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The City of Tampa is proud to honor the 31st anniversary of our Sister City Agreement with Agrigento, Italy by lighting up the skyline in the national colors of Italy: green, white, and red. This will take place beginning at sunset on February 5, 6, and 7 as a symbol of our deep friendship and cultural exchange between our two cities. Agrigento and...

The Monday after the Super Bowl has traditionally been one of the least productive work days in the U.S., research over the years has suggested. So, one state is proposing to give most workers the day off. A bill proposed in Tennessee by state Sen. London Lamar and Rep. Joe Towns Jr. suggests the Columbus Day holiday be nixed and replaced with a da...

Italian Sons and Daughters of America is pleased to announce that a new ISDA lodge has been established in Pensacola, Fla! The newest chapter, founded in September 2022, is called Primo Paradiso Lodge. Its members primarily reside in the cities of Pensacola and Gulf Breeze, and some travel from as far away as Lillian, Ala. Pensacola is known as Ame...

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Daytona Beach is hosting its Italian Festival Thursday, Feb. 2, through Saturday, Feb. 4. There will be authentic Italian food, with complete dinners, pizza, desserts, pastry and beverages. Family-friendly activities will include bounce houses, games, an obstacle course and other activities. Kids eat free on F...

Roberto Angotti is a cultural historian, writer, film director, curator, and radio DJ who blends his love of baseball, Italian American arts and culture, and music into multi-media creations. His film, Italian American Baseball Family, tells the story of how Italian Americans assimilated into popular culture through America’s favorite pastime, base...

Luciano “Louis” Graziano was born on February 6, 1923, in East Aurora, New York, to immigrant parents from Italy. At the young age of 20, on January 22, 1943, the day Luciano “Louis” Graziano was inducted into the U.S. Army, little did he know what an impact his military career would have on his life. The next three years would take him from traini...

This spring, the High Museum of Art will present the first major museum exhibition dedicated to the nature-based works of pioneering American modernist painter Joseph Stella (1877-1946), which will feature more than 120 paintings and works on paper that reveal the breadth of the artist's multi-faceted practice. Co-organized by the High and the Bran...

Within the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site live the Elizabethan Gardens on Roanoke Island, managed by the Garden Club of North Carolina. It was created as a memorial to the first colonists and as an example of a period garden. When you visit the Elizabethan Gardens, it is best to keep quiet, consider, and appreciate the enchanting beauty. The i...

North Carolina is filled with history, but perhaps one of its most fascinating tales involves a traveling circus, a mummy, and a funeral home that combine to weave together one of the most unbelievable events you've ever heard of. Keep reading to learn more. In the early 1900s, there was a traveling circus near the small city of Laurinburg, along t...

Memphis has a diverse culinary scene and offers a variety of cultural festivals. Whatever your mood is, Memphis has food that’ll satisfy any craving. One of the standout festivals in the 901 includes the Italian Winterfest. After taking a hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, the festival is back and bigger than ever.  Tony Barrasso, founder of t...

A little bit of living history will be on display in Fort Walton Beach now through Jan. 2. The Sanger Ship’s Pinta, a replica of one of the Portuguese caravel sailing ships used in Christopher Columbus’ voyage across the Atlantic, is currently docked at Brooks Bridge Marina. The 85-foot-long by 24-foot-wide ship was made in Brazil and took three ye...

A vibrant array of fauna and flora dance around a gnarled tree trunk as we navigate a paradisiacal scene that borrows from the Bible and art historical references such as Hieronymus Bosch’s masterpiece Garden of Earthly Delights. Religious and secular imagery mingle, as we’re transported to the Mediterranean with glimpses of urban life hinting at N...