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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
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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