SIAMO, the newly formed Italian-American Heritage Society of Northeastern Pennsylvania, in conjunction with the Abington Community Library, 1200 W. Grove St., Clarks Summit, will host a St. Joseph's Day Celebration on Saturday, March 19, beginning at 2 p.m. "This is SIAMO's first major event since forming this past January," said founder Stephanie Longo. "In the Italian-American community, St. Joseph's Day is seen as a celebration of our heritage. The goal of this event is to teach people about who we are as Italian-Americans beyond the 'mafioso' or 'goombah' stereotypes."
The event will feature clips from the PBS documentary "The Italian-Americans," children's crafts, a reading of "Strega Nona" by Tomie dePaola and an Italian-American food potluck. "We wanted to include a food element to this event because cuisine is such a fundamental part of the Italian-American culture," Longo said. "By having a potluck, people can bring a dish that might not necessarily be known to other Italian-Americans or Americans who happen to enjoy Italian food."
The St. Joseph's Day celebration is free, but registration is requested by calling the Abington Community Library at (570) 587-3440. Anyone interested in bringing a dish for the potluck may call the library or email SIAMO at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SIAMO will also host its monthly Italian Language Hour at Adezzo Café, 515 Center Street, Scranton, on Sunday, March 20, beginning at 2 p.m.