THE ITALIAN CULTURAL CENTER OF WESTERN MASS, INC. PRESENTS ITS FIRST LECTURE OF 2019 – THE OPERA ON KING STREET
The Italian Cultural Center of Western Massachusetts is pleased to announce its first 2019 lecture in their series: a lecture given by Martin G. Balboni on his book, The Opera on King Street.
This non-fiction autobiography chronicles the social dynamics of North Agawam’s Italian-American community in the 1950s and 60s. Although Balboni was born in the United States, his family emigrated from Italy in the 1890s. His childhood was filled with memories of wandering around the King Street area, a tight-knit community in which neighbors would relax on their porches and conversations were the ultimate form of entertainment. However, as time passed, so did the neighborhood’s Italian character. Balboni wrote the book in an attempt to preserve the “tragedy and comedy” of the Italian experience in Agawam and West Springfield. The operatic metaphor of the book serves to highlight this tragedy and comedy of the experience.
Come to the lecture and rediscover a time when people really did know the neighbors and when entertainment and stories shared were the stories created by the people in The Opera on King Street.
The presentation will begin at 2:00 pm on Sunday, March 24, 2019 at the ICC located at 56 Margaret Street, Springfield. There is an admission charge of $5 for Members and $7 for Non-Members. Complimentary refreshments will be served.