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r I PAGE 4 POST-GAZETtE, MAY 5, 2017 May in Italy: Food, Flowers and Foliage by Ally Di Censo Symynkywicz Infiorata di Noto (Third Weekend of May): Flowers bySal Giarratani rule at this festival in the ..... Sicilian town of Noto. Artists receive allotted portions of the The Democrats Look Like a Dying Party Italians love their sagre. These are the small, often highly localized feasts scattered throughout the calendar that honor a particular saint, or food, or pleasures of the season. As May heralds warmer weather and the kind of sunshine that promises summer, more and more people find themselves called to the outdoors and to the company of others by the tantalizing pull of nature. No wonder, then, that May in Italy proves laden with these quaint sagre that provide communities with bountiful reasons to celebrate, sharing in the universal delights of good food and good company. From fried fish to trees, flowers to risotto, the May festivals of Italy encompass the myriad facets of Italian life and herald the summer with joy and purpose. Here is a sampling of these feasts: Risotto Festival (First Sunday in May): If you visit the town of Sessame in the northern region of Piedmont on this day, expect a feast of creamy rice. Risotto is a popular dish in Northern Italy, a comforting meal of rice cooked in broth until it reaches a rich consistency. I love risotto because it is so versatile-- I have had risotto with squash, extra cheese, warm spices, etc. When I visited Italy, I had a rather luxurious risotto'in Milan with saffron and truffles-- delicious[ In honor of this festival, it may be a good idea to prepare risotto with seasonal vegetables like peas and asparagus. Wedding of the Trees (May 8th): What a charming little festival this isl In the town of Vetralla, located in the central province of Lazio, people decorate two oak trees with garlands and ribbons and offer them bouquets of fresh spring flowers. Later, the citizens plant new trees, and evoryone enjoys an outdoor picnic. The Wedding of the Trees, or Sposalizio dell'Alhero, recalls holidays like May Day which celebrate the rebirth and fertility of nature in the spring. I also love the ecological significance of planting more trees. Saint Fortunato Fish Festival (Second Sunday in May): In the fishing village of Camogli; south of the Italian seaport city of Genoa, citizens honor the sixth-century Italian bishop Fortunato di Todi with a seafood banquet. The festival begins the night before with a fireworks display and bonfires. The next day, people feast on fried fish. As summer approaches, I think of days by the beach enjoying a clam bake or seafood platters as the smell of ocean water and the gentle rush of waves overwhelms me. This holiday serves as a wonderful introduction to a season spent by the sea. .Via Nicolaci Street to create elaborate mosaics made out of flower petals. The result is a burst of bright colors and intricate artwork that bring a sense of joviality and springtime freshness to the city. Other events during the festivals include parades and fairs. On Monday, when the festival is over, children are allowed to run through the mosaics, scattering petals everywhere. This colorful end to the feast reminds us that things sometimes become more beautiful precisely because they do not last forever -- all the more reason to enjoy spring while it is here! May in Italy is a fantastic time to revel in the spring weather and take heart from the presence of others. In spring and summer, the outdoors beckon to us, and the local Italian sagre give people the opportunity to enjoy the pleasures of theseason. Not to mention the food and drink-- besides the risotto and fried fish festivals, visitors to Italy in May can also enjoy a Polenta Festival in Piedmont and a Chianti Wine. Festival in Tuscany! In turn, the joys of these festivals remind fls of what is truly important in life: family and friends, laughter, a supportive community, nourishment for both the body and soul. Though we may not have these sagre here in the United States, we can honor their spirit whenever we hug a loved one or sit down together with the most important people in our lives to share a delicious meal. Happy Mayl Ally Di Censo Symynkywicz is a Graduate Student in History at the University of Massachu- setts Boston. She appreciates any comments and suggestions about Italian holidays and folk- lore at Honor St. Jose Once again, Aldo Giuseppe Janni is in Boston as a guest of Francesco Mirisola. Aldo was born in Riesi, Province of Caltanisetta, Sicily, on April 4, 1944; his parents, Giuseppe Janni and Maria Buda, were also from Riesi. Giuseppe, Sr. held the position of Chairman in the department of 'Ragioneria and Finanze' (Accounting) for the city of Riesi for many years. Aldo graduated with a degree in 'Ragioneria e Finanze'. At the age of 19 years, he joined his father in the same department, and upon his father's retirement he became 'Ragioniere capo' (Head of the department). Aldo retired after 35 years of service. Aldo came to Boston, Massachusetts, for six consecutive years for the celebration in honor of Saint Joseph of Riesi (2007-2012). He visited the new Headquarters of the Society of St. Joseph and, with tears in his eyes, he prayed for all of his friends. Being a lover of traveling, and an intelligent, friendly, and honorable person, he made a lot Aldo visits his good friends at Green Cross Pharmacy in the North End. L-R: Giuseppe Giangregorio, Aldo Giuseppe Janni, Francesco Mirisola and Fernando Giangregorio. of friends and it was time to see and spend some time together again. His passion for traveling has taken him all over the world. He has traveled all over Italy, France, Germany, United Kingdom, Poland, Germany, Finland, Turkey, Malaysia, Indonesia, Ireland, Iceland, Ukraine, Argentina, Austria, Russia, Libya, Australia, Japan, China, Mexico, South America, North America, the Caribbean Islands, and many more. The flag signs on the world map indicate over two hundred and fifty major cities that he has visited. We welcome Aldo. We wish him happiness. We wish him wellness.- Ever think how the media and progressives keep talking about how divided the Republican Party is and how close it is to becoming extinct like the dinosaurs of old? Truth is, it is the Democrats who look like those giant reptiles. I have remained a registered Democrat all these years of voting the candidate not the party because I find it not easy turning Republican. There are positions of the GOP I do not condone. Same is true of the Democrats, too. For most of my adult voting life, I have been calling myself a conservative Democrat. When President Reagan came into public life, I started calling myself a Reagan Democrat and still do to this very day. In the last election, like many other Democrats out there, I voted for Trump because I had no alternative with HiUary Clinton being Trump's political opponent. While many cable stations continue their anti-Trump bar- rage like many so-called pro- gressives apparently afflict- ed with Trump Derangement Syndrome, the Democrats are seemingly in the midst of their own ideological civil war. Recently, the new DNC Executive Director Tommy Perez, whom the media called a moderate, announced that only pro-choice Democrats would be welcomed into the party or receive its endorsement. The Democrats and Clinton lost last November because so many working-class Democrats simply found Clinton a bad candidate. The object of the DNC should be to rebuild the party's base and not shrink it more. However, excommunicating pro- life Democrats from the party will only make Republicans stronger. Can't anyone in the Democratic Party leadership add two plus two anymore? As a moderate Democrat, I would like to see both major political parties become more centrist again as they once were. The last national election that happened was 1968, when Nixon and Humphrey paired off against each other in an election that Saw Nixon get 43 percent and Humphrey 42 percent. In fact, third party candidate George C. Wallace said that both major parties didn't have a dime's worth of difference between them. He said it as criticism but, in reality, it should be viewed as a positive. Never again would we see an election where both parties had ideological political parity. Now the Republicans move too far right for their own good and the Democrats run too far left for their own good. Recently, I heard progressives are screaming mad over Demo- cratic Party leaders not moving far enough left and saying the Democrat Party is dying. After news that conservative .Demo- crats need to find a new party, Democrats like me think the Tommy Perez-led party is dy- ing, too. With so many different kinds of principled Democrats outraged over what the Demo- crat Party is doing, the end could be near. I hope so. : Ommission ..... e sumertoprevent