Italian Night report by Nancy McGinnis

Over 200 people enjoyed an evening out at the Old Hallowell Day/250th anniversary “Italian Night” dinner held March 9th at Sacred Heart Parish Hall. Sam Webber’s historical slide shows featured glimpses of Hallowell’s Italian immigrant granite workers and the city’s bicentennial celebration in 1962. Souvenirs of the latter era were on display, while buttons and postcards commemorating this year’s celebration were also on sale. The festive event, which included a 50/50 raffle, netted over $1,100 to help fund the yearlong 250th anniversary celebration of the settling of Hallowell (1762-2012). Upcoming events: May 5th at 1pm : ‘Dressing a Colonial Lady’ performance at City Hall. May 16th at 6:30pm: ‘The Architecture of Hallowell’ lecture by Amy Cole Ives, sponsored by Kennebec Historical Society, to be held at Hall-Dale Elementary School. For more information: (or find us on FaceBook).

David Young, whose own family ancestors included Hallowell granite workers, looks on as his daughter Ally enjoys her spaghetti dinner at Italian Night.
Hallowell City Clerk Deanna Hallett (center), who organized the event, relaxes afterward with a few of the dozens of volunteers who helped make Italian Night a success.
Attendees not only enjoyed a delicious dinner but also reminisced over 1962 Hallowell bicentennial memorabilia and browsed 250th anniversary souvenirs.

Story and photos by Nancy McGinnis – visit