Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Thursday, August 21, 2014
The annual Feast of the Assumption Festival (also referred to informally as The Feast) is a four day Catholic street Festival centered around Holy Rosary Church on Mayfield Road near its intersection with Murray Hill Road in Cleveland’s Little Italy neighborhood. Held annually since 1898, the Feast occurs around August 15th in concordance with the observance of the Assumption of Mary. It includes a procession of a statue of the Virgin through the streets leading to the church, as well as a nightly mass.
My father's family lived in Little Italy and we celebrated the Feast every August! I have been attending the Feast every year of my life. I am now continuing the tradition with my son, Michael who has also attended the Feast every year of his life so far. This was the 116th Annual Feast of Assumption and we had a great time! I hope this family tradition continues for many more years!
|Three of my friends, me and my son Feast 2014|
|My best friend Patty, my cousin Michelle, the owner Nicole and me in the Smoke Shop|
|Me and my sister, Elena on the Holy Rosary church steps|
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Friday, May 23, 2014
I never met my great grandma, Domenica because she passed away in June 1949 at the age of 70. When she was born on May 28, 1879 in Gallicchio, Italy, her father, Domenico Balsanio, was 43 and her mother, Filomena Sinisgalli, was 34. At some point, her last name went from Balsanio to Balzano! She had two brothers and two sisters.
Her entire life was dedicated to having children and making lace!
In 1892, she arrived in New York at the age of 13 according to Ellis Island records, and lived in New York city until she married...
She married her husband twice! First at the New York City hall on August 13, 1896 and then again at the Church of Madonna on October 4, 1896. She was 17 when she married her husband, Domenico Pasquale Giammaria and started to have children. Their first son, Sarafino was born in 1897 and died in 1899. Her first daughter, Maria Palma (Aunt Mary) was born in 1900. She went on to give birth to six more children - Filomena (Aunt Flo), Guiseppe (Uncle Joe), Rosina (Aunt Rose), Elena Luisetta (my maternal grandma Helen), Assunta (Aunt Sue), and Alberto (Uncle Al). Therefore, she was having babies between 1897 and 1920.