PRESS RELEASE AND SCHEDULE OF EVENTS FOR THE OFFICIAL RELEASE OF THE CHILDREN’S BOOK “NONNA, WHAT IS ST. PETER’S FIESTA?”

The members of St. Peter’s Fiesta Committee in collaboration with Buttieri Press are pleased to announce the release of an illustrated children’s book that explains the meaning behind the traditions of Gloucester’s St. Peter’s Fiesta.

Nonna, What is St. Peter’s Fiesta? is the story of a young boy, Joey, and his cousins Amelia and Jacob who accompany their grandmother during the weekend festivities, learning as they go, about this annual celebration.

Nonna, What is St. Peter’s Fiesta? is written through the eyes of children and aims to preserve an understanding of the values behind the tradition.

Every child has her or his favorite book, a book they want read to them again and again. As Joe Novello, Committee President, points out, “When they have a book they enjoy, they always pick that book to read and have it read to them. At some point there is a connection and the meaning of the book comes across, which is the intent. Then when Fiesta comes they can relate to it because the story has been read to them a hundred times. It’s embedded in them.”

The author, Laura M. Alberghini Ventimiglia, is a Gloucester resident whose family has a history of being involved with Fiesta. Even before the Fiesta began in the Italian neighborhood known as the Fort, relatives were living there and four generations experienced first hand the true meaning of Fiesta. This experience now extends through to the sixth generation with the author’s grandchildren.

Ventimiglia was inspired to write the book during the 2015 Fiesta. Participating with her children, grandchildren, and extended family members, she noticed that while everyone was having fun; the majority of people were enjoying the Fiesta as if it were a carnival. She realized that the further away from the original Fiesta, the further away participants are from knowing and understanding the meanings of the values behind the tradition.

She approached St. Peter’s Fiesta Committee members with her idea of a children’s book. They recognized the same dilemma of time. Committee members thought it was a great idea and decided to support the project because a children’s book could explain how the Fiesta started and what it was about. Anthony Cusumano, Committee Treasurer, described it appropriately. “So many years, generations have passed that maybe the younger generation had lost the original meaning. We wanted to bring it back to its roots. Help the young kids today know what the whole meaning of Fiesta is, what the meaning of the novena is, the greasy pole contest, the seine boats and so forth. We wanted to get back to the times when that’s what the Gloucester fishing fleet was about.”

Ventimiglia worked with Committee members for two years, gathering their ideas, and keeping them informed of the progress of writing, illustrating, and finally printing. She also spent months researching early Fiesta stories through microfilmed newspaper articles and interviewing people including Sara Favazza. Favazza is the youngest child of Captain Salvatore Favazza who commissioned the original statue in 1927 leading to the founding of the Fiesta tradition. “Sara was an amazing resource and infused her energy for the Fiesta into our work,” Ventimiglia says. “She was generous with her time, met frequently with me and even invited the illustrator, Maura O’Connor, and me to lunch. Maura dubbed Sara, ‘Fiesta Royalty’.”

Favazza describes Nonna, What is St. Peter’s Fiesta? as “a beautiful book, a wonderful book that every child would love to have.” She says, “It’s marvelous. Every parent in Gloucester should buy one to read to their children to find out what the Fiesta is all about.”

Committee members say they are looking forward to this year’s Fiesta. They describe Fiesta as a time for family and friends, “a time for people to get together and reunite,” according to Novello. “As generations grew and spread throughout the country, Fiesta became a time when people return home, return to Gloucester knowing they will see people they haven’t seen in a year.” And, every year Committee members try to do something special. A special happening this year will be the release of Nonna, What is St. Peter’s Fiesta?

A family and friends release by the Committee for the 2017 holidays generated great excitement about the children’s book spurring tremendous anticipation for the upcoming sales to the general public.

Illustrator O’Connor, a graduate of Montserrat School of Art, lives in Beverly yet visited Gloucester often sketching the workings of its harbor. Diletta Ballati who lives in Italy and considers Gloucester her American home, translated the book into Italian, available online at https://buttieripress.com/festa.

The book also includes a brief history of the Fiesta, photos from the initial years, and photos by Kim Smith and Bridgette Mathews of last year’s 90th celebration.

All proceeds from sales of the book go to The St. Peter’s Fiesta, Inc., a 501c3 organization aimed at preserving this Sicilian-Italian American tradition of Gloucester’s fishermen.

Scheduled to be released to the public on June 1, 2018, accompanying events throughout the month include:

June 1 to June 30 –The Bookstore of Gloucester – Artist of the Month, the original illustrations of the book will be on display.

June 2 – Sawyer Free Children’s Library kicks off events with the official children’s book launch from 10:00am to 11:30am with the author, illustrator, and Sara Favazza. The event is co-hosted by The Bookstore of Gloucester.

June 9 – Cape Ann Museum will host a CAM Kids program from 10am to 12 noon.

June 16 – Sawyer Free Children’s Library hosts a Fiesta Children’s Program from 10:30am to 11:30am with authors Laura M. Alberghini Ventimiglia and Alice Gardner with activities from their books Nonna, What is St. Peter’s Fiesta? and St. Peter’s Fiesta: Gloucester, Massachusetts.

June 29 to July 1 – St. Peter’s Fiesta Kiosk by the Altar will have books available to purchase.

June 30 – The Bookstore of Gloucester will hold a book signing from 1pm to 3pm with the author, illustrator, and Sara Favazza.

Books are available at each of the above events and at the following:

The Bookstore, 61 Main Street, Gloucester

Harbor Loop Gifts, Building Center of Gloucester, 1 Harbor Loop, Gloucester

Cape Ann Museum, 27 Pleasant Street, Gloucester

Buttieri Press, https://buttieripress.com

 Sara Favazza unveiling the new Saint Peter, Saint Peter’s Fiesta opening ceremony, 2017.     

Vesper Stamper reading and book signing Thursday March 1

What the night

David West shares news of an amazing and multi talented author/illustrator coming to Gordon this week for a public reading and book signing

Vesper Stamper – http://www.vesperillustration.com/

@vesperillustration

Vesper Stamper What the Night Sings

Martin Ray’s new book! Cape Ann Narratives of Art in Life

Cape Ann Narratives of Art in Life, by Martin Ray

December 4, 2017 at Trident Gallery

“The book will be offered for sale at $30.00 during a SIGNING PARTY at Trident Gallery, 189 Main Street, Gloucester, 3:00-5:00 Sunday afternoon December 10. At 4:00 I will give remarks of acknowledgement to the profilees and to the team which coalesced to grace the printed book with elegance. I hope to see you there.” – Martin Ray

January 13, 2018 Cape Ann Museum reception and panel

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ANGELA SANFILLIPO SHARES MEMORIES FROM NUBAR ALEXANIAN’S BOOK “WHEN THE FISH CAME FIRST”

Nubar Alexanian Book signing Angela Sanfillipo -2 c Kim Smith

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Angela Sanfillipo sharing the stories behind Nubar's photos

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Nubar's photos with Angela

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Nubar's photos bringing back memories

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WONDERFUL EVENT FOR NUBAR ALEXANIAN’S BOOK “WHEN THE FISH CAME FIRST!”

Despite the chilly winds and rain, a fantastic group of friends, fans, and well-wishers came out for Nubar’s book signing, When the Fish Came First. All throughout the evening there were waiting lines to purchase books! Thanks to Karen Ristuben and the Rocky Neck Cultural Center for hosting this very special community event.

Nubar Alexanian Book signing c Kim SmithHonoring Linzee and Beth Coolidge

Nubar Alexanian Book signing Angela Sanfillipo -3 c Kim SmithAngela Sanfillipo and Nubar

Nubar Alexanian Book signing -3 c Kim SmithNubar signing his book Stones in the Road: Photographs of Peru for Ricardo and Diana Fernandez

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Honoring Linzee and Beth Coolidge

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Nubar Alexanian Book signing Angela Sanfillipo c Kim SmithMemories from December 1979 – Angela, her husband, daughter, and three-month old baby daughter’s christening

Gloucester’s Sea Serpent Author Book Signing At Cape Ann Museum Dec 18th

Soini Book Cover

The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present a book signing and reading with Wayne Soini, author of Gloucester’s Sea Serpent (History Press, 2010). Mr. Soini will be at the Museum on Saturday, December 18 at 3:00 p.m. This program is free and open to the public. Books will be available to purchase through the Museum Shop. Surprise a loved one this holiday season with an autographed copy of this new publication!

In 1817, as Gloucester, Massachusetts was recovering from the War of 1812, something beneath the water was about to cause a stir in this coastal community. It was a misty August day when two women first sighted Gloucester’s sea serpent, touching off a riptide of excitement among residents that reached a climax when Matt Gaffney fired a direct shot at the creature. Local historian Wayne Soini explores the depths of Gloucester harbor to reveal a treasure-trove of details behind this legendary mystery. Follow as he tracks Justice of the Peace Lonson Nash’s careful investigation—the world’s first scientific study of this marine animal—and judges the credibility of numerous reported sightings.

Wayne Soini was born in Gloucester in 1948, regrettably too late to see the sea serpent swim into or out of the harbor. He graduated from Gloucester High School in 1966. His most recent degree, a master’s degree in history from the University of Massachusetts-Boston, was awarded in 2009. Soini coauthored the biographical sketch and local sports history book, Judge Fuchs and the Boston Braves, with the late Robert Fuchs in 1998. Soini is a member of the National Writers Union, Local 1981, Boston Chapter, and of the Boston Athenaeum. He makes his living as a lawyer and lives with his partner, Anne, in Brookline, where he basically reads and watches his weight. Mr. Soini is donating the proceeds of his book to benefit the Cape Ann Museum and the Gloucester High School Scholarships Fund.

The Cape Ann Museum is located at 27 Pleasant Street in Gloucester. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Museum is closed during the month of February, on Mondays, and on major holidays. Admission is $8.00 adults, $6.00 Cape Ann residents, seniors and students. Children under 12 and Museum members are free. The Museum is wheelchair accessible. For more information please call: (978) 283-0455. Additional information can be found online at www.capeannmuseum.org.

Linda Greenlaw Book Signing Pictures From Bob Cullen

Bob writes-

Joey, this was at the American Legion Hall on 7/15/10, sponsored by The Bookstore of Gloucester. Note in the 4th photo that I am holding Linda’s new book, Seaworthy, and she is holding my new 2011 Gloucester calendar; both are available at The Bookstore.

Thanks,

Bob

Linda Greelnlaw, reading from her new book - Seaworthy - she's back to being a swordfish captain

Linda Greenlaw at her book reading

Joan of Arc outside of the American Legion hall.

Bob with Linda Greenlaw's new book, and Linda with Bob's new 2011 Gloucester calendar.

Linda Greenlaw event this Thursday, 7/15 @ American Legion!

Hi Joey,
I’m sending this to you on behalf of Janice Severance, can you post something about the Linda
Greenlaw event sponsored by The Bookstore this Thursday, 7/15 at 7pm?  Due to the anticipated
interest, it is being held at the American Legion, 8 Washington Street.  There will be a table set
up with books available for purchase at the event, but folks can always stop by The Bookstore
anytime to pick up a book as well.  Linda’s funny and engaging stories are sure to please the crowd,
as always.  This should be a huge event for the city that put her on the map with The Hungry Ocean.
LINDA GREENLAW
SEAWORTHY
July 15, 2010 | 07:00 PM
Sponsored by: THE BOOKSTORE
Held at:          American Legion, 8 Washington Street
Reading, Q&A, signing
To purchase a book prior to the event or ask questions:
The Bookstore
61 Main Street
Gloucester, MA 01930
978-281-1548
Seaworthy
The bestselling author’s sequel to The Hungry Ocean–a fast- paced account of her return to
swordfishing
Linda Greenlaw hadn’t been bluewater fishing for ten years- not since the events chronicled in the
books The Perfect Storm and The Hungry Ocean-but when her lobster traps aren’t paying off, her
truck is on its last gasp, and the bills are piling up, she decides to take a friend up on his
offer and captain a boat for a season of swordfishing. A decade older, and with family
responsibilities, she’s a different person heading out to sea, but any reluctance is quickly
tempered by the magnetic lure of adventure. And the adventures begin almost immediately: The ship
turns out to be rusty and ancient, and even with a crew of four Greenlaw is faced with technical
challenges. There are the expected complexities of longline fishing and the nuances of reading the
weather. Her greatest challenge, however, comes when the boat’s lines inadvertently drift into
Canadian waters and Greenlaw is thrown in jail.
Capturing the moment-by-moment details of her journey, Greenlaw tells a story about human nature
and the nature around us, about learning what can be controlled and when to let fate step in.
Seaworthy is a compelling narrative about a person setting her own terms and finding her true self
between land and water.
http://www.lindagreenlawbooks.com/books/seaworthy.asp
Thanks and hope to see you at Sugar Mags again for the Block Party this Saturday night!
Jenn Cullen (Missy’s cousin)

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