MY COUSIN THE SAINT
A Search for Faith, Family, and Miracles
by Justin Calanoso

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Italian Festival, downtown Greensboro

Friday, October 15th, 2010

The Second Annual Festival Italiano will be held on Sunday, October 17,  in downtown Greensboro. They’re getting started around noon on the 300 block of South Elm Street, just as the Crop Walk is finishing nearby. I’ll be at Tent 21 with books for sale and signing. Story and details here. Goes until 6 p.m. Lots of food and fun. Free admission. Perfect weather predicted. Come by a get a book or three!

Further details at the festival web site, here.

Thank you, Charlotte

Saturday, October 11th, 2008

st matt's charlotte
Friday night at St. Matthew Catholic Church in Charlotte, more than 200 people turned out for the very first Italian-American potluck gathering held especially for congregation members, and coinciding nicely with Columbus Day week. What a great night! It didn’t look like Charlotte in that crowded room; it looked like a Catanoso family reunion, with two long tables of home-cooked Italian specialties, young families with kids, plenty of older folks, and everyone having fun. I spoke for about 45 minutes, and at times the room was so quiet as I told tales of Padre Gaetano, Uncle Tony and the canonization that I could hardly believe it. Afterward, people shared their own stories of Italy and several teared up. When we finally finished, I signed books for an a full hour. Amazing.

A special thank you to Monsignor McSweeney at St. Matt’s for inviting me and Antoinette Usher for so cheerfully and efficiently planning and executing the evening. They hinted that they would like me to come back. I will happily do so.

I also had a great time at the Italian Festival in uptown Charlotte today, which was teeming with food, entertaiment, Italian souveniers and thousands of guests. Plenty of interest in My Cousin the Saint, too.

Hello Charlotte

Thursday, October 9th, 2008

Friday evening, I have the great honor of speaking at St. Matthew Catholic Church, located on Ballantyne Commons Parkway in Charlotte. There’s a dinner at 6 p.m., and my presentation starts at 7 p.m. Also, Charlotte is hosting its annual Italian Festival at 301 S. Tryon St. downtown on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. I’ll have a table there as well as some books. I wonder if I’ll meet any native Calabrians?