New York's Columbus Club celebrates 66th

The Columbus Citizens Foundation/ aka/ The Columbus Club of New York City celebrates its 66th anniversary this weekend starting Saturday, Oct.9th, with a gala black tie Italian dinner reception at New York’s Waldorf Astoria. 880 guests will be attening including a number of leading dignitaries from Italy and the U.S. These include Francesco Tallarico, President, Regional Council of Calabria, Paolo Romano, President, Regional Council of Campania, Aniello Cimitile, President, Provence of Benevento, with Francesco Maria Talo, Counsel General of Italy in New York, the Hon. Gian Lorenzo Cornado, Deputy, Chief of the Italian Embassy, Minister Antonio Bernardini, Deputy, Italian Permanent Mission to the United Nations, Maj. General Leonardo Aleso, Military Advisor, Italian Permanent Mission to the United Nations, and Aniello Musella, Chairman, Italian Trade Commission in the U.S. Governor Luis Fortuno of Puerto Rico is being recognized in light of the 500th anniversary of Columbus’s
landing in Puerto Rico. NYC Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, Archbishop of Brooklyn, Nicholas Di Marzo, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, and U.S. Senatorial candidate, Joseph DioGuardi, are also being recognized. This year’s Grand Marshall to the annual Columbus Day Parade is Maria Baritiromo, Emmy Award winner and anchor of CNBC’s “Closing Bell,” host and managing editor of the nationally syndicated “The Wall Street Journal Report with Maria Baritiromo” who will
honor the pilgrimage of Italian-Americans to the U.S. in a traditional wreath laying ceremony on Sunday, the 10th, at Columbus Circle, at 59th Street and Broadway, in New York City.

On Monday, the 11th, a solemn high mass of the Roman Catholic rite will be
celebrated at St. Patrick’s Cathedral
starting at 9:30am. This will be followed by the annual Columbus Day Parade on Fifth Avenue starting at 11:30am and which will be televised by WNBC in New York. The parade is
expected to run over four hours.

The Columbus Citizens Foundation is a non-profit organization that encourages an appreciation for the Italian culture in the U.S.and the achievements of the generations of Italian-Americans who have settled in this country these last 400 years. It also supports a number of educational activities for students of Italian heritage. Last year it awarded over $2 million in scholarships and grants. Frank G. Fusaro leads the holiday weekend program as the foundation’s president and chief operating officer.

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Hornblower blows ‘em away!

Thurs., July 4 aboard the Hornblower Esprit, celebrating Macy’s 4th, the nation’s 233rd Independence Day anniversary. What a night!

Hornblower Yachts owns up to having the largest number of luxury vessels in eight U.S. cities, including New York. The company has seven here ranging from the largest, the Infinity, at over 200’, accommodating up to 700, to the smallest, the Esprit, at 90’ , accommodating 80-100. Cruises are set lunch/ brunch and dinner, for a coterie of special events and private parties, corporate meetings, and weddings, of course! They serve both sit-down and buffet menus.. They also do After 5 cocktail cruises, and a host of charitable events. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, Ca. It’s now in its 40th year.

On the night we were on, the 4th, we were seated on the Sky Deck of the Esprit, a restored beauty. There were only seven tables on this top deck facing out and with a nicely appointed bar in front of us manned by Nicholas, a really talented barkeep, and with some soft jazz by DJ Mike, which later turned to Pop, Latin, Disc and Rock for or dancing pleasure. Gabriel was our Maitre’d and Oscar was our chef for the evening. Boy can this guy cook! Dinner started off with a plate of Blinis with Caviar, followed by a nice medley of Little Neck clams and oysters on the ½ shell, with a sampling of jumbo shrimp in the best salsa I’ve ever tasted ( I asked for a second. My apologies ). This was followed by a full serving of Agnolotti served Italian style over freshly baked cherry tomatoes and a very fresh salad of lettuce, celery, cucumber and more cherry tomatoes. The entrée: Lobster and Filet Mignon with a crab filling topped with a wild mushroom sauce. A bottle of Chandon white was offered to each guest complimentary. Ha! You can’t beat that! As for dessert, a chilled freshly baked apple strudel and chocolate dipped strawberries was the finale, with good coffee and an assortment of blended teas for the asking. And, yes, the bar was open for the entire 3 ½ hours we were on board. By the way, the company provides translaters for Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin, Korean, French, German and Italian guests.

The yachts ail from Pier 15/ 75 South St. adjoining the South St. Seaport and Pier 40 on the West Side/ W. Houston St. and the Hudson River, from March thru-November with 10 daily departures, 7 days-a-week.

In New York they operate the Statue Cruises affiliate to both Ellis Island and Liberty Island State Park from the Battery Park Terminal on the Manhattan side, along with a Liberty Water Taxi service. They also serve the Metro New York area with a round-the-clock ferry service, the city’s first commuter ferry operation to points in Manhattan, Bklyn and Queens. In brief, the company is the world’s leading provider of high-speed ferry services. For more on Hornblower try: or 1-844TKTS, or phone 646-780.9693 or simply:



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