The Oklahoma Gospel Singing Convention invites the community to an Italian Christmas Banquet and Concert on Dec. 2 at 6 p.m. in the McAlester Expo, 4500 W. Highway 270. Tickets are $20 per person, or $35 per couple, and are available at McAlester Expo or holdmyticket.com. Advanced purchase is requested.  The event will feature The Stevens Family, T...

Mazzio’s Italian Eatery is one of the very few Italian-based restaurants in Tahlequah. Mazzio's Corporation is a privately-owned Tulsa-based holding company. It first did not start off as Mazzio’s Italian Eatery. Ken Selby, founder of Mazzio’s, opened his first restaurant, Pizza Parlor, in 1961 on 11th Street near Harvard in Tulsa.  He opened his s...

Italian molder and potter Stefano Barbieri will be visiting Duncan Wednesday, Nov. 8 to demonstrate his craft. Barbieri will be representing Vietri, America’s largest importer of handcrafted ceramics at Distinctive Decor from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. Barbieri got his artistic start in a factory in 1994, where he worked as a hand molder...

A handmade gourd rattle made from a turtle shell was one of the first instruments created by Native Americans and probably earliest man. It was the first instrument demonstrated by the second featured speaker for the new Arts Council of Tahlequah 2nd Sunday at 2 history program on Oct. 8. Dr. Carl Farinelli provided facts and stories about the hist...

The year 2017 marks the 80th anniversary of Columbus Day being declared a federal holiday by the U.S. government. It was on Oct. 12, 1492 that Italian explorer Christopher Columbus first arrived in the Americas, encountering the indigenous people who had already been there for thousands of years. And while Italian-American groups have celebrated Co...

What was intended to be an informative discussion about the positive aspects of Indigenous Peoples’ Day led to a more strained and awkward defense of Columbus Day and the “civilization” he brought to the Americas in the 15th century. While council members were only learning about Indigenous Peoples’ Day on Monday night, it was clear that at  least...

As Virginia Campbell's Piano Artist Series celebrates its 35th anniversary season, the local pianist and music enthusiast is showcasing talented fellow Oklahomans as well as fan favorites from beyond the Sooner State. One of the series' most faithful featured artists, Italian pianist Cristiana Pegoraro will launch the 2017-18 season in concert at 2...

Oklahoma State and NC State will be making NCAA history this upcoming collegiate wrestling season. In January, both programs will be traveling overseas to faceoff in Italy, the first NCAA dual to be held outside of North America. The two teams will wrestle January 5 in Naples."We're excited for the opportunity to wrestle in Italy this season," said...

Papa Gjorgjo is moving back to Main Street — but this time, the Italian restaurant is moving further east. The restaurant is relocating from its current home at 1600 N. Mississippi to the space formerly occupied by The Quart House, 802 E. Main St. The northern location will close its doors Sept. 18 so owners George and Gay Veliu can begin moving to...

Sonja and Mark DeJacimo say they have enjoyed attending the Italian Festival in McAlester since its beginnings. “We’ve always experienced the Italian Festival ever since it started,” Mark DeJacimo said. He’s looked forward to seeing who’s been selected as the Festival Re and Regina each year.  “You’d see people you know,” he said. This year though,...