It’s time for the beginning of IHSI Summer-Fall Bocce!
This year we are excited to announce the Italian Heritage Society of Indiana (IHSI) will offer 6-week sessions at the same time…as the Fletcher Place Bocce League (FPBL), IHSI* will run games on Monday & Tuesday evenings and FPBL games will take place on Wednesday & Thursday evenings for more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
*If you are interested in playing on Mondays or Tuesdays, please email Vince DeFabis at: email@example.com
*Note: we will have new scoreboards for the Fall League! (Say thanks to Jim Watts)
Email Emily Duncan at: firstname.lastname@example.org for information on Wednesday/Thursday night bocce.
Here are some highlights.
League: IHSI Bocce League
Location: Lacy Park – 700 Greer Street(corner of Greer and McCarty/Stevens Streets)
Dates: The (6 week) Fall Session will run on Monday & Tuesday evenings from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm beginning July 29/30.
- League nights can accommodate 16 teams on each night.
- All teams will be notified of their night of play, wait list, or other status, via email.
The attached application should be completed and returned to: email@example.com no later than Monday, July 22nd.
All applications will be processed on a first come, first serve basis and teams will be notified of their night of play by Thursday, July 25th.
Download Application Here
“Natale con I tuoi, Pasqua con chi vuoi” as the Italian proverb goes: ”Christmas with your relatives, Easter with whomever you want.’
Tradition and ritual play a strong role in Italian culture, especially during celebration before Easter and at Easter. On Venerdi Santo (Good Friday) there are procession through the center of the Italian cities to commemorate la Via della Croce, Christ’s carrying of the Cross. After the pause of Sabato Santo (Holy Saturday) where you take the Easter food to church to be blessed. The celebration begins con la Domenica di Pasqua ( Easter Sunday) includes Mass with everyone dressed in the best dresses, bonnets, suit and ties, a visit to the cemetery and traditional daylong banquet. Food plays a key part in the celebration, lamb, eggs are found on the tables around the country along the seasonal vegetables and salads, and followed by the traditional dolci, la Colomba di Pasqua ( a dove shaped sweet bread), and Easter sweet bread braided in a shaped wreath and hard boiled eggs baked in the center. A special treat for the children is the Uova di Pasqua, a large decorative chocolate egg wrapped with colorful paper that comes with a surprise inside. The day after Easter is the official holiday called Pasquetta, which is celebrated with family and friends picnic style in the countryside.
Click Here for a great Easter Bread Recipe!
The Italian Heritage Society of Indiana Bocce Committee invites you to enter a team for an 8-week bocce ball schedule. League play begins April 1/2 through May 20/21. Games will be held in Lacy Park, at Greer & McCarty Streets.
- Please provide a second night preference, if applicable.
- If your requested evening is filled, we will look to your 2ndchoice.
- Substitute players are welcome and encouraged, however each team is responsible for providing their sub.
- Unscheduled substitutions at court-side will be considered a team forfeit.
- Please be responsible for your scheduled time – your absence affects 15 other teams!
The cost is $65 per TEAM of 2, $55 for IHSI members
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD/PRINT IHSI 2019 BOCCE ENTRY FORM
SPAGHETTI WITH SPINACH-WALNUT PESTO AND RICOTTA
Spaghetti di pesto di noci e ricotta
6 cups fresh spinach leaves
1 cup packed fresh basil
1 cup packet fresh parsley
1/2 cup walnut halves
2 garlic cloves crushed and peeled
1/2 cup olive oil, plus more for drizzling
1 pound spaghetti
1 cup ricotta
1/2 cup grated grana padano
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil for the pasta. Pulse the
spinach, basil, parsley, walnuts, garlic and salt in a food processor to a
coarse paste. Pour in the olive oil in a slow, steady stream.
Process to make a smooth paste, stopping occasionally to scrape down
the sides of the bowl.
Add the spaghetti to the boiling water, and cook until al dente. Scrape
the pesto into a serving bowl and stir in the ricotta.
Season with salt/pepper. Stir in 1/2 cup of the pasta cooking water to
loosen the sauce.
Remove the spaghetti with tongs directly to the sauce, add the grated
cheese and a drizzle of olive oil. Toss to coat the pasta with the
sauce, adding more pasta water if it seems dry.
Recipe by: Lidia Matticchio Bastianich
Check out more of her recipes here: https://lidiasitaly.com/recipes/
La Befana is an old lady who brings toys to children in part of Italy on Epiphany night. The Epiphany is when the Three Kings brought gift to baby Jesus. The legend is that on their way to deliver presents to Jesus, The Three King came across La Befana. They asked her to come with them, but she refused, saying she had too much housework to do. She later realized it had been wrong not to go with. So she ran off with her broom in search of the Kings, bearing her own presents for the baby Jesus. But she never caught up with them. It’s said that La Befana is still searching for the baby Jesus.
In the weeks preceding the Epiphany, the children of Italy are busy writing to La Befana, telling her the presents they would most like to receive. They are on their best behavior because they know that La Befana will leave a lump of coal, instead of sweet and toys, for ill behaved children.
On Epiphany night, January 6, Befana goes around leaving presents for children, in imitation of the Three Wise men bring gifts to Jesus. Befana looks like a friendly witch, with a mole on her face and tattered clothes. She flies on a broom and goes down chimney to deliver toys for girls and boys. There is a little poem:
La Befana vien di notte
Con le scarpe tutte rotte
Col vestito da romana
Viva viva la Befana!
The Befana comes at night
In worn out shoes
Dressed like a Roman
Long live the Befana!