In the office tucked into a corner of the barn on the grounds of the old St. Mary's School convent -- headquarters for Franklin's Feast of St. Rocco for the past 40 years -- it seems like nothing has changed. Portraits of six popes preside over all that occurs there. There is a faded cover of a St. Rocco's program from 2006 on the fridge, along wit...

The intrusive construction that turned Little Italy's Mayfield Road into a one-way street for a month and a half has finished in time for the 120th annual Feast of the Assumption that takes place next week.Once again, Holy Rosary Church's parish hosts this free, family-friendly festival from Wednesday, Aug. 15 through Saturday, Aug. 18. Starting an...

The 2018 National Columbus Day Ceremony will be held on Monday, October 8, 2018, at the Christopher Columbus Memorial Plaza across from the Union Station. The festivities will begin at 10:45 am with music from “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band. Other featured parts of the program include: US Joint Services Honor Guard, Knights of Colu...

This is our main fund-raising event.  It is our hope that the profit from the raffle can go toward our society's budget for the feast and to help support Most Precious Blood Church.  This will help our Society keep the Feast of St. Rocco and our Italian-American Catholic Traditions going. Winner of the Raffle does not need to be present. We will ca...

Everyone is family at Holy Rosary Church, and to celebrate our extended family, the Very Rev. Pastor Jerzy “Jurek” R. Zaslona invites everyone to La Festa Italiana, the annual Italian street festival held in August in Historic Downtown Jersey City. Starting, Wed, Aug. 15, from 5-11 pm, and running every day through Sunday, Aug. 19th, La Festa Itali...

More than 50,000 people are expected to flock to Watkins Glen this weekend for the village’s annual Italian American Festival at Clute Park. The event was founded 39 years ago to honor the Feast of the Assumption, which occurs each August. To celebrate, a procession of men carried the Virgin Mary on their shoulders through the streets of the villag...

A long-running Italian-American festival is moving from Mercer County to Burlington County next month. The Burlington County Fairgrounds will host music groups headed by the Duprees, Italian dancing, an Italian car show, a puppet theatre, comedy, beer and wine garden, food and craft vendors, children's amusements and pony rides on Sept. 7-9.And the...

The Italian-American Society of Peoria will hold its 89th Annual Summer Festa Picnic on Sunday August 12th from 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm CDT at Hickory Grove Park in North Peoria. (12403 North Hickory Grove rd., Dunlap, Illinois 61525 - Hickory Grove Road off Knoxville Ave, follow signs). The Festa is the major fund raiser for our four scholarship pro...

Salute! Cin cin! Cento di questi giorni! Festa Italiana at Villa Cesare in Schererville returns for a second year, and it's been expanded to three days. Highlights include a spaghetti-eating contest, a grape-stomping contest, a bocce ball tournament and lessons in making pasta and throwing pizza dough. Cesare Battisti Lodge #27 will host the eth...

The 120th Tontitown Grape Festival begins Tuesday on U.S. 412 west of Springdale with an evening of carnival rides, free live entertainment and a grape stomp. The festival will continue through Aug. 11 with other activities and food highlighting the town's Italian heritage, including the festival's infamous grape ice cream. Hundreds of volunteers o...