Ital­ian Fes­ti­val takes place Sun­day

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - PREVIEW -

The Ninth An­nual Ital­ian Fes­ti­val, pre­sented by the Ul­ster County Ital­ian Amer­i­can Foun­da­tion, will take place on Sun­day, Oct. 9, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Ron­d­out Wa­ter­front in Kingston.

The fes­ti­val will fea­ture more than 35 ven­dors, along with a large va­ri­ety of Ital­ian foods, bev­er­ages, prod­ucts, mu­sic and fam­ily fun. The event be­gins with an open­ing cer­e­mony that will rec­og­nize the Ital­ian Sig­nora and Sig­nore of the Year, an honor be­stowed on the re­cip­i­ents’ com­mu­nity ser­vice and vol­un­teer­ing to as­sist those in need in Ul­ster County. This year’s honorees will be Emanuele Savona and Jeanette Proven­zano.

The reign­ing Miss Italy New York will be on hand to meet and greet fes­ti­val go­ers. Several mu­si­cal per­for­mances will take place dur­ing the day at T.R. Gallo Me­mo­rial Park, 1 Broad­way. The head­liner will be Steven Maglio, known as a per­former of Frank Si­na­tra and Dean Martin mu­sic the way they in­tended it to be per­formed. He will be ac­com­pa­nied by The Michael Dell Orches­tra, a 12-piece big band that will open the show by play­ing swing time fa­vorites.

Other mu­si­cal acts slated to per­form in­clude the Hotrod band, with Pete San­tora of Beatle­ma­nia per­form­ing a trib­ute to John Len­non and John Hen­rik­sen per­form­ing the mu­sic of Jim Mor­ri­son and The Doors. Tra­di­tional and mod­ern Ital­ian mu­sic will be per­formed by Roberto Mi­lanese and An­gela Bruno. In ad­di­tion, there will be an op­er­atic per­for­mance with col­oratura so­prano Kelli But­ler ac­com­pa­nied by mae­stro Dou­glas Martin, joined by tenor An­drew Hoben and so­prano Ali Bai­ley and fea­tur­ing a spe­cial ap­pear­ance by Andrea Shaut’s Hud­son Val­ley Recital Project.

Street per­for­mances are also planned, in­clud­ing ac­cor­dion mu­sic by Nick Collins, fire breath­ing by Corey Glover and New Gen­e­sis Ital­ian Com­edy. In the Hud­son Val­ley Mar­itime Mu­seum’s home port, thee will be Ital­ian sto­ry­telling by Lor­raine Hartin-Ge­lardi and Karen Pillsworth. Chef John

Novi will dis­cuss his food tour of Italy, which was fea­tured in The New York Times. Maryann Falu­otico DeG­root and oth­ers will share their fa­vorite Ital­ian recipes.

A chil­dren’s tent will of­fer ed­u­ca­tional ac­tiv­i­ties and face paint­ing. Ad­mis­sion to the fes­ti­val is free.

Pro­ceeds from the fes­ti­val will be used to es­tab­lish the Ul­ster County Ital­ian Amer­i­can Foun­da­tion Ed­u­ca­tion Awards Funds for grad­u­at­ing Ital­ian-Amer­i­can high school se­niors through­out Ul­ster County who ex­em­plify the val­ues and vi­sion of the foun­da­tion in their com­mu­nity.

Visit uci­tal­ianamer­i­can­foun­da­ for more in­for­ma­tion.


The crowd gath­ers at a pre­vi­ous Ital­ian Fes­ti­val in Down­town Kingston.

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