Benvenuto a The Dolly Sinatra Lodge !!!
In Beautiful Palm Springs, California
Lodge # 2400, Order Sons of Italy in America
That’s it folks, summer’s upon us, and we’re closing the doors the end of May, till the first Wednesday in October, and, yes, the season flew by. The season ends on a great note as our President Joe LaPorta is vastly healed, not completely, but damn close! So this is the last newsletter till then, but look to your June copy of Il Leone for our last story for this season.
We sure went out with the proverbial “blaze of glory” at this year’s 39th Annual Honoree dinner/dance gala at the Indian Wells Resort Hotel on April 17th. I simply won’t be able to glorify what an amazing evening it was, it was that great of an evening! Our honoree Arnold Capitanelli, a man of love, songs and glorious humor, was so deserving it was an honor to have him the recipient. He would tell you the award was really for his lovely wife of sixty years, Jackie, as much as it was for him! They’re just an incredible team.
Our State President Lynn Lawrence-Murphy and her husband attended the gala, and she spoke. Our own Patrick Evans was emcee/Master of Ceremonies, and Frank DiSalvo and his swing band provided the entertainment. And when it comes to entertainment, you know with Frankie and his friends it’s going to be amazing. The first award for Arnold was a commemorative plaque from Rose Kingsley and manager Norm Miller of the first pressing of her new CD which featured a song penned by Arnold! Arnold was introduced by his adoring daughters, and awarded his Honoree award by our President Joe LaPorta. Then Arnold sang an adoring song to his wife Jackie, which was in a word lovely! I wrote extensively about Arnold in our April newsletter, and his career and passion for helping others made him a most worthy recipient!
The first entertainer to the floor for the show after the awards was Larry Delrose. You really can’t categorize Larry! He comes to the stage, with a certain swagger, a purpose that signals, this is going to be good! He explains to you what he’s going to do, grins, and then does it, with authority and oodles of talent! And you’re just enthralled with him, because in addition to the above it’s going to be something different. Mostly, that is... I refer you to two weeks ago at a Wednesday Lodge program, and he told us he was going out of the mode of the ordinary, and then sang a song last done by one Clarence “Frogman” Henry called , “(I don’t know why) But I Do”, which was a hit back in 1961. You remembered the song, but who knew the lyrics, well, Larry did, and I can’t get it out of my head since!
Now Larry comes up at the gala, and after doing “That’s Life” he reverts back to true form and does some song he heard in a San Diego night club. First he puts his “shirt collar up” then unbuttons his shirt and does a song about Elvis wannabe singers, which includes the titles of fifteen Elvis songs, and then left the stage without doing any actual Elvis songs. That’s Larry in a nutshell.
Over lunch the other day he explained to me he searched the Internet for days before locating the song, and buying it and the accompanying music. That’s Larry, and the extremes he goes to do things that attract him, and he does them very very good!
And, Larry, has done it his way since moving to the desert 36 years ago with his wife of 40 years, Sandy, and his two daughters. Since here he stays busy, He wrote a book, “Directions To A Happy Life”, he’s co-wrote and co-produced a major movie “Night Club”, which he also appeared in. His film company is called Italian-American Films. Now all this coming from a man that essentially retired in 2000. Aren’t we glad he didn’t! And better yet, how fortunate for us that he is a member of our Lodge!