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2014-07-31 at 15:45

Festa Italiana to raffle off trip for two to Italy

By Kathleen Charlebois, for
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THUNDER BAY -- A visit to the city’s Festa Italiana might literally send you packing to Italy.

The 24th annual Festa Italiana, hosted by the Italian Society of Port Arthur and other cultural groups at the Italian Cultural Centre grounds, will feature a draw for a trip for two to Italy.  Other draw prizes include a $750 cash prize and a pair of gold earrings.

“All the prizes have been donated, so all the sales go to the cultural society,”  said society president Benny Melchiorre.

In its 24 years, the festival has become a major family event. The Festa Italiana is a chance for the Italian community to share its culture, traditions and food with the rest of Thunder Bay.

“We would like to pass (the culture on)  to the next generation of Canadian Italians,”  said Melchiorre. “Since the first year, we had a very good response from the whole community.

“We started with 4,000 people the first couple of years and now we are up to between 20 and 25,000 people between the two days.”

This year’s stage entertainment includes the Strada Mix Band from Toronto, along with the Le Stelle Alpine Dancers, the Alpini Choir, John Schaffeo and Friends, Catherine Iorianni, Shayne Stoltz, Ti Amo and Clint Harris. There will also be fireworks at 11 p.m. on both days.

The festival will take place on the Italian Cultural Society grounds at 132 S. Algoma St. and admission is free.


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tadzup says:
I hope that people are smart enough not to leave their dogs in hot cars while attending this year. There is no way to be in and out of the Festa in "just a minute". Leave the dog at home.
7/31/2014 11:04:02 PM
Xeyci says:
I find a lot of the time when events such as this is reported, I have to look hard to see when they are to take place. Finally saw it is this weekend in small letters under the pictures. What are the times? Would be nice if reporters state the time and date more prominently in the main body of the article. Remember the four "W's" of reporting?
7/31/2014 11:23:57 PM
djs says:
Great article about another wonderful festival to occur in town--but when?
8/1/2014 7:54:42 AM
Crinkles says:
Oh what a wonderful Festival of the Italians.

I remember my very first festival, I met my future partner at the spaghetti eating competition.

we did our own version of " the lady and the tramp"
8/1/2014 1:42:33 PM
the rink rizz says:
In the words of the king of romance himself, Dean Martin "That's Amoreee".
8/1/2014 3:41:10 PM
gettowork says:
Anyone know who the winners were
8/5/2014 9:58:16 PM
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