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POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 12, 2010 Page 5 onne 2000 Celebrates Christmas Italian Style with f_.q efana i Standing, Left to Right: Maria DiCenso, Co-Treasurer; Doreen Giammarco, Co-Secre- tary; Rose Giammarco, President; Maria Ferrusi, Vice-President and Onelia DiCenso, Co-Treasurer. Seated, "La Befana" Rita Susi. On December 6, 2009 Donne 2000 celebrated Christmas at Pizza in Piazza in Winchester. A scrump- tious traditional Italian dinner and Tiramisu des- sert was prepared under the direction of Teresa Gentile. Before dinner, Rita Susi and Doreen Giammarco began the sale of the Donne 2000 cookbooks, Sapori Nostri, A Taste of Tradition. The cookbooks contain tradi- tional recipes handed down through past generations. It has proven to be a suc- cessful endeavor with only a few books left to be sold. Pro- ceeds of the cookbooks go to the Donne 2000 Scholarship and other local charities. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply. The applicant must be a wom- an attending college and must be taking Italian courses. Any questions on the cookbooks or scholarship can be directed to Doreen Giammarco at doreeng869@ aol.com. This year Donne 2000 will be celebrating their I0th Anniversary on April 11, 2010 at Raffaels's in Walpole. To keep the Italian tradi- tion alive, on January I0th, the Befana arrived to greet the children and members of Donne 2000. She entered sweeping, dressed in worn garb and asking "dove sono i bambini buoni? Where are the children that have been good?" All the little children marveled to see her and were anxiously waiting for their gifts. La Befana is one of Italy's oldest and most celebrated legends. Each year on Janu- ary 6th, the children of Italy awaken in hopes that la Befana has made a visit to their house. This is a sig- nificant day for Italians because it marks the end of the Christmas season and it is the day that the three Wise Men arrive at the man- ger of the Christ Child bring- ing Him presents of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh. As legend has it, the three Wise Men were in search of the Christ Child when they decided to stop at a small house to ask for direc- tions. Upon knocking, an old woman holding a broom opened the door slightly to see who was there. Standing at her doorstep where three colorfully dressed men in need of directions to find the Christ Child. The old woman unaware of who these men were looking for and could not point them in the right direction. Prior to leaving, the three men asked the old woman to join them on their journey but she de- clined saying that she had too much housework to do. After they left, she felt as though she had made a mis- take and decided to catch up with the kind men. After many hours of searching she could not find them. Think- ing of the opportunity she had missed, the old woman stopped every child to give them a small treat in hopes that one of them was the Christ Child. Each year on the eve of the Epiphany, she sets out look- ing for the Baby Jesus. She stops at each child's house leaving good treats to those who have been good and a lump of coal to those who have been bad. The purpose of recounting this story is to teach our children our cus- toms and traditions from our old paese and pass them along to future generations. N 0 RTH E N Join saint P RI NTI N G Anthony's Club on a Trip to Owned and operated by Pamela Donnaruma. Publisher. Post-Gazette Quality Printing for all your Commercial and Personal Needs IStationery * Business Cards * Menus Flyers I Pro~amBooks Wedding and Party Invitations J ~6uncements Business Forms ~d DocumentsI m COMPETITIVE PRICES 617-227-8929 Foxwoods Saint Anthony's Club will be hosting a day trip to Foxwoods, Saturday, Febru- ary 27, 2010. Departs from the Saint Anthony Club, 203 Endicott Street, Boston at 7:30 AM. Departs Foxwoods at 5:15 PM. Coffee & refresh- ments at the club in the morning. Reservations are now being accepted. Pay- ment due no later than Feb- ruary 20th. Contact Dale, Mike Bosco, Frank Contrado or Jason at 617-723-8669 for more details. JOHN MARTINO "Enjoy Your Visit!" MAYA DREILINGER "American Expressions" NOW THROUGH FEBRUARY 27, 2010 Khaki Gallery Boston is pleased to present works by two of its gallery photogra- phers: "Enjoy Your VisitF by John Martino, and "American Expressions," by Maya Dreilinger. John Martino was raised in Glassport, Pennsylvania. As a photographer, he is mainly self-taught. Although he has taken several courses and workshops in photography, Maya Dreilinger "Donna his main focus in college Valiente". was literature and writing. He obtained a Doctoral of Arts in English from West Virginia University in 2000. Martino photographs in the tradition of "street" as opposed to "studio" photography. Roaming the streets on foot, using only available light, Martino photo- graphs the real world. With intuitive heightened attention, he takes advantage of circumstances around him and frames the images in his camera viewfinder. As he says: "Photog- raphy for me is a means to transform the world, not repro- duce it. Although the subjects of my images consist largely of "chance moments" and "found objects" from the world outside, the photographs themselves are works of fiction. As such, their aim is not to document or confirm, but to suggest and entertain ..." Martino develops and prints his own work in the darkroom. Maya Dreilinger is an Israeli-born artist. She received her BFA from the California Institute of the Arts in 2001 and then returned to Israel to continue an ongoing project docu- menting life in Tel Aviv. Her work earned her a job as a freelance photographer for the main daily newspaper, the MAARIV. After returning to Los Angeles, Dreilinger concen- trated her efforts documenting the plight of the homeless. She set up an ad hoc studio at the offices of the Los Angeles Community Action Network {LA CAN), working in the Central City East community of downtown Los Angeles, commonly known as Skid Row. She created portraits of homeless and very low-income residents in an effort to change the public perception of poor and homeless downtown residents from one of the negativity to one of strength and beauty and to raise awareness. As she elaborates: "I believe this art project can return a dialogue to the humanity of those affected by homelessness and poverty and, in so doing, tell stories and show faces that would otherwise be ignored. This work allows for the residents of Skid Row to actively participate, through portraiture, in undoing stereo- types placed upon them by media and others. Along w ith the portraits, the subjects are given questionnaires, with queries similar to those that the American Express advertisements posit to celebrities. Instead of glorifying celebrities, however, I have chosen to glorify and cele- brate the resilient individuals of Skid Row." Dreilinger's photography was most recently included in the Women in Photography International 100 Year, Turning Silver Archive. Khaki Gallery is located at 460 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA. For further information log on to www.khakigallery.net.