Michalczyks Celebrate 50th Jubilee

Joe and Dolly Di Rienzo Michalczyk, Dunmore, celebrated their 50th Anniversary on Oct. 2.  

Joe is the son of the late John and Sophie Michalczyk, Dickson City, and Dolly is the daughter of the late Felix (Phil, The Bricklayer) and Dolores Petrini Di Rienzo, South Scranton.

The Rev. Ron Murphy, S.J., a family friend, was the officiant at their wedding mass at the former St Mary of the Assumption Roman Catholic Church, South Scranton.

The bride’s attendants were: Marita Nealon McGoff, matron of honor; Linda Diamanti Wills, maid of honor, and bridesmaids Selma Etter, and the late Cindy Caffrey.  The groom’s attendants were Larry Michalczyk, brother of the groom, best man, and ushers Joe Obst, cousin of the groom; the late Michael Fuller, and the late Edward Ruddy.

The couple has been  blessed with three sons:  Joe Michalczyk and wife Anna Huzar Michalczyk, New York, NY; Mark Michalczyk and wife Diane Brown Michalczyk, Dunmore, and the late John Felix Michalczyk.   They were further blessed with four grandchildren: Maura Susan, Joel Matthew, and Kara Grace Michalczyk, all of Dunmore, and the late Ryan Mason Michalczyk

Dolly is a graduate of the former Scranton Central High School and Marywood College.  She is the former Director of S.H.I.N.E. -the Self-Help Information Network Exchange and the Prevention Director of the Lackawanna County Commission on Drug and Alcohol Abuse.  Dolly is retired and is a community volunteer and an oil painter.

Joe is a graduate of Cathedral High School and the University of Scranton. He is a former English and Drama teacher at Abington Heights High School. and several local colleges.  Joe is retired and is an active volunteer at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church, Dunmore.  Joe and Dolly are group travel leaders, having led groups all over the world for 40 years.

The couple celebrated with a renewal of their wedding vows at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, celebrated by Father John Doris. Their children hosted a party at La Buona Vita, Dunmore, and the Michalczyks are planning future trips to Italy and Poland.  

Dunmoreans Running Trips for 2021-2022

Joe and Dolly Michalczyk of Dunmore are offering the following trips for 2021-22:

SOUTHERN CHARM – October, 2021. Experience the history, gardens, charm and singular hospitality of the Low Country in Georgia and South Carolina. Overnight at the exclusive Jekyll Island Club, and discover Savannah and Charleston. (Wait list) 

CHRISTMAS ON THE DANUBE- December, 2021. Cruise along the Danube, explore charming Christmas markets and see Europe dressed in its holiday best. Includes Vienna, Wachau Valley, Benedictine Melk Abbey, a German holiday party with mulled wine, Nuremburg, Würzburg, and beloved riverside towns, and end the cruise in Prague.  (Only a few cabins left.)

COSTA RICA – January, 2022 Aan amazing, tropical paradise, it is a land of amazing diversity with a huge variety of flowers, birds (including hummingbirds), sloths and monkeys.Travelers will stay at a beach resort, a hotel in the rain forest, another near a volcano, and end with a jungle adventure. This trip can be as active as you want it to be: zip lines, nature walks, rope bridges, boat rides and more!  Or just relax! It is a photographer’s dream! (Register by July 10.)

THE NORTHERN LIGHTS OF FINLAND – February, 2022. Join us on a search for the elusive Northern Lights. Tour the fascinating capital Helsinki before heading north to Lapland; enjoy 2 nights in a Finnish log cabin with saun;. try a dog sled ride,  visit Santa’s workshop; spend a night in your private glass igloo, and meet the famous reindeer from Lapland. (Sign up by July 10)

ITALY: THE AMALFI COAST TO PUGLIA – April-May, 2022. This special trip to Southern Italy begins in Naples and includes 4 nights on Amalfi Coast before heading east to explore Matera’s hidden caves; Alberobello with its cone-shaped trulli homes, Lecci and Monopoli on the Adriatic Sea, along with Italian cuisine and wines.

PASSION PLAY – May, 2022. Once every ten Years! Visit Oberammergau, Berlin, Hamburg, Marburg, Rothenburg, Munich, and more.  (Wait list)

THE EMERALD ISLE – July, 2022. Travel with us on this journey to beautiful Ireland to visit Dublin, Cork, Killarney, Garnish Island, Dingle.  Visit the Irish National Stud farm to see its gardens and thoroughbreds. See the Cliffs of Moher before sailing to and spending the night in the remote and famous Aran Islands! Great sampling of the many Irish traditions.

ADRIATIC/CROATIA CRUISE – September, 2022. Enjoy a memorable 7-night cruise on the Adriatic to Old City of Dubrovnik, the island of Biševo, home to the mystical Blue Cave, Brac Island- “Golden Cape” of Bol, the ancient palace of Emperor Diocletian in Split, and more.  This journey includes a few days on land and the cruise on a new yacht!

JOURNEY THROUGH SOUTHERN FRANCE – October, 2022. This is not the typical French trip. We begin in Saint Remy in Provence for 3 nights, then travel west to explore medieval Carcassonne, the Dordogne Valley with 2 nights in a chateau, ending  Bordeaux and its wine region for 2 nights.

SPAIN AND MOROCCO – November 2022. On this tour, we spend 5 nights in Spain visiting Madrid, Granada, Cordoba, and Seville. Then we cross to Morocco to explore this exotic country. Tangier, Fez, Marrakech and Casablanca with their variety of cultures, customs and cuisines await us! 

Collette offers 4-star hotels, a variety of meals, excellent tourmanagers, great guides, airfare, and all the “must sees” at our destinations, plus the best travel insurance in the business.

Contact  Joe and Dolly Michalczyk at 570-961-3691 or at TravelingJoeM@yahoo.com

Wedding of the Month: Mr. and Mrs. Joe Michalczyk

Wedding of the MonthAirplanes, long dresses and a miniature tuxedo, dancing shoes, a real castle, baskets of flower petals, and a beautiful bride and handsome groom…

These are the things of which fairy tales are made!  

At least for Maura (11), Joel (then 6), and Kara (4) Michalczyk, from Dunmore, that seemed to be the case as they arrived in Rome, Italy, to serve as junior attendants for the July 3, 2016  wedding of their uncle,  Joseph Michalczyk and his bride, Anna Huzar.

Joe, formerly from Dunmore, is a graduate of and basketball standout and former team captain, both at Bishop O’Hara High School and Moravian College, and Anna graduated from North Brunswick Township High School and Rutgers University.  

The couple had many mutual friends in NYC and Miami, but had never met, until an intervention on social media led to a meeting over cocktails.  Joe, then living in Arlington, VA, and  Anna in New York City, respectively, began a long distance relationship that ensued for three years.   Ultimately, tourists and locals shouted to Anna to “Say Yes!” as Joe proposed at sunset on the beach in Bali.  She did!

Anna, originally from Poland, has family throughout Europe and the USA, and both have friends all over the world, so a destination wedding was chosen.  The couple visited Bracciano, Italy, and fell in love with it.  Castello Orsini-Odescalchi (Odescalshi Castle, Metropolitan City of Rome) on a volcanic lake, Lago di Bracciano, was chosen as the site for their wedding.  The medieval castle has been used as the setting of movies and television shows, and was the site of many famous weddings, including Martin Scorcese, Wedding of the Month 2Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes.

An intimate dinner in Rome provided a venue for both families to meet and rejoice prior to the festivities. A former convent, Donna Savelli Camilla Hotel, Rome, was chosen for their rooftop rehearsal reception and, later, dinner in the gardens.

Arrangements of blue and violet hydrangeas, white flowers, roses, lilies, etc. decorated the Parrachio Santo Stefano Protmartin  (St. Stephen, First Catholic Martyr), Bracciano, Italy.  The colors complimented the varying shades of violet in the dresses of maid of honor, Anna’s sister, Dr. Diana Huzar Diaz, and her seven bridesmaids.  

Black tuxedos were the order of the day for Joe’s best man, his brother Mark Michalczyk of Dunmore, and his seven groomsmen, including childhood friends, formerly from Dunmore, and high school basketball players, Tony Battaglia, Moosic, and Jamie Higgins, Lake Ariel.   

Joe’s tuxedo and shirt were custom designed and tailored by Peyman Umay, who embroidered the bride and groom’s names and the wedding date on the inner shirt  sleeve plackets.  

Anna’s silk satin princess dress, adorned with Swarovski crystals, was by Prina Toranai, Keinfeld Bridals   Dominik Huzar, Anna’s brother,  escorted her down the aisle and Father Don Piotr Bartoszek, Poland and Rome, Italy, cousin of the bride, officiated at the Wedding of the Month 1 (1)wedding mass.

Medieval heralds in costume with flags, drums and trumpets, lined the way as guests ascended the red carpet to Odaleschi Castle for the reception. Overlooking Lake Bracciano at sunset, serving stations and bars dotted the castle gardens for a pre-dinner reception.  After photos on the ramparts and gardens, Joe and Anna were proclaimed by a herald, followed by 30 men in medieval attire performing a flag show.

Later, guests were announced by the heralds as they entered a magnificent torch and candlelit dining room in the castle, decorated with original tapestries and statues, standing vases of violet hued flowers and table arrangements, and tall silver candelabras.    

Mark Michalczyk and Tony Battaglia roasted the couple and offered a heartfelt toast, as did maid of honor.  Following a multi-course dinner, the 160 guests adjourned to an inner courtyard festooned with violet lighting, matching the colors of the wedding party, for dancing, a dessert table, photo booth, caricaturists, and selfie stations.  

Joe and Anna made a striking entrance as they descended the grand staircase in a violet lighting and heart shaped spotlight and later that evening, reentered, entertaining their guests with a specially choreographed dance.  A fireworks display, set to music, coincided with the champagne toast and cutting of the wedding cake.

Local guests included Diane Michalczyk, sister-in-law of the groom; Michelle Higgins, Jamie’s wife; Karen Battaglia, Tony’s wife; and Dolly and Joe Michalczyk, Dunmore, parents of the groom. The Michalczyks are all from Dunmore, and Anna’s Mom, Danuta Huzar, resides in North Brunswick, New Jersey; her father Stanislaw is deceased,

The Michalczyks’ honeymoon included an extensive trip to Capri, Florence and Venice, Italy, the Greek Islands, The United Arab Emirates- Abu Dhabi and Dubai, India , and The Maldives.

Anna is a Medical Device Territory Manager – Hemodynamic Specialist for Cheetah Medical.   Joe is a CPA. and partner in the Transaction Service Group of PricewaterhouseCoopers.  The couple now resides in in Manhattan.

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A new feature of The Dunmorean will be a “Wedding of the Month,” which kicks off with our September couple, Joe and Anna Michalczyk, who were married at a castle in Italy.

We are looking for couples who would like to submit their wedding story. The only requirement is that at least one of the couple, their parents, or their grandparents are from Dunmore.

For more information, please email dpi22news@gmail.com. Our deadline for October will be on the third Wednesday of the month.