Greater Philadelphia boasts one of the largest and most accomplished Italian-American communities in the United States. Philadelphia, birthplace of America, is a city deeply connected to Italian values and the Italian way of life. Andrea Canepari, the Consulate General of Italy, in partnership with area civic, academic, cultural, and business leaders, is launching the third edition of Ciao Philadelphia this month.
Ciao Philadelphia, a monthlong series of more than 70 events, highlights the contributions of Italians and Italian Americans to the Greater Philadelphia region, the Delaware Valley, and beyond. Ciao Philadelphia has something to offer everyone. Daily events throughout October include opera, concerts, film screenings, food celebrations, exhibits, performances and lectures.
Gallery Romp: Rome. 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Young children (ages 3 to 6) and their favorite grownups are invited to explore the Penn Museum’s Rome gallery through an interactive story and craft project. Learn what happens when the Roman goddess, Persephone, journeys into the Underworld!
Eddie Lang Day in Philadelphia. 1 to 4 p.m. Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. The event will include live music, reception, silent auction, presentation of previous years and scholarship program.
The Art of Italy. 1 p.m. at Philadelphia Museum of Art. During the month of October, tours of the Italian Art Collection will be offered once a week.
Cruiser Olympia in Italy. 5 to 7 p.m. Independence Seaport Museum. Exhibit features select artifacts and photographs from the museum’s collection shown aboard Philadelphia’s most historic ship for one evening only. Learn about Olympia’s early 20th Century service in Europe, view rarely seen photos of her time in Venice, and hear stories of her crew’s time providing humanitarian assistance.
Italian Art and Inspiration. 10 to 11 a.m. and 11 a.m. to noon. The Union League of Philadelphia. Tours of the League House will be provided with a focus on the Italian influence and inspiration on the paintings, architecture, and sculptures on display.
Ciao 18th Century Philadelphia: A Stroll Through the Park with Glimpses of 18th Century Italy and 18th Century Philadelphia. 1 to 2 p.m. The National Park Service will be giving a walking tour discussing the Italian influences of Philadelphia and its famous residents. The walking tour will begin in Franklin Court Courtyard. Free.
2016 Columbus Day Parade and Italian Festival. 12:30 to 6 p.m. Begins at Broad and Morris streets, proceeds south on Broad to Marconi Plaza. Food and entertainment. Organized by the 1942 Society. Free.
International Archaeology Day: Spotlight on Italy. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Penn Museum Italian archaeology and ancient Italian culture is the focus of the family-friendly International Archaeology Day celebration. Guests enjoy short talks by archaeologists, interact with museum educators at artifacts featuring touchable reproductions, craft workshops, games, tours, and sign up for behind-the-scenes tours of state-of-the-art archaeology labs.
The Laundry Project / Panni Stesi – An Installation and Exhibition of Photography Dedicated to Napoli and Italian Urban Realities. Continues all day through Oct. 25. Drexel University. This exhibition of photography is dedicated to the incredibly vibrant city of Naples. The installation “Panni Stesi” aims at re-creating the lively atmospheres of a Neapolitan “vicolo.” Opening reception 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free.
Columbus Day Memorial. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Chester City Hall. Associazione Regionale Abruzzesi presents a ceremony to preserve the memory of the great Italian explorer. It will include the placement of a wreath on the monument, celebration of Columbus and history of the monument, short speeches, national anthems, a few songs, and lunch. Free.
The Medical and Scientific Evidence Behind the Shroud of Turin and the Death of Jesus. Presentation by Salvatore Mangione, associate professor, Thomas Jefferson University. 6 to 9 p.m. The Shroud is the alleged burial cloth of Jesus. Since its first historical appearance at the end of the 14th century, it has baffled scientists, irritated skeptics, and awed believers. This talk will review the historical, chemical and physical evidence, but also what the linen may tell us about the death of the Man-of-the-Shroud. Free.
Becoming American: History of Immigration 1880s-1920s. 2 to 3:30 p.m. National Museum of American Jewish History Take a guided tour and learn about Jewish immigration to the United States from the 1880s-1920s. Discover the shared challenges for many new immigrants — finding a home and job, learning to speak a new language, working to maintain one’s cultural identity, and finding success and acceptance in a new land.
Inside the Opera Studio: Bel Canto -an Evening of Operatic Highlights. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. OperaDelaware Studios. “Bel Canto” presents some of today’s most thrilling opera singers in the comfort of the beautiful OperaDelaware Studio on the Christina Riverfront. The audience will be treated to greatest hits and hidden gems all artfully woven together into an exciting program led by music director Jeffrey Miller.
We the Italians. Two Flags, One Heart, One Hundred Interviews! Noon to 5 p.m. History of Italian Immigration Museum. Spend an afternoon with author Umberto Mucci, as he presents his new book. Following the event, a book-signing will take place at the museum’s new event space and home theatre.
A Tribute to Frank Sinatra -Celebrating 100 Years of Sinatra. 2 to 5 p.m. (curtain call 3 p.m.) St. Michael the Archangel Church. The Monday Blues Jazz Orchestra featuring renowned tenor Greg Farnese.
The Associazione Regionale Abruzzese Delco will hold its 25th annual dinner-dance from 4 to 9 p.m. at Heritage Ballrooms, 2107 MacDade Blvd. in Folsom, Pa. This year’s honorees will be Haverford Township’s Chief of Police, John F. Viola, and Sisters Maestre Pie Filippini of the Order of Pontificio Istituto delle Maestre Pie Filippini. Musical entertainment will be provided by Fulvio Ranni and Friends. For information or to order tickets call Nick Rapagnani at (610) 212-9888.
The Sons and Daughters Of Italy Greater Roxborough Lodge is hosting a sit-down dinner to honor Judge Vincent Melchiorre of the Philadelphia Court Of Common Pleas. Tickets are $65. For more information call Bob Blasi at (215) 482-1507.
The Delaware Da Vinci Society will hold its 13th annual Vendemmia, celebrating the tradition of the Italian grape harvest, at Bellevue State Park, off the I-95 Marsh Road exit just below the Pennsylvania/Delaware state line. The celebration includes classical and contemporary music, restaurant specialties from 25 area restaurants, professional entertainment and more. The DaVinci Society’s mission is to promote and advance Italian culture through education, service, charity and community events. Contact (877) 631-1542 or visit societadavinci.org for tickets or information on tickets and the Homemade Wine and Gravy Making contests.
The Giuseppe Verdi Lodge OSIA will hold its Festa di Ottobre, the Italian version of October- fest, at the Claymore Senior Center, 504 S. Clayton St., Wilmington. For information call (302) 998-6191.