Patron Saint George

I was so excited about Cerda’s artichokes yesterday, I failed to recognize Saint George’s feast day, which was 23 April. But, don’t despair! All week in Modica, where he is the patron of the town, there are events leading up to the annual procession and celebration, which will be on Sunday, April 29. Here, you’ll…

Experience Sicilian Inspired Music in Connecticut

Concert! Join me (Allison Scola) and guitarist Joe Ravo on Sunday, April 8, in Farmington, Conn., when our Sicilian and Southern-Italian-inspired, American folk duo, Villa Palagonia, will perform a concert at the Sounding Board Coffeehouse. Agenda: Open Jam and Song Swap at 2PM; Concert at 3PM (2 sets with a 20-minute intermission). Where: The Lodge…

He Carries On The Legacy

Our Experience Sicily friend, Sicilian cart painter Michele Ducato, was featured this week on Medianews Extra in Italy. You may watch the interview, which is in Italian, here: https://youtu.be/h5LjSKeZc6M?t=36s. Although the interview is in Italian, those non-Italian speakers can appreciate the visual. The camera takes you into Ducato’s workshop in Bagheria, where we often bring…

The Feast of Saint George

This image of Saint George is from my father’s toy Sicilian cart from the 1950s. The hand-painted miniature is a prized family possession. You’ll see Saint George on many carts, especially the back support, because he protects the cart drivers and their horses. This weekend in the town of Piana degli Albanesi in Palermo province,…

Small-group 

One of my favorite visits during our Enchanting Sicily tour is with artist Michele Ducato in his studio. Michele the keeper of the Ducato family business: painting Sicilian carts. He is so generous with his time and sharing his knowledge about his craft. 

Oh, Amore Mio! Tesore Mio!

Oh, Amore Mio! Tesore Mio! (Oh, my love! My treasure!) … Can’t you hear her say? Love is in the air and on Sicilian carts with their illustrations of chivalry from “Orlando furioso” and other stories of princesses and knights. Master cart painter Michele Ducato in Bagheria showed us this cart, almost completed, in his…

Meet Alessandro 

Meet Alessandro Castro, a master accordion player and singer who calls himself “Il Carrettiere di Erice,” or the Cart Driver of Erice. Alessandro specializes in performing Sicilian and Neopolitan songs. You can find him in front of the Castello di Venere at the top of Mount San Giuliano in Erice. I was fortunate enough to…