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Festa Italiana in Thunder Bay


1st Long weekend in August

CKPR - TB News Press Release

President Joe Nucci - Publicity Chair - Joe Quaresima - VP. Sam Federico

(Don't forget the Thunderfest at the DaVinci Centre)

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Festa Italiana - Josie Gallo and Benny Melchiorre under the Pepsi sponsor label.

Two of the many volunteers at the Italian Society of Port Arthur, in Thunder Bay, Ontario Canada who help organize and operate the annual Festa Italiana.   A festa that celebrates "people" of all ethinic origins, including the various regions of Italy.  

Over the two days, a variety of entertainment acts can be seen on the stage.  Acts that include the Stelle Alpini Dancers, the Alpini Choir, and a variety of local and "imported" entertainment acts.  

On the grounds you will find a variety of local community groups from the Gran Sasso Club to Saint Anthony's and Saint Dominic's Church with their authentic Italian cuisine.

Italians from the USA

For many years now, "The Cantatori" from Virginia, Minnesota,  have been regular visitors and performers at the Festa.  Here three of "the boys" from the USA pose infront of the newly constructred Italian Cultural Centre.

Take a look at the cultural displays in the main building of the Italian Cultural Centre.   Culture,  from the abstract-culture, two and three dimensional art, to the concrete-culture, people and real things will be set up on display at the centre.

"Who invented the telephone ?"    Mr. Melucchi an Italian inventor along with other displays in tribute to the famous Italians of the world.

We are expanding the pictorial archieve of the community in Thunder Bay.  People are invited to submit pictures of family, and businessess.

" Mangia "    

Domenic Mazzafero and Sam Quaresima making sure everything is perfect ! Sam Quaresima, one of the top cooks in the kitchen together with Pepi Gini and the rest of "the gang.

Enjoy the many Italian dishes, from delicious lasagna,  penne rigati and meatballs, Italian meatball sandwiches, and more at the Italian Society both.



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FESTA 2008

Festa 2006


Call 1-807-345-5511 FOR INFORMATION

Art+Cultural Show in the Main Hall

Local artists are invited to contact
Caesar 345-0461
to set up an exhibit.

Starts on Sunday August 3rd, 2008

12:00 Commencement of FESTA

1:30 Opening Opening: Blessings

2:00 Alpini Choir

2:30 John Scaffeo

4:00   Catherine Ioarianni

4:30 (Peng You Taijji) by Frank Ioarianni

4:45 Clint Harris

5:15 Le Stelle Alpini Dancer

6:30  Ti Amo Band

7:30 Flamenco Caravan

9:00 Vince4 Sgambelluri/Toni Dimarti

11:00  Closing

Domenic Cristoforo

"Chef" Domenic Cristoforo has everything under control in the Kitchen !

 1st Monday  in August 4th.

1:30 Opening  Catherine Iorianni "Oh Canada"

1:45  John Scaffeo

3:00 Watermelon-Jello-Spaghetti Eating Contests

4:00 Talent Show

4:30 Clint Harris from Thunder Bay, doing "Frank Sinatra".

5:00 Catherine Ioarianni

5:15  Le Stelle Alpine Dancers

6:30  Viva Band

7:30 Vince Sgambelluri?Toni Dimarti

9:45 Largest Tomato Contest

10:00 Draw for Trip to Italy.

11:00 Fireworks and Closing

Festa Chairman.....Domenic Quaresima

Festa Italia is all about people, people from all parts of the world, celebrating life, but most importantly celebrating family. My mother was born in Simbario, a very small community, where they knew everyone and everyone knew of them, their family and their family history.

The lesson was one of respecting family and people, for all people are one  family.


"We are all cousins."

Family, and mutual respect, this IS what culture is all about.

Join us....!

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