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Sista Felicia Will Be Live Streaming Tonight’s St Peter’s Novena NOW! Tuesday Night 6/24/14

Click Here To View The Live St Peter’s Novena Video Feed RIGHT NOW!!!

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/sista-felicia-s-kitchen

Click the picture then you will be brought to UStream where they ask you to watch a short 30 second ad and then the live feed will play for you!

thanks To James From Cape Ann Giclee For The Help Getting The Feed Streaming

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2012 Saint Peter’s Fiesta Coverage From Our Peeps To Date

Of course we aren’t done but here is the updated list in case you missed anything.

Stew McGillivray Winner 2012 Sunday Greasy Pole Photo From Bill Kirk

So Proud Of Our Team Once Again GMG Absolutely Shines In Our Saint Peter’s Fiesta Coverage

Video- 2012 Saint Peter’s Fiesta Opening Ceremony

Lego Greasy Pole Submitted By Heidi Wakeman

2012 Sunday Greasy Pole Champ- Stewie Wins Again!

Saint Peter’s Fiesta Procession Video 07/01/2012

Blessing of the Fleet 2012

Why Ambie is the Sausage King

A look back to 2011

Saint Peter’s Procession 2012

2012 Saint Peter’s Fiesta Children’s Games Photos From Alice Gardner

Sunday 2012 Saint Peter’s Fiesta Complete Coverage, Greasy Pole, Videos, Pictures, Webcam More

Video Saturday 2012 Greasy Pole Champion – Nick Avelis Video from Craig Kimberley
FIESTA: SATURDAY GREASY POLE WATCHERS
Greasy Pole and Seine Boat Races Webcam Live Now!
When We Were Kings…
Friday Greasy Pole & Seine Boats!
The best Fiesta T-shirts (especially for geeks)
Video 2012 Friday Greasy Pole From Kim Smith
2012 Saint Peter’s Fiesta Coverage, Saint Peter’s Fiesta Schedule of Events, Webcam and Fiesta Community Photos
Friday Night Saint Peter’s Fiesta 2012 Photos From Alice Gardner
Video 2012 Saint Peter’s Fiesta Friday Greasy Pole Winning Walk Ross Carlson
Ross Carlson Your Friday Greasy Pole Champ Live posting from The Beach
St. Peter’s Fiesta and Blessing of The Fleet in the ’40s Pic From Ron Gilson
Greasy Pole Fall Classic Fundraiser 2011
Fiesta 2012 – Thursday and 5KRace – Cox Photos
Fiesta 5K
Fiesta 5K Race |(Start Photos) – 2012 St Peter’s Fiesta
2012 Saint Peter’s Fiesta Coverage, Saint Peter’s Fiesta Schedule of Events, Webcam and The Infamous Fred Buck Submits Fiesta 5K Photos
FIESTA: Thursday Evening
Almost Live Blogging from the Fiesta 5K 6/28/2012 9:33PM
Video and Pics 2012 Saint Peter’s Fiesta 5K Start Filmed At Half Speed- See Anyone You Know?
2012 Jr Girls Seine Boat Practice 6/28/12 Pics From Sista Felicia
Faces of Fiesta
Mamie’s Kitchen To Feature Arancini,Trupiano’s Sausage Subs, Homemade Linguica Rolls and Mudiga Steak Sandwiches
Fiesta Can Begin! Ambie Is Serving Sazzitza Sandwiches On Commercial Street!
Good Morning Gloucester Will Be Your Source For Saint Peter’s Fiesta Coverage–Fiesta Webcams and More
Wednesday Seine Boat Races
2012 St Peter’s Novena, Mass and Procession to the Club Video
The Greasy Pole. A Look Back 09/30/2012
Where is the Fiesta Ferris Wheel?
2012 Saint Peter’s Mass At The American Legion Photos From Alice Gardner
St. Peter Fiesta Preparations Well Underway!
Props To The Men and Women That Keep Saint Peter’s Fiesta Traditions Alive
2012 Jr Seine Boat Practice 4:50AM 6/25/12 Pics and Video
Need I remind you? Tick Tock Baby- 2012 Greasy Pole Approaches!
Girls Jr. Seine Boat Races 2012 Crew X’tra Oardinary! Racing Friday Night of Fiesta

Mayor Kirk Submits-

Joey,
We love Father Matthew’s photos so much.  Thought you might like the view from the other side of the camera.
Carolyn

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2012 St Josph’s Novena Trolley

Special thanks to all of the beautiful families who welcomed us into their homes, Sefathia for organizing the Trolley, Bob Ryan from CATA and Eddie Salah who donated his time to drive the Novena Trolley and our trolley mates who did the 2012 Novena crawl.

The work put in by these families is truly astounding and we are all honored by the welcoming by each and every house and huge props go out to the women, men and children that keep this tradition alive.  You are what makes our community special.

Kim Smith will do her usual knock out job covering the entire thing in a much more refined manner than my stuff but it will take a bit for her to chew through all the footage.

In the mean time, I’ll be doing a separate post each day from each family, some had more coverage than other from me as while The Bean and Snoop Maddie Mad were still with us I wanted to spend that time with them.

First off, the Trolley-

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Click the slideshow below to see the larger sized pictures of the thumbnails-

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Video with Sefathia explaining what it’s all about-

St. Joseph Novena with the Orlando Family

I was touched beyond measure when Felicia invited my husband and I to celebrate the Feast of St. Joseph with she and her family, and to record the traditional songs and family Novenas throughout the city.

Orlando Family Alter

Rosalie and Maryann Orlando created a stunning alter; even the curtains are color co-ordinated to match their color scheme of plum, rose, lavender, and white.

Rosalie Orlando and Felicia

Last night we recorded every song and tonight we will record the music again because the same songs are not sung every night. Then tomorrow night we will visit all the Novenas throughout the city in what Joey referred to as the “crawl’ and what Felicia calls “Italian Trick or Treat.” And then for the magnificent feast at Felicia’s home on Monday night… Stay tuned for much more to follow.

Pat, Lillian, and Phyllis sharing a joke…

After prayers and singing  a delicious supper was served, with pizza made by Joe Orlando, salad, and homemade pastries. My deepest thanks to the Orlando family for allowing me to film thier beautiful family tradition. And for the very warm welcome to their lovely home, wonderful dinner, and much laughter!

To read the extensive GMG coverage and see Joey’s videos from last year’s Novenas, go to the GMG search box and type in Novena.

Sista Felicia Does St. Joseph’s Day Pasta For The Gloucester Times Taste of The Times

From The Gloucester Daily Times-

When Felicia was growing up this special recipe was prepared by her Aunt “FeFe“, Vincie and Uncle Mike (Militello). Now she makes it herself and passes along the family’s recipe secrets. The main ingredients are cauliflower, fava beans, and the ferns on top of the anise bulbs. In fact, since the grocers and supermarkets typically throw away this part of the plant before even putting it on the shelf, Felicia goes around each year to remind them to avoid that for this special week of St. Joseph’s Day so that she and others can properly make the dish.

Her aunt and uncle FeFe and Vincie used to create an alter every St. Joseph’s Day and that became very big, so big that many people came each year to pay their respects and eat some of the special pasta dish. The pasta sauce was served over home made St. Joseph fettuccini pasta. What made this St. Joseph Pasta is that all the flower used to prepare the feast was blessed by a priest the day before St. Joseph day. It was done, in fact, at a very special mass in Aunt FeFe and Uncle Vincie’s home in front of her alter. You cannot get much more authentic than that.

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You can read my buddy Heather Atwood’s article about Felicia and St Joseph’s Traditions here-

Feast of St. Joseph fare celebrates workers

Screen Captures From This Coming Saturday Night’s Movie Presentation At Lat 43 From Sam Hartson’s “This Is Fiesta”

If you Love The Fiesta, If You Love Gloucester, If you Love The Community and The Tradition You Owe It To Yourself To Come Down and Celebrate at Lat 43 Saturday Night To See The Movie on The 25 Foot Screen we Will Be Hoisting High In The Air In The Lat 43  Parking lot which Will be transformed into an outdoor café for an incredible community event!

It’s not only Fiesta Footage Though-

We will also show footage of the blue lobsters, albino lobsters, rare golden sea robin, Sunday Senior Seine Boat race, Friday Saturday and Sunday greasy pole footage, Monkey Balls, Craig Kimberly’s Fiesta Videos, Faces Of The Fishermen Video from EJ, Gloucester’s Finast Kind Calendar, and much much more.  The Outdoor café setup in the parking area in front of Lat 43 will be incredibly set up and they will be practically giving the food away and there will be adult beverage service- NOT TO BE MISSED!!!!!

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Traditions passed on through the generations

Great-great grandchildren of Salvatore Favazza

From The St. Peter’s Fiesta History:

In 1927 one of the Italian-American fishing captains, Salvatore Favazza, had a life-sized statue of St. Peter enshrined in the heart of the Italian district. Soon the fishermen and their families began to pray before this image of their patron saint. It wasn’t long before the wives and mothers of the fishermen began formulating plans for a religious procession to be held annually on June 29 in honor of St. Peter. Gradually, this annual procession grew to a day-long demonstration of faith to the protector of all fishermen.

To read more, click here.

Celebrating St Joseph 2011 Slide Show

Click on the picture for Joey’s slide show which brings us through the first 5 houses on  Sefatia’s list of 11 Gloucester St Joseph Novenas.  I wish I could have gone to all 11 houses but I wanted the girls to have a good memory of it and as the night wore on I didn’t want to push them too far past their normal 6:30PM bedtime.  Look for Manny’s slide show which will have many more of the houses and a ton of pictures of the people who attended the novenas. 

I’d like to extend a special thanks to the Fontana, Scola, Russo,Ferrante and Orlando families for opening their houses and continuing this beautiful tradition.  I’d also like to thank Sefatia for being a fantastic guide and teacher along the route.  She reminded me of many things I’d long forgotten about the traditions and  taught me a whole lot more.

Click the picture for my slide show and don’t forget to look for Manny’s slide show which will have many of the faces from the crowd. Also I will post a video each day over the next 5 days from each of the 5 novenas in the order in which we visited them on Sefatia’s list.

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Saint Peter’s Fiesta Schedule of Events

Click Picture For Slide Show Of Fiesta’s Past

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It’s the very best time of the year and NO ONE Will Cover It Like Good Morning Gloucester

From The Saint Peter’s Fiesta Website

ST. PETER’S FIESTA 2010
NOVENA JUNE 14 THRU JUNE 22

( ** denotes new staring time for this event)

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 23
7:00 p.m.-10:00p.m.—– **MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT
at St. Peter’s Park
“FOREVER LEGENDS” featuring “Sinatra and Friends”
THURSDAY, JUNE 24
6:00 p.m. FIESTA FIVE ROAD RACE – with Cape Ann YMCA – starting at St. Peter’s Square
8:00-12:00 Youth Block Dance / D.J, Sam Santuccio
FRIDAY, JUNE 25
4:45 p.m. GREASY POLE CONTEST and
WOMEN’S SEINE BOAT RACES
6:30 p.m. ENTERTAINMENT – Prior to Opening Ceremony
7:30 p.m. **FORMAL OPENING– St. Peter’s Square
Program immediately following until Midnight
MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT —“SEABREEZE”

SATURDAY, JUNE 26
9:30 a.m. YOUTH AND ADULT SOCCER GAMES -
Newell Stadium
10:a.m. Military Seine Boat Race- USCG vs.
US Navy- Pavilion Beach
Gloucester Fire Dept. vs. Gloucester Police Dept. Race
2:30 pm ——-**CHAMIONSHIP SERIES-
YOUTH BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT at Fort Playground
(Rain date—Sunday June 28)
3:00 p.m. CHILDREN’S GAMES – at Beach Court
4:45 p.m. SPORTS EVENTS – at Pavilion Beach
Seine Boat Races and Greasy Pole Contest

6:00pm – 12:00AM MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT -
St. Peter’s Square -
Jimmy Geany Entertainers, featuring
Vocalist Angela Rossi
SUNDAY, June 27
10:00 a.m. CELEBRATION OF MASS OF ST. PETER, at – - – St.Peter’s Park
12:00 noon PROCESSION FOLLOWING THE CELEBRATION OF MASS
3:00 p.m. BLESSING OF THE FLEET- at Stacy Boulevard –
3:00 pm Concert, United States Navy Band Northeast, St.Peter’s Park
4:45 p.m. SPORTS EVENTS – at Pavilion Beach – SEINE BOAT RACES and GREASY POLE CONTEST.
6:00 PM CONCERT ST. ALFIO’S BAND,(1 HOUR) ST. PETER’S PARK
6:30 p.m. CHILDREN’S PINATA CONTEST – at Pascucci Court

7:30-PM ——**AWARDS CEREMONY. for winners of Sporting Events.

8:30 pm MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT — St. Peter’s Park
Jimmy Geany Entertainers, featuring
Vocalist Angela Rossi
10:00 p.m. FIREWORKS DISPLAY (weather permitting)
ENTERTAINMENT CONTINUED-
11:00 p.m. Raffle drawing and Closing Procession

MANY THANKS FOR YOUR DONATIONS OFFERED AT
ST. PETER’S ALTAR VIVA SAN PIETRO.

Fiesta Faces – Last Night’s Novena

Even with the rain, the former Doyon’s was packed. Father Garaboldi and Father Harrison greeted the participants, young and elderly. Greg Cook’s new baby is adorable. Santo Militello looks healthy and tanned. Tony Testaverde told me about his new Fiesta walking stick that he wants photos of on Friday.

Although the walk from St. Peter’s Square to the end of Beach Ct. was wet, several people followed the statue through the streets to hear Father Garaboldi pray for the fishermen lost this year.

Now we need to pray for sunshine and good weather for the rest of Fiesta!

“Buona Fiesta from the Other Side”

First published in the Gloucester Daily Times in 2007

Buona Fiesta!  Ten years ago my involvement with St. Peter’s Fiesta was maybe walking through the carnival on Friday night, avoiding the traffic on Rogers St., and spending time far away from the downtown area. As a non- Italian, non-Catholic, the Fiesta was not a big part of my own childhood or adult life. I didn’t attend Mass unless it was for a wedding or funeral. I didn’t understand the Novena. There was no craving for a huge sausage sandwich. I didn’t get it!

But then around 1998, I’m not sure how it happened, but I got it. I wanted to capture some of the festivities as a photographer. Little did I know this would transform me into an honorary Italian. At first I felt like an outsider looking in on foreign traditions and cultures.  I think that year I just took photos of the parade on Sunday and the greasy pole.

I remember exactly when I got it, though. I was waiting for the parade standing under the arch of balloons outside the St. Peter’s Club when it was on Main St. The street was packed with hundreds of people. The statue of St. Peter was hoisted high into the air as the red and green balloons were released. Confetti was tossed from the roofs of the nearby buildings. Band music filled the air as someone called “Come siamo tutti muti?” and the crowd responded with “Viva San Pietro!”  The emotion and passion were overwhelming. I fought back the tears. And from that time on, I knew that even though I had no Italian relatives, I was Italian at heart.

In the years that have followed, I’ve had the honor and privilege of photographing all the Fiesta events. From seine boat practices, the Novena, the St. Peter’s Committee Reception, opening night, all the boat races, the greasy pole contests, the kids’ games,  the parade, Sunday Mass, the Blessing of the Fleet, the walk through the Fort, and everything in between, I have met the most amazing people.

Of course, there’s Joe Novello, but there’s also his new baby granddaughter, Sofia Rose, Tim Oakes, seine boat scuttler, and his four girls, Joey Palmisano who organizes the kids’ games on Saturday, Santo and Lea Militello celebrating over 50 years of marriage, little Marissa Numerosi, Sara Favazza, who loves to have her photo taken, Joe Frontiero, Joe Marino, Lenny Biondo, Lenny Billante, the names go on and on and they’re all part of the history of Fiesta.

I’ve felt the elation of the Morrisseys, Phil Francis, and Tim Oakes, the love between Joe Balbo and his son, the disappointment in the eyes of Gina Lampassi, the pride in Tony Testaverde as he carried the statue for barely a minute on Sunday, the sadness of those who have lost loved ones this year, my own sadness in losing my best friend, Tony Barbara, and the kindness of the crowd down the fort as they stuffed dollar bills into the jar to help J.J.

If I hadn’t gotten it, I would have missed out on this incredible opportunity to meet these wonderful people and experience the passion, joy, and love that is St. Peter’s Fiesta.

Viva San Pietro! And where’s Ambie with my sausage?

-Sharon

Novena starts today-

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Sharon Lowe photo

Monday Novena opening signals St. Peter’s Fiesta

By All Hands (Gloucester Daily Times)

It’s another week and a half to go before Gloucester’s 2009 St. Peter’s Fiesta hits full stride.

But the first elements of Fiesta begin on Monday — and that goes beyond the very visible construction of the altar in St. Peter’s Square, and the well-wishing signs for a “Buono Fiesta” greeting customers at some Rogers Street watering holes and other local businesses.

The nine-day Novena to St. Peter — held each year as a prelude to the Fiesta and the patron saint of the fishermen — opens Monday at 7 p.m. and continues at the same time each night through June 23 in the former Doyon’s building on Rogers Street, next to St. Peter’s Square.

The public is invited to attend any or all of the Novenas. Anyone seeking further information is welcome to call St. Peter’s Fiesta Committee member Joe Novello at (978) 283-4367.