Welcome To The Branford Italian-American Social Club.
Founded in 1938, the Branford Italian-American club is located on
Hamre Lane. The Club is an independent social organization for men
and women of Italian-American descent to preserve its members'
traditions, heritage, and culture.
Over the years, the Club’s purpose has become more community-oriented participating in the Branford Festival, providing a scholarship to a graduating Branford High School senior, and supporting the Columbus Day weekend activities in New Haven county. The Branford Italian-American Club has donated more than $100,000 to cancer research, hospice, local families in need, and youth activities.
The Club members have enjoyed a wide range of fun activities such as the annual porchetta dinner, monthly dinner socials, bocce games, and other camaraderie of activities. Club members attend at their own pace and guests are always welcome.
The Club membership generally meets the second Friday at 7:30 pm in our Clubroom.
Thanks so much for your interest.
Sincerely, Jeff Vailette
The History of the Feast of the Seven Fishes
Why do Italian Americans celebrate Christmas Eve with a feast like no other? Politics, poverty and family traditions all play into the tradition. Before 1861, the geographic area that’s now Italy was a group of regions, each with its own government. Before and after the unification, the southern regions were the poorest areas in the country, and fish was a plentiful food resource. The area became so poverty-stricken millions of people left and immigrated to the U.S. bringing their food traditions with them. The tradition of eating fish on Christmas Eve comes from the Roman Catholic practice of not eating dairy or meat on the eve of some holidays, including Christmas. And the number seven is a symbol that’s repeated many times throughout the Bible – and in Catholicism, there are seven sacraments and deadly sins. Come the 1900s, all these ideas came together into the Feast of the Seven Fishes. The name itself, and the number of dishes are completely an Italian American invention.
How To Play Bocce
Italian-American Bocce League 2022
IAC Branford, CT
40 Hamre Lane
Branford, CT 06405
We have a highly active seasonal Bocce League, which begins in May and ends in September with a dinner for all participants. The league is made up of 12 4-person teams which rotate play each week.
The games are held on Thursday evenings starting at 6 pm, followed by a second and third match at 6:45 and 7:30 pm.
Come down and enjoy the fun! Bocce, the game is simple and can be played by people of all skill levels.
If you are interested in participating, contact Chris Vailette at (203) 804-1583.
If you cannot commit weekly, be an alternate player.