At the festival of the Italian regions

The success of the Italian American Cultural Club’s Una Serata held Aug. 2 at St. Florian Hall was among items reviewed when the club met Aug. 11.

“Una Serata – La Festa delle regioni Itlaiane” showcased “an evening at the festival of Italian regions” with four presented this year and four more on tap for next year.

The hall was the scene for a celebration of the Italian heritage with the event featuring cafes from Tuscany, Sicily, Campania and Abruzzo. Traditional foods were available at each cafe as well as wines, limoncello and coffee. Special homemade desserts or dolci, baked by club members, could be found everywhere in the hall.

The evening was one “full of music, dance, family, good friends, delicious food and drinks.”

The 2014 Una Serata will feature four more of the 20 regions.

Mariella Pittera chaired the annual fundraiser that showcased many entertainers, including children from the club; professional dancers in the Allegro Dancers from Wheeling; Rick Pastre and Al Provenzano plus Fulvio & Sal from Philadelphia, Pa.

The Italian heritage celebration was the setting to present seven scholarships to: Taylor Clark of Wintersville; Elise DiMeo of Akron; Danielle Irvin of Wintersville; Jenna Ogden of Steubenville; Brooke Piergallini of Wintersville; and Marlee Piergallini of Smithfield. Frankie DiCarlantonio will be attending Franciscan University of Steubenville this fall and was the recipient of the first matching scholarship, designed especially for the club entitled, “The Rev. Father Edmondo Stabene Scholarship, sponsored by the Italian-American Cultural Club and the Franciscan University of Steubenville.” The total award of this scholarship is $2,000.

President Carm Gentile presided at the meeting attended by 150 members. Louise Donofe led in prayer and opening ceremonies.

The club also heard a report on Campo Extension with Tami Cashioli explaining Sargus Hall was the setting for Italian language lessons taught by Domenico and Gina DiBacco. The children also answered letters to children in Italy, becoming pen pals with Italian children learning English.

Cashioli said September will bring the start of Campo Club with the children meeting monthly to continue Italian lessons, socialize and crafting. A Halloween party is planned for the children on All Souls Day.

As for upcoming events, the club’s annual picnic will be held Sept. 1 at the Raymond Piergallini Farm. Social time begins at 1:30 p.m. with dinner served at 2 p.m. Members attending will be admitted for free. The cost for adult guests of members is $17.50; $9.50 for children age 6 to 12 who are guests; and free for children under 5.

Festa del Vino, the club’s wine tasting fundraiser that is open to the public, will be held Nov. 15, according to Jane Antonucci, who noted support is needed for the event that raises money for scholarships. Tickets will be $30 per person.

Michele Fabbro reported that the Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival will donate an additional $250 to the club for selling wrist bands and for working the merchandise table. The total for the club is $1,750.

Fabbro also announced she has set up the IACC Memorial Mass with the Rev. James Dunfee at St. Agnes Church in Mingo Junction for Oct. 4. The Mass will be in Italian.

Paula Diorio won the 50/50 drawing. The two dinner winners were Denny Jasper and Billy Petrella.