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New Film: Mark Allen ~ Sunday 2014 Greasy Pole Champion Walking for Loved Ones

Mark Allen Walking for Loved Ones

Congratulations to Mark Allen, the 2014 Sunday Greasy Pole Champion! This was Mark’s first win, after 16 previous years of walking! Allen was walking for his cousin Peter “Black” Frontiero who has the second most wins of all time, with a total of nine.

Each year I look forward to filming and photographing the greasy pole events. The determination on the men’s faces, the camaraderie, the ecstasy and pride in winning, the anguish of defeat, the hilarious costumes, and the Felliniesque antics combine to create a fabulous fiesta of stories and images.

The film opens at the childhood home of the Giambanco Family, with Sefatia leading the Greasy Pole Walkers and guests in the rallying “Viva San Pietro,”  the cheer that is heard throughout the city of Gloucester during Saint Peter’s Fiesta. Giambanco sisters Marianne, Grace, Rosaria, and Sefatia continue with their mother Rosalia’s, “Lia’s” custom of feeding the Greasy Pole Walkers dinner before the walk. The tradition began years ago when their brother, Anthony “Matza” Giambanco, began walking. Sefatia explains that Lia had always held a huge family feast with relatives from all around the country attending. The first year her brother walked he told his mom he couldn’t eat because he was meeting everyone. She said I don’t care; you have to eat, and told him to bring everyone back to their home. That was in 1978!

Next the Walkers head over to rally at the Gloucester House, where they greet Lenny shouting his name over and over, to a packed restaurant full of guests. Several more stops are made along the way before the next rally at the Saint Peter’s Club. The Walkers make one last stop to say a prayer to Saint Peter, and perhaps pin a gold charm or coin to the statue, before departing for the greased pole platform at Pavilion Beach

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With special thanks and appreciation to Nicky Avelis and all the Greasy Pole Walkers for allowing me to ride on the boat. It went by way too fast! And thank you to the skipper for giving me a ride back to shore.

With thanks and appreciation to Rosaria, Sefatia, Marianne, and Grace for inviting me to come film the Walker’s rally at your welcoming Fiesta Sunday Feast!

The song “Love Runs Out,” is by OneRepublic for the reissue of their third album, Native.

The song “The Walker” is by Fitz and The Tantrums from the album More Than Just a Dream.

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Mark Allen Sunday Greasy Pole Winner ©Kim Smith 2014

Chicago the Musical featuring Sefatia & Mayor Kirk opens Tuesday Aug 6th

The Annisquam Village Players Present CHICAGO

A true New York City institution, CHICAGO has everything that makes Broadway great: a universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz; and one show-stopping song after another.  No wonder CHICAGO has been honored with 6 Tony Awards®, 2 Olivier Awards®, and a Grammy®.

When:             Tuesday August 6 – Sunday August 11 . 2013
All performances @ 7:30pm

Where:           Annisquam Village Hall
                        36 Leonard Street, off of Route 127 North
Annisquam village in Gloucester MA 01930

Ticket Info:     Reserved Seating $32.
                        General Admission $16.
                       General Admission and Reserved Seating tickets can be ordered online.
                        Go to www.annisquamvillageplayers.com and click on Tickets.

                        General Admission tickets (but not reserved seating tickets) may be              purchased after July 22nd at the following locations:

  •  Annisquam Exchange, 32 Leonard Street, Annisquam 978-281-0358
  •  The Bookstore, 61 Main Street, Gloucester 978-281-1548
  •  Lula’s Pantry, 5 Dock Square, Rockport 978-546-0010

Directions:     http://annisquamvillageplayers.com/directions-parking

The Annisquam Village Hall is air-conditioned and handicap accessible.
Refreshments served at intermission.

Cooking with Sefatia

Sefatia and her best friends cooked a fabulous breakfast and lunch today for the employees at National Fish and Seafood. Jack, Sefati, John Tierney ©KIm Smith 2013

Jack Ventola, Sefatia, Representative John Tierney

Sefatia, Jack, Wicked Tuna ©Kim Smith 2013

Jack Ventola, the president of National Fish and Seafood, bid $3500.00 and won Sefati in an auction to benefit the Hoyt Foundation. Mayor Kirk, Representative Ann Margaret, and her Mom Frances Ferrante, super nice gentlemen from Wicked Tuna Tricky Dave and and Paul From Tuna.com were there to enjoy the feast, too. A deliciously fun time was had by all! Thank you Sefatia for inviting me to film. Video to follow.

Sefati ©Kim Smith 2013

Taping of Bacala Video with Felicia and Sefatia Part 3 From Gianni Gallo and Joe Langhan

Gianni and Joe are the men behind the Taste of The Times Videos at the Gloucester Daily Times Website- this is from them-

Felicia and Sefatia ("the Godmother") got together to tape a segment on how Felicia’s Grandmother taught her to make a special bacala dish for the traditional Italian meal of the seven fishes on Christmas Eve. This is the third of three parts of the original footage. The entire shoot lasted over 45 minutes, which was edited down to a 10 minute video. (You can see that video at http://food.gloucestertimes.com/video/Baccala-Italian-Style-Codfish.html) Some have asked to see the entire production, with little or no editing. Here is Part 3.

Taping of Bacala Video with Felicia and Sefatia Part 2 From Gianni Gallo and Joe Langhan

Gianni and Joe are the men behind the Taste of The Times Videos at the Gloucester Daily Times Website- this is from them-

Felicia and Sefatia ("the Godmother") got together to tape a segment on how Felicia’s Grandmother taught her to make a special bacala dish for the traditional Italian meal of the seven fishes on Christmas Eve. This is the second of three parts of the original footage. The entire shoot lasted over 45 minutes, which was edited down to a 10 minute video. (You can see that video at http://food.gloucestertimes.com/video/Baccala-Italian-Style-Codfish.html) Some have asked to see the entire production, with little or no editing. Here is Part 2

Taping of Bacala Video with Felicia and Sefatia Part 1 From Gianni Gallo and Joe Langhan

Gianni and Joe are the men behind the Taste of The Times Videos at the Gloucester Daily Times Website- this is from them-

Felicia and Sefatia ("the Godmother") got together to tape a segment on how Felicia’s Grandmother taught her to make a special bacala dish for the traditional Italian meal of the seven fishes on Christmas Eve. This is the first of three parts of the original footage. The entire shoot lasted over 45 minutes, which was edited down to a 10 minute video. (You can see that video at http://food.gloucestertimes.com/video/Baccala-Italian-Style-Codfish.html) Some have asked to see the entire production, with little or no editing. Here is Part 1.