Festa Italia 2015!

Presented by the Italian Workmen’s Club

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

Admission

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!

Location

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)

AFI_Logo_RedBlue_JPEG  American Family Insurance

Fiat500Logo  Fiat of Madison

HoChunk  Ho-Chunk Gaming of Madison

sii-logo  Southern Italy Imports

  WISCO Logo WISCO Investment Management

Contributing Sponsors

Pellitteri Waste Systems

Woodman’s Food Markets

WISCO Investment Mgt.

Sub-Zero/Wolf Foundation

 

Participating Sponsors

PDQ

Friends of Festa

Oak Bank

Culvers Foundation

Sergenian’s Floor Coverings

Meicher’s CPAs

Clear Channel Radio

Pepsi

Gray’s Tied House

Cerniglia Products

Isthmus Publishing

Glass Nickel Pizza

Midwest Family Radio

JBM Patrol

Frank Liquor

 

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.

2014 Festa Queen

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Angela Masino

It’s time again to bestow the honor of serving our Italian community on a special young lady who will don the Festa Queen crown during Festa weekend as well as other club related events throughout the year. Congratulazione, Angela!

2015 Schedule of Events:
(All times & Events Subject to Change – check back!)

Friday 4:30 FESTA OPENS
May 29 5:00-8:00 Pasta Dinner (Available all weekend)
5:30-7:00 UNIVERSAL SOUND
7:30-10:30 HOMETOWN SWEETHEARTS
11:00 FESTA CLOSES
Saturday 11:00 AM FESTA OPENS
May 30 11:00 Bocce Tournament – Singles
11:30-12:15 Demonstrations in Culture Tent
11:30-12:00 IWC & IAWC Member Recognition
12:00-3:30 Vintage Baseball Tournament
12:00-12:15 Miss Festa & Introductions
12:15-1:00 Neopolitan Knights-Mandolin Duo (Culture Tent)
1:00-1:45 PASTA EATING CONTEST
1:00-3:00 Demonstrations in Culture Tent
1:45-2:15 Scholarship Presentations
2:15-3:00 Italian Folk Dancers of Madison
3:00-4:00 Jim Giacalone-Accordion (Culture Tent)
4:00-5:30 GERRI DIMAGGIO
6:00-8:00 WIFEE AND THE HUZZBAND
8:30-11:00 THE JIMMY’S
11:00 FESTA CLOSES
Sunday 10:00 Sunday Mass (Culture Tent)
May 31 11:00 FESTA OPENS
11:00 Bocce Tournament – Doubles
11:30-1:30 Demonstrations in Culture Tent
11:30-12:30 Flags of Italy Celebration
12:30-1:15 Italian Folk Dancers of Madison
1:30-3:00 ALFONSO PONTICELLI Featuring Italian Songs
3:30-5:30 JOE SCALISSI
6:00 Raffle Drawing
7:00 FESTA CLOSES
CHILDREN’S ENTERTAINMENT!
Saturday TBA Jean and Lionel – Puppet Show
Sunday TBA TRULY REMARKABLE LOON!
Sunday TBA TRULY REMARKABLE LOON!