Rev. Oreste Pandola Adult Learning Center
St. Leo's School
914 Stiles Street
Often imitated, but never duplicated, and entering our 22nd year in the heart of Little Italy,(nel cuore della Piccola Italia), teaching the language, culture and cooking of la nostra bella Italia, the Reverend Oreste Pandola Learning Center, will hold its’ 10th ANNUAL FERRAGOSTO CELEBRATION on Wednesday, August 15th, 2018 at the CANTON WATERFRONT PARK, located at 3001 Boston Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21224 from 10:30am to 2:30pm.
In Italy, annually celebrated on August 15th, FERRAGOSTO may well be considered the height of the Italian summer. Many Italians still take their summer vacation around this time, with the cities emptying and the beaches (spiaggie), mountains (montagne), and parks (parchi), filling up.
FERRAGOSTO, which coincides with the Catholic feast of the Assumption of Mary, is a holiday that dates back to Roman Emperor Augustus’ times. Several festivals took place during the month of August to celebrate the harvest; in 18 BC, Augustus introduced the ‘Feriae Augusti’ to connect them all and provide a longer period of rest after the harvest, a time of intense agricultural labor.
The popular tradition of taking a trip at Ferragosto was introduced in the second half of the 1920’s and was established as a national holiday by Mussolini. This initiated the process of vacationing in August, when most of Italy shuts down. The tradition continues with Ferragosto being a true celebration of summer.
COME CELEBRATE WITH US. Italian music, dear friends, family and food…a true festa all’italiana!!!
YOU MAY PACK A SMALL PICNIC BASKET, BRING A COVERED DISH TO SHARE, BRING YOUR BLANKETS, BEACH CHAIRS, UMBRELLAS, SUNSCREEN, ETC. (NO GLASS CONTAINERS!)
There will be a $5.00 donation to benefit the Pandola Center. Hope to see you there!
ALSO, please join our St. Leo the Great Parish nella Piccola Italia for la Festa di Sant’Antonio, June 2nd and 3rd, and Festa di San Gabriele, August 18th and 19th AND check out our other fundraisers this Summer, such as…“Un Bicchiere di Vino, Con un Panino…la Felicita’ (date TBA), in addition to our Fall classes at www.pandolalearningcenter.org
Enjoy attending sessions in Baltimore's historic Little Italy.
For information call 410.866.8494
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