Weston’s Frank Angotti, a U.S. Army veteran of the European Theater in World War II and retired businessman and state Division of Highways comptroller, is parade marshal for the West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival Grand Feature Parade. The parade kicks off at 10 a.m. Saturday in downtown Clarksburg. Angotti was born November 21, 1921, to immigr...

There were several mighty milestones celebrated Sunday inside Our Lady of Grace Church in Johnston. First and foremost, the Pannese Society – which dates back to 1909 and was founded on Providence’s Federal Hill by an Italian immigrant named Giuseppe Anzevino – held its annual Mass and Breakfast Buffet in honor of La Madonna del Bosco, the patrones...

With the 41st annual West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival set to begin Friday morning, board members spent Thursday evening honoring individuals who have made an impact in their communities. The West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival’s annual Honorees Banquet was held at Bridgeport Conference Center to recognize the Italian American Man and Wo...

Renée Anne Louprette, internationally acclaimed concert organist, will present an organ recital as part of the annual San Gennaro Festival in Little Italy. Erben Organ Days 2019 is a series of concerts and events highlighting our historic 1868 Henry Erben Organ. Ms. Louprette will be playing both the 1868 Henry Erben and the 1859 Hall & Labagh orga...

In a renewal of the venerable tradition of Sicilian faithful from the town of Sciacca, hundreds of Italian-American Catholics gathered in Norristown Sunday, Aug. 18 for the 115th annual feast in honor of la Madonna Santissima del Soccorso di Sciacca (supported by the M.S.S. Society). After Mass celebrated by Msgr. John C. Marine and other clergy at...

The Madonna Bianca festival in Portovenere, Italy happens every year on Aug. 17, and it’s an evening of beauty, light, and music in honor of the village’s patron saint. But what exactly is this ceremony, and why has it endured for hundreds of years? The answer lies deep in Italian culture and Roman Catholic faith. The story of Madonna Bianca begins...

We all know when and how the American continent was discovered — let us not delve into the unnerving diatribe about “discovering” vs “conquering” here: there’ll be a lot of that around Columbus Day, in October.  It was the Fall of 1492 when good, old Christopher Columbus sailed into the New World, thinking to have reached the Indies: it was the sta...

Niles will host the 119th Maria Santissima Lauretana festival, a traditional Italian cultural and religious celebration that also includes plenty of food, drink and entertainment, over Labor Day weekend. The festival, which honors the Catholic Virgin Mary, originated in a Sicilian town and was brought to the Chicago area as immigrants arrived her...

La Festa Italiana will be held Labor Day weekend (Friday through Monday, Aug. 30 through Sept. 2) on Courthouse Square in the heart of downtown Scranton. Hours are Friday, 4 to 10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Monday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. As usual, more than 80 vendors will be offering great Italian food, and continuous live entertainme...

On the first night of the Santa Rosalia Feast in Bensonhurst, the festival committee held a dinner in honor of this year’s grand marshal, City Councilmember Justin Brannan. The kick-off dinner was Thursday, Aug. 22, at Il Colosseo restaurant at 77th Street and 18th Avenue in Bensonhurst. It was hosted by District Leader Joseph Bova, who welcomed gu...