Andiamo The Official Newsletter by fjwuxn


   The Official Newsletter of the Naples Overseas Spouses Club
   Supporting the American Community in Naples, Italy

 July 2009                                                                                                            Volume 43, Issue 47
                                  What is July 4 , Independence Day…
                             In the United States, Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal
                             holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776,
                             declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. Independence Day is commonly
                             associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, picnics, concerts, baseball games,
                             political speeches and ceremonies, and various other public and private events celebrating the
                             history, government, and traditions of the United States.
                             During the American Revolution, the legal separation of the American colonies from Great
                             Britain occurred on July 2, 1776, when the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a
                             resolution of independence that had been proposed in June by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia.
                             After voting for independence, Congress turned its attention to the Declaration of
                             Independence, a statement explaining this decision, which had been prepared by a committee
                             but with Thomas Jefferson as its principal author. Congress debated and revised the
                             Declaration, finally approving it on July 4th.
A day earlier, John Adams had written to his wife Abigail:
 “The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by
 succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion
 to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from
 one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”
Adams' prediction was off by two days. From the outset, Americans celebrated independence on July 4th, the date shown on
the much-publicized Declaration of Independence, rather than on July 2nd, the date the resolution of independence was
approved in a closed session of Congress.
One of the most enduring myths about Independence Day is that Congress signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4,
1776. The myth had become so firmly established that, decades after the event and nearing the end of their lives, even the
elderly Thomas Jefferson and John Adams had come to believe that they and the other delegates had signed the Declaration
on the fourth. Most delegates actually signed the Declaration on August 2, 1776.
In a remarkable series of coincidences, both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, two founding fathers of the United States and
the only two men who signed the Declaration of Independence to become president, died on the same day: July 4, 1826,
which was the United States' 50th anniversary. President James Monroe died exactly five years later, on July 4, 1831, but he
was not a signatory to the Declaration of Independence. (

                                                                                                            Inside this issue:
                                                                                                            Independence Day           1
                                                                                                            Bylaw Update               1
                                                                                                            President Chat             2
NOSC Bylaw Update…                                                                                          Book Club/Restaurant
                                                                                                            SOTB Contest Info
The NOSC Bylaw Review Committee has been hard at work the past couple of weeks                              Where in the World?        4
reviewing the NOSC governing documents.                                                                     NOSC Thrift Store          4
As a NOSC member it is your right to vote on any proposed amendments to the NOSC                            Italian Holiday/Events   5/6
Constitution. I am hereby announcing that there will be an email vote following the                         Did You Know?              6
July NOSC Board meeting on any amendments approved by the Board at that meeting.                            Board Contacts             7
Please look for that email to be sent out between July 8th and July 10th.                                   Monthly Calendar           7
For information contact Cathy Vick, NOSC Parliamentarian at
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President’s Chat - Consuelo Nguyen
Ciao NOSC Members,
The year has just begun …. NOSC year that is! Exciting things are happening… If you have not
checked our enhanced website, please do so ASAP and see how great it looks. David, our webmaster
has been hard at work since the beginning of the month. For a limited time you can still find us at Transitioning to is seamless, book mark it
now and go back often for continuous updates.
You will find our “Restaurant Club” has its own link with everything you need to participate and sign
up for the next wonderful dinner in town led by Jeri Setaro.
Shopping on the Boot has a special space on our front page showcasing a beautiful photo of our cover
promoting our contests… now all we all have to do is click there to get all the details.
Our Thrift Shop is sharing center space with Shopping On The Boot, with so much going on at the Thrift Shop; our direct
fundraising nights, our famous bag sales, and the constant need for volunteers it was the only logical place to put it. Let me
just remind you, our website is a work in progress, but keep visiting, before you know it, it will all be there. Also, the
scholarship link will contain everything you need to know about our scholarship program…. Just be patient…we’ve only just
began. Renee, our scholarship chair is at work recruiting members for the scholarship committee, if you are interested, please
contact her at At printing time, membership, charitable and direct fundraiser forms were
uploaded and available to our community.
Our events and social calendar is in the planning stages… we are very excited our Welcome coffee has been set for September
23rd. Allison, our First Vice President, will provide our membership and beyond –in the near future- with all the details of a
full morning program. Don’t forget to set that important date aside and plan on attending, you would not want to miss all the

                             Check out the NOSC Booth at
                              Carney Park during the 4th of
                            July weekend to help support our
                            From 5-9pm Friday and Saturday you can purchase
                              a copy of Shopping on the Boot or sign up for
                                          NOSC Membership!

NOSC Book Club…
WANTED – BOOK CLUB COORDINATOR! Do you like to read books? How would you like to
discuss them with a bunch of friends? Then we might just have the place for you! Contact NOSC for
more information at

                     Restaurant Club …
                     Would you like to discover a new place to eat in Naples? This event usually takes place once a month
                     on a Friday evening, at one of the local restaurants. Look for more information on the NOSC website
                     or contact Jeri Setaro for any questions (c) 334.3954579, (h) 082.3472136 or email her at
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                Announcing the NOSC Shopping on the Boot Contests …

                       Calling Artists!
                       “Shopping on the Boot” needs a fresh new make over and we want our
                       creative community to get a first crack at the new cover of our wonderful
                       publication. Get out of your shell and help put a new FACE on our book!
                       Contest will run from June 26th to July 31st. First Prize is a Mini Cruise of
                       the Amalfi Coast, donated generously by the USO (valued at 150 euro).
                       Please submit your artwork (any medium is welcome) to either, or
                       you may submit by mailing them to Julie Benedetto PSC 817 Box 2528 FPO AE 09622.

                              “Where in the World is ... SHOPPING ON THE BOOT!!” Contest
                               We are having a contest of the most inventive and outrageous places you are
                               photographed with your “SHOPPING ON THE BOOT” book! Let’s face it, this
                               book is a wealth of information and a treasure to own, so get out there and show how
                               much you love the BOOT by showing us your adventures with the best way to get
                               the most out of your Italia tour by snapping those cameras with your copy! Your
                               photos will be posted on the NOSC SOTB web page and the winner with the most
                               outlandish place or distance will win a prize at the end of the year function TBA. So,
                               go on and strike a pose with the Boot! Submit your photos to

                  Have a new location, place or restaurant for SHOPPING ON THE BOOT?
                     Check out this CONTEST!
                       Please submit your suggestion to different places with name and location of store or hotel or
                       perhaps a great restaurant you want to share with your community! You all have favorites from
                       your excursions in Europe, well now its time to share the wealth and have a chance to win a
                       great prize in the process!
    So tell us and your friends at NOSC about your favorite places to visit or go, as well as getting
    your submissions into the next publication of Shopping on the Boot. Submissions must be
    emailed to . Deadline for the contest is July 31st. First Prize, donated by
    the USO is a Disney Movie Basket worth 150 dollars. The winner will be announced at the
    Welcome Coffee on Sept. 23.

                        NSA Naples
                    MWR Independence Day
                      Celebration 2009
                               “Uncle Sam Jam”

                 Friday, July 3rd & Saturday, July 4th
                 For more information and scheduled events check out the
                     Panorama or the MWR 8 Days A Week Newsletter
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Where in the World? …
                 Is Elizabeth Shields? … Orvieto for Corpus Domini!
                 We traveled to Orvieto, in Umbria, for the celebration of Corpus Domini. This Religious Procession dates
                 back 700 years displaying a Corporal containing a piece of linen cloth soaked with blood, depicting the
                 miracle of Bolsena. This procession, preceded by 7 tapestries, follows an age old route through the city. The
                 tapestries, date to 1700, except for the last one, which depicts the Pilgrimage of the Sacred Corporal to Rome
                 in 1950.
This is a weekend long celebration with flowers lining the route of the Procession, a market of typical
Umbria items and a Ladies Procession on Saturday evening, which is followed by demonstrations of
dance, flag throwing and sword fights. The actual Religious Procession is preceded by a Historical
Procession. These men, women and children don their medieval costumes complete with helmets, drums,
horns, flags, coat of arms, weapons, flowers, and colorful attire. It is truly a sight to see!
Orvieto is a beautiful, hill top city to visit any time of the year. We purchased the Carta Unica, which
covered the Funicular, tower, two underground dwellings, several museums and discounts at some of the
restaurants and hotels. The parking at the Funicular is free and there is also a stunning Catherdral to visit.
We stayed at the Hotel Filippeschi (, which is highlighted in Frommer's Travel Guide. For more
information take a look at

  Summer is here and of course it means “TRAVEL” so we would love to hear from YOU! Please note ANY NOSC
  MEMBERS can contribute their travel adventures to be shared in the upcoming editions of the Andiamo. Send a
  picture and short articles describing where you went, stayed and/or if you discovered anything that might help
  others to Mae Thacker at Article deadlines are the 25th of each month!

                              NOSC Forgotten Treasures Thrift Store
                                       Serving the Community on Base and Beyond
                   From your house, to our donation bins, from the sorting room, to the racks in the store, donated clothing is the
                   backbone of sales at the Forgotten Treasures Thrift Store. Community contributions put dollars into the
                   Naples Overseas Spouses Club’s Charitable Fund which in turn gives right back to the community. Base-
                   recognized, non-profit organizations are eligible to hold a fundraiser at the Forgotten Treasures Thrift Store
                   and all proceeds for that night are donated to your organization.
                                           WE NEED YOU - HELP WANTED!!!
      Our Thrift Store has lost a lot of key volunteers and we still need replacements for the following positions:
   Cashier for Thursday’s 9 am-1 pm, Floor sales associates for Tuesday’s and Thursday’s 9 am-1 pm, Evening sorters for Monday
     and Wed pm crews 6-9 pm, Sorters/testers for Tuesday and Thursday 9 am-1 pm, Weekend bin checkers (bring in donations
                 during weekend hours Saturday & Sunday, would prefer those who live on or near the support site)
    These positions need to be filled immediately. Please contact Marci Edwards at 081.8115809/347.8844822 or via
                     email at if interested in any of the above positions
    The NOSC Forgotten Treasures Thrift Store is a great place to meet new people, find treasures long forgotten, discover
    items that are brand new or lose a few hours on a mission to find that something special. The store offers many benefits to
    our volunteers. We will reimburse for mileage and childcare, $5 bags and/or even free bags depending on hours you can
    Forgotten Treasures is what makes it possible for us to offer so many great deals at lunch bunch, restaurant club and for our
    trips and tours. We need your support to continue those bargains. There is lot to do and see. Even if the store isn't open, we
    usually have a crew in there sorting and preparing for open hours. Come check it out and see for yourself, you won't be
    If you would like to work with a warm and friendly group of wonderful volunteers while helping out
    your community, please contact Jeri Setaro ( or Marci Edwards at or the Thrift Shop at 081.8114200
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                          July Festivals and Holiday Events in Italy!
July is a good month for festival and you'll find outdoor music performances in many cities and towns, usually in the main
piazza. Look for music concerts in castles, churches, and squares throughout Italy during the summer. Although you'll find
outdoor music and performing arts in many towns and cities in Italy during the summer, here are a few recommendations. If
you're going to one of the big festivals, be sure to book a room ahead as hotels will usually be full.
Il Palio - Sienna's famous horse race around the central square, Piazza del Campo, takes place July 2 and August 16. You
might be able to snag a standing place, reserved seats are usually sold out in advance. Before the race there's a spectacular
procession with people in medieval costume.
Festa della Madonna Bruna is celebrated July 2 in the city of Matera, an interesting town with cave dwellings, sassi, in the
Basilicata region of southern Italy. A huge float of the Madonna Bruna is paraded through town. Finally the statue is attacked,
torn apart, and burned accompanied by a spectacular fireworks display over the sassi..
A Medieval Festival is held the first week of July in Brisghella, an interesting medieval hill town and spa center in the
Emilia-Romagna region of northern Italy.
Nostra Signora di Montallegro is held at the beginning of July in the Ligurian coastal resort town of Rapallo. The highlight
is the procession. A fireworks display culminates the festival July 3.
Giostra della Quintana is a joust held in Foligno the first Saturday in July and the second Sunday in September. Over 600
participants compete wearing traditional 17th century clothing. There are usually several thousand spectators, but even if you
can't see the joust, you'll probably see people walking around in their costumes.
World Fireworks Championships take place in San Remo every other evening starting at the end of June and continuing
until the finale the second Saturday in July.
L'Ardia di San Costantino is a horse race around the Sanctuary of San Costantino in the central Sardinian town of Sedilo,
July 5-7. The race takes place twice, in the evening and again the following morning after most of the riders have been up
drinking all night! There are also food booths so it's a good chance to try some Sardinian specialties.
U Fistinu of Saint Rosalia is one of Sicily's biggest festivals held July 10-15 in Palermo. The procession centers around a 50-
foot high float with a statue of Saint Rosalia and a musical band inside. There is lots of feasting and music.
Redentore Church Feast Day is the third Sunday in July on Venice's Giudecca Island. There is a parade of decorated boats
and a big fireworks display around midnight.
Disfida degli Arceri di Terra e di Corte takes place in mid-July in Fivizzano, northern Tuscany. Archers from each
neighborhood compete in a re-enactment of a medieval festival with costumes and flag throwers.
Festa de'Nontari street fair is held in the Trastevere
District of Rome during the last two weeks of July. Also                  Shopping on the Boot
in Rome in late July is an international fashion show at
the Spanish Steps, Donne Sotte Le Stelle.                               Great for Incoming Families!
                                                                        Available for purchase at the
La Giostra dell'Orso, Bear Joust, on July 25 in Pistoia
                                                                         NOSC Forgotten Treasures
celebrates St. James, patron saint of Pistoia.
                                                                                  Thrift Store
Feast of Sant'Andrea the Apostle is celebrated in
Pescara, on the Adriatic coast, the last Sunday in July           We are planning a new edition of Shopping on the Boot
with a huge parade of fishing boats off the coast.                and Beyond to be out in December 2009. I am looking to
Festa del Cristo degli Abissi has an unusual procession -         update the book to include new restaurants, museums,
to the underwater statue of Christ in San Fruttuoso on the        places to shop, hotels, tours, children’s activities, kid and
Ligurian coast, July 29. The 2.5 meter high bronze statue,        teen activities, and pet friendly places.
molded from medals of mariners and athletes and parts of          I NEED YOUR HELP! Please send your new places or
ships and bells, is dedicated to those who lost their lives       old places that need to be updated to
at sea. A laurel crown is placed at the base of the statue Include your name and contact
and mass is held on the beach.                                    information.
The Umbria Jazz Festival in Perugia is one of the larger          I am looking for committee members to assist with the
music festivals, drawing performers from around the               new edition. If you have ideas on how to improve the
world. Besides the ticketed performances, there is lots of        book and would like to help with the new edition please
music on the streets of Perugia during the days of the            contact me at – Julie Benedetto
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                   More … July Festivals and Holiday Events in Italy!
Festival dei Due Mondi, Festival of two Worlds, is one of Italy's most famous performing arts festivals, attended by some of
the world's top artists, and features concerts, operas, ballets, films, and art. The festival was first started in 1958 by composer
Gian Carlo Menotti with the intention of bringing together the old and new worlds of Europe and America. It's in Spoleto in
central Italy's Umbria region.
Rome's Castel Sant'Angelo, next to the Vatican has evening concerts, shows and plays every night from 1 July through 15
August. There will be up to 25 performances per night in the castle's four bastions and various courtyards lasting until after
midnight. There will even be events for the children. Estate Romana is a festival of music and performing arts in Rome during
the summer.
Verona Opera is one of the most popular summer opera series. Operas are performed open-air in the stunning Roman
amphitheater of Verona, a city between Milan and Tuscany.
Puccini Festival is held at the open-air theater in Torre del Lago Puccini, 5 km from Viareggio and 25 km from both Pisa and
Lucca. Performances in July and August include several operas. Other concerts and dance performances are sometimes held
in the theater, too.
Tuscia Opera Festival, held in Viterbo in the Lazio region north of Rome, is a great chance to experience opera in a historic
outdoor venue without paying a huge price. (
Soundscape is an exchange of music, ideas, and culture. Soundscape events and performances will be held in Pavia, south of
Did you know?
Cortona Contemporary CAREER ADVANCEMENT
MILITARY SPOUSE Music Festival is in mid-July in the beautiful Tuscan hill town of Cortona.
ACCOUNTFestival, July 25-26,to $3,000 Per Year for a                       CHECK OUT OUR NEW
Soundlabs PROGRAM - Up is small, "hand-made" independent music festival with major international independent
Total of $6,000 the UK, US and- Italy. PAYBACKRoseto degli Abruzzi, about two hours from Rome in the Abruzzo region of
music acts from for two years NO It's held in - Not a                        NOSC WEBSITE!
Loan. This is for Military spouses of Active Duty, activated fewer tourists than some of Italy's other regions. Roseto degli
central Italy. The Abruzzo is a very scenic region that sees
Abruzzi is Reserve Service Members. Spouses can enroll in
Guard and near Pescara airport.                                             
the program Adriatic coast, holds anOne Sourcejazzby
Pescara, on the through Military international               festival in July.
All the information can be found at:
            JULY 16th BABY BASICS CLASS                               DRIVE DISTRACTION FREE A reminder from
            OFFERED, from 9 a.m. to noon by NMCRS                     CNIC per OPNAVINST 5100-12h, use of a blue
            Visiting Nurses on a monthly basis in the Health          tooth/ear phone devices are not authorized while
            Promotion Classroom at the U.S. Naval Hospital            operating a vehicle on Navy installations. Anyone
Naples. Contact NCMRS for registration and information                needing to talk on their cell phone must pull to the
at 081.5683913.                                                       side of the road and turn off their car.
ADOPTION DAY, Noon - 5 p.m. Support Site NEX.                         Friday of every month is now Community Networking
More info visit                Coffee day! It will be held at Strikers Bowling Center from
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL Gospel Light’s Kingdom                        10 a.m. to 12 noon. This is a great opportunity to network
of the Sun; A Prayer Safari. Aug 10 - 14. Registration              with other folks on the base! MWR will provide FREE light
begins Jun 8. All rising kindergartners through 6th graders         refreshments. For more info please contact 626-4880.
are invited! (VBS is offered to children preschool aged and                 NAPLES FRIENDS OF ANIMALS needs
younger whose parent is a volunteer.) FMI call 629-4617.                    volunteers to foster animals & transport them
ALLIED SPOUSES’ CLUB NEEDS VOLUNTEERS                                       to/from the off-base vet, & help with fundraisers.
for the International Charity Bazaar 2009. For questions                    FMI visit
about or to volunteer for the Bazaar/Allied Spouses’ Club,                  or e-mail Sarah at
contact Eileen Hogan 346.6779931                   BOX TOPS are collected at the front
                         WWW.NAPOLIADS.COM is a                     entrance of the commissary for the NSA
                         website is designed for Military           Naples Elementary School. The school
                         and NATO members in the local              receives money for various educational
                         area to advertise for free online.         supplies and equipment.
This is like Craigslist/EBay, but only for people in Naples         Darlene Harris is an NOSC member & the school’s
& FREE. Check out !                               coordinator for the program. Thank You for your hard work!
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Board Members
President: Consuelo Nguyen                         
1st Vice-President: Allison Bough                  
2nd Vice-President: Maria Eberlin                  
Treasurer: Sharon Nickle                           
Secretary: Rebecca Konopka                         
Parlamentarían: Cathy Vick                                                            Naples Overseas Spouses Club
                                                                                                                         PSC 808 Box 342
STANDING COMMITTEE:                                                                                                       FPO, AE 09618
Scholarship: Renee Smith                           
Forgotten Treasures: Marci Edwards                                                           NOSC Website:
Publicity: Sabina Macy                                                       
Membership: Elizabeth Hegarty                                                            NOSC Email:
Trips and Tours: OPEN                                                                                       
Shopping on the Boot: Julie Benedetto              
Ways and Means Chair: Kate Sweeney                                                         Forgotten Treasures
Andiamo Newsletter: Mae Thacker                                                              Thrift Store
Website: David Lee                                                                        081.8114200
Hospitality: OPEN                                  

                                                                    July 2009
      Sunday                Monday                 Tuesday             Wednesday                 Thursday                Friday                Saturday
                                                                     1                       2                      3                      4
                                                                                                                                           4th of July
                                                                                                                                           Celebration at
                                                                                                                                           Carney Park!

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                                                                     NOSC Board
                                                                     Meeting 10am

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                                                                                                                    for the SOTB

NOSC Mission: To provide its members the opportunities to participate in social and fundraising activities and projects which benefit the military and civilian
community in Naples, Italy. Our goal in NOSC is to provide our members with outlets to meet new people, make new friends, share experiences, have fun, and
even more importantly – contribute to our community! We offer a variety of activities and events which will interest you. We welcome any suggestions you may
have to help us meet our goals and help others.

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