Thursday, September 29, 2022. 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT. I AM Books - 124 Salem Street - Boston, MA 02113. This is a ticketed event with limited seating. Please purchase your tickets here. Join I AM Books for an evening of traditional and modern Sicilian music with I Beddi! "Di folk in folk" is a performance with sounds, songs, lyrics and tales belongi...

Thursday September 22, 2022 — 6:30 p.m. EST. I AM Books, 124 Salem St., Boston MA 02113. Register Here. NOIAW (National Organization of Italian American Women) and I AM Books invite you to a celebration of Italian culture, heritage, and history. Award-winning author Linda Cardillo returns to Salem Street (her home once upon a time and the setting f...

St. Anthony’s Feast in Boston’s North End culminated with an explosion of Italian pride. While the Feast itself came to Boston by way of Montefalcione, there is no denying that this Feast has Beantown written all over it. Following a Mass in Italian at the North End’s St. Leonard of Port Maurice Church, the statue of St. Anthony is brought to the s...

A streetside Mass provided one of the most moving moments of St. Anthony’s Feast in Boston for me this past weekend. The outdoor Mass in honor of St. Anthony is held the Saturday evening of St. Anthony’s Feast, where Via Di Santa Lucia and Via Di Sant’Antonio meet. This year’s Mass was presided over by Fr. Michael Della Penna, the pastor of the Nor...

It was a celebration not only of ties that bind, but of ties that could be created, then reinforced. This past weekend, Irpinia Stories had the chance to go on the road to Boston, MA, to participate in the North End’s Saint Anthony’s Feast, which is the largest of its kind in New England, as I have written in a previous post. The Feast was brought...

Tuesday September 13, 2022 — 3 p.m. EST. Organized by I AM Books. Zoom Webinar (Register Here). Is it possible to identify a starting point in history from which everything else unfolds—a single moment that can explain the present and reveal the essence of our identities? According to Massimo Montanari, this is just a myth: by themselves, origins e...

Some traditions never die. Other traditions are unbelievable and make you go, "what?". The first time someone told me about the Flight of the Angel, which has happened every year during the Fisherman's Feast in Boston's North End for 111 years, that's literally what I said.  Let me explain. During the finale of the annual Italian festival, a young...

More than 100 years ago, immigrants from Montefalcione brought Saint Anthony’s Feast to Boston’s North End, continuing their hometown’s veneration that dates to the 14th century. This year’s feast will be held from August 25-28. Saint Anthony became the official patron saint of Montefalcione because of his protection during the 1688 Sannio Earthqua...

Judging by the notes and messages that we receive around here, it’s clear that some Dig readers are new to the city and looking for unique activities to keep themselves occupied. That’s not only totally cool but also the way it’s always been; Boston, after all, is a metropolis built on the sweat and love of transients. Always will be.  What’s impor...

As proud Italian Americans, it is important to buy products from Italian American-owned businesses. Equally as important, it is enjoyable to pay visits to neighborhoods that are historically Italian, specifically communities that still have a significant amount of Italian American residents. The Empire State has Little Italy in Manhattan, Bensonhur...