SNAPSHOTS FROM “NONNA, WHAT IS ST. PETER’S FIESTA” AT THE GLOUCESTER STAGE COMPANY!

On the Saturday during Fiesta, my granddaughter Charlotte and I had the joy of attending Nonna, What is St. Peter’s Fiesta, a Gloucester Stage Company original adaption of the beautiful book of the same name, written by Laura Ventimiglia. The production was fantastic, the kids wonderfully talented, and I think it was so successful that Nonna, What is St. Peter’s Fiesta is going to become a tradition at Gloucester Stage.

Many, many thanks to Laura and Heidi for inviting Charlotte and I. Charlotte, who is not quite two, had a wonderful time–the show is appealing to a wide range of ages–from the very youngest to the very oldest nonnas and nonnos in the audience.

Laura and her grandchildren

Nonna, What is St. Peter’s Fiesta: 

NARRATOR- Gianna Ferace

JOEY- Bianca Numerosi

AMELIA- Lia Sophia Numerosi

JACOB- Nathan Gorman-Melo

NONNA- Emily Grace

MR. AMATORE- Finn Wall

ST. PETER- Naia Gibson

LOCAL FISHERMEN/STORM- Brady Patten, Nate Oaks, Miranda Joyce, Sophie Camera Murray, , Schuylar Corbett April Smith, Oni Gibson, Benjamin Pixley . Mia Jaworski, Anya Lichtenwald. Alexis Thomas, Olivia Philbrook, Miranda Joyce

MRS. VITTORIA- Lucy Camera Murray

FAMILY- Brady Patten, Nate Oaks, Miranda Joyce,

COUSINS- Sophie Camera Murray, Emerson Philbrook

MR. MARINO- AJ Porcello

MR. BRUNO- April Smith

MISS NICOSIA- Gabi Cros

SEINE BOAT ROWERS- Brady Patten, Nate Oaks, Anya Lichtenwald, Alexis Thomas

GREASY POLE WALKERS- Brady Patten, Nate Oaks, AJ Procello, Alexis Thomas, Benjamin Pixley, Schuylar Corbett

Greasy Pole Flag: Emerson Philbrook

CARDINAL-Finn Wall

 

PRIESTS/ FLEET Brady Patten, Nate Oaks, Miranda Joyce, Sophie Camera Murray,

Strega Nona: 

NARRATOR- Miranda Joyce

STREGA NONA- Brady Patten

NONA’S CAT- Oni Gibson

TOWNSFOLK/ SPAGHETTI-  Emily Grace, Bianca Numerosi, Naia Gibson, Gabi,Cros, Lia Sophia Numerosi, Gianna Ferace,  AJ Porcello, Nathan Gorman-Melo, Lucy Camera Murray, Nate  Oaks, Anya Lichtenwald, Alexis Thomas

TOWNSPERSON 1- Mia Jaworski

TOWNSPERSON 2-  Finn Wall

TOWNSPERSON 3- April Smith

TOWNSPERSON 4- Schuylar Corbett

BIG ANTHONY- Benjamin Pixley

PASTA POT- Sophie Camera MurrayGrace Numerosi and Bianca Numerosi

CONFETTI FIESTA KIDS!

Greasy Pole Walkers and the Fiesta Families are the most fun and beautiful to photograph and to film. Thank you so very much for a wonderful week of friendship, fun, photographing, and filming. This week I hope so much to have time to look at the footage of Derrick Hopkins and post his three winning walks. Viva San Pietro! 

Anticipation


Favorite moment from Fiesta 2014

SAINT PETER’S SUNDAY PROCESSION WITH FAITH, FAMILY, AND FRIENDS

The rain held off for a glorious Fiesta Sunday with family and friends processing through downtown, from Saint Peter’s Square to the Saint Peter’s Club. Viva San Pietro!

WITH LOVE AND BEST WISHES TO SARA FAVAZZA

Showering Sara with love and confetti

Sara Favazza is the daughter and tenth child of Captain Salvatore Favazza and Maria Lucido Favazza. Salvatore Favazza commissioned the original Saint Peter’s statue in 1926 and in 1927, Gloucester celebrated its first Saint Peter’s Fiesta.

DERRICK HOPKINS STUPENDOUS GREASY POLE SWEEP PHOTO SLIDESHOW- FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY FOR THE WIN

With three flawless walks, eighteen-year-old Gloucester ‘Farm Boy’ Derrick Hopkins sweeps the Greasy Pole competition Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Only one other walker, Jake Wood, has won three consecutive competitions. As announcers Tom Favazza, Al Millefoglie and Jimmy Tarantino joked, “he could have walked all the way to the Boulevard.”

 

Derrick’s Dad Rich Hopkins came out of retirement to walk with his son.


Saturday’s winning walk

Friday’s winning walk

Friday’s winning walk

PHENOMENAL!!! DERRICK HOPKINS FOR THE WIN – YOUR SUNDAY, SATURDAY, FRIDAY 2019 GREASY POLE CHAMPION

Congratulations to Derrick Hopkins, your 2019 Greasy Pole Champion!!! 

More photos tomorrow 🙂

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO DERRICK HOPKINS YOUR SATURDAY AND FRIDAY GREASY POLE CHAMP!!!!!!!!

Derrick Hopkins took the flag for two consecutive wins, joining only a handful of Greasy Pole walkers to do same. As he did in both courtesy rounds and his win on Friday night, he seamlessly walked the walk. Odds are he may take the flag tomorrow night, too.

Thunder clouds passed overhead threatening the sporting events. Most of the afternoon was cloudy with a few raindrops but just after Derrick’s amazing win, the sun burst through the clouds. Viva San Pietro!

CONGRATULATIONS TO DERRICK HOPKINS YOUR FRIDAY GREASY POLE CHAMP!!!

Congratulations to Derrick for a fantastic win! Derrick’s Dad also won and the two make only one of four father and son wins!

More photos tomorrow 🙂

THANK YOU TO THE SAINT PETER’S FIESTA BEAUTIFUL NOVENA LADIES

Thank you to the Fiesta Novena Ladies for all they do to create the beautiful novena to Saint Peter.

Faye Quinlan, Joanne Aiello, Caryn Ryder, Jean Linquata, Rosie Verga, Anne Sanfilippo, and Grace Cusumano

They are also superb cake testers, and lots of fun ❤

The delicious Buona Festa cakes served the last night of the novena are courtesy of Caffe Sicilia

 

SAINT PETER PROCESSION TO BEACH COURT

Photos from Tuesday night’s procession from the American Legion Hall to Beach Court to return Saint Peter to the Saint Peter’s Club until the official Fiesta opening ceremony on Friday evening.

NIGHT EIGHT OF SAINT PETER’S NOVENA

Photos from the second to last night of the beautiful novena to Saint Peter

These three ladies lead the congregants in the Italian songs sung nightly. Left to right are Grace Taormina, Eleanor Mortallaro, and Josephine Russo