7th Annual Blauvelt Sons of Italy Italian Feast & Carnival to Take Place September 15 – 18;
Four Day Festival offers something for every Member of the Family
The Rockland Lodge 2176 of the Sons of Italy will host the 7th Annual Blauvelt Sons of Italy Italian Feast, Carnival at Tappan Masonic Park Fair Grounds September 15th through the 18th. The event draws thousands of people from around the tri-state area during the four-day celebration of all things Italian and has been recognized as one of the biggest events in Rockland County. More information can be found at www.blauveltsonsofitaly.org
LODGE 2176 50TH ANNIVERSARY
“This year is the 50th Anniversary of the Blauvelt Lodge 2176 and so this year’s Feast will likely be the most exciting yet,” stated Greg DeCola, President of the Lodge. He added, “The money we raise goes to help families in Rockland through the various causes we support and the scholarships we give out to students.”
The Festival is a showcase for area talent and the live entertainment will be hosted again by Rockland actor and director and Lodge member Paul Borghese who will act as MC for all four days. Borghese has often appeared in HBO productions such as Show me a Hero, The Sopranos, in the role of Yogi Berra in 61* and will appear in the new HBO series The Deuce as well has appeared in many feature films including Robert DeNiro’s The Family, Once Upon a Time in Brooklyn and Back in the Day which was recently released, just to name a few.
The festival also features a variety of vendor and gift booths, great Italian food, carnival rides and games for all ages, as well as games of chance for the adults and so much more. Admission is $5.00 for adults and free for children under 12.
This year’s entertainment line-up includes:
Dominic Chianese (star of film and television) Italian Favorites!
Anna Veleva (Italian Opera Singer)
Steve Maglio (world renowned SINATRA TRIBUTE singer)
Freddie Lando (Andrea Bocelli Tribute singer)
Anthony Tolve (singer, Italian Songs)
Lauren Mascitti (Rising Nashville Country singer)
Louis Vanaria (star of film and television) singer
Al Sapienza (star of film and television) singer
Deborah Rennard (television and Broadway Star) singer
Cool Change (Doo Wop Band)
The Kick Start Charlie Band
The Dead Mile Dance Band
The Phil Caggiano Band
The Jenna Esposito Band
Previous Celebrity Honorees include Armand Assante, Vincent Pastore, Michael Rispoli, Larry Romano and Richard Vetere among others.
This year’s celebrity invitees include: Chazz Palminteri, John Travolta, James Franco, Danny Aiello, Marisa Tomei, Tony LoBianco, Federico Castellucio, Stanley Tucci, Paul Sorvino, Michael Imperioli, Katherine Narducci, Steve Schirripa, Lorraine Bracco, Vinny Vella, Joe Gannascoli, Mario Cantone, Chuck Zito, Jill Nicolini, Annabella Sciorra, Alec Baldwin, Tony Danza, Drea DeMatteo, Ralph Macchio, Louis Lombardi, Floyd Vivino, Tony Darrow, William DeMeo, Joe Causi and many more!
Established in 2012 by cancer survivor Frank Squeo, Baking Memories 4 Kids is a non- profit foundation, that through the proceeds from their holiday cookie sale, fund week long, all-expense paid trips for children with life threatening and terminal illnesses and their families to all the Florida theme parks. Baking Memories 4 Kids will be teaming up with Rockland County’s Sons of Italy lodge 2176 to surprise a local Rockland family on Saturday, September 17th. Volunteers will be at the festival selling their delicious chocolate chip cookies and then Saturday afternoon founder Frank Squeo will take center stage for the big announcement.
HOURS, TICKETS AND LODGING
Hours for the festival are Thursday 5pm – 11pm, Friday 5pm – midnight, Saturday 11am – midnight and Sunday will begin with an outdoor mass at 10:30am and the Festival will be open from noon until 9pm. Advance sale bracelets will be available for purchase at the Lodge every Wednesday evening from 6pm – 9pm and on Sundays from 10am until Noon. The Lodge is located at 46 Van Wyck Road, Blauvelt.
The festival takes place at Masonic Park located at 89 Western Highway in Tappan, New York. Updated information can be found on the Sons of Italy website at www.blauveltsonsofitaly.org.
The Holiday Inn in Orangeburg is the official lodging sponsor again this year and offers special discounted rates to feast attendees. Call 845-359-7000 and mention the Italian Feast for more information. Hudson Valley Harley-Davidson is a new sponsor for the Italian Feast this year and their support is appreciated.
MORE ABOUT THE ROCKLAND LODGE 2176
The Rockland Lodge 2176 Order of The Sons of Italy was established in 1966 with the goal of enhancing the image of people of Italian descent and has grown into one of the most active organizations in the area. The group, with members from Rockland and Bergen County, donates funds to a variety of non-profits from the proceeds of the Italian Feast and also provides scholarships to students throughout the year. More information can be found on their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/blauveltsons For more information visitwww.blauveltsonsofitaly.org.
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Photo Credits: Risa B. Hoag
IMG_7715, The 7th Annual Italian Feast and Carnival will once again feature the popular Tarantella Dance on Sunday September 18th.