Winding Ways News Letter: Italian American Heritage Club.
It was a stellar performance by the trio of fabulous entertainment called "Memories". Each song was followed by an overwhelming round of applause and a standing ovation. Their voice shook the walls of Mead Hall and filled the hearts of the audience with praise. Our trip down memory lane of songs from the 50's and 60's was fantastic. As I always say, "don't take my word for I, just ask anyone who attended. "Thanks "Memories" for a great show.
The new Staten Island Museum Guild hosted its first cabaret fundraiser Thursday night at the Hilton Garden Inn, Bloomfield. Guests enjoyed a Tuscan buffet and danced to a nostalgic mix of songs performed by the Staten Island group, Memories, which includes Lou Orrichio, Carl Roldan and Dan Stevens.The toe-tapping medley featured favorites like "You've Lost that Lovin' Feeling" by The Righteous Brothers, "Copacabana" by Barry Manilow and "On the Road Again" by Willie Nelson, capped by a patriotic tribute to veterans, Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the USA."The event gave guild members an opportunity to recall decades of other fundraisers they organized, starting with a champagne gala in the early 1980s for Snug Harbor, then a fledgling cultural center.
Italian-American Cultural Society of New Jersey Members,Our first annual Christmas Party was a huge success. We had 120 people in attendance and a great time was had by everyone. The Buttonwoods Manor in Matawan provided a beautiful room, good food, top shelf liquor and great service. DJ Stu Leslie kept the party going the full 5 hours. The highlight of the night was the entertainment provided by Memories, a singing group with our very own member Lou Orrichio. Memories put on a spectacular show that lasted almost 2 hours and had everyone singing along. Memories did the hits of the past; Sinatra, Righteous Brothers, and Four Seasons to name a few as well as some holiday songs. They were a real class act and were the talk of the party.
On behalf of the board, a special thank you to members Lou Orrichio, Roe Borgersen and Jean Casamissina that planned and made sure the night would be wonderful. I have attached some photos of the party for all to see what a great night was had. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Marty Fillman (Fawn Lake Forest, Hawley PA) - It was fun working w/ you and getting ready for the best evening ever in Fawn Lake. That is EVERYONE'S opinion--- not just mine. The Thanks goes to you. Great working with you. I will have a CD of pics for you next weekend.
Bill Harder (Executive Director, Cross Road Foundation) - Our 20th Annual Fall Fashion Show was another enjoyable evening thanks to the entertainment recruited several years ago: Memories and DJ Gary Fleming. Everyone who attended had nothing but praise. Amazing job guys!!
Paul (Nucci's-South) - Vocal group "Memories" along with DJ (Joel) again entertained bringing in the new year with fabulous songs from the past. They had everyone up on the dance floor for a delightful evening of dancing.
Marie Tansey (The Four Seasons Mirage) organized and arranged the Columbus Day Dance. Back by popular demand vocal group "Memories" Carl Roldan, Lou Orrichio and Dan Stevens serenaded us with many familiare tunes, getting everyone up on the dance floor for a delightful evening of dancing. It was the ideal way to celebrate our Italina Heritage!
Frank & Nancy Schimenti at the Four Seasons Mirage Italian American Club, NJ. Vocal Group "Memories" along with DJ Peter-Joseph were fantastic, they had the crowd on their feet and joining in the fun. Thank You Memories!
Leslie Littell, ASDP (Fashin Show at the Crown Plaza) We greatly appreciated the music and professionalism, in fact I just got several comments form members who attended that said how much she enjoyed the "Memories"!
Gloria Gadzinski (Cross Road Foundation) Annual Fashion Show Fundraiser at the Hilton Garden Inn. You guys made this event special with such professional entertainment. Your selection of patriotic songs made the crowd stand on their feet and proud to be an American. You have truly made our annual Fashion Show a memorable one. Thank you Memories!
Jack Furnari (Curtis HS Class Reunion of 1960 at The Staaten) Great job at the reunion. Thanks.
Marianne, Red Hats (The Staaten, SI) Thanks so much 'Memories' for a job well done. You guys made this the best event ever with such professional entertaining. Your variety of music really got the crowd dancing and your show was filled with beautiful harmony vocals. You have truly made our annual summer party a memorable one.
Julie Stevens (South Shore Country Club, SI) You guys made my 80th birthday party a memorable one for me and my entire family. I am so glad I booked you guys to perform; it added a unique touch and was enjoyed & appreciated by all. I know the family is looking forward to booking you at many other affairs.
Rocco & Michelle Chierichella (Masthope Pennsylvania) We love you guys. You guys made our annual Memorial Day BBQ and July 3rd celebration a memorable event. We loved your song selection and your solos and harmonies together were great. You guys are great in motivating people to have a good time. See you guys again Labor Day weekend.
Maria Crisci (Angelo's Restaurant Dinner Show, NJ) The three of you were great. Loved your selection of songs as a group and solos. You make this dinner show special.