🎪Festa Italia🎪

May 31-June 2, 2019

Location

McKee Farms Park, Fitchburg

Admission & Raffle

Admission is $3 per day (no pets allowed).
Children under 12 are FREE!

Raffle
1st Prize: $1,500 CASH

2nd Prize: $1,000 CASH
3rd Prizes: 10 – $100 Cash prizes
Raffle tickets may be purchased for $10 each, or 3 for $25. You do not need to be present to win!

2019 Schedule of Events:

 All events and times subject to change
Friday May 31 4:30   Welcome – Festa Opens
  5:00 – 8:30 Pasta Dinner (Seating avail. In Culture Tent)
  6:00  – 7:00 Bocce Match – FFD vs City Hall
  6:00 – 7:30 Gerri DiMaggio and World Jazz Unit
  8:00 – 10:30 Eddie Butts Band
  11:00   Festa Closes
     
Saturday June 1 11:00   Welcome – Festa Opens
  11:00 – 8:30 Pasta Dinner
  11:15 – 11:45 Scholarship Presentations (IWC & IAWC)
  11:30 Bocce Tournament – Singles
  11:30 – 12:15 Cooking Demo in Culture Tent
  12:45 – 1:30 Italian Folk Dancers of Madison
  1:30 – 2:15 Pasta Eating Contest
  2:00 – 2:45 Cooking Demo in Culture Tent
  2:15 – 3:00 Flags of Italy Parade & Presentation
  3:00 – 4:00 Jim Giacalone (accordion) Grounds
  3:30 – 5:00 Sicilian Serenaders
  5:00 – 6:30 Stories of the Greenbush in Culture Tent
  5:30 – 7:30 Something To Do
  8:30 – 10:45 VO 5
  11:00   Festa Closes
     
Sunday, June 2 10:00   Mass in Culture Tent
  11:00   Festa Opens
  11:30 – 5:30 Pasta Dinner
  11:30 Bocce Tournament – Doubles
  11:30 – 12:15 Cooking Demo in Culture Tent
  11:45 – 12:30 IWC & IAWC Member Recognition
  12:30 – 2:30 Soccer Skills – Forward Madison FC
  12:45 – 1:30 Italian Folk Dancers of Madison
  2:30 – 4:00 Joe Scalissi Sings Dean Martin
  4:30 – 6:30 Xavi Lynn
  5:30   Raffle Drawing
  7:00   Festa Closes
     
Children’s Entertainment!  
Saturday June 1 Noon-5:00 Toss Games and Prizes!
  1:00-3:00 Face Painting by Karen
  2:00-2:30 Magic Show, Wayne the Wizard
  2:30-4:00 Balloon Sculptures
  4:00-4:30 Magic Show, Wayne the Wizard
     
Sunday, June 2 Noon-5:00 Toss Games and Prizes!
  1:00-3:00 Face Painting by Karen

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Friends of Festa

Hausmann-Johnson Insurance
Fraulini Guitar Co.
Pepsi
A-One Auto Works
State Farm Insurance, Julie Bass

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.

 

 

 

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!