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The 29th annual St. Jude Italian Festival takes place Wednesday, Aug. 21 through Saturday, Aug. 24 at the church grounds located in Monroe on Route 111 near the intersection of Route 110. Over the years the festival has grown from a two-day carnival to the current four-day festival attracting over 10,000 visitors during the event. Food selections i...

Italian-Americans in CT in the 1920s: Wednesday, 8/14, at 2 p.m. Avon Public Library, 281 Country Club Road, Avon, CT 06001. Presented by Dr. Rafaele Fierro, History and Political Science Professor at Tunxis, and part of the Civic Engagement Institute on campus. Dr. Fierro will use the 1920 Census to share the stories of criminal activity (non-Mob...

Nicholas Cardi Jr., a Rhode Island businessman whose family furniture store is a fixture in parts of New England, has died. He was 71. Cardi’s Furniture on Friday posted on Twitter that Nicholas Cardi Jr. died following a four-year battle with cancer. Cardi co-owned the business with his two younger brothers, Ron and Pete Cardi. They’ve become loca...

By the early 1920s my grandfather, Nicola, had saved enough money to buy a small tavern at the corner of Lewis and Commercial Streets which he named Nick’s Tavern. Nonno Nick came to America as a stowaway and there is no record of him entering the country at Ellis Island or any other port of entry. He had to leave Italy in a hurry, one step ahead o...

Get ready for some pizza fritta, the annual Amerigo Vespucci Lodge #160 festival returns to Danbury this weekend. The festival runs Friday through Sunday at the lodge, 10 Christopher Columbus Ave. It celebrates Italian heritage with Italian food, music and kids’ activities. Admission and parking is free. Italian DJ Joey Autuoro will perform Friday,...

The 94th annual St. Peter’s Italian Bazaar will be held 5-9 p.m. Aug. 9-10 and 4-8 p.m. Aug. 11, on Federal Street. Thousands of local residents will join many returning individuals and families to enjoy one of Maine’s warmest and beloved neighborhood street festivals, a gathering of generations proudly celebrating the heritage, family and faith of...

The North End Columbus Day Celebration Committee is returning to the North End for the 2019 parade on October 13, and will be hosting an evening of celebration and commemoration the preceding Friday, October 11, at Ristorante Filippo. The reception will feature music, prizes, raffle items, refreshments and cocktails.Tickets are limited. They are $5...

The Columbus Day Parade will return to the city’s streets for its 111th year after the City Council agreed to resume paying the police overtime costs.Columbus Parade organizers moved 2018’s celebration to Shelton over a dispute about the public safety bill. “Losing that last year was not one of our best moments,” Council President Aidee Nieves said...

Flowers showered the statue of the Madonna Della Strada as she was gently lowered on a table so marchers in the Italian-American Festival’s Sunday morning procession could crowd around to pin money to her and pray. After a Catholic Mass officiated in Italian, members of the Southington Sons of Italy Club lifted the statue and joined a procession fr...

Societa San Giuseppe di Riesi held their annual procession to honor the popular Saint Joseph on Sunday afternoon, July 28, 2019. Carrying the St. Joseph statue through the streets of Boston’s North End, the group was accompanied by the the North End Marching Band and the Northeast Italian-American Band.  On November 1, 2019, the society is planning...

In 1926, a group of Italian immigrants which had settled in the Thompsonville section of Enfield decided to share their native customs, forming the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Society at 93 Park Avenue. This weekend, the 94th annual edition of the Society's Italian Fest promises three days of incredible food, outstanding entertainment and loads of fun...

Giuseppe Verdi’s opera “Macbeth,” which closely follows Shakespeare’s original, centers on a man, his wife and their unquenchable — and doomed — quest for power. “What makes it great to me is the arc of the man Macbeth himself,” explains Helena Binder, who is stage directing the Opera North production.“It’s not a prophecy that makes him do what he...