At Barre's Old Labor Hall on the evenings of Monday, April 30, and Tuesday, May 1, Primo Maggio (May Day), the Workers' Holiday, will be celebrated. At 7 p.m. on Monday, Randy Croce will present the world premiere of his new film, "Se la pietra sapesse parlare" ("If Stone Could Speak"), which portrays the immigration of stonecutters from northern Italy to Barre. On Tuesday, following a traditional Italian dinner, Rudolph Vecoli will speak on "Primo Maggio: Origins and History of the Workers' Holiday." The Primo Maggio tradition in Barre – once an annual celebration – has been celebrated at the Labor Hall for the past three years. The holiday dates from 1886, and is more widely recognized now in Europe than in America. Primo Maggio had special significance for the founders of the Labor Hall, where pro-labor speeches, poetry and drama, songs and dancing accompanied a banquet and involved hundreds of stonecutters and their families. "If Stone Could Speak" is the result of many years of research both here and abroad by media producer Randy Croce of the Labor Education Service at the University of Minnesota. Croce holds a master's degree in journalism and specializes in native American and immigrant topics. His documentary film, "Clouded Land," was shown nationally on the Learning Channel and on PBS.. The film includes an exploration of the foothill communities of northern Italy which were the place of origin of many Barre stonecutters. Footage filmed in Italy and Barre combines first-person narratives with historic photographs to tell the story of a number of local individuals and their families on both continents. "If Stone Could Speak" will begin at 7 p.m. at the Labor Hall on Monday, April 30. Admission is free of charge. Dessert and coffee will be served. Antipasti will be the first course of a traditional Italian dinner served at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1. Other dishes will include minestrone, salad, lasagna and fresh bread. For just $18 per person, guests will be treated to dinner, coffee and dessert, along with a cash bar (wine and beer), and the presentation by Dr. Rudolph Vecoli on Primo Maggio.

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