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Mayor of Lipari Visit to Melbourne

Benvenuto a Melbourne- Sindaco di Lipari!!

On Thursday 13th of February 2020, we had the pleasure of warmly welcoming the Sindaco (Mayor) of Lipari, Marco Giorgianni, his wife Maria Zaia and son Alfredo to Melbourne and to the Società Isole Eolie, Melbourne. A video celebrating the club’s 95 year history by Michael Angelini was viewed for the first time on the night.

The Sindaco and his family are staying a few days until Sunday 16th of February to explore Melbourne. They will also be attending our Miss & Mr Isole Eolie Masquerade Party, before returning back to Lipari. In attendance was also the Mayor of Yarra City Council, Misha Coleman.

Welcome Reception for the Mayor of Lipari
Welcome Reception for the Mayor of Lipari
Welcome Reception for the Mayor of Lipari
Welcome Reception for the Mayor of Lipari
Sam Portelli (SIE President), Angela Boccabella, Misha Coleman (Mayor of Yarra City Council)

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90th Anniversary Celebrations

The dinner held on the 1st August 2015 at the San Remo Ballroom, was attended by 700 guests and included the Deputy Premier of Victoria, the Hon. James Merlino MP – Ambassador of the SIE of Aeolian descent – the Consul General of Italy in Melbourne, Marco Maria Cerbo and the Hon. Bill Shorten MP, Leader of the Opposition, amongst many others.

John Portelli of Enoteca Sileno, patron of the Society and also of Aeolian descent, added a touch of the islands to the menu by supplying the wine to accompany the entrée – a Salina Bianco from the Virgona family, crafted from Malvasia, Inzolia and Cataratto grape varieties; as well as offering guests a packet of hand-harvested wild capers from Salina to take home.  Recognised as Australia’s most respected importer, distributor and connoisseur of Italy’s finest produce, John Portelli received the Eoliano nel Mondo 2014 award in Salina, Isole Eolie last September.

Entertainment included piano accordionist The Big Squeeze, soprano Rebecca Gulinello, Rob Severini Band, a floor show by Tony Pantano and comedian Gabriel Rossi.

The final course of the night included the celebratory cake by pastry-chef Tony Cavallaro from Footscray’s renowned T. Cavallaro & Sons, with the main cake designed in the form of the island of Stromboli – inspired by the birthplace of his mother, who founded the pasticceria in 1956 with her husband Tomasso.  The cake itself was a traditional Sicilian cake made with vanilla and chocolate patisserie cream and a genoase sponge.

Il Globo Newspaper Article "Una splendida novantenne - 6 August 2015, Melbourne
Il Globo Newspaper Article "Una splendida novantenne - 6 August 2015, Melbourne
San Remo Ballroom filled with 700 guests at our 90th Anniversary of the Societa Isole Eolie
90th Anniversary of the Società
Hon. James Merlino MP, Marcello D'Amico, Hon. Bill Shorten MP
Hon. James Merlino MP, Marcello D'Amico, Hon. Bill Shorten MP
90th Anniversary Committee
90th Anniversary Committee

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SIE at Piers Festival 2015

The Società Isole Eolie (SIE) together with the SCA (Sardinian Cultural Association) were proud to present the ‘Italian Islands’ stand at the Piers Festival, Port Melbourne on the 25th of January 2015.

The Landing platform on Princes Pier was opened by musician Salvatore Rossano from the Santa Taranta band, playing his ‘fisarmonica’ and singing some Southern Italian tunes from his motherland.

Members of the SIE presented the traditional ‘tarantella’ dance, performed by Tino Li-Donni and Letizia Terlato.  People in the audience were invited up to the stage to learn some basic steps and perform the dance together with twins Vince and John Lo Bianco and Gabriella Martello with Janetta Ziino on the tambourines.

Miss Isole Eolie 2014, Gabriella Martello was in costume in her role as Public Relations, informing passers-by about the Club and its events.  John Barnao was providing information on the history of Aeolian immigration to Melbourne with the help of informative panels, books, souvenirs and an authentic ‘baule’ full of memories.

Giulia Biviano, resident pastry chef of the SIE provided two cooking demonstrations from her recipe book ‘Dolci di Casa Nostra’ and Joe Biviano looked after sales of the handmade Four Sisters ‘vinocotto’ and ‘cotognata’.

Janetta Ziino said, “the highlight of the day was definitely the audience participation in the ‘tarantella’ dance, most of which had no Italian blood – you could tell they really enjoyed themselves on stage!”

2015-01-25 Piers Festival- Tindaro Li-Donni, Letizia Terlato Vince & John Lo Bianco, Gabriella Martello, Janetta Ziino
Tindaro Li-Donni, Letizia Terlato Vince & John Lo Bianco, Gabriella Martello, Janetta Ziino
Giulia Biviano
Giulia Biviano

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2013 Eolian Heritage Study Program

The inaugural Eoliano Heritage Study Program kicked off on the evening of Sunday the 5th October 2013 at the opening Aperativo held in the foyer of Hotel Santa Marina. Our 22 participants mingled with excitement at the prospect of the coming week’s adventures.

The participants included: Margaret Boccabella from Melbourne, Alison Bowtell from Brisbane, Sandra Di Fatta from Melbourne, Diana Dimattina from Melbourne, Francesca Dimattina from Melbourne, Annalyse Hay from Melbourne, Rosetta Letizia from Broome, Steve Maccora and family from Perth, John Murphy from Bendigo, Alexandra Morris from Bendigo, Luisa Natoli and Henry Pulgarin from Sydney, Margaret Paino from Brisbane, Nancy and Francesca Ohlert from Melbourne, Josephine Sidoti from Melbourne, Annette Sonego from Melbourne, and Laurence Strangio also from Melbourne.

A wonderful ensemble of enthusiastic individuals from all ages and diverse walks of life that melded together beautifully with talk of shared relatives and family traditions.

The evening was topped off with a sumptuous Aeolian feast hosted by Mario Gullo at Mamma Santina. It was the first of many meals generously donated to the group by a multitude of local businesses willing to support our program.

Over the next two weeks, the group participated in a range of Aeolian experiences that without a doubt enriched our knowledge and passion for our heritage.

Week One included detailed historical lectures by Professor Marcello Saija, Professor Clara Martinella and Professor Marzia Beninati during visits to the Museo Civico and Museo Artologica in Lingua, the Museo Eoliano di Artologica di Luigi Brea in Lipari, a boat ride around the island of Salina, a workshop on proverbs of the Aeolian dialect, a workshop in which participants worked on a family migration project, a cooking demonstration by local cooks Caterina Paino and Maria Marchetti on making scinci d’ovo and gigi, and of course, we ate. We ate not only the scinci and gigi but pane cunzato at Bar D’Alfredo of Lingua, Pizza at Il Gambero of Lingua and pasta al forno at La Vela in Santa Marina.         Angela Boccabella

After a restful mid weekend, the group met up for a delightful seafood meal at Il Delphino in Lingua provided courtesy of the Lo Schiavo family on the evening of Sunday the 13th of October thus commencing the second week of the program.

Bright and early the next morning the group reconvened at the port to take the aliscafo to Vulcano with the imperative of scaling to the volcanoes crater. Dodging hissing fissures, those willing made it to the summit unscathed. Returning afterwards to meet those less inclined to sook in the bubbling mud baths.

The days that followed included more lectures at the Museo Dell’Emigrazione and the Biblioteca in Malfa, samplings of local wines, Malvasia and produce at the Fenech and Virgonna wineries, a visit to the Sanctuary of the Madonna del Terzito and lots more feasting courtesy of Bar Chiofalo in Leni, an exquisite lunch at Hotel Signum and a wonderful celebration at the Palazzo Marchetti hosted by the Commune of Malfa where they prepared a quadaria di cecciri in the tradition of the Festa of San Giuseppe.

The program culminated with an official presentation of the participants’ family migration project at the Sala di Convegno in Santa Marina on the eve of Friday the 18th of October. The banners prepared during the workshop of the previous week featuring each participant’s first migrant relative were presented to the Sindaci of Salina and the local community. Participants introduced themselves and their relative in Italian in front of their banner and finished with the words ‘sono eoliano/a’.

I can’t tell you how emotionally charged that room was that evening but I can assure you that the locals present were definitely impressed with the level of effort and passion displayed.

The last collective act of the Eoliano Heritage Study Program thus took place. Participants had been asked to bring along a pebble they retrieved from the beach on which they were instructed to write the name of their relative, the island of their origin and their name upon it. After the presentation closed, we made our way to the port of Santa Marina and hurled them back into the sea so that we may remain united with our islands for eternity.

From here, we made our way to the closing dinner hosted by the Commune of Santa Marina at Portobello along with our official hosts, the Sindaco of Santa Marina, Massimo LoSciavo and the Sindaco o Malfa, Dottore Salvatore Lungotano and of course, our beloved Professore Marcello Saija.

The Eoliano Heritage Study Program was a grand success if not, incredible. Not only for the wealth of knowledge we gained, the abundance of experience we enjoyed or the friendships we fostered but most importantly, for the way, as one participant aptly described it, the way it changed our lives.

Eolian Heritage Study Program
2013 Eolian Heritage Study Program Participants

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