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The wait is over! ROCKY is coming to Philadelphia this Fall and opening the 2022-2023 season at The Walnut Street Theater. Founded in 1809, it the oldest operating theatre in the United States. Located in Washington Square, the Broadway musical version features new numbers and favorites “Eye of the Tiger” and “Gonna Fly Now.” ROCKY, the Musical is a beautiful love story, and a heart-stopping, knock-out theatrical experience.
Start saving now, exciting news for your travel plans. The 2026 Winter Olympics will be in Italy officially known as Milano Cortina 2026. The Olympics is an international multi-sport event scheduled to take place from February 6 to 22 in the Italian cities of Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo. Italy hosted the Summer XVIIth Olympiad at Rome in 1960, the 7th Olympic Winter Games at Cortina d’Ampezzo in 1956, and the 20th Olympic Winter Games in Torino (Turin) in 2006.
Soccer Fans, world news on a local front. Philadelphia has been chosen as one of the World Cup 2026 host cities in the USA. The others include Atlanta, Los Angeles, the Bay Area, Seattle, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, New York/New Jersey, Boston and Miami.
In Canada, Vancouver and Toronto and in Mexico, matches will be played in Monterrey, Mexico City and Guadalajara. Italy is one of the most successful national teams in the history of the World Cup, having won four titles: 1934, 1938, 1982 and 2006, just one fewer than Brazil.
The Philadelphia Union Soccer games continue thru October at Subaru Park by the Commodore Barry Bridge. An American professional soccer club based in the Philadelphia metropolitan area. The Union compete in Major League Soccer as a member of the Eastern Conference. Founded on February 28, 2008, the club began playing in 2010 as an expansion team.
Wishing the Eagles a great season ahead, Nick Sirianni, born in 1981, head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles is of Italian-American descent. His father was head coach at South- western Central High School in Jamestown, NY where Nick graduated in 1999.
Joining Italian-American coaches in Philadelphia is John Tortorella. He currently serves as the head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League (NHL) Tortorella, born in 1958, is an American professional ice hockey coach and former player. Tortorella spent the 2021-22 season working as an ESPN analyst and previously has coached four teams over a 20 year career as a head coach in the NHL. Tortorella’s coaching experience spans over 25 years, serving in a number of different capacities. He won the Stanley Cup with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2004 and reached the Eastern Conference Final with the New York Rangers in 2012.
Italian Pride during Italian Festival season continues, check facebook and websites for updates. Visit with family and friends and share Italian food, fun, culture and heritage.
In Norristown, PA Holy Saviour Feast 2022 will be held August 5 & 6 at 436 E Main Street. Details on Facebook with Mass in English and Italian, Street Procession and festival food.
In Delaware County, PA Our Lady of the Assumption Parish on Eagle Road in Wayne, PA will host an Italian Festival from 3 to 8pm on August 14.
In Glassboro, NJ, Saturday, September 10, 2022, St. Anthony’s Italian Heritage Festival includes carnival games, live entertainment, cultural exhibits, a homemade wine competition, beer garden, and amazing Italian food.
In Holland, Montgomery County, PA St. Bede The Venerable Parish and Knights of Columbus host 7th Annual Padre Pio Festival September 17 & 18, 2022 with entertainment, field games, amusements, basket raffle, food, and more. Entertainment by “Jersey Tenors”, Sinatra singer Steve Ritrovato, Joanne Caruso and “Verdi Band of Norristown”. Special healing service with Padre Pio relics on Sunday at 2:30pm.
In Cape May County, NJ An Italian Heritage Festival at 11am and a Parade at 2pm is scheduled in Sea Isle City, NJ on October 1 at Kix McNutley’s and An Old Time Italian Festival at Fox Park on Ocean Avenue in Wildwood, NJ on September 30 and October 1 features headliner Lou Christie (Lugee Alfredo Giovanni Sacco). Christie is an American soft rock singer-songwriter known for several pop rock hits in the 1960s, including his 1966 US chart-topper “Lightnin’ Strikes” and 1969 UK number-two “I’m Gonna Make You Mine. Free admission.
In Pennsauken, NJ at Cooper River Park, October 1, 2022 from 11am – 4pm, The Sons of Italy’s Italian-American Festival offers a day rich in tradition featuring Italian food, kids activities, entertainment, local wine tastings, a beer garden and car show featuring Italian- made autos.
In Strafford, Our Lady of the Assumption Church Italian Festival on Sunday, August 14 immediately after 1:30 mass. Food including Tripe, Calamari & Porchetta, Live Music, Games and Raffles.
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