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The “Festa della Repubblica” is celebrated on June 2nd because on that very day, in 1946, the Italian people went to the polls. For the first time after 20 years of Fascism, after World War II had largely destroyed the country, they had an important choice to make. “Monarchia” or “Repubblica” ? Women were also allowed to vote, for the first time in Italian history, and so they did. Credit is usually given to Alcide De Gasperi for the remarkably consequential decision to call the entire population to a vote on such a huge and controversial issue. The choice was “Repubblica” by a close margin, and King Umberto II went into exile.

Francesco Ranci, born in Italy, holds a B.A. and M.A. in Political Sciences from the University of Pavia, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Milano. In Italy, he worked as a researcher, instructor, and journalist until 2010. After moving to the U.S., he worked as Adjunct Faculty at Naugatuck Valley Community College, The College of New Rochelle, Berkeley College, and Iona College. He recently published an essay about Cold War Era sociologist Erving Goffman in the peer-reviewed journal “The American Sociologist”. For the last four decades, he focused his research on the methodology of the cultural sciences. He is particularly committed to saving the legacy left by the Italian Operational School, in the aftermath of World War II, from oblivion.

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  • 06/21/2021 9:00 AM - 06/21/2021 10:00 AM

    This 45-minute outdoor practice is open to adults at all levels of practice. The class will focus on basic foundational yoga postures to help align, strengthen, and promote flexibility in the body. Breathing techniques are also integrated. There will be an emphasis on simplicity, repetition, and ease of movement.

    Please bring water, mat, blocks, and any other yoga props for the class.

  • 06/22/2021 7:00 PM - 06/22/2021 9:00 PM

    Meet Msr. Franco before he leaves for Rome.

    Not only is Monsignor Franco a Son of the Church, he is a son of New York and Italian immigrants. Born in the Bronx, his work has taken him all around the world, including Staten Island in the 1960’s to the Church of the Assumption on Brighton Avenue in Tompkinsville. Monsignor Franco even organized dances at the church and invited Chubby Checker, of “The Twist”  fame  to host one evening!

    As a young man he attended Rome’s premier seminary, served in various parishes and became the special assistant to Archbishop Fulton Sheen. This most formidable churchman reveals his tales of intellectual, pastoral, and diplomatic service to the Catholic Church, enlivened by recollections of the fascinating people he came to know from U.S. presidents and foreign heads of state, to religious leaders like Padre Pio and Saint Mother Teresa.

    Stories of this book’s six pontiffs that Franco served under — John XXIII, Paul VI, John Paul I, John Paul II, Benedict XVI, Francis — offer landmarks along Franco’s trek through the corridors of spiritual power in New York, Washington, D.C., and Rome. It also includes snapshots of his life as a priest, even recounting playing soccer with other priests when studying as a young man in Rome.

    The title of his current role, Advisor at the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations, gives little hint of the drama of the times he recollects.

    “Monsignor Franco is known as an engaging storyteller of his impactful time in the Church. Read this book and you will see why.” — Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archdiocese of New York

  • 06/28/2021 7:00 PM - 06/28/2021 9:00 PM

    Mozzarella Making

    Our popular mozzarella making workshop is back! Make your own mozzarella.
    Pair it with organic tomatoes from the garden for a perfect Caprese Salad!

  • 06/29/2021 4:00 PM - 06/29/2021 5:00 PM

    Ricotta Cannoli
    First, learn how to make ricotta from scratch, then fill up some sweet cannoli!

  • 07/19/2021 7:00 PM - 07/19/2021 9:00 PM

    Italian Cheesecake
    Italian Cheesecake with fresh whipped cream and berries

  • 07/20/2021 4:00 PM - 07/20/2021 5:30 PM

    Chocolate Chip Cheesecake

  • 08/02/2021 7:00 PM - 08/02/2021 9:00 PM

    Cheese Cavatelli
    4 Cheese Cavatelli Al Forno/ Cavatelli ai 4 formaggi

  • 08/03/2021 4:00 PM - 08/03/2021 5:30 PM

    Homemade Cavatelli

  • 08/16/2021 7:00 PM - 08/16/2021 9:00 PM

    Gourmet Sweet and Savory Pretzels

  • 08/17/2021 4:00 PM - 08/17/2021 5:30 PM

    NY Style Pretzel