On December 14, the annual Christmas party was held at the Colonial Inn in Northvale, NJ. Over 100+ members and their guests enjoyed the evening, dancing and enjoying the cuisine. We had our fundraising raffles drawn, with the grand prize winner donating $500 of her winnings to our scholarship program! Thank you to all of the attendees for your support. Special thanks to Joe Stillo and Nick Frustaci for putting this affair together.
Social Club Donates for the Troops in Afghanistan
Sr. Vice Commandant Frank Viggiano visited Loggia Giovanni da Verrazzano No. 1236 to present the "Piermont Sons of Italy" a Certificate of Appreciation from The Marine Corps League, Rockland Detachment. The "Piermont Sons of Italy" partnered with Italy A&F Auto Repair to donate 3,000 personal toiletry kits to the troops in Afghanistan. Pictured from left to right are Paul Oddo, President of the Piermont Sons of Italy, Sr. Vice Commandant Viggiano and Lodge Vice President Carmelo Toscano.
Concert Celebrates Italian Heritage and Culture Month
On Friday night October 5th, an audience of over 600 was treated to an evening reminiscent of those special times which were the focal point of every feast in every Italian Village and Little Italy in America. The finest Italian classical and Neapolitan music, was played by the only remaining Italian concert band in the tri-state area, featured in the Fifth Annual Rockland County Italian Heritage and Culture Month Concert.
Maestro Joseph Stamboni led the 31-piece Yonkers Concert Band in a free, two-hour performance at Tappan Zee High School. The band, formed 71 years ago, has performed throughout Westchester and Rockland counties and has made several Manhattan appearances, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The instrumental portion of the program included the symphonic march “Cuore Siciliano” (Sicilian Heart), the Light Cavalry Overture, “Verdiana” (selections from five Verdi operas), and “New York, NY” the song made famous by Liza Minnelli and Frank Sinatra and now celebrating its 35th anniversary. Everyone enjoyed the band’s signature piece: a sing-along of Neapolitan songs, with words provided to the audience. These included Santa Lucia, O Sole Mio, Vieni Sul Mar, Return to Sorrento, and other favorites.
The band was joined by soprano Christina Rohm and tenor Dale Smith. Ms. Rohm, making her first appearance with the band, has performed in Ireland, Scotland, England, Hungary, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. She sang “Una Voce Poco Fa” from The Barber of Seville and “Mi Chiamano Mimi” from La Boheme. Mr. Smith, the band’s long-time tenor favorite, sang “Una Furtiva Lagrima” from L’elisir d’amore and “Nessun Dorma” from Turandot. They then joined to sing the “Miserere” love duet from IL Trovatore. The concert concluded with America’s march “The Stars and Stripes Forever”.
The performance was sponsored by the Piermont Sons of Italy and Loggia Giovanni da Verrazzano No. 1236, in cooperation with the South Orangetown Central School District. Sue Rutledge, representing Rockland County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef presented a Proclamation proclaiming October as Italian Heritage and Culture Month in Rockland County. Present to address the audience was Andy Stewart, Orangetown Supervisor.