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Symphonic Band's 55th Season Opener: It's Academic!
Il Circolo Horse Race Party: The Palio
Il Circolo Holds Season Closer
Il Circolo Appreciation Luncheon 2015
Symphonic Band of the Palm Beaches Presents "Parris in the
Springtime" - patriotic concert
Palm Beach Model Railroaders Celebrate 40 Years
2015 South Florida Fair, January 16th - February 1st
Il Circolo Christmas Party, 2014
Thai Bay Restaurant has New Location
Tippi's Pizzeria — Delizioso!
F O O D , F U N &
E N T E R T A I N M E N T
Band's 55th Season Opener: It's Academic!
Gulf Coast University Wind Orchestra
Symphonic Band of the Palm Beaches opens their 55th season with a
program entitled "It’s Academic!" Academic due to our
performance partners: the Florida Gulf Coast University Wind
Orchestra; Dr. Rod M. Chesnutt conducting. The Band welcomes this
51-member Ft. Myers based orchestra as they prepare for a
performance later in the year at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
concert will be presented at the Eissey Campus Theatre in Palm Beach
Gardens on Saturday, October 17th; and on the following Saturday at
the Duncan Theater in Lake Worth on October 24th. The curtain rises
for both concerts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $18 and may be purchased
by phone at 561-832-3115, or online at www.symphonicband.org.
though it is "academic," Phineas Fogg of "Around the
World in 80 Days," would be most happy with the musical
selections. In addition to the many locations showcased by the
music, Dr. Chesnutt has selected pieces written by current popular
composers. First, we head to Naples (Florida, not Italy). James
Stephenson’s American Fanfare was composed for a
celebratory occasion for a church in Naples. This version was
commissioned by the Commander of the Air Force Band of Flight.
now point our compass east (or west, depending on which route we
take) to Greece. Dionysiaques, Op. 62, was composed in 1913
by Florent Schmitt. It celebrates the festivals held to honor
Dionysus, the god of wine, fertility and drama. Let the party begin!
Now we travel west to France. Martin Ellerby’s personal tribute to
a city he loves is reflected in his 1994 composition: Paris
Sketches. Bells are featured in this tribute to composers who
have lived, worked or traveled through Paris.
modern city of Memphis is our next stop. Jug Blues and Fat Pickin’
was originally commissioned for the celebration of Tennessee’s
"Homecoming 86." Composer Don Freund was inspired by the
music of the Memphis Jug Band. The final performance of the evening
by Florida Gulf Coast reflects the scope for the struggle for
personal and universal peace and is represented by Pacem — A
Hymn for Peace by Robert Spittal.
second half of the concert will feature the Symphonic Band of the
Palm Beaches. Spanish Dance by Dmitri Shostakovich, was
composed for the 1955 Soviet film "The Gadfly," which was
based on the 1897 novel by Ethel Voynich, but takes place in Italy
in the 1840s. Glad I cleared that up. Staying in Mother Russia, the
band plays an arrangement of the familiar Night on Bald Mountain.
Composer Modest Mussorgsky claimed to have been inspired by the
confession of a witch who was then burned at the stake in the 1660s.
Our tribute to Halloween!
the cold steppes of Russia we sail to the island nation of Japan. Fantasy
on a Japanese Folk Song, by Samuel R. Hazo, tells the story of a
Japanese girl who is given a music box by her parents when she was a
child. As an adult, she falls in love with her American husband, but
is conflicted with the music box reminding her of the love for the
culture she left behind. Keep your hankies handy.
British Empire is represented by a march entitled The Voice of
the Guns. This 1917 piece was composed by Kenneth Alford in
tribute to WWI British artillerymen. An arrangement was famously
used in the movie, "Lawrence of Arabia."
final three pieces represent the New World. First, we travel to the
shrine in Peru known as Machu Picchu (city in the sky). The
haunting music represents the rise and fall and re-emergence of the
golden Andes city of Cuzco. Moving north to the good ol’ US of A,
we arrive at Broadway with A Tribute to Jerome Kern. It
should start your feet a-tappin’ with "I Won’t Dance,"
"Long Ago and Far Away," "Pick Yourself Up," and
"All the Things You Are." Of course, we include a John
Phillip Sousa march: King Cotton.
and Best Wishes to the Florida Gulf Coast University Wind Orchestra
for helping the Symphonic Band start off their 55th season on such a
high note. Enjoy!
Italian Cultural Society of the Palm Beaches hold Italian Style
Horse Race Party — The Palio!
and photos by Sally Valenti
Circolo, the Italian Cultural Society held its own horse race party
on July 3, 2015. Each year, on July 2nd, in Siena, Italy, a race
called the Palio is held. It is a competition of ten of the
seventeen "contrade" or districts of Siena. With roots
going back to the middle ages it is a deeply emotional experience
for every Sienese.
horses cannot be thoroughbred, but after very careful consideration,
each horse is selected to represent a contrada. Specially selected
veterinarians rule out any emotionally negative traits, assess their
mental attitude toward winning as well as their speed. After three
laps or ninety seconds in time, the victorious one makes the
represented contrada the next "kingdom" of Siena and is
awarded a banner (palio).
Federico’s Fellini’s words:"You people of Siena have a
precious thing and in the conflict between your districts lays your
union. All the world is flaking away, but there you are with the
aliveness of these rites and with your loyalty to the centuries. I
believe you are the only example in Italy. There’s a sort of
mysterious cord between you and the Sienese of every other age. It’s
beautiful, very beautiful!"
in the throws of Kentucky Derby parties, it was suggested that we
have our own Italian style horse race party, THE PALIO! Sergio
Salani said, "Great idea. Let’s do it. We can watch it on
television at my house." With the greatest generosity, together
with Rebecca Noble, they shared famiglia, amicizia, gourmet food,
wine, and music with all who came to his home. Everyone was invited
to come and bring along a side dish to accompany the pasta dishes
cooked al dente by Rebecca. Bar tenders, Marco Salani and his
friend, Daren Newby, kept glasses full.
Bakery of Boynton Beach donated a huge, unbelievably-beautiful,
delicious cake for dessert and afterwards there was a musical
program when Guilio Salani, Sergio’s Dad, lifted our souls with
his songs and Barbara Salani joined her brother in a duet at the
guest, young tenor, Marcello Razza, encouraged all to sing along
with him, familiar Italian tunes.
the Palio, founded in deep tradition, Sergio and Il Circolo project
the culture, traditions and love of life that have been passed on to
us by generations and these are uniquely Italian.
Sergio and Rebecca. You have made tomorrow a better day.
Fellini’s words "It’s beautiful, very beautiful."
Circolo Holds 2014-2015 Season Closer
& Photos By Sally Valenti
Maggiore & Chef Fabrizio
Miller & Virginia Longo
Fisher & Meg Fisher
Ceresaro, Debi Rodi & Adriano Ceresaro
Vigilante & Debi Rodi
Circolo, the Italian Cultural Society of the Palm Beaches, held its
last event of the season, celebrating the art of Sardinian food and
wine at Café Sapori in West Palm Beach on Sunday, April 26, 2015.
Guests were welcomed to beautifully decorated tables with white
hydrangea and orchid center pieces. After a greeting by Vice
President, Sally Valenti, an announcement of the elections by the
nominating committee member, Tony Phillips, and an introduction by
Chairperson, Lucia Maggiore, "Tutti in Sardegna" started
with an antipasto of zuppa di pesce with a lobster sauce. The next
course was homemade Sardinian dumplings with a lamb ragù and
traditional pecorino cheese. The wines of Sardinia, Vermentino and
Cannonau, were served according to preference of white or red. A
typical ricotta raisin cheesecake with goat cheese and anisette ice
cream was the dessert served with the coffee of choice. A brief
presentation by Monica Ruiu, who was born in Sardinia and whose
family still resides there, assured that this meal was authentic and
it brought her back to memories of her native land. The one hundred
guests who attended were also so pleased with Chef Fabrizio’s
preparation and presentation, that they requested his appearance
from the kitchen to give him personal accolades.
lively music provided by Tony Ventura, the closed-for-the-event
restaurant rang out with lively singing and dancing while dining.
Guests parted with boxes of Baci candies and memories of an
enjoyable end-of-the-season celebration and with expectations of
more of the same to come.
to Lucia Maggiore for organizing the event, to Francesco and
Fabrizio for its presentation and to all who made it such a fun
Circolo Appreciation Luncheon 2015
Valenti & Marcello Fiorentino
Miller & Paul Finizio
Circolo, the Italian Cultural Society of the Palm Beaches, honored
all those who helped the organization this past season. A sumptuous
luncheon prepared by master chef, Marcello Fiorentino, at La Sirena,
was held on May 5, 2015. Invited guests included Il Circolo Board of
Directors, Professors Ilaria Serra and Emanuele Petener, sopranos
Virginia Zeani and Marilyn Mims, Dean Lloyd Mims, Laurel Baker,
Robin Miller, Kate and Adriano Ceresaro, Ivana Regan, Marianna Du
Bois, Gregg Beletsky, Laurie Carney, Kathy and Leo Vecellio, Jana
and John Scarpa, Mayor Gail Coniglio, Frank De Stefano, Amber
Johnson and Michelle Botindari. Although some invitees were unable
to attend, thirty-two diners enjoyed the luncheon at the
closed-for-the-event restaurant. Marcello’s classic menu started
with bruschetta and mozzarella di bufala over roasted peppers, A
fresh fish dish oreganata over chopped broccoli rabe was followed by
risotto with porcini mushrooms and black truffles, named alla Frank
Cava after Il Circolo’s distinguished recently deceased member. It
was his favorite dish. Lemon panna cotta with fresh raspberries
finished the meal as the coffee was served.
by Gino De Marco added to the festive celebration. A special
scholarship of $5000 by the Renee Silvester Foundation was given to
Amber Johnson for her studies in medical school and another
highlight was the presentation of a tribute to Robin Miller of the
Worth Avenue Association for a most unforgettable celebration of Il
Circolo at this year’s Worth Avenue Italian Week. The tribute
read, "In recogniton and appreciation for designating Il
Circolo as the featured charity for the celebration of Worth Avenue
Italian Week 2015. We are privileged to have you in our
circle." Robin Miller’s response included a compliment to the
organization for its reliable, dependable cooperation which
facilitated the organization and operation of the event. Il Circolo
looks forward to next year’s Italian Week.
to Marcello and Diane Fiorentino and their staff for such an
outstanding presentation of over-the-top food and wines and to all
who participated in making 2014-2015 an outstanding season in Il
Band of the Palm Beaches Presents "Parris in the
Patriotic Concert ~
is that time of the concert year when you need to get your military
uniform out of mothballs and proudly wear it while attending this
year’s Symphonic Band of the Palm Beaches Patriotic Concert. For
this concert, the band transforms itself into a Sousa military band
and welcomes guest conductor Marine Corps Chief Warrant Officer 2
Stephen Giove, the Director of Music for the Marine Corps Air Ground
Combat Center Band at Parris Island, South Carolina.
concerts will be presented at the Duncan Theatre in Lake Worth on
Monday, May 11th, and at the Eissey Campus Theatre in Palm Beach
Gardens on Friday, May 15th. Both shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets
are $18 and may be purchased by phone at 561-832-3115, or online at www.symphonicband.org.
Please note that both concerts are NOT being presented on a
honor of the Marine Corps, the band will perform John Philip Sousa’s
SEMPER FIDELIS. This march was written in 1889 and is titled for the
Marine Corps motto, "Always Faithful." Keeping with the
same spirit, the 1984 piece ESPRIT DE CORPS will be presented. The
composer, Robert Jager, is the past arranger and composer for the
U.S. Navy-Armed Forces School of Music.
a salute to the British Military Band style of performance, the
Symphonic Band will play the CHEERIO MARCH. The Kentucky born
composer, Edwin Franko Goldman, included singing and whistling in
this piece, so be prepared to do both.
patriotic concert would be complete without a slice of Americana.
Minneapolis composer John Zdechlik provides the perfect arrangement
to fill this category, CHORALE AND SHAKER DANCE.
trio of popular legendary tunes includes an updated version of
AMERICAN PATROL 2. This version of the 1885 composition by Frank W.
Meachan is arranged by Naohiro Iwai. Second in this group is the
jazzy ST. LOUIS BLUES MARCH, as written by John Handy in 1914, and
arranged by Jerry Gray. And as icing on the cake is Louis Prima’s
1936 composition, SING, SING, SING.
America: the First Avenger, springs onto the stage as presented in
the CAPTAIN AMERICAN MARCH. This movie theme from the 2011 summer
blockbuster was written by Alan Silvestri and arranged by Michael
SALUTE and DUTY, HONOR, COUNTRY continue the patriotic theme. The
first piece is based on the Civil War song, "When Johnny Comes
Marching Home," by Morton Gould and transcribed from the
composer’s original score by Philip J. Lang. The second piece is a
dramatic narration with band of the 1962 address to the cadets at
West Point by General Douglas MacArthur: Duty. Honor. Country.
patriotic concert would be complete without the ARMED FORCES MEDLEY?
The Symphonic Band of the Palm Beaches will debut this new version
penned by Tom Knox. So with uniforms on, and with a proud heart,
please rise and be recognized when your service song is played.
in conclusion of this wonderful celebration of the American spirit,
the band will play STARS AND STRIPES FOREVER, immediately followed
by a Patriotic Sing-A-Long. May God Bless America. And to our guest
conductor, Chief Warrant Officer Stephen Giove: "Ooh Rah"!
Beach Model Railroaders Celebrate 40 Years
Machiz, of Village Green H condominium in Palm Springs, has been a
member of the Palm Beach Model Railroaders club for 3 years.
Originally from Long Island, Machiz has been in Florida since 1995.
He is an avid hobbyist and has had trains in his basement in Long
Island. His first model train was a Lionel at age 12, followed by HO
Railroad Club members Nick Litwin and Vincent Cuomo.
1975, the Palm Beach Model Railroad Club has maintained a model
railroad layout in Heritage Hall, Building 8, Palm Beach County
Fairgrounds, West Palm Beach, FL. The building is owned by the South
Florida Fair Corporation. The layout is HO scale which is the ratio
of one inch equals eighty seven inches, or approximately 1/8 of an
inch to a foot of actual size. There are 25 club members who live
from Jupiter to Pompano Beach, FL.
club models the area of the United States from Virginia south along
the east coast into Florida. Their time era is from the 1950s. The
layout is in a nearly constant state of maintenance and improvement
and members perform various tasks such as scenery, electrical
wiring, electronics, trackwork, rolling stock and motive power
maintenance, operations, painting, lighting and design. Club members
also give lectures and demonstrations to interested community groups
that wish to develop an appreciation of their hobby and actual
railroads as a vital part of American history.
club meets regularly on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 6pm and other
times as needed. The club is open for public viewing during the
South Florida Fair and other events at the Fairgrounds throughout
more information go to their website at: palmbeachmodelrailroaders.org
or call Fred Bohle, president at 561-951-6561.
Circolo Christmas Party, 2014
Gonzalez,Marco Capoccia,Sally Valenti,
Noffsinger, Tony Phillips, James Derry
Circolo, the Italian Cultural Society of the Palm Beaches, combined
with Sons of Italy, Pompano Chapter, to celebrate an Italian
Christmas at Via Mizner Country Club in Boca Raton on December 7,
2014. Members were invited to bring their children and grandchildren
as activities were being planned for them. Guests brought Toys for
Tots which were given to Marines James Derry and Carlos Gonzalez to
be delivered to the local collection center. A jolly Santa appeared
by surprise to give gifts to the attending children as they gathered
around the tree. Marco Capoccia showed a video filmed in a small
town in Italy where young, costumed dancers sang and performed a
typical holiday dance.
delightful lunch was served while Gino DeMarco played seasonal
music, often with guests chiming in. Many door prizes of wines,
candies etc., donated by Tony Phillips, President of Pompano’s
Chapter of Sons of Italy, were awarded to the lucky ticket-holders,
but the big prize, a basket of wine and food, was given to Francine
Scaffidi who won the Tombola game, the Italian version of Bingo,
traditionally played by families at Christmas time.
good time was had by all due to the well-planned event orchestrated
by Chairmen Tony Phillips and Marco Capoccia and assisted by Il
Circolo’s Executive Director, Kristen DiNonno Noffsinger.
www.ilcircolopalmbeach.org for information about our next
Bay Restaurant Has New Location
Bay Food Restaurant has been a favorite of Palm Beach County diners
for the past 24 years. Formerly located on Okeechobee Blvd., west of
have moved to 1000-A Old Okeechobee Rd., West Palm Beach.
Owner/operator Boon Som has been serving up some of the best Thai
food in the county for 24 years --- all home made with fresh
vegetables, spices and her own sauces and over 100 menu items to
writer had the pleasure of dining there Saturday night and I can
assure you that you will be totally pleased. The service is
courteous and efficient.
favorite Thai dishes are the curries. I had the chicken vegetable
red curry. So-o-o-o good. My co-taster, Jimmy, had the broccoli stir
fry with shrimp in a brown sauce. Both our entrees were scrumptious.
Soup came with our dinners. He had wonton and I had the hot and
prices are moderate and their menu is a full menu for lunch and
dinner complete with appetizers, beverages, desserts, and, of
course, Thai Bay Specialties.
Bay has inside and outside seating and also features a complete
more information or to make reservations, please call them at (561)
832-6091. Or visit their website at: www.thaibayrestaurant.com.
Pizzeria — Delizioso!
& Story by Jimmy Shirley
Pizzeria is an established business on Okeechobee Boulevard, across
from Century Village. Tippi Redzepi, an immigrant from Albania,
first moved to New Jersey more than 30 years ago, where he opened
two pizza stores.
moved his family to Florida in 1991 and opened a store at Belvedere
Road and Georgia Avenue and ran it with his son, Reggie. Eleven
years ago, they moved to their present location at 5778 Okeechobee
Blvd. in West Palm Beach.
offer a wide range of Italian-type foods, such as spaghetti,
calzone, parmigiana, salads, hot and cold sandwiches and so on. This
writer has sampled their meatball sandwiches, their Greek salads,
and of course their pizza. It can honestly be said you won’t find
better fare around.
late Sam Koppleman, long time adv. salesman for the Condo News,
was a frequent patron of Tippi’s. He used to use his quirky sense
of humor on them when he would complain they had not properly
arranged the beans in his soup, or that they had inadvertently
placed the sauce under the cheese on his pizza.
Pizzeria is open Monday through Thursday from 11am to 11pm, Saturday
from 11am to 12 midnight, and on Sunday from 12 noon to 10pm. They
offer take-out, delivery, and limited sit down, and catering. Call
them at (561) 681-9224 or just stop by the next time you want to eat
Italian. And, please tell them you saw their ad in the Condo
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