Italian Workmen’s Club Presents:
Festa Italia 2015!
We’ll be presenting Festa Italia in Fitchburg once again for 2015! Look for future updates.
McKee Farms Park, Fitchburg
Friday-Sunday May 29-31, 2015
We are charging $2 per day for admission to Festa Italia!
(pets are not allowed).
We also encourage everyone to purchase a $10 (3 for $25) raffle ticket for our annual fundraising raffle where we are awarding the following prizes:
1st Prize: $1,500CASH
2n Prize: $1,000 CASH
3rd Prizes: 10 – $100 Cash prizes
You are not required to be present to win!
McKee Farms Park, Fitchburg
Friday-Sunday May 29-31
The Story and History
One of many legacies in the annals of the Italian Workmen’s Club will forever be the unforgettable Festa Italia. Grown and nourished from a healthy past of innocently planned picnics held at a variety of Madison locations, the celebration of our ethnicity grew into an undeniable weekend of pride today known as Madison ’s Premier Ethnic Festival.
The memories of longtime members and residents will quickly carry them back to Olin and Hoyt parks, to name just a few, but for me growing up in the 1940s, the place to be was at Brittingham Park in a blaze of verde, bianca, and russo, the green, white, and red of Italian flags furling where a park was accented with colored Indian blankets spread over the grass, and chairs were set up under the trees to encourage family and friends to gather throughout the day and into evening hours with picnic baskets packed with homemade food.
The Italian Workmen’s Club and Festa Italia welcome the support of businesses sponsoring this event!
Major Sponsors (from 2014)
Pellitteri Waste Systems
Woodman’s Food Markets
WISCO Investment Mgt.
Friends of Festa
Sergenian’s Floor Coverings
Clear Channel Radio
Gray’s Tied House
Glass Nickel Pizza
Midwest Family Radio
If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please fill out the form under “Contact Us” and note that you are interested in becoming a Festa Italia Sponsor and we’ll send you a list of the sponsor categories and benefits.
Schedule of Events (tbd for 2015 – below is our schedule for 2014):
We’re working hard to bring you new cultural and entertainment events for 2015!
|Friday, May 30||4:30PM||Festa Opens|
|5:00 – 8:00||Pasta Dinner (Available all weekend)|
|7:30-10:30||Booze Brothers – Milwaukee|
|Saturday, May 31||11:00AM||Festa Opens|
|11:00 AM||Bocce Tournament – Singles|
|12:10-12:40||Italian Bagpipes Demonstration in Culture Tent|
|12:30-1:00||Miss Festa & Introductions|
|12:45-1:30||Cooking Demonstration in Culture Tent|
|1:00-1:45||Pasta Eating Contest|
|1:45-2:30||IWC and IAWC Member Recognition|
|4:00-5:00||Italian Folk Dancers|
|5:00-6:30||Mama Digdown’s Brass Band|
(Featuring songs by Italian-American artists)
|Sunday, June 1||10:00AM||Mass (Culture Tent)|
|11:00||Bocce Tournament – Doubles|
|11:15-12:00||Cooking Demonstration in Culture Tent|
|11:30-12:15||Mary’s School of Dance|
|12:15-1:00||Italian Folk Dancers|
|12:30-4:00||Vintage Baseball Tournament|
|2:30-3:30||Flags of Italy|
|3:00-3:30||Italian Bagpipes Demonstration in Culture Tent|