Passing of Tony Novello

Dear members,

I am saddened to report that one of our emeritus members, Tony Novello, passed away on Friday September 15th. (This is the older Tony who had been in a nursing home for some time, not the Tony who regularly attends UIS meetings).

Services will be Saturday, September 23rd at St. Aloysius Gonzaga on Bridgetown Rd. Visitation will begin at 9:00 followed by Mass at 10:00 and burial at St. Joseph’s Cemetery.

Please keep the Novello family in your thoughts and prayers. I will pass along the details of any services when they become available.

With much sorrow,





CincItalia June 2-4, 2017

Enjoy plenty of food including Spiedini (Lamb, Pork & Chicken) and Antipasto Cups served up by the UIS.

There will be plenty of Entertainment, check out the website for schedules.


The Rusty Griswolds

The Rusty Griswolds have been performing the best music of the ’80s since they started partying together in 1999. A local favorite, they have been voted “Best Party/Cover Band of the Year” TEN TIMES by the readers of CityBeat.


Ray Massa’s EuroRhythms

Ray Massa’s EuroRhythms are the most recognized and dynamic Italian-American show band in the country. A huge hit at Italian festivals and concerts coast to coast, the EuroRhythms bring the swing sounds of Louis Prima, the smooth vocals of Dean Martin, and the harmonies of the Jersey Boys.

Dr Zoot

Dr Zoot

A versatile seven-piece dance/show band, Dr Zoot performs at concerts, festivals, dancehalls, and nightclubs throughout the eastern U.S. Their eight CDs of largely original music have garnered national and international attention, and their music has appeared in film, TV and radio. Elements of jazz, blues, rock, funk, and pop inform their distinctive sound and high-energy performance!

Old Green Eyes

Old Green Eyes & BBG

Dan Radank, AKA Old Green Eyes, is a jazz singer and trumpet player and a throwback to the Sinatra era of the Great American Songbook and jazz standards. Along with pianist Brian Batchelor-Glader (BBG), a protégé of Phil DeGreg, they revive the old standards for a new generation. Get ready to hear the hits from Frank, Dean, Sammy, Tony, Bobby, Nat, and all your favorite crooners!

Marian Procession

Beautiful procession honoring Our Lady, with a brief prayer service led by Father Anthony Dattilo with the Knights of Columbus and First Communicants from St. Catharine of Siena School.

CincItalia Mustache Contest

Open to participants of all ages, the fun CincItalia Mustache Contest features prizes for Best Natural, Best Styled, Tickliest, and People’s Choice. (No artificial ‘staches, please.) Presented by the Cincinnati Beard Barons. Time TBD

Italian Dancers

St. Catharine School students perform traditional folk dances.

On the Bolla Wines Demo Stage

CincItalia’s demonstration stage will feature Italian-themed cooking demonstrations, wine tastings, mixology lessons, art and travel talks. Full schedule will be posted as it becomes available.


Dean Giacometti Hall of Fame Induction

Dean Giacometti will be inducted into the Cincinnati
Public School Hall of Fame on Thursday April 20th at Paul Brown Stadium. Dean is being recognized for his many years of service and the impact he made on countless lives while serving as a tennis and football coach at Walnut Hills High School. Tickets are $35 and must be purchased in advance. No tickets will be sold at the door. Get your tickets at

Valentine Dance and Sponsors

We had a very enjoyable Valentine Dance with good food, enjoyable music, and great company. The website has been updated with 43 ads from those who sponsored a table at the dance with their $25 donation to the UIS Scholarship Fund.  Thanks to all who attended and those that donated gift baskets and other items to make the dance a success!

Valentine Day Dance Photographs

Romagna – a Hidden Gem

Join Paola in October of 2017 for an 8 day, 7 night visit starting/ending in Bologna, Italy. The price is $1400 pp/dbl ($250 single room supplement): Transfers and tours as specified – 5 nights accommodation with breakfasts in an Italian Country House Hotel in the “Ancient Valley of Cherries”Top Italian cookery school hands-on cookery class with certificate and lunch at Casa Artusi1 nt. accommodation in a city center Bologna hotel1 nt. accommodation in a thermal spa hotel  – 6 superb meals including wine or soft drinks in great local restaurants – 3 vineyard wine tastingsCheese, prosciutto, salami, olives, olive oil, and cake tastingsGuided visits to World Heritage Ravenna,  Cesenatico, mountaintop San Marino, ancient Santarcangelo and lovely Longiano – Tour manager throughout.  See our travel page for more info.