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Against all odds, Milwaukee's Festa Italiana is returning in 2022, though not at the usual time and place. Organizers have come a long way to get to this point. They first canceled the Italian-themed festival originally scheduled for April of 2022. But in a surprise announcement, organizers revealed the festival would indeed be held - this time at...

Last night was the 9th (of the twelve) in person event being held in the month of September at 1001 Woodward Ave for the "LoveITDetroit" initiative. The LoveITDetroit initiative consists in a series of promotional activities to be structured in the form of a "Festival dedicated to Italian creativity" lasting one month, with a permanent installation...

The Italian American Veterans Post No. 1 will have its annual Festa Italiana from noon to 6 p.m., Sept. 17, at its headquarters located 4567 Oberlin Ave. in Lorain. The honorees this year are Lorain accounting firm Campana Campana & Company Inc. as Italian Business of the Year, and Darlene Bruno of Lorain will be recognized as the Auxiliary Member...

No fewer than four local groups will host major events in Columbus’ name this month. The Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans will spearhead a daylong celebration on Oct. 10. Festivities will begin with a 9 a.m. Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii in Chicago, followed by a noon parade down State Street and a 3 p.m. reception at Casa Ita...

The Italian American Executives of Transportation have donated $6,500 from the proceeds of their 2022 fashion show to Casa Italia. The check was presented to Casa Chairman Ron Onesti by Fashion Show Committee Co-Chair Dr. Michele Monica Daly at the IAET’s July meeting. The event was also co-chaired by Theresa Cascio and Grace Galletta, with Jadon Q...

In the fall of 1872, nationwide orders for cast iron fell sharply, forcing cutbacks in coal mining. As a result, Ohio coal operators announced a large cut in miners' pay, effective January 1, 1873. Refusing the wage reduction the miners struck, and within weeks over 7,000 men had deserted Ohio's coal pits. Among the companies paralyzed by the walko...

A newly renovated Golf Mill Park in Niles was home to the return of the 122nd annual Feast of Maria SS Lauretana of Altavilla Milicia festival over Labor Day weekend with thousands in attendance. The event celebrates what the faithful see as a miracle that took place off the coast of Sicily in the year 1623. The legend says a ship with a heathen pi...

One of four children, Frank Pisani was born in Chicago to Francesco and Lucia DeCarolis Pisani. His parents emigrated from the province of Potenza in Italy and settled in the Grand and Western neighborhood known as “The Patch.” Pisani’s father, a barber, gradually brought his brothers over from Italy. His mother, a seamstress, prepared delicious me...

Taking inspiration from the street festivals that once took place in the Italian Third Ward, Festa Italiana will host its 2022 festival on the grounds of the Italian Community Center, 631 E. Chicago Ave. After canceling the festival on the Summerfest grounds in 2020, 2021 and 2022 fears were that Festa – the oldest of the lakefront ethnic festivals...

From arias to anthems, standards to stadium rock, Diva Montell takes almost any musical style and makes it her own. Blessed with a powerful soprano voice, Montell’s talents brought her to a crossroads early in her career when she had to weigh what was in her heart against the expectations of others. That journey began at birth. “Yes, I was born wit...

The Kalamazoo Italian Festival will return in 2022. The event will be held at Mayor’s Riverfront Park on Friday, September 16 and Saturday, September 17. The 2022 festival will feature food from multiple local restaurants including: Papa’s Italian Sausage, Jac’s Pizza, Comensoli’s Italian Bistro and Bar, Weller’s Barbecue, Palazzolo’s Gelato Truck,...

Dear friends of the Dante Alighieri Society, we are pleased to invite you to the end of summer potluck event by the Woodside Shelter on Belle Isle in Detroit on Sep 10 at 11 am. Chat with old friends, enjoy Italian food, and take a picture with the old Dante to compare it with the fully restored statue next year The event will take place rain or sh...