CIAO?members ‘chow down’

Forty CIAO?members and their guests celebrated Columbus Day with a harvest dinner at St. Joseph’s Church. Everyone was treated with freshly prepared dishes of pasta, vegetables, chicken and desserts. Father Charles Zadora gave the blessing followed by a moment of silence for recently deceased board member, Dolores DeTolla.

President, Sam Crisanti, welcomed students from Unione Italiana, SUNY Fredonia, and newly appointed Dean of Visual and Performing Arts, Roger Blasting and his wife, Laurie Detenbeck. Volunteers performed a short four-act play about Christopher Columbus and his misadventure seeking Asia.

Members were reminded of the upcoming events. On Nov. 1, at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, a cooking class will be held, hosted by Chiara DeSanti. Participants will help to prepare Tuscan brochette, (with sausage and polenta), pasta with leeks and gorgonzola cheese, and for dessert, profiterole (made with chocolate). All will share in the meal. Reservations are required and seating is limited. Call RoseAnn Carlson at 366-7634 for reservations. The cost is $8 for members and $10 for nonmembers.

On Nov. 6 at 3 p.m. in Fenton Hall, Room 105, a viewing of the documentary film entitled The Peasant and the Priest will be shown. The film follows two Italian men whose lives run parallel. One is a sharecropper, Sergio, using ancient methods of farming, who is being overshadowed by large agriculture corporations. The other is Father Oreste fighting the social aspects of human trafficking of women from Africa and Europe. There is no charge for this event and the public is welcome. Film producer, Esther Podemski will be available for questions at the end of the viewing.

On Nov. 14, the Opera Cenerentola (Cinderella) will be performed at SUNY Fredonia. Tickets are required and may be purchased at the ticket office at SUNY Fredonia or on line.

Also, aligning CIAO with SUNY Fredonia, students who choose to participate in the program FACE (Fredonia Academic Community Engagement) could earn credit through community service and learning. Possible projects include interview and collection of information from families’ immigration from Italy and Sicily to the Fredonia/Dunkirk area, and help with family ancestry.

Starting next year, other events will include Italian Language Classes, St. Joseph Day Celebration, Pizza, Wine and Cards, an annual Picnic and a trip to one of the Italian Festivals.

Italian ancestry is not required to join CIAO and new members are always welcome. The next Board meeting is Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. at the JCC North Conference Center.