Italian picnic in Barre's northend
Italian picnic in Barre's northend

Primo Maggio 2017 – Traditional Dinner at the Old Labor Hall

Sunday, April 30

Giving out the red carnations traditionally worn on the workers' May Day around the world.
Giving out the red carnations traditionally worn on the workers’ May Day around the world.

For Primo Maggio 2017, the Socialist Labor Party Hall continues the tradition of Primo Maggio commemorations begun by the founders of the Hall with the combination of food, fun, and education favored in the early days of the Hall. This year in honor of the Italian founders of the Hall, we return to Italian food as the focus of our event.

5:00 pm Social Hour (cash bar)

6:00 pm Traditional Italian Dinner — antipasto, minestrone, spaghetti with meatballs, green salad, coffee, tea, and pasta frola for dessert

7:00 pm Illustrated talk by John Carafoli, author of Great Italian American Food in New England

John Carafoli with his book

John F. Carafoli is an author and food writer, and an international food stylist. His books include Cape Cod Chef’s Table, Recipes from Buzzards Bay to Provincetown, and his is latest book is Great Italian American Food in New England, History, Traditions & Memories.

He has been published in The New York Times, Gastronomica, The Journal of Food and Culture, The Boston Globe. L’Italo-Americano Italian newspaper, and has been profiled in the Italian publication of ER (Emilia Romagna).

In addition to presenting papers at the Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery in England, he has organized the biannual International Conference on Food Styling and Photography at Boston University.  He was also featured on the TV Food Network’s Ultimate Kitchens, and NPR. Closer to home he writes for The Cape Cod Times, and Edible Cape Cod where he won an EDDY for Best use of Recipes in a feature. This October he will be leading a culinary food, and music tour to Tuscany Italy.

John Murelle with The John Salerno Trio… also a little night music

The event will also feature baritone John Murelle with The John Salerno Trio (keyboard John Salerno, Dennis Nobrega on reeds and Al Orlando on guitar and mandolin) in That’s Amore a concert of popular songs from and about Italy.

From the beautiful Neapolitan songs such as Mattinata and Torna A Surriento, Murelle and the Salerno Trio will present  a selection of music from Italian films such as La Dolce Vita, and La Strada, the beautiful Non Dimenticar from the film, Anna, and the theme from Summertime in Venice.  Also, included will be the popular tunes That’s Amore and Volare as well other melodies from the Italian-American crooners from the 1950’s & 1960’s.

Tickets $25 (reservations recommended)

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