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Page 4 POST-GAZETTE, JUNE 28, 2013 L'Anno Bello: A Year in Italian Folklore An Old-Fashioned Fourth When people find out that I study holiday traditions, a lot of them easily imagine that these customs are stoic, unyielding and rigid. However, traditions should prove dynamic and inspiring in order to stand the test of time. The traditions I cherish the most -- opening presents on Christmas Eve, ricotta pie on Easter, family parties on New Year's Eve -- remain in my family be- cause they take us out of the ordinary and remind us of the sacredness, or deeper meaning, of the event that we celebrate. Most of all, traditions should be some- thing to look forward to, rites that encapsulate the joy and uniqueness of a holiday. People should abandon tra- ditions that feel forced or unwelcome, as this goes against the sense of comfort and communal spirit that form the true essence of holiday customs. Moreover, many traditions must be tweaked to adapt to the times in order to survive and maintain their meaning. Finally, traditions can be vibrant and fun, not at all rigid! No holiday better typi- fies this mix of old and new traditions for me than the Fourth of July. Perhaps nothing is more quintessential for the Fourth of July than a barbecue, and indeed a family gathering around the grill.: is_an indis= pensable part of Indepen- by Ally Di Censo Symynkywicz dence Day for me. Lately, we have been holding our bar- becues at my aunt's house because she has a nice backyard deck and often relatives from overseas visit around this time of year, giving our celebrations an extra-special feel. My father cooks up sausages, hot dogs, hamburgers and veggie burgers for me, the smoky smell wafting through the hot summer air. My mother and I make a corn pudding, a delicious, gooey treat utilizing a prime seasonal staple. However, I also keep my Fourth of July quirky by preparing an unconven- tional dessert -- Zebra Pud- ding. I stack chocolate wafers and whipped cream, cover the stacks with more whipped cream, dust it with chocolate sprinkles and then refrigerate the dessert overnight so that the wafers turn soft and cool. This dessert has long been a mainstay at Fourth of July parties at my house, though I am not quite sure why. I think I made it on a whim one year, the recipe taken from a worn children's cook- book, and everyone fell in love with it. Now I can't imagine Independence Day without my Zebra Pudding, and I can expect the dessert to disappear within minutes after serving. Now that is a tradition worth keeping! The other most famous aspectof Fourth of July is a fireworks display, a tradi- tion that I have long struggled to accommodate. I absolutely love -watching fireworks, their beautiful colors streaking the sky, re- minding me of sunbursts against a velvety summer sky. However, most places that host fireworks events tend to attract very large crowds and I feel immensely uncomfortable in congested areas. My husband Noah solved this problem. For the past two years, on the night of July 3rd, we have been seeing the fireworks display put on by our local town near the high school football field. The crowds are man- ageable and Noah and I always tend to find a quiet spot on the bleachers to en- joy the kaleidoscope of light and sound. Everything from the snatches of rock songs heard on far-away radios to the children waving glow sticks gives the event a homey, quaint small-town feel, which is just fine for this nostalgia buff. I also get shivery goose-bumps when- ever I hear the distant bursts of far-off fireworks in the quiet of my own home. These tranquil moments allow me to reflect on how special a holiday Indepen- dence Day is, how much I appreciate the freedoms of this country and those who fought for them, and how (Continued on Page 15) A Day in the Country by Bennett Molinari and Richard Molinari Gilbertville Covered Bridge. Two weeks ago we received a call from our close friend Matthew to come out to Spencer for a visit and lunch at a restaurant he recently discovered in Gilbertville, a small town in central Mas- sachusetts. It had been nearly a year since we vis- ited with Matthew and we were anxious to touch base with him and try out his gastronomical find. We arrived at Matt's home about an hour and a half after leaving Boston, he was waiting for us on his front lawn, wasting little time, he jumped into our car and we were on our way to Gilbertville but first Matt was determined to explore the many back roads of the towns along our route. We never fail to be amazed at how different life becomes once we leave Boston and get beyond urban sprawl. The frenetic pace of life that we become so accustomed to in the city gives way to a much slower pace allowing time to enjoy the many pleasures and natural beauty of the state we call home. The for- ests were thick and lush as (Continued on Page 16) Salesian Boys & Girls Club 5 Annual Community Breakfast Buddy Mangini recipient of the 2013 Co-Community Service Award. On Thursday, June 20th, the Salesian Boys and Girls Club of East Boston hosted their Fifth Annual Commu- nity Breakfast at The Tops- ider Room located at Suffolk Downs. The club is commit- ted to the young people in East Boston, Revere and Winthrop "offering them pos- sibilities to grow and reach their full potential as produc- tive, caring and responsible citizens." The goal of the breakfast was to raise funds in order to help achieve the club's mission. The event was sup- ported by the clubs Honorary Chairs: Richard Fields, Principal owner of Suffolk Downs and Chip Tuttle, Chief Operating Officer of Suffolk Downs. The Host and Master of Ceremonies was Carlo Basile. Others that supported the event donat- ing items for the auction were: Robert Travaglini and Gennaro Cataldo. Joseph Ruggiero acted as the auctioneer. During the evening three awards were given, The 2013 Don Bosco Award to Robert Casaletto and the 2013 Co-Community Ser- vice Award to Buddy Mangini and East Boston Neighbor- hood Health Center CEO Manny Lopes. State Representative Carlo Basile, Fr. John Nazzaro, 2013 Co-Community Service Award recipient Manny Lopes, CEO of the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center and Amy Wortzman, President NE Moves Mortgage, LLC. President NE Moves Mortgage, LLC Amy Wortzman, State Representative Carlo Basile, 2013 Don Bosco Award recipient Robert Casaletto and Fr. John Nazzaro. 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