Saturday, August 6, 2011

2011 Wellsville Italian Festival - Day 2

Friday – August 5: Day 2 of the 2011 Wellsville Italian Festival, sponsored by the SOI Lodge #657, is now history. We have no idea of the number of people that attended last night but it was elbow-to-elbow all up and down the midway from very early on. The vendors were doing a brisk business and the SOI members were busy replenishing the roasters for the sausage and meatball sandwiches. Seemed like a steady parade of runners bringing pots loaded with replacing from their kitchen. The “Italian Steak” sandwiches were going about as fast as they could make them.

Entertainment for the evening was provided by a band called 5 D's Plus singing a mixture of Italian favorites and traditional American music numbers. Members of that group were mostly from Shadyside, OH, and it was their first appearance in Wellsville. Finishing up the evening's entertainment was Nanette Corradi with her group called Touche. Corradi is a Midland, PA, area girl with family connections in Wellsville. She had folks singing along and dancers crowding the street. A special touch was her congratulating the cancer survivors in the audience and wishing her aunt and uncle, Stormy & Frank Rivelle, a Happy 53rd Anniversary.

Tonight, Saturday, August 6, is the closing of the 15th Annual Wellsville Italian Festival. Opening ceremony is scheduled for 6 PM with the SOI scholarships to be awarded at 6:10 PM. The entertainment will start at 6:30 with Mirella Volpe. Joe LaScola's old friend Aaron Caruso is set to take the stage at 7:30. The very popular Italian tenor recently sold out Carnegie Hall with his concert there. He has a great voice and is very popular with the ladies. Finishing out the evening will be the extremely popular local band Route 45. They are schedule to go on at 9:30 and they bring their own crowd. You'll want to get there early to get a spot to enjoy it all.

See ya there...

ole nib

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