NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

Members of Tradizione Vivente, the Italian Dance Group of Milwaukee, look forward to welcoming people from across the country to attend the annual Italian Folk Art Federation of America (IFAFA) Conference in Milwaukee. The IFAFA conference is educational and enriching, as it brings together those who love the Italian culture.  Offered are workshops...

The Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America’s Grand Lodge of Illinois and Wisconsin will honor Nancy Gianni as Humanitarian of the Year and Joseph Cattando Jr. as Columbus Patriot at its 95th annual Columbus Banquet on Oct. 12 at Crystal Sky Banquets in McCook. (708-403-7822) Gianni is the “Chief Belief Officer” and founder of GiGi’s Playhouse...

The Italian American Veterans Post No. 1, 4567 Oberlin Ave., Lorain, will hold the annual Festa Italiana, a celebration of Italian culture, on Sept. 14. The day will have free events starting at noon. The Rev. Daniel Divis will offer the blessing and prayer and Lorain Mayor Joe Koziura will speak during the event. Post Commander Leo Citro will reco...

Looking to chow down on some Italian fare? A new spot has you covered. Located at 2134 S. Indiana Ave., the newcomer is called Il Culaccino. Il Culaccino specializes in classic Italian dishes, with menu items ranging from fried calamari to meatballs to house-made gnocchi. The fresh addition has gotten an enthusiastic response thus far, with a 4.5-s...

L'Istituto Italiano di Cultura collaborerà ancora una volta con Expo Chicago, una delle principali fiere d'arte internazionali che si terrà dal 16 al 22 settembre a Chicago, nello Stato americano dell’Illinois Alla sua ottava edizione, l'Esposizione Internazionale di Arte Contemporanea e Moderna di Chicago ospita oltre 135 importanti espositori int...

The Superior City Council has decided the city will now officially celebrate “Indigenous People’s Day”, instead of “Columbus Day”. That decision was made with a unanimous vote Tuesday night. Duluth has already made the switch, and the Superior leaders felt it was time they made a change as well. Mayor Jim Paine says Native American tribes are a lar...

Camp Atterbury, today an active National Guard base in southern Indiana, was built as an army training facility shortly after Pearl Harbor, and soon became the unlikely destination for about 15,000 POWs from Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler’s armies. The prison section of the camp, now a county park and fish and wildlife area, housed enemy combata...

The Cleveland Italian American Heritage Committee in partnership with the City of Cleveland Mayor’s Office and Cleveland City Council will host a ceremony in the Cleveland City Hall Rotunda on Monday, Oct. 7, 2019 at 6 p.m. to celebrate Italian Heritage Month.  The ceremony includes honoring outstanding individuals and organizations within the Ital...

Youngstown State University has named its first endowed visiting professor: Alyssa Falcone. During the 2019-2020 school year, she will teach upper level Italian literature and Italian-American studies courses, as well as conduct research in the academic field. “We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Falcone to YSU and to have her share with us, our student...

Organizers of this year’s 42nd annual Italian Fall Festa are owed some fine weather by the weather gods after a near-washout in 2018 prompted them to create a drive-through “Grab ‘n Go” operation to help sell the copious amounts of delicious Italian food that highlight the event each year. And early forecasts suggest a fine, rain-free weekend appea...

After living and studying in Italy, Joyce Mariani, director of the Italian Film Festival, arrived in Cleveland on a mission to introduce award-winning Italian films to Northeast Ohio. Something she thought was lacking here unlike in other large cities. “After living in Italy and coming to Cleveland, I questioned why all the major cities in the U.S....

Chicago’s oldest wine bar, Geja’s Café, perfectly nestled at 340 W. Armitage Ave, is welcoming the upcoming fall season with the debut of its three-month wine festival Giro d’Italia, beginning Sunday, September 1st through Saturday, November 30th. Throughout these three months, wine enthusiasts of all calibers will have the opportunity to enjoy sel...