SIAMO and Abington Community Library to Host St. Joseph’s Day Celebration

Mar 13, 2016 374

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

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.

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