NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

The Michigan Opera Theatre presented Mark Adamo’s opera Little Women, in collaboration with the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, on March 11 and 12.  The MOT organized several community events leading up to the performance that were informative and entertaining.   On February 9 at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, MOT Audience Engage...

John Vourlis spent 20 years working in Hollywood chasing the dream of making it big in the film business.  The Wickliffe native did pretty well for himself. He began working at a company called LightingStrikes, a lighting company for films. His first job there was as a receptionist. When he left to return home seven years ago, Vourlis was the compa...

“Where are your donuts?” That is the question Michelle Kelly of Bakery 151, 130 N. 1st Street, Miamisburg, gets on a-daily-basis. Bakery 151 is a traditional New York/New Jersey style bakery. Exit 151 is an area in Northern New Jersey located a few miles outside of New York City. The Kelly’s are from New Jersey. Michelle is Italian descent. Her gra...

The Italian American Veterans Museum will present its founder and chairman, Anthony Fornelli, with a Lifetime Achievement Award at a testimonial dinner on June 8 at the Donald E. Stevens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill. During a career that has spanned more than six decades, Fornelli has served at various levels of government; presided over half...

Monday, July 10, 2017. Boulder Ridge Country Club www.boulderridge.com 350 Boulder Dr. - Lake in the Hills, IL 60156. Featuring the most prominent Italian business leaders in the Midwest. Click here to RSVP Exclusive tasting of Italian wine, beer and delicacies & the best, fun games: beat the pro, closest to the pin, longest putt, longest drive, an...

Italian Americans and Catholics came together in a common cause on March 19: Good food in honor of St. Joseph. The Italian Catholic Federation No. 220 held its annual St. Joseph's Day table at St. Celestine Catholic Church from noon to 2 p.m., and it was as popular as ever. "We have this event at St. Celestine since this is my parish," said event o...

The March 13 meeting of the Italian American Cultural Club held at St. Florian Hall began with Louise Donofe offering the blessing and reading a story of the tradition of the San Giuseppe Altar. Mariella Pittera, Lucia Scaffidi, Carm Gentile, Rita Carapellotti and Jane Antonucci made the traditional breads for the altar of San Giuseppe. Rick Pastr...

The popular, free concert "Opera in the Italian Garden" will be presented on the lawn of the beautiful Renaissance Italian Cultural Garden Sunday, July 30 at 6:00-7:30 p.m. The concert, offered free to the public by the Italian Cultural Garden Foundation, features famous music from well known operas with the Cleveland Opera and the Cleveland Ballet...

On February 19 a farewell dinner was held in honor of outgoing Italian Consul in Detroit, Dr. Maria Luisa Lapresa.  Organized by the Dante Alighieri Society of Michigan, the Federazione Abruzzese del Michigan, the Italian American Cultural Society, the Italian American Club of Livonia, the Italian American Club of Livonia Charitable Foundation, the...

When: April 14th at 6pm - What: Foreign Faces: Race, Ethnicity and Identity in the Art of the Roman Empire- Where: Italian Cultural Institute, 500 N Michigan Avenue, Suite 1450 Free and open to the public. Registration at https://foreign-faces.eventbrite.com  Third Lecture: How was the 'typical' Roman supposed to appear, and how do these visual nor...

Remember Osteria del Mondo? It's coming back and will be known simply as Osteria. "I am extremely excited. And it's about time," said chef and co-owner Marc Bianchini. Osteria del Mondo closed on Milwaukee's lower east side in 2011. It was in the Knickerbocker Hotel, 1028 E. Juneau Ave., for 16 years. Bianchini will reopen his Italian restaurant wi...

There are places in Mansfield that I’ve often heard talked about but will never see, places from the past that live on only in stories and conversation. One of those places is - or was - Saprano’s Bar, a downtown beer and pizza joint that closed its doors 35 years ago. The bar was sold off and longtime proprietor Joe Saprano died in 1987. With the...