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POST-GAZETTE, DECEMBER30, 2016 " PAGE 7 "La Vita e Troppo Breve Per Mangiare e Bere Male" by Sal Giarratani The Tenth Annual by Bennett Molinari and Richard Molinari Pirandello members chime in, "I migliori vini al mondo sono Italiani." Angelica Cascio. Aquilino and Joseph Dr. Tino Valdesolo speaks the truth about great wines from Italy, saying "In vino veritas." Isn't that the truth? L/z Pinzino checks out the fresh fruit to go with her wine. For all those who do not speak Italian, the language of love, the above headline states, "Life is too short to eat and drink badly." A better truism there is not, even for this Gaelic Garlic guy, because when it comes to good wine, I am Sicilian first. What better time is there to attend the Pirandello Lyceum's Evening of Wine Tasting? As newly elected President of the Pirandello, Atty. Frank Ciano said of the 2"d Annual wine tasting event, "What better way is there to end the Thanksgiv- Dr. Domenic Amara looks like he's trying to figure out if the bottle is half-empty or half-fulL wine tasting get-together was a resounding success. of Italian Literature and Culture in America and holds this event to support the Italian Language and Culture Scholarship Pro- gram. This year's event was held at Spinelli's Function Hall in East Boston. Once again, the Pirandello was pleased to have renowned vintner Dr. T/no Valdesolo, who shared his extensive knowledge of the fine art of wine-making and wine-tasting with all in attendance. If you would like to become a member of the PirandeUo Lyce- um, please call Rosario Cascio, the group's new Chairman of the Board, at pirandellolyceum. com. ing season than with someThe PirandeUo Lyceum sup- Italian wine tasting?" 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The concert began promptly at 6:00 o'clock with a welcoming introduction by Father Claude Scrima, Parochial Vicar Of Saint Leonard Parish, followed by remarks from Laurie Warnock, Presi- dent of the Saint Leonard Choral Society, and Vanessa Kennedy, Assistant Director. The concert opened with an instrumental of "Silent Night," fol- lowed by a beautiful rendition of the Christmas favorite "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel." Then the Saint John School Honors Choir under the direction of Alexandra Dietrich sang, "Amani Utupe Na Ustashff in Swahili. The Saint Leonard Choral Society then performed alovely selec- tion of Christmas carols highlighted by a solo of an old Polish song, "Gdy Sliczna Parma" sung by Maestro Drzymalski and a version of "O Holy Night" featuring soloist Vanessa Kenney. Dr. Atul Gawande, Chair of the Lifebox Foundation, then spoke of the added dimension to this year's concert--a partnership with L'ffebox Foundation in which a portion of the proceeds fron the concert will go to the purchase of Pulse Oximeters, oxygen meters used to make surgery safer in low-resource countries. Concluding the evening was an enthusiastic traditional sing- along by both performers and audience and, as a bonus, the chorus sung the stirring "Va Pensiero" by Verdi. The audience was then invited to Saint John School Hall for its traditional Christmas party. Coffee, cookies, and cakes were pre- pared and served by parish volunteers and members of the chorus. We look forward to next year's concert, an emerging tradition which has become a wonderful addition to Christmas in the North End. My Friend Freeway by Jeanne Brady When/first met my furry friend, He wasn't much impressed. He cast a jaundiced eye my way, Then resumed his daily rest. Week after week, I did cheerily greet, But was met with the same indifference. He seemed to be hoping I'd go away; he didn't care for my chronic presence. But I hung in with kind words and pets, filled his water bowl when in need. One day I even took him out, Averting my eyes as he peed. And then one day as I arrived, I saw him lift his head. He looked my way and seemed to smile ... Was he actually glad? Then I noticed when taking a stroll To drink a bit from his water bowl, He'd finish and turn and look up at me, waiting for a chin scratch so patiently. 5o it took awhile, but we pnally clicked. I finally made Freeway's Xmas Card Listl And now when I see my favorite pooch, He lets me give him a hug and a smooch! Merry Christmas, Freeway!!