Visitor interested in Norwich's Aeolian roots

NORWICH – Norwich will be one of the way points in the journey of a former London Times journalist tracing the emigration of a people from a small group of islands off the Sicilian coast to the far-off corners of the world.

Margaret Allen, a former financial writer and Op-Ed page editor for the London Times, will be visiting Norwich this weekend to speak with members of the local Italian-American community that trace their heritage to the Aeolian Islands.

Those interested in meeting Allen, and sharing stories and pictures from their families’ past, are invited to attend a covered dish supper in her honor at 5 p.m. on Saturday at the St. Bartholomew’s Msgr. Guy Festa Parish Center on East Main Street. Allen’s presentation will begin at 6 p.m., following the dinner. She will also be available following 9.a.m. Mass on Sunday morning at the Parish Center.

JoAnn Testani, the church’s historian, has helped organize the visit. She said she expects Allen to be welcomed with open arms during her stay.

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