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Hey Gumbaree,  It's Festivale!

HURLEY - Saturday the Hurley Chamber of Commerce sponsored the 12th Annual “Festivale Italiano” .

The event took place along silver Street where  a myriad of activities took place. There was an arts and crafts fair and a flea market. There were many games and amusements for the children who attended the event. Kid’s Games were provided by the Iron County Parents Group & Mentors, with prizes sponsored by the Hurley Area Lioness and the Hurley Area Chamber of Commerce. Both kids and adults enjoyed Balloon animals Happy Daze Balloon Twisting and Twinkz Exceptional Face Painting.  Sounds like fun? It certainly was regardless of your age.


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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 Salmani?
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?

 Videosi Festivale










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