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Sons Of Italy To Host Italian Festival on Livingston Street This Summer

Jun 04, 2014 08:37PM ● By Bill Gilman

The Italian Festival will take place on Aug. 2 at the Livingston Street Recreation Area.

Whether you are a full-blooded Italian, just partly Italian or even if you just like a good eggplant parm, the Livingston Street Recreation Center is the place you'll want to be in early August.
The Tewksbury Sons of Italy Lodge #2872 will be hosting Festa Italiana (Italian Festival), a celebration of Italian food, culture and fun.
"The Italian Festival is something we have talked about for a long time," said Joe Mazzola, owner of Cafe Sicilia and chairman of the Festival Committee. "But it was Lisa Puccia joined (the effort) that things really got going."
Puccia, a member of the Tewksbury School Committee, has brought her strong working relationships with Town Hall and School Department officials to her role with the Sons of Italy. She and Mazzola are joined on the Festival Committee by Kathy Anderson, Pasqule Caruso, Sharon Chalamere and Chris Parrella.
The festival will take place on Saturday, August 2, from Noon to 8 p.m. the rain date is Sunday, Aug. 3.
For food lovers, the event will feature several options. There will be numerous Italian food vendors on had, as well as a concession stand operated by the Sons of Italy and the Tewksbury High Marching Band.
The event will also feature plenty of activities for kids, such as carnival games, face painting, a bounce house and possibly a train ride. There will be contests for all ages such as a meatball toss and a pizza throw. Bocce games will be going on all day.
 There will also be raffles and retail vendors.
"Some of the activities will be free and some will have a small charge," said Puccia. "For instance, if we are able to have a train ride it might be a dollar to ride."
Proceeds will go to benefit the Sons of Italy Scholarship and Community Fund.
Another local non-profit to benefit from the Italian Festival will be the Tewksbury Community Food Pantry. In keeping with Italian festival tradition, a "Saint" will be erected at the festival and a "Blessing of the Saint" will take place. People will have the opportunity to purchase ribbons and affix them to the "saint." In fact, ribbons are already on sale, available for purchase at Cafe Siciila, 1300 Main St. All proceeds from the sale of the ribbons will go to the Community Food Pantry.
There will be plenty of entertainment going on throughout the day, including live bands, magicians, comedians and DJs.
Retail vendors are still being sought for the festival and donations of raffle prizes are still being accepted. If you have an item to donate or are interested in setting up as a retail vendor, you are asked to call Kathy Anderson at 978-851-5623.

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