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POST-GAZETTE, APRIL 15, 2011 " Page 9 Socially Set by00Iilda M. Morrill Laura Piscopo, Suffolk University Director of Alumni Relations, left, welcomes Kathleen "Kathy" Palano Ray to the "Religious Festivals" lecture at the Fairmont Battery Wharf Hotel. (Photo by Hilda M. Morrill) We recently had the plea- sure of attending a lecture and luncheon hosted by the Suffolk University Alumni Association at the Fairmont Battery Wharf Hotel. The lec- ture was tiffed "God on Earth: Religious Festivals in His- torical Italy and Boston." Suffolk University history professor Dr. Matteo Casini and his associate from BU, Dr. Augusto Ferraiuolo, dis- cussed religious practices that originated in Italy's ancient cities and endure today in Boston's North End. Dr. Ferraiuolo is the author of the book, "Religious Fes- tive Practices in Boston's North End." As was demonstrated by the speakers' excellent slides/images, Italian his- tory has been characterized by extraordinary displays of public devotion. Italy's rich and poor united to celebrate religious festivals and pro- cessions, and the Italian immigrants brought their customs with them to America -- and to Boston. North End resident Laura Piscopo, the Director of Alumni Relations, and Eliza- beth Conley, Alumni Rela- tions Assistant, not only wel- comed the guests, but they also guided the lively ques- tion-and-answer segment after the presentations. The delicious Italian fam- ily-style luncheon ended on a sweet note with pastries from the North End. Adding to the fun was a special raffle of a stay at the beauti- ful waterfront hotel. Incidentally, Dr. Casini announced that on Wednes- day, April 20 at 5:30 p.m. the Suffolk University History Department, in conjunction with the Italian-American Student Union, will sponsor a free screening of the film, "Golden Door," preceded by a presentation by Dr. Vincent Cannato, of the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Dr. Casini noted that the film is not a documentary. According to Wikipedia, the film "is a 2006 drama based around a family's migration from Italy to New York dur- ing the beginning of the 20th Century. The film is set in both Italy and The United States. The film is written and directed by Emanuele Crialese. Vincent Schiavelli, whose character was originally planned to play a major part, died dur- ing the filming, forcing his role to become a supporting character. The movie pre- miered at the Venice Film Festival on September 8, 2006 to critical praise and seven nominations (with six wins) at the Festival." The screening takes place in the Donahue BD, Room 311, at 41 Temple Street, Boston, Mass. No tickets are necessary. For further info, email grzagami@suffolk.edu or mattcasini@yahoo.com. As Laura Piscopo noted re- garding the complimentary Movie Night, "Che fortuna!" Of course, "Should alumni be inclined, we encourage them to make a contribu- tion to the Suffolk Univer- sity Annual Fund at any level of comfort so that funding for student financial aid be J made possible," she added. While on the subject of Suffolk Alumni, let's hope my husband invites me to the next Suffolk University Alumni event. If not, I'm sure our son will! ....... The Friends of Boston's Homeless an- nounce that the "24 th An- nual Beyond Shelter Gala" takes place on Thursday, April 28 from 7 to l0 p.m. at the House of Blues, 15 Lansdowne St., Boston. Hosted by Mayor Thomas Menino and emceed by John Rosenthal, the event will feature gourmet tastings by the city's top chefs with live music by Canary and Mango Blue. More than twenty five restaurants will partici- pate in this year's event, including Eastern Standard, Union Bar & Grill, Treat Cupcake Bar, Hamersley's Bistro, Flour Bakery + Cafe, Ashmont Grill, Aquitaine, Tavolo, and The Fireplace. The gala will also feature a raffle and live auction with items including, Red Sox and New England Patriots autographed sports memora- bilia, concert-tickets, fine art, jewelry, and luxury city weekend getaway packages. 100% of the proceeds from the event will benefit Friends of Boston's Home- less. For tickets or more in- formation, call 617-755-3208 or visit www.fobh.org. ....... Looking ahead: On Saturday, November 5, we are all invited to join the family -- the Addams Family -- for a spine-tingling night of cocktails, dinner, and dancing at Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre. Dressed in haute-creepy- couture, brave guests will enter Citi Center's macabre mansion and experience an eccentric evening honoring the Wang Theatre's 85 year legacy and celebrating "The Addams Family Musical," which comes to the Shubert Theatre February 7- 19, 2012.. We are told that just as "The Addams Family Musi- cal" has brought the original black-and-white cartoon to life in brilliant color, this anniversary affair cel- ebrates Citi Performing Arts Center's mission of Keeping Life Colorful for New England through the performing arts. Proceeds from the evening benefit Citi Center's award- winning arts education and 15ublic programs -- initia- tives include artist residen- cies for youth in Boston Public Schools, community- based outreach, and the development of original American theatrical produc- tions. Leading the Gala prepara- tions are the Gala Co- Chairs, Betsy and Patrick Canning of Cumberland, Rhode Island, Stacey and David E. Goel of Weston, Patricia and Louis Imbriano of Stoneham, Madge and John MaeNeil of Lincoln, Karen and Carmen Monks of Concord, Delphine and David J. Morton of Dover, Lauren Page and Scott McEwan of Charlestown, Sylvie Hardy and Nathan Pusey of Beverly, Aimee Empey and Chip Rives of I DIAMONDS 1 ROLEX ESTATE JEWELRY Bought & Sold Jewelers Exch. Bldg. Jim (617) 263-7766 Enjoying the Suffolk University Alumni Association lecture/luncheon are, left, Bruce and Katie Mesches of Shrewsbury and Anne and Dick MacDonough of Arlington. (Photo by Hilda M. Morrill) Charlestown, Joyce and Josiah Spaulding of Charles- town, and Laurene and Scott Sperling of Wayland. At press time, additional committee members in- clude Frances Andahazy and Michael Nedeau of Hull, Elizabeth Chiquoine and Joseph Moore of Cambridge, Mary Cashman and Rich Doucette of Swampscott, Julie Donahue of Andover, Kimberly and Jeff Dziama of WHERE, Esta Gordon Epstein and Robert Epstein of Boston, Paul Guzzi of New- ton, and Lynne Kortenhaus of Charlestown. Also: Christine and Jeff McCormick of Boston, Frances and Monroe Moseley of Boston, Elizabeth Nichols and George Lee of Wellesley Hills, Martha and Charley Polachi of Sherborn, Holly Safford and Charles d. Weilbrenner of Duxbury, Louis Sawyer and Michael Elefante of Winchester, and Courtney Wang of Dallas, Texas. Gala tickets are available for purchase online at citicenter.org/gala. For more information, please call (Continued on Page 15) Answering questions from the audience after their excellent presentation are Dr. Augusto Ferraiuolo of BU, left, and Dr. Matteo Casini of Suffolk University. (Photo by Hilda M. Morrill) JUSTINE YANDLE PHOTOGRAPHY 781.589.7347 JUSTINE.YANDLE@GMAIL.COM ww.J USTINEYAN DLEPHOTOGRAPHY.COM