Associazione Regionale Abruzzese Delco 

Our association is formed by men and women of Italian birth, Americans of Italian decent and many others just interested in the Italian culture and language. We are located in Delaware County and invite all those who may be interested in our activities and goals to join us.
L’Associazione Regionale Abruzzese Delco is very active in our local community. Several of our functions include:


L’Associazione Regionale Abruzzese Delco is very active in our local community!

Offerings Include:


Italian Language School — For anyone seeking to learn the Italian language.  Adult Italian classes for beginners will first convene Thursday, March 12, 2020 at St. Mary Magdalen School in Media, PA.  Classes are from 6:45 PM to 7:45 PM every Thursday for eight weeks. Cost is $100 per student. For information, call Casilda Quaciari 484-680-1172 or e-mail cqg20@comcast.net.


Italian Language & Culture Club — This program is offered to the 7th & 8th grade students of St. Mary Magdalen Elementary School in Upper Providence, PA.


Mass in the Italian Language — We are blessed to have Monsignor Ralph Chieffo of St. Mary Magdalen Parish (Upper Providence) celebrate Mass in the Italian language for us on a quarterly basis.  Always an event so dear to our hearts!  


Monthly Movies in the Italian Language — Free Italian Movies the last Wednesday of each month!  This program is under the direction of Dr. Thomas Benedetti, Professor of the Italian Program at Widener University.


Bocce Club — We are thankful to Monsignor Ralph for allowing us to use parish property for our new bocce courts.  Come and see what a magnificent job our members have done to construct the new courts. Bocce Club Members meet every Friday evening for bocce, fun, food, and camaraderie with friends.


Annual Dinner Dance — A most festive celebration complete with dinner, dancing, and recognition of a local individual(s) who contribute to the fostering of the Italian Culture and Language in the United States. 


Annual Christmas Party — Fun-filled afternoon complete with live music, buffet dinner, and visit by Santa and Mrs. Claus!  Kids enjoy gifts, fun, dancing, and photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus!


Annual Fundraiser — Join us for an afternoon of music, buffet dinner – all for a great cause!  To raise monies for Don Guanella’s Outreach Program and for our own Scholarship Fund.  


Scholarship Program — Annual recognition of young individuals who demonstrate special interest in the Italian Language and Culture.  


Youth Soccer — Sponsorship of a Youth Soccer Team in the in the Aston Soccer League.


Italian American Heritage Festival — Our organization has been a major contributor and sponsor to the “Italian American Heritage Festival” held annually in Rose Tree Park the first Sunday of June.


Spring Italian Cabaret — All proceeds will benefit the advancement of Italian Studies. 


Italian Radio Program — Sponsored by Associazione Regionale Abruzzese Delco.  Tune in Sundays at 9:00AM for “Mattinata Musicale” on AM Radio “WTEL 610” (formerly WIP 610).  Hosted by Melissa Cannavo-Marino. For those in/near Wilmington, Melissa also hosts “Mattinata Musicale” AND “Radio Italian Style” on AM Radio “WILM 1450” each Sunday morning at 8:00AM. 


5 responses to “About

  1. Fratelli e Sorelle:
    Because I live in Central Pennsylvania (near Harrisburg) I cannot attend the great events of the Associazione. Abruzzo has a rich historical and cultural heritage. We carry that heritage and would like to pass it on to the next generation. The Associazione is marvelously positioned to promote an understanding of that heritage. This can be done various ways by using this website and the newsletter to insert stories, and even occasional live presentations by an expert to the members of the Associazione. There are 2 professors who could advise: Dr. Thomas Benedetti, Dr. Lawrence DiPaolo, in addition to many others in the Philadelphia area. Attached is the website for the Washington area Abruzzo Molise Heritage Society. They have interesting cultural programs: http://www.abruzzomoliseheritagesociety.org/ For example, they had a presentation on the annual migration of sheep from the mountains to the grasslands(tratturi), which some of us are old enough to remember. There are a lot of interesting things which could be done, calling upon the beautiful creativity of the sons and daughters of Abruzzo.


  2. I am writing to request assistance in preserving the childhood home of Italian American Adelina Patti, the most famous 19th century singer. She was the first Diva and was able to overcome sexism of the era. Adelina was an Immigrant to New York and a social justice advocate, who treated her staff like family, which was unheard of at the time. Adelina also suffered discrimination because her family was Italian and working class. Her parents used her money as a child prodigy to build the Wakefield home (which is now the Bronx).
       Adelina’s childhood home is on Matilda Ave in the Wakefield section of what is now the Bronx. (This was part of Westchester county at the time. When the records were transferred to the Bronx and her house has been forgotten about). Adelina Patti was almost as famous as Queen Victoria in her day.  She sang for President Lincoln, Queen Victoria and thousands others all over Europe, North and South America. All of our great grandparents were big fans of hers. Her other homes in Manhattan were torn down decades ago.  Adelina’s home deserves protection as a landmark status. (See attached)
      NYC  is currently reviewing all of the historical documents on this home.  They are currently building condos all around the area.   Please help preserve Adelina’s legacy for future generations. Please email the NYC Landmark Preservation Commission and tell them to preserve the Adelina Patti home in Wakefield (Bronx) by giving it official NYC landmark status. Emails from the public can greatly help the cause.  Here’s the contact information : Landmark preservation commission: RFE@lpc.nyc.gov


  3. Hello ! My name is Alessandra i am an Italian Abruzzese girl from Roseto Degli Abruzzi staying here on a ESTA visa. I have just recently graduated college in italy at Verona University. I am now living in Delco and was wondering if this association helps abruzzese people find work here in delco or provides any such programs.


  4. Sto cercando parenti in America e precisamente nella zona di Filadelfia dove arrivarono i fratelli di mio nonno nei primi anni del 1900. C’è qualcuno che potrebbe aiutarmi nelle ricerche ? se qualcuno è in brao di aiutarmi cortesemente chiedo di contattarmi alla seguente e-mail:antonio.parnanzone@alice.it. Grazie per vorrà cortesemente aiutarmi.


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