Of course there was food and drink, and lots of it. Dieters
visited at their own risk. Up and down Silver Street there were
merchants and organizations offering food with an Italian flare.
Diners had the opportunity to either eat indoors or dine out at
the many places provided for doing so along Silver Street. One
could eat under canopies or dine out in the sunshine. Saturday
was a beautiful day following Friday’s wicked weather, a great
day to get out and enjoy the festival. Pictured above are
members of the Pisano's Club who had prepared an Italian feast
for non-weight watchers.
What would be an Italian festival without music? Well, Festival
Italiano offered up music; lots of music from several of our
favorite local musicians.
In the early afternoon Up North Connection provided the crowd
with several hours of their great Blue Grass Sound. In was
interesting to observe that this group’s music appeals to all
age groups. Little kids danced on the street while their parents
and grandparents sat and enjoyed the show. What could be nicer
than listening to terrific Bluegrass music while eating a
Later in the day the festival goers were treated to a double
feature. The area’s two favorite groups; Marty’s Goldenaires and
The Lowell Street Band gave performances for the large crowd
that gathered on Silver Street.
The Goldenaire’s treated the crowd to great music along with
their well choreographed performance. The Drum performances have
become a real crowd pleaser, as well as the performance of the
bass players. It’s always a treat to watch and listen to
Goldenaires and Saturday was especially great. The quality of
their performance, the weather and the excitement of the crowd
all came together in the perfect performance.
The last hours of Festival Italiano would be spent listening to
the Lowell Street Band. LSB is everyone’s favorite, and the huge
audiences that show up for their show is an indicator or their
wide spread appeal. The LSB appeared on a raised stage that gave
everyone a good view. This year there was an area provide just
in front of the stage for dancing.
At the beginning of the show several kids used the dance area to
demonstrate the Hula Hoop skills that they learned during an
afternoon kids activity.
Later the dance floor would fill up with the LSB fans that had
come to listen and dance to the music of this great band.
I was just thinking, whatever happened to Mambo Italiano?
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