Ital­ian Fes­ti­val brings food, mu­sic to Ron­d­out area

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Paul Kirby pkirby@free­manon­ paulat­free­man on Twit­ter

The ninth an­nual Ital­ian Fes­ti­val put on by the Ul­ster County Ital­ian-Amer­i­can Foun­da­tion will be held Sun­day the Ron­d­out Creek water­front in Down­town Kingston.

The event, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., will fea­ture Ital­ian food, bev­er­ages, prod­ucts and mu­sic, as well as fam­ily ac­tiv­i­ties. Ad­mis­sion is free.

The foun­da­tion is a not­for-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion whose mis­sion is to pro­mote, pre­serve and cel­e­brate Ital­ian her­itage and cul­ture in Ul­ster County and be­yond.

At the fes­ti­val’s open­ing cer­e­mony, the foun­da­tion will rec­og­nize the Ital­ian Sig­nora and Sig­nore of the Year, given to re­cip­i­ents based on their com­mu­nity ser­vice and self­less vol­un­teer­ing to as­sist those in need through­out Ul­ster County. This year’s hon­orees are restau­rant owner Manny Savona and county Leg­is­la­tor Jeanette Proven­zano.

Also, the reign­ing Miss Italy New York will be on hand to meet and greet fes­ti­val at­ten­dees.

This head­lin­ing per­former at the fes­ti­val will be Steven Maglio, who will sing Frank Si­na­tra and Dean Martin songs. Maglio will be ac­com­pa­nied by the Michael Dell Orches­tra, a 12-piece big band.

Maglio and the Dell Orches­tra will per­form from 5:05 to 6:20 p.m. on the main stage in T.R. Gallo Park at the foot of Broad­way.

The rest of the main stage sched­ule is as fol­lows.

11-11:30 a.m.: Open­ing cer­e­mony.

11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.: Hot Rod, fea­tur­ing Pete San­tora of “Beatle­ma­nia” per­form­ing a trib­ute to John Len­non and John Hen­rik­sen per­form­ing the mu­sic of Jim Mor­ri­son and The Doors.

1:15-2:30 p.m.: Roberto Mi­lanese and An­gela Bruno per­form­ing tra­di­tional and mod­ern Ital­ian mu­sic.

3-4:15 p.m.: Op­er­atic per­for­mance by col­oratura so­prano Kelli But­ler, ac­com­pa­nied by tenor An­drew Hoben and so­prano Ali Bai­ley, with an ap­pear­ance by An­drea Shaut’s Hud­son Val­ley Recital Project.

4:45-5:05 p.m.: Michael Dell Orches­tra.

There also will be on­go­ing street per­for­mances, in­clud­ing ac­cor­dion mu­sic by Nick Collins, taran­tella dancers, New Gen­e­sis Ital­ian Com­edy and fire breathe Corey Glover.

At the Hud­son River Mar­itime Mu­seum, there will be sto­ry­telling, dis­cus­sions about the wine re­gions of Italy and wine pro­duc­tion, chef John Novi talk­ing about his food tour of Italy, and fa­vorite Ital­ian recipes by Maryann Falu­otico DeGroodt and oth­ers.

The fes­ti­val also will fea­ture the “2016 Ital­ian Fes­ti­val Bal­lot,” which will ask peo­ple to pick their fa­vorite Ital­ian-Amer­i­can ac­tor: Ul­ster County res­i­dent Robert DeNiro or Man­hat­tan res­i­dent Al Pa­cino.

Vot­ing will be in the in­for­ma­tion tent at the in­ter­sec­tion of Broad­way and West Strand.

Food will be plen­ti­ful at the Ital­ian Fes­ti­val. Among the of­fer­ings will be ravi­oli, can­no­lis, sausage and pep­pers, porchetta, lob­ster, cala­mari, pizza, gelato, espresso, cap­puc­cino, as­sorted pasta, strom­boli, cal­zones, home-brewed soda, egg creams, lin­guini and clam sauce, meat­balls and Ital­ian rum cake.

Ven­dors sched­uled to par­tic­i­pate in­clude Frank Guido’s Lit­tle Italy, Savona’s Trat­to­ria, Mariner’s Har­bor, Ship to Shore, Ole Sa­van­nah, La Bella Pasta, Off the Hook Food Truck, St. Mary’s Benev­o­lent So­ci­ety, Just Good Eats, Luigi Oils, Savona’s Pizza, En­chanted Cakes, Dana Foods, Bow­ery Dugout, Graziano Tec­chio and Stone Pony.


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