Italian American Digest DIGEST Spring 2018 Final2 - Page 7

SPRING 2018 I talian A merican D igest CLUB NEWS PAGE 7 Cefalutana Society: Simple Elegance of Life in Cefalù W by Rose Brocato hen visiting the old part of Cefalù, it seems that you are going back in time. The coastal city is located on the northern tip of Sic- ily on the Tyrrhenian Sea. Cefalù is a charming city of old and new. The older part of the city is pieced to- gether with old connected buildings painted muted colors of yellow and orange and cobbled streets. In the distance, you can hear the vegetable man singing about what he has on his cart that day to sell. There is a busy city square right in front of the glorious Duomo and City Hall. Here, the older men meet and talk the day away. Many people still live in this part of town. You can feel that there is no reason to be in a hurry here. The locals spend their mornings just as we do preparing breakfast, getting the children ready for school and then off to work but to a differ- ent beat. The women are cooking for the day as many of the men and children come home for lunch. Then they take a short nap before return- ing to finish their school or work day. The women hang their clothes out on a line to dry from a window or on a small patio. Then walk their children to school, especially if they are younger. There are no school buses rushing down the street. Many of the men get up very early to go and fish for their livelihoods and then return in the early afternoon for a late lunch, then to rest. Many people take the afternoon to sit around the square or stroll along the seaside in the afternoons and evenings. On the other side of town tall, modern buildings can be seen in the distance. This area of Cefalù sits be- hind the beachfront. The pace of life in the new part of Cefalù in compari- son with the old part of Cefalù is like night and day. Many young people live in big apartment buildings and work in the hotels and the business district. There are more cars on the streets and of course more noise. Tourism is a big industry there. The difference is very noticeable when you are sitting in front of the Duomo havi ng an expresso and eat- ing a cannolo. When you visit this wonderful city, take a moment to no- tice the dramatic difference. Progress will of course continue, but at least in the old part of the city you can feel like you have gone back in time when your ancestors lived in Cefalù. The Cefalutana Society had their annual meeting Saturday, Febru- ary 24. There were 21 members in attendance. A treasurer’s report was giving by Lisa Serio. The committee chairperson, Sal Serio, nominated the 2018 officers for the Societa’ Italiana di Mutua Beneficenza Cefalutana. The following officers were nominat- ed and voted in to serve for this year: Joseph C. Battaglia, Presidente; Da- vid Matassa, Prima Vice-Presidente; Peter Lamanna, Sr., Secondo Vice- Presidente; Rose Brocato, Segretaria d’Archivista; Lisa Serio, Tesoriere; Sarah Ulmer, Segretaria di Finanza; John Provenza, Grande Maresciallo; Erin Battaglia, Corrispondenza; Joseph Taranto, Consigliere, Chris Marascalco Cummins, MD, Dottore; Back row: Chris Bardes, Edwin Reeves, Jr., Matt Palumo, Sal Serio, Larry Segura, Suzanne LaBarron, Bob Levine, Joe Battaglio, Rose Brocato; Middle row: Anne Mat- tassa Reeves, Peter Lamana, Sr., David Matassa, Romona Matassa, Carla Segura, Tina D’Antoni Bordelon, Ellen Cavalier; Front row: Lisa Serio, Sylvia Ulmer, Salvador D’Antoni, Chetta Levine, Sarah Ulmer, Megan Bordelon Fr. Michael Marascalco, Cappeliano; Leonard Messina Gresens, Direttore, Chris Serio Bardes, Direttore. Membership renewals are coming in for this year, so if you have not registered to become a new member Cefalutana cont. on page 25