (Anichini) Nov-1907 Rozella, Ruth (Morris) Jun-1913 Rugolo, Giuseppe Apr-1914 Ruopoco, Antonia (Sammario) Sep-1914 Rupena, Anton Jun-1918 Rupena, Tony Apr-1925 Russo, Adeline (Petta) Nov-1912 Russo, Angeline (Randazzo) Sep-1920 Russo, Gaetano Sep-1920 Russo, Jack Dec-1923 Russo, Joseph Feb-1915 Russo, Josephine (Mathano) Nov-1920 Russo, Nicholas Oct-1924 Russo, Ninette (Quartana) Sep-1925 Russo, Philip Feb-1920 Russo, Rosie (Schillaci) Jul-1907 Russo, Rosie (Volenza) Dec-1910 Russo, Salvatore Jan-1915 Russo, Salvatore Jun-1919 Russo, Samuel Jun-1921 Ruvolo, Joseph Jun-1923 To be continued in the next issue

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New logo designed for 36th Festa By Jessica Vollrath Festa Italiana is getting a face lift - starting with a new logo! Festa logos of the past have been replaced with a more contemporary design that reflects a festival both rich in tradition and one that is poised for success in the future. The fresh, modern look represents Festa as it is today - a festival that attracts all ages. In the spring of 2013, Festa’s marketing team made up of Vollrath Associates (public relations), Propeller (media planning) and GT Creative (creative) put their minds together to modernize the Festa brand. The new logo takes into account what makes Festa unique and the special significance it holds in the Italian community. Situated above sleek typefaces, the logo proudly displaces the hallmarks of Festa - the Italian flag celebrating Italian tradition, a wine bottle symbolizing the presence of wine in the culture’s rich history and a fork representing a people passionate about food and family. The vibrant colors and contemporary images come together seamlessly to tell the modern story of Milwaukee’s oldest ethnic festival. The logo also sets the stage for more exciting creative to come as we near the 36th annual Festa Italiana! The upcoming marketing campaign will incorporate everything that the Milwaukee community has come to know and love about Festa - delicious food, Italian fun for the entire family and, of course, fireworks! Festa Italiana will take place Friday, July 19 through Sunday, July 21 at Henry W. Maier Festival Park (Summerfest grounds).

Celebrating Thirty-Six Years! with our 36th Annual Festa Bocce Ball Tournament Sunday, July 21st @ 2:00 p.m.

Presenting Sponsor

Festa’s Location: Summerfest Grounds Bocce Court Location: Straight back from the Mid-Gate (Chicago St. entrance) between the fountain & Flags of Festa area and the lakefront. Next to the Children’s Area.


Papa: difendiamo i bambini dagli abusi Papa Francesco, nel Regina Coeli, ha citato ‘’quanti hanno sofferto e soffrono a causa di abusi. Vorrei assicurare loro - ha detto Bergoglio che sono presenti nella mia preghiera ma vorrei anche dire con forza che tutti dobbiamo impegnarci con chiarezza e

coraggio affinché ogni persona, specialmente i bambini, sia sempre difesa e tutelata’’. Questa mattina ha celebrato la Messa in una piazza san Pietro bagnata dalla pioggia per le Confraternite arrivate da tutto il mondo.

E’ morta Rossella Falk E’ morta a Roma Rossella Falk. Nata nella capitale 86 anni fa, attrice prediletta da Fellini e da Visconti, musa ispiratrice delle commedie di Giuseppe Patroni Griffi e di Diego Fabbri, compagna d’arte di Romolo

Valli e Giorgio De Lullo, e’ stata definita la Greta Garbo italiana. Tra le sue ultime interpretazioni, al cinema ‘Non ho sonno’ di Dario Argento (2000) ed ‘Est Ovest’ di Cristina Comencini a teatro nel 2009.

Celestino V con vero volto a Collemaggio Le spoglie di San Celestino V con il suo vero volto in argento e con una nuova teca sono tornate intorno alle 18 di oggi nella Basilica di Collemaggio, che ha ancora chiari i segni della distruzione causata dal sisma, da dove il 23 febbraio scorso erano state

trasferite per procedere alla ricognizione sulla salma e sacre reliquie e al rifacimento della maschera funebre. Le spoglie sono state impreziosite dal pallio donato da papa Ratzinger nel corso della visita all’Aquila dopo il terremoto.

Hit parade, Emma sempre al top Emma, con Schiena, gia’ disco d’oro, comanda la classifica FimiGfk dei dischi piu’ venduti per la quarta settimana consecutiva. Fedez e’ secondo dopo aver scalato quattro posizioni seguito da un altro rapper, Dargen D’Amico, che

irrompe con l’album Vivere aiuta a non morire, new entry che precede lo stabile Michael Buble’. Il singolo piu’ scaricato e’ Get Lucky dei Daft Punk feat. Pharrel Williams, il dvd piu’ venduto e’ La mia Thule di Francesco Guccini.

Coca-Cola, ecco bottiglia personalizzata Arriva la Coca-Cola personalizzata. Dall’8 maggio - 127/o anniversario della bevanda - e fino ad agosto, per la prima volta, grazie al progetto Condividi una Coca-Cola, il celebre logo sara’ sostituito dai nomi di battesimo, dai nomi generici e dai modi di dire piu’

popolari. Su bottiglie e lattine di Coca-Cola, Coca-Cola light e Coca-Cola Zero campeggeranno i 150 nomi propri piu’ diffusi (da Alessandra a Valentina), nomi generici (mamma, amico, prof) e modi di dire (Lo Zio, Il Socio, La VIP).

• 32 Bocce teams consisting of 4 players each. • Entry fee of $50.00 per team. • The first 32 pre-paid teams will make up our tournament roster. • This is a single elimination tournament with a consolation round (guaranteeing all teams will play at least two games). • Trophies & Prize Money will be awarded to the 1st & 2nd place teams from the winners’ bracket. 3rd place will go to the winner of the consolation bracket and includes a cash prize. • 1st place - $500, 2nd place - $300, 3rd place - $200. • Other prizes and drawings throughout the event. Please complete the form below and send a check or money order to: Dan Conley, Tournament Coordinator, at 1676 N. Cass St., Milwaukee, WI 53202 Make checks payable to Italian Community Center. ONLY ONE CHECK PER TEAM PLEASE. COMPLIMENTARY SUNDAY FESTA ADMISSION TICKETS WILL BE MAILED TO THE TEAM CAPTAINS UPON RECEIPT OF THE TEAM “PRE-PAID” REGISTRATION FORM. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS $52 THIRTY-SIXTH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL. For questions or more information, call 414-272-8249 or 414-759-5991. Come join us & help celebrate our 36th anniversary. Thank you!

REGISTRATION FORM Team Name: _____________________________________________ Team Sponsor: ___________________________________________ Team Captain: ___________________________________________ Address: _______________________________________________ Phone # _______________ Email address: ____________________ Player #2 _______________________________________________ Player #3 _______________________________________________ Player #4 _______________________________________________

All’asta chitarra di Lennon e Harrison Una delle pochissime chitarre usate da John Lennon e George Harrison negli anni d’oro dei Beatles verra’ prima esposta a Londra, da domani a sabato 11 maggio allo Stafford Hotel, e poi venduta all’asta a New York da Julien’s Auctions. Si tratta di un

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prototipo della Vox costruito nel 1966 che potrebbe raggiungere una cifra compresa fra i 200 mila e i 300 mila dollari. Lennon la suonava nel video di ‘Hello Goodbye’, Harrison l’ha usata nel film ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ del 1967.


June 2013 Italian Times  

June 2013 Italian Times

June 2013 Italian Times  

June 2013 Italian Times