The Rockland Lodge 2176 of the Sons of Italy will host the seventh annual Blauvelt Sons of Italy Italian Feast, Carnival at Tappan Masonic Park Fair Grounds September 15 – 18. 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 or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/blauveltsons.
“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
and several more
Sunday’s activities will begin with an outdoor mass at 10:30 a.m. Advance sale bracelets will be available for purchase at the Lodge every Wednesday evening from 6 – 9 p.m. and on Sundays from 10 a.m. until noon.
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 and many more.