Italian-Americans celebrate roots with heritage festival

Sep 27, 2021 320

Although geography tends not to be the most scintillation of subjects, plenty of the folks attending the Washington Italian Heritage Festival on Saturday spent quite a bit of time looking at map. “This is the most popular thing, I think, of the whole festival,” Tina Calabro said before thinking twice and adding, “Besides the food.”

The South Strabane Township native stationed herself throughout the event at a table representing the Italian Heritage Collection at Citizens Library, stationed next to a sizable map of the national called Italia in its native language. “We have push pins and a magnifying glass, and people of Italian heritage want to look and find that town. We have such a dedication to our roots,” Calabro explained. “So it’s something we bring back every year.”

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