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The Italian-American dream

Rotterdam Sons of Italy to honor longtime member at annual dinner

Cesare Maniccia will be honored by  The Sons of Italy Lodge No. 321 at its 97th annual Columbus Day Dinner Friday, Oct. 26.

Cesare Maniccia will be honored by The Sons of Italy Lodge No. 321 at its 97th annual Columbus Day Dinner Friday, Oct. 26. Submitted photo

— When arriving in Cortland in 1957, it was a big adjustment because Maniccia was used to the city atmosphere in Rome — not a smaller, village feel. Some customs also took some getting used to.

“I went out and took a chance opportunity,” he said. “I knew in life what I really wanted to do, so I learned the tools to do what I wanted to do.”

He said when he was in school he had the choice of taking German, English or French and he wound up taking French, because he didn’t think he would ever come to the United States.

“When I came to the states, I didn’t know a word of English,” he said.

There is one thing he has never been able to quite get used to: baseball. The national pastime has simply never entertained him.

“I tried not to forget the tradition and country I come from,” he said.

Cocktail hour will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. at the event, with dinner following. Dinner tickets are $45 per person.

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