Merry Christmas to all the Molfettesi here in the USA, back home in Italy and all across the world. Tonight and tomorrow is a time for tombola; panettone; frittelle; and probably opening your gifts at midnight instead of waiting until tomorrow morning.
Adoration of the Magi - Corrado Giaquinto
Since Molfetta is only a few kilometers from Bari, the final resting place of the real Santa Claus, Molfettesi have always had an affection for this holiday. They celebrate with games, food, and sometimes-giant nativity scenes known as “u presépeie.”
In keeping with the Christmas theme, I present the “Adoration of the Magi” by Corrado Giaquinto, one of the greatest artists ever to come out of Molfetta. Born in Molfetta in 1703, Giaquinto went on to paint in Rome, Naples, and Madrid, becoming one of the most important Rococo painters of the early 18th century.
This “Adoration of the Magi” actually has a connection to the Molfettesi community in the United States because it is part of the permanent collection found at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Massachusetts.
Summer 2010 – How it started
Cozze Reunion Night
Our original members initially came together under the auspices of La Regione Puglia for a program that enlisted five professionals of Pugliesi descent to visit Puglia and interact with our Italian contemporaries.
We were all sons of Molfettesi immigrants, all college-educated; all still with connections to Molfetta yet complete strangers to one another. The trip to Puglia was a once in a lifetime experience that not only solidified our links with Italy but also expanded our Molfettesi network here in the US.
Halloween at the Magarelli House 10/2010
Since we returned from Italy, our group has held several reunions. Once in September for a Cozze dinner, again in October to celebrate Halloween and recently in November just for the fun of it. In order to continue the camaraderie felt during our trip to Puglia, our original group of five has decided to expand and create a club for all like-minded individuals. This is the birth of the Molfetta Heritage Club.
All images © Robert Gigante (2010)