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POST-GAZEI-FE, JUNE 19, 201 5 Page13 Vvn( J by John Christoforo 00Babb00onno A Nostalgic Remembrance It was the 4 m of July and Dad was playing with the Chet Nelson Band. Chet Nelson and Dad had been on the road together when both were young single men. They shared a trailer and pulled it with one of Dad's old i930s cars. It was now 1950, and the trailer, the old 30s cars and living on the road just to play one-nighters were long gone. Chet had booked in several county fairs in the northeast and, seeing as Dad was free for the summer, he rejoined Chet's band to play each of the fairs. I don't know if you are familiar with county fairs. The closest thing we have to an old-fashion county fair is the Topsfield Fair. In many rural areas of America, this once-a-year happening is what people wait for. They come from miles away to participat e in the happenings or just to enjoy what takes place. At most of the fair grounds, there was a race track where sulky races were held each day of the fair. Between races, Chet's band performed from a stage located dir- ectly across the track, oppo- site the middle of the grand stand. At night, the band backed several acts of enter- tainment, including many old-timers from vaudeville and some younger perform- ers who had appeared on TV variety shows. Believe me, it was fun. The July 4 th fair we were heading for in 1950 was in Boonville, New York. Mom and I prepared things for about two weeks ahead of time. Dad had a surprise for Mom. He asked Nanna and Babbononno to come along and they said they would. As a result, this was going to be a tight squeeze. Fortunately, Dad's '49 Chevy had a big trunk. Mom packed her suit- case with her needs and I did the same. Dad packed both his casual clothes and a band uniform that was part of the image Chet Nelson wanted. But the first thing that we had to find a place in the trunk of the car was Dad's tuba. Once this instrument fitted in, it became sur- rounded by suitcases, a Cole- man gas stove, a portable barbecue and a Coca Cola ice cooler. Most people might think that the cooler would be Idled with cold beer. Mom and Nanna didn't know what kind of foreign food the people in up-state New York might have, so the Coke cooler became filled with sau- sages, steaks, hamburgers, hot dogs, cold cuts, cheese, tomatoes, a head of lettuce, cucumbers, radishes and some hot peppers. A couple of loaves of bread and a bag of rolls were carefully placed next to the cooler. When we picked up Nanna and Babbononno, all of their things were in two small suit cases which fit {just about) in the trunk. Babbononno also had three gallons of Zi'Antonio's best homemade red wine, and they had to go on the floor in the back seat. When my grandparents discovered that the back seat had more room, Nanna brought out a pot for boiling water, packages of different shaped pastas, a frying pan, some flattened veal that Dad had to force into the cooler, and several other items from civilization that Nanna feared could not be found in the wilds of up-state New York. With Nanna and Babbo- nonno in the back seat sepa- rated by a mound of things in the middle, and Dad at the wheel, Mom as co-pilot and me between them, off we went. We headed west on whatever roads led from Bos- ton to the Mass-New York border, and then out came the maps that brought us to up-state New York. I don't remember how long it took. I was just a kid, and anything longer than a half hour to a kid was, and is, an eternity. Late in the day, we found ourselves in down- town Boonville and Dad had to stop to ask directions for the motel we were going to be staying at. When we arrived, we dropped every- thing off in our cottages and then asked for directions to the fairgrounds where Dad and the rest of the band had an evening rehearsal with the acts of entertainment. Knowing that some of the late arrivals hadn't eaten, the coordinator of the fair had a tent set UP as a caf- eteria. When the band was done with the rehearsal, everyone considered as the entertainment was invited to eat. The offerings were served buffet style, and after the first couple of bites, Babbononno leaned over to Nanna and said, "Queste cose di mangiare americane sono merda." (This Ameri- can food is #@&$) That was it. Nanna and my mother decided that the food we were going to eat had to be the food we brought from Bos- -- FOR YOU WHO APPRECIATE THE FINEST-- THE MUSIC FOR ALL OCCASIONS 781-648-5678 ton, and the two of them were going to cook whenever we were hungry. The next morning, we stopped at a place for break- fast, my folks and grand- parents knowing it's almost impossible to kill bacon and eggs. Actually, the food was good, and this was the first time I had buck wheat pancakes made from fresh buckwheat. After breakfast, we headed for the fairgrounds. Chet Nelson's band rehearsed what they were going to play between races. Most of it was Dixieland jazz with some oldies thrown in. When the rehearsal was over, it was time for the races to begin and the band to play between them. Nanna, Babbononno, my mother and I brought the cooler, barbecue and Coleman stove from the trunk of Dad's car and set everything up outside the tent provided for the enter- tainers. They made sand- wiches using the Italian bread and cold cuts brought from home. Of course, Babbo- nonno had to open a gallon of wine, and when Dad and the band finished the first set, we ate lunch. Several entertainers and band members looked on wishing they could sample the food, but there wasn't enough to go around. Later in the day, Mom and Nanna began to make dinner. It was opening night and Dad didn't want to leave and come back, so the food was cooked outside that food tent. Nanna and my mother made pasta and veal parmigiana with a side of salad. Every- one came around to watch, especially the owners of a dog act. They introduced them- selves and, as it turned out, they were from Foggia, where Babbononno came from. They teamed up with us and Nanna, Babbononno and Babbononno's new paesano, Johnny Laddie, made cook- ing arrangements, with the Laddie family supplying fu- ture Italian specialties to be cooked. A couple of the other musicians were Italian and offered to go hunting for a store that might have Italian products, hoping to be in- cluded in the future feasts. One of them found an Italian grocery store in a distant town and told everyone with an Italian last name where, what and how much. The next thing I knew Nanna and Mom were feeding all of the entertainers and the band. It was like having the familiar extended family surrounding me, with one group speaking Italian and the rest winging their way in English. By the end of the Boonville County Fair, everyone had sampled the food and they became hooked on Mom and Nanna's cooking. This was just the first of many such episodes at county fairs, and it was one of the most exciting parts of my young life. GOD BLESS AMERICA News Bds (Continued from Page I) Pacific Trade Deal that Stop the War on Cops needs congressional ap- It Is time for the liberal proval, is an issue I am In news media, a.k.a. MSNBC, sync with the JBS view. We and race hustlers like Rev. don't need this so-called AI Sharpton and his type to tradepact, because it is stop dividing us from each much more than a trade other to continue an agenda pact. It is a political economic of their making. I was union much like the Euro- shocked to hear that minis- pean Union and would, or po- ter on the "Sean Hannity tentially could, have a nega- Show" on Fox News Network tire impact on our sorer- who doesn't want the facts elgnty and the U.S. Consti- to get in the way of his nar- tution. I don't know enough ratlve on white cops in about it to say yes or no. I America today. There was wonder how many of these nothing to suggest that race Republican Establishment played any real part in types have read it all. Kudos McKinney, Texas. Yet he to U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions actually stated more than (R-Alabama), who has read it once, that the police don't all and opposes it. have to worry about ISIS, Kudos to all those Demo- they should be worried about crats on Capitol Hill who are USIS. This from a man of the opposing this Obama sup- cloth. I wonder what version ported TPP and TPIT pact. of the Bible he reads? They understand how badly this will hurt organized labor Kudos to the in America. Baltimore Sun Kudos also to all those The Baltimore Sun is no left Democrats in the House wing rag, it is a liberal news- who opposed the PTT, join- paper like the Boston Globe. ing the Republican majority Last week, it was reported in in the House and sending that newspaper that, previ- the Obama White House a bi- ous to Freddy Gray's arrest partisan wake-up call on Fri- and death, the state prosecu- day, June 12% tor for Baltimore County, the official who indicted six Bal- Playtime for Austin timore cops in Gray's death, Layovers had actually ordered the Bal- If all the live music offered timore police to crackdown in at Austin-Bergstrom Inter- the area of West Baltimore national Airport isn't enough where the Gray tragedy to make you worry about took place. This was in re- missing your flight, there is sponse to the complaints now a colorful exhibit of dolls from neighbors in the area and toys on loan from the yet- concerned about all the drug to-be opened Austin Toy traffic there. The police fol- Museum. All kinds of great low up on her request and toys to look at while waiting then she indicts them. to exit Austin. The state prosecutor I will let you know more if pushes a crackdown, then the toy museum is opened cracks down on the cops who by my next trip to Austin are caught between a rock coming up real soon. and liberal hypocrisy. LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Middlesex Probate and Family Court 208 Cambridge Street Cambridge, MA 02141 (617) 768-5800 Docket No. MI15P2720EA Estate of WALTER RAYMOND HICKMAN Also Known As WALTER R. HICKMAN Date of Death March 27, 2015 CITATION ON PETITION FOR FORMAL ADJUDICATION To all interested persons: A Petition has been filed by Welter R. Hickman, Jr. of Lunenburg, MA requesng that Court enter a formal Decree and Order of testacy and for such other relief as requested in the Petition. And also requesting that Walter R. Hlclan, Jr. of Lunenburg, MA be appointed as Personal Representative(s) of said estate to serve Without Surety on the bond. You have the dght to obtain a copy of the Petition from the Petitioner or at the CourL You have a right to object to this proceeding. To do so, you or your attorney must file a written appearance and objecUon at this Court before 10:00 a.m. on July 7, 2015. This is NOT s headng date, but a deadline by which you must file a written appearance and objection if you object to this proceed- ing. if you fail to file a timely written appear- ance and objection followed by an Affidavit of Objections within thirty (30) days of the. return date, action may be taken without further notice to you. The estate Is being administered under formal procedure by the Personal Represen- tative-under the Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code without supervision by the Court. Inventory and accounts are not required to be filed with the Court, but recipi- ents are entitled to notice regarding the administration from the Personal Represen- tative and can petition the Court in any matter relating to the estate, including distribution of assets and expenses of administration. WITNESS, HON. EDWARD F. DONNELLY, JR., Rrst Justice of this Court. Date: June 9, 2015 Tara E. DeCristofaro, Register of Probate Run date: 6/19/15 LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Suffolk Probate and Family Court 24 New Chardon Street Boston, MA 02114 (017) 788-8300 Docket No. SU15P1354EA Estate of CARMELA BOCCHINO Date of Death December 24, 2014 CITATION ON PETITION FOR FORMAL ADJUDICATION To all interested persons: A Petition has been filed by Semflno Peter Bocchino of fiaugus, MA requesting that the Court enter a formal Decree and Order of testacy and for such other relief as requested in the Petition. And also requesting that Seraflno Peter Bocchlno of Saugus, MA be appointed as Personal Representative(s) of said estate to serve Wlthout Surety on the bond. You have the dgM to oMain a cepy of the Petition from the Petitioner or at the Court. You have a right to object to this precsedlng. To do so, you or your attorney must file a written appearance and objection at this Court before 10:00 a.m. on July 9, 2015. This is NOT a hcedng date, but a deadline by which you must file a written appearance and objection if you object to this proceed- ing. If you fail to file e timely written appear- ance and objection followed by an Affidavit of Objections within thirty (30) days of the return date, action may be taken without farther notice to you. The estate is being administered under formal procedure by the Personal Represen- tative under the Massachusetts Uniform Probate Cede without supervision by the Court. Inventory and accounts are not required to be filed with the Court, but recipi- ents are entitled to notice regarding the administration from the Personal Represen- tative and can petition the Court in any matter relating to the estate, including distribution of assets and expenses of administration. WITNESS, HON. JOAN P. ARMSTRONG, First Justice of this Court. Date: June 9, 2015 Felix D. Arroyo, Register of Probate Run date: 6/19/15