Rutland Italian-American Club celebrates 100th anniversary, Columbus Day

Oct 13, 2015 442

by Louis Varricchio

Rutland County has a large Italian-American population dating back to the marble quarrying and stone-cutting era of the 1800s and 1900s. The Rutland Italian-American Club, located at 73 Grove St., celebrates its 100th anniversary this month. The club welcomes members with Italian heritage and those without but who are interested in Italian culture. The club was established by a group of Italian newcomers to the city; it's the oldest Italian club in the region.

Christopher Columbus, whose Italian name was Cristoforo Colombo, was an Italian explorer, navigator, and citizen of Genoa. He skippered four voyages across the Atlantic Ocean to the Caribbean under the flag of Spain and the Roman Catholic Church. According to the Rutland club President John Romano, Columbus, as an important historical figure, has been depicted in fiction, cinema and television, and in other media and entertainment, such as stage plays, music, cartoons and games.

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