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Video- Fiesta Traditions: Lia Militello, Kathy and Marissa Numerosi-Generations Build Fiesta Floats Part I&2

Sista Felicia recognizing another beautiful family today, Lia Militello and her daughter and granddaughter Kathy and Marissa Numerosi for their dedication to the Saint Peter’s Fiesta and building floats for The Sunday Parade.

Saint Peter’s Fiesta Traditions Behind The Scenes- Tom and Peter Favazza Making The Greasy Pole Flags Part I

You wanna talk history?  You wanna talk about passion?  Listen as the Tommy and Peter Favazza talk about the years of dedication they have given as makers of the Greasy Pole Flags and Fiesta Committee members.  This is what it’s all about: the complete giving of time and energy so everyone gets to enjoy the pageantry and tradition kept alive by families like the Favazzas.

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Saint Peter’s Fiesta Traditions Behind The Scenes- Generations Of The Linquata Family Making The Fiesta Pins

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Huge thanks to the Linquata family for allowing us into their home and sharing their story of family, love and tradition.  It is families like this that make it all so special for all of us to enjoy.  So many stories, so much love, so much passion, and who wins?  Everyone in our close knit community.  The people who think the Fiesta is about the carnival and the rides are missing out.  They have no idea how much work goes in behind the scenes by beautiful families like the Linquatas.  Thanks for all you do to make it the most special time of year for so many.

Your labor of love and dedication will not go unnoticed if we have anything to say about it.

Look for tomorrow’s video with the Favazzas who make the Greasy Pole Flags.  GMG behind the scenes for Saint Peter’s Fiesta 2014.

Videos Part I and II

 

 

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Beautiful Message for Felicia From FOB Hannah Kimberley

In helping Felicia with her Kickstarter Program to raise money to publish her first cookbook, Good Morning Gloucester FOB Hannah Scialdone Kimberley sent the following release to the National Italian American Foundation ~

Hi, my name is Hannah Scialdone Kimberley, and I am a resident of Gloucester, MA. I grew up with my grandparents in Virginia, who inspired so much Italian American pride in our family. One of the greatest gifts my grandfather gave us was the publication of his 1987 cookbook, A Neapolitan Peasant’s Cookbook, which not only left us with a wonderful collection of recipes, but also educated others and us about what it means to come from Italian Heritage and live in America. What started as a gift to his family, my grandfather’s book gained local and national recognition. In fact, his book was selected as one of 17 books on the National Italian American Foundation’s reading list during a conference at the Smithsonian Institution on life in an Italian village.

My grandparents have passed on, but their traditions remain with me. I now live in Gloucester with my family, and I came across a story so similar to my grandfather’s, that I am compelled to bring it to your attention. A local woman in our town, Felicia Ciaramitaro, has written a cookbook that includes recipes passed down for generations. Like my grandfather, she met with her family members and learned their recipes – often stopping them half way through the cooking process to actually measure how much a relative’s “handful” amounted to so that she could record precise measurements for their previously unrecorded recipes. Without my grandfather, our family recipes and traditions would have been lost. I am betting the same goes for the Ciaramitaro family.

While I am not related to the Ciaramitaro family, I believe that Italian cultural preservation is more important now than it ever has been for the national Italian American Community. In the face of atrocious stereotypes created by programs such as “The Jersey Shore” and “Housewives of New Jersey,” it is up to us to keep our culture not only alive, but also maintain it in a positive public light. From her Kickstarter Page Sista Felicia’s Kitchen and her write-up in our local blog, Good Morning Gloucester, it seems that all Ms. Ciaramitaro needs is more publicity and support to keep yet another positive Italian American tradition alive for all of us.

I am asking that you highlight her story on your Facebook Page and/or website, so that your fans might know more about “a unique & colorful cookbook that will bring to life lost recipes & traditions from Ms. Ciaramitaro’s Sicilian kitchen to yours.” These recipes are Felicia Ciaramitaro’s “Gifts of Gold,” which she has written for us all.

Thank you in advance for your time and consideration, and for all that you do for keeping Italian American culture and heritage alive and well in our country.

Best, Hannah Scialdone Kimberley

Gloucester, MA

BEAUTIFUL LETTER Hannah! Thank you for sharing!

Please if you are reading this, take Hannah’s advice and “highlight her story on your Facebook Page and/or website, so that your fans might know more about “a unique & colorful cookbook that will bring to life lost recipes & traditions from Ms. Ciaramitaro’s Sicilian kitchen to yours.” These recipes are Felicia Ciaramitaro’s  “Gifts of Gold,” which she has written for us all.”

Amanda, Felicia, Pat Ciaramitaro.

Amanda, Felicia, and Pat

James Eves Creating “Photos from Memory” with Felicia

Cape Ann Giclee’s James Eves is creating photos from Felicia’s childhood memories for her forthcoming cookbook. Using a current photo of an updated house, the ultra-talented James has removed the contemporary fencing and younger trees and instead, he has replaced with the previous owner’s original lovely shrub hedge, flower plantings, and cheery shutters.

Whatever your heart desires–photo retouching, photo recreating, fine art photo printing, and painting reproduction needs–James Eves is THE MAN!

Filmed with iPhone 5 Super 8mm app.

Peek at Felicia’s Cook Book Photo Shoot

Felicia Ciaramitaro Amanda Mohan ©Kim Smith 2013

I sampled the apple cake over the weekend, just one of hundreds of dishes Felicia prepared for two intense days of non-stop shooting in preparation for her forthcoming cookbook. Oh my, is it worth the cost of the cookbook for this recipe alone!!!

BJ Mohan ©Kim Smith 2013. copyBJ, like his dad Barry, is alway lending a helping hand.

Felicia Ciaramitaro Amanda Mohan -1 ©Kim Smith 2013.Like Mother, Like Daughter

Thank You!

Thank you with all my heart to everyone who attended my film premiere last night. I feel so very blessed to have had my beautiful community of friends and family there, and by attending, you all made the event a great success and sellout!!! What a whirlwind, and it went by all much, much too fast. I hope I didn’t miss saying thank you to anyone last night.

With love and gratitude to my wonderful team. I could not have done it without you!

Tom Hauck ~ Although I began shooting my film “script-less,” I did, through the course of filming, write the story. I know I can always go to Tom for editing assistance, commentary, and proofreading and find his advice and knowledge of the written word invaluable. Life Story of the Black Swallowtail stems from a profound desire to communicate about the natural world found in our own backyards and that can only be achieved when rooted in a beautiful story.

Liv and Kathleen ~ From the moment I asked Kathleen and Liv to help with the music for my film they were there, giving 100 percent of themselves. Thank you Liv for sharing your beautiful voice and Kathleen for your beautiful organ playing. Thank you both especially for the improvisations, which so gorgeously melded with scenes of the butterfly during metamorphosis. And thank you Liv for simply being the best and most supportive and loving daughter a mom a could ever dream of and hope for.

Craig Kimberley ~ To my friend Craig for his editing assistance, and especially for his stunning key frames (the swan in flight!), help with title design, and overall advice on the film as a whole. And special thanks to Hannah for sharing Craig on his days off!

Joey ~ My friend Joey for his tireless support of everything great and good about Gloucester, for the weeklong “sticky,” and for writing, “Butterflies FTW!” I love being part of his GMG team, for more reasons than I can count.

Andrew Love ~ Thanks and appreciation to Andrew, who really saved the day in the eleventh hour, despite the fact that he was in the midst of leaving Cape Ann TV and beginning his new job at Newburyport’s cable channel PortMedia!

Lisa Smith, Cape Ann TV Producer ~ To Lisa for her continued advice, support, and friendship, and assistance, too, in the eleventh hour (and for the wonderful bottle of champagne last night!).

Rob Newton ~ Thank you Rob for inviting me to have my premiere at your very special venue—and didn’t that gentleman fall off his seat at just the right moment! Link to CACC Indie Gogo fundraiser so Rob can continue to support up and coming filmmakers like myself.

Fred Bodin ~ For hosting, once again, a wonderful party at Bodin Historic Photo Gallery. Fred just has the magic touch—his gallery is always warm and welcoming and everyone always feels entirely at ease and has a fabulous time at his parties. Special thanks to John McElhenny for staying late and helping clean up.

Felicia, Pat, and Barry ~ Despite the fact that Felicia is in the final stages of writing her cookbook and preparing for her Kickstarter launch she, Barry, and Pat provided the wonderful array of food served at Fred’s last night.

JoeAnn Hart and Gordon for sharing their breathtakingly beautiful great drift of asters (mecca to the pollinators), of which we will see much more of in my Monarch film!

Donna and Rick and Ann and Bob Kennedy ~ Thank you for the beautiful flowers. I am very touched by your thoughtfulness. Ann, the flowers were you in absentia!

And special thanks to Kate at Wolf Hill for providing our “special guest star” Black Swallowtail caterpillar for the premiere. This is the second time a caterpillar has been found on a parsley plant at Wolf Hill and that Kate has offered it to me to raise.

Update on the caterpillar: Last night Kate’s caterpillar spun its silk girdle and it is going to pupate at any moment!

Again, my thanks and love to you all! And the butterflies thank you, too!!!

Male Black Swallowtail Butterfly Wedgewood Blue Lilac ©Kim Smith 2013Photo of  Newly Emerged Wolf Hill Butterfly from this Past Spring

The Ciaramitaro-Mohan Family

Lastly in my thanks for the Saint Joseph film project assistance goes to the beautiful Ciaramitaro-Mohan Family. Felicia and I have been working on this project together since its inception and I can only say that she is the most talented, sweetest, funnest (and funniest), smartest, and best organized friend and partner in a project that anyone could ever hope for.

Ciaramitaro Family and Friends St. Joseph 2013

Her home is always filled to the brim with family and friends, light, laughter, and love. To Felicia, Barry, Pat, Amanda, BJ, Joey, all Ciaramitaro cousins, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and best friends, thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing your beautiful Saint Joseph novena and feast. I hope you will find as much joy in, as I have found in the making of, the Feast of Saint Joseph film. xo

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More St. Joseph Day Preparation Photos with Sista Felicia and Family

Thank you Felicia and Family for sharing your blessed and beautiful St. Joseph Day celebration. Thank you Sefatia for your stellar explanations of the traditions during filming this past weekend. Thank you Orlando Family for welcoming me to your home last year to share your beautiful novenas, which has helped enormously in developing the St. Joseph Day film project.  Thank you Grace and Giambanco Sisters and Family for providing the first of many interviews to come. And my deepest thanks to all the Gloucester Families who are opening their hearts and homes this coming week during filming.

Sista Felicia making pasta © Kim Smith 2013

Sista Felicia’s pasta is the lightest, tenderest, sweetest melt-in-your mouth “bista” you can possibly imagine.

Barry Mohan Sista Felicia making pasta © Kim Smith 2013

Everyone lends a hand in the making, including teens Amanda, BJ, and Sabrina, and with Felicia’s husband Barry, Grandma Pat, Aunt Gina, nieces, cousins, great aunts, and friends. That’s really the best part–everyone working together to keep the traditions alive by creating a beautiful and memorable event for loved ones.

Pat Ciaramitaro Sista Felicia making pasta © Kim Smith 2013 Over thirty pounds of semolina flour was purchased for the pasta. Every slender slice was gone by the end of the day, either eaten or given away to all who came to the Ciaramitaro-Mohan St. Joseph Day Feast.

Amanda Mohan Sista Felicia making pasta © Kim Smith 2013BJ Mohan Sabrina Sista Felicia making pasta © Kim Smith 2013Sabrina and BJ Mohan Sista Felicia making pasta 2 © Kim Smith 2013Pat Mom and Sista Felicia making pasta © Kim Smith 2013St. Joseph Day Feast Preparations

Thank you Grace!

Thank you Grace for opening your heart and home for the first of many interviews for the Feast of St. Joseph film project. Grace is Sefatia’s sister, the youngest of four. She resides with her husband and “three babies” (two human and one pooch) at the family’s beautifully restored 1850s childhood home on Middle Street. A joyful afternoon was spent filming Giambanco family and friends as they reminisced about their fondest St. Joseph Day memories and traditions.Sefatia Grace Family St. Joe interviewLeft to right: Maria, Marianne, Rosaria, Lia, Grace, Felicia, and Sefatia

Just look at the welcoming array of pastries–who can resist?

 

Divine Confections from Sista Felicia

A chocolate fairy dropped off these delectable confections this morning.

Felicia Ciaramitaro confections

Clockwise, beginning with lower left corner: Italian Chocolate Almond  Wafer Cookies, Baba Rum Cakes, and Nutella Brownie

Oh my–I am going to have to go to yoga class twenty times this week–surely it will have been worth it!!!

Happy Birthday Felicia!

Felicia Ciaramitaro ©Kim Smith 2012

Happy Birthday Felicia! Best mom, daughter, wife, aunt, sister, fabulous cook, GMG contributor, and I am proud to say, dear friend!

Ciaramitaro family ©Kim Smith 2012

Felicia and Joey Ciaramitaro ©Kim Smith 2012

Felicia and Pat Ciaramitaro ©Kim Smith 2012

Felicia and Madeline Ciaramitaro ©Kim Smith 2012

Felicia Ciaramitaro and Coconut ©Kim Smith 2012

Thanks to Passport’s Eric, Layla, and Nicloe for making Felicia’s Bday lunch extra fun and special! Is that Nicole’s or Layla’s thumbs up in the photo below?

Donna Ardizonni, Eric Lorden, Felicia Ciaramitaro ©Kim Smith 2013

Passports Restaurant Gloucester Adriatic Stew

Passports Divinely Delicious Adriatic Stew

Passports Restaurant Gloucester Popovers

Passport’s Always Warm and Welcoming Popovers

St. Joseph Day Preparations

Preparations are full underway at the Ciaramitaro-Mohan’s–just a preview of the wonderful San Giuseppe feast dishes we will be highlighting in our upcoming videos!

Felicia’s Macaroons

Oranges for the sweetness in life, lemons for the bitterness, and bread is the staff of life

San Giuseppe bread

Felcia’s Beautiful Christmas Party

Felcia’s Christmas Party (Ladies Only!) -with a brief appearance by son BJ and husband

Warm and welcoming ~ beautiful home, beautiful decor and decorations, wonderful company, and fabulous refreshments ~ The wine glasses (see photo below) were given to each guest and were hand painted by Felicia and Joey’s mom, Pat.

The guests included family and friends and it was wonderful to meet several mother-daughter pairs and mother-in-law and daughter-in-law pairs. Next year Felicia is planning to combine her annual Christmas ladies only party with creating boxwood trees with a fundraiser. I am sure she will pull it off beautifully and with great style!  Click the last photo to see a slide show.

Click the last photo to see a slideshow.

Plaque At Stage Fort

My cousins agreed to pitch in and donate a bench in honor of our grandparents who spent a great deal of time at Stage Fort Park. Our grandparents lived on Tolman Ave where my Grandfather had a nice view of the boats coming and going from the harbor.

I saw the newspaper clipping from the ceremony just last night where they talked about the unveiling of the plaque. In the paper it sounded like the plaque in honor of my grandparents was only donated by the children of my parents (meaning my sister and I), but it was donated by all of my grandparent’s grandchildren including my cousins Larry, Joey and Cosimo Marcantonio and Frankie and my cousin Licia Trupiano.

Plaque At Stage Fort, originally uploaded by captjoe06.