Wenzel: Bandiera and Concordia Lodge approaches 100th anniversary


Wenzel: Bandiera and Concordia Lodge approaches 100th anniversaryMARLBOROUGH – The 100th Anniversary is coming up for the Bandiera and Concordia Lodge #240 of Marlborough, Order of the Sons and Daughters of Italy in America. 

In recognition of this, an Open House will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022, at 6:30 p.m., at the Marlborough Loyal Order of the Moose, 67 Fitchburg St., Marlborough. 

You are invited to come and see what they are all about. Members and guests of Italian and non-Italian descent are welcome as well as to sign up for membership. The hall will showcase the Lodge’s charitable activities and contributions to the Marlborough area, including collages of pasta dinners, chicken barbecue fundraisers, scholarship award ceremonies, Babe Ruth baseball team sponsorships, Sweats for Vets, along with a physical representation of their Main Street adopt a planter, and donating food gift cards for the needy at Christmastime. 

There will be a box at the hall for anybody wanting to donate Sweats for Vets. Donations of socks, gloves and warm hats would also be appreciated. Light refreshments prepared by Assabet Catering as well as desserts made by members, will be served. For further information, contact Lodge President Dan Caruso at 508-439-0927, or by email at [email protected].

Wenzel: Bandiera and Concordia Lodge approaches 100th anniversary
The Bandiera and Concordia Lodge #240 of Marlborough, Order of the Sons and Daughters of Italy in America, will hold an open House Oct. 18, at the Moose. In the photo, at a recent Pasta Dinner, are from left, state Rep. Danielle Gregoire, Betty Evangelous and Dan Caruso, Lodge president. (Photo/Mary Wenzel)

A FAMILY REUNION for Betsy and Don is getting together on “Landers Lawn.”

Children and grandkids, siblings and cousins all gathered together to make several dozen. The menu was varied but not what you’d think.

“No hot dogs or burgers,” Don said with a wink.

Italian was featured for all to enjoy – shrimp scampi, bruschetta, caprese and sauces, chicken marsala, salads and pastas. The sounds of Italy filled the air with accordion music played with a flair

For Councilor Landers it was a special event with fun and entertainment ‘til home they all went.

Wenzel: Bandiera and Concordia Lodge approaches 100th anniversary
Betsy and Don Landers recently held a Family Reunion at their Marlborough home. With an Italian theme, they enjoyed Italian food and music. In the photo, from left, are Betsy and Don Landers as well as Sandra Crisafulli and Gabriele Luzzi of Buffet Way. (Photo/Mary Wenzel)

A BLOCK PARTY to recognize neighborhood diversity was the theme of the Block Party held at the corners of Pleasant, Russell and Preston streets in Marlborough.  

The neighborhood, in addition to the United States, has residents from Guatemala, Brazil, Korea, Scotland, Italy, Canada, Poland and Italy. Several different languages were spoken, but mostly there were a lot of smiles and laughter- the international language.  

Adding to the enjoyment of the day, were the international foods that many of the folks provided. There was music, as well as children’s games and crafts. One of the highlights for the children, was the arrival of the ice cream truck. 

This is the third Block Party the neighborhood has had. They plan to make this a community tradition with hopes of continued blending of cultures. 

THE MARLBOROUGH HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1952 will hold its 70th reunion on Saturday, Oct. 15, at 1 p.m., at the Marlborough Country Club. Members of the class who wish to attend and have not received a notification or who have not made reservations, are encouraged to call 508-481-4993.

THE MARLBOROUGH HIGH SCHOOL  “Class of ’70 Turns 70” Reunion was held recently at the Italian American Veteran’s Club’s outdoor pavilion on Neil Street. The festivities were enjoyed by members of the 1970 class who turned “70” years old this year.

Oct. 1 – Ken Blomquist
Oct. 2 – Christine Bastien
Oct. 4 – Mike Christo
Oct. 5 – Fred Brewitt and Laura Miller
Oct. 7 – Rosemary Boniface, Sheila Shea and Robert Katz
Oct. 9 – Sue Blanchard
Oct. 10 – Cathy Miola
Oct. 12 – Mark Cappadona

Oct. 3 – Jim and Loretta Rizza and Kim and Tim Beauchemin
Oct. 6 – John and Gaye Rowe
Oct. 7 – Richard and Deanna Charves 50 years
Oct.  7 – Larry and Mary Wenzel
Oct. 10 – Kathy and Jeff Klofft
Oct. 12 – Sandy and Dave Youngstrom

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