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Eat and Drink Your Way Through Italy at Festa Italiana July 22-24, 2016

July 18, 2016 | News Release | Permalink

Festa Italiana brings Italy to Milwaukee’s lakefront featuring Italian flag-throwers, food, culture, entertainment, attractions and Bartolotta fireworks every night!

 

 Milwaukee, Wisconsin, July 11, 2016… Festa Italiana, presented by Calypso Lemonades, brings a little piece of Italy to Milwaukee’s lakefront for the 39th annual Festa Italiana July 22-24, 2016.  Festival attendees can experience many Italian traditions including gondolas, bocce ball, a new piazza, food and entertainment, followed by the best and loudest Bartolotta Italian fireworks every evening!

 

Festa 2016 Highlights:

  • Back by popular demand are the Flag-Throwers of the Florentine!  (Sbanderatori dei Borghi e Sestieri Fiorentini).  The dynamic group of 16 will entertain audiences with a colorful show of choral exercises, music and flags symbolic of a historic Italian victory celebration!  Festa Italiana attendees can watch the Flag-Throwers of the Florentine perform throughout the Festa grounds, in the opening ceremony and weekend parades, during Sunday’s mass and procession, as well as in the T.J. Bartolotta Sports Court.  For a full schedule of performances visit: http://festaitaliana.com/entertainment/flag-throwers/

 

  • Festa is excited to also bring back a replica of the famous Trevi Fountain (sponsored by Bartolotta Restaurant Group) found in Rome Italy to this year’s festival. “La Fontana di Trevi” dates back to 19 B.C. and is a wonderful example of Baroque art.  Legend has it that if you throw a coin into the Trevi – with your back to the fountain, throwing the coin with your right hand over your left shoulder – you will be ensured a return to Rome.  Newer stories say that throwing one coin means a return to Rome, a second coin leads to a new romance and a third coin leads to marriage.

 

  • New this year Festa has created an Italian Piazza, or city square, on the North end of the grounds. The open market experience will offer Italian art, food, history, Italian Cinema, religious artifacts and a Vintage Italian Photo Exhibit sponsored by Sendik’s.  This year, explore the region Umbria and visit the Pompeii Church Exhibit which was built by Milwaukee’s immigrant Italian’s as a tribute to the Our Lady of Pompeii Catholic Church.  Festa-goers can also discover where they are from at the Genealogy Exhibit.  By using resources available online and in private databases, guest can learn how to find more information on their Italian famiglia!

 

  • Paint and Sip Alfresco at Festa! You can’t fully enjoy Italy without appreciating art. Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Raphael all made their mark during the Italian Renaissance. Italian art is known all over the world and has produced many great painters, architects and sculptors. Arté Bar and Paint Lounge, of Wauwatosa, will be hosting its first ever Paint & Sip Lounge at Festa Saturday and Sunday in the Palermo’s Stage from 2-6 p.m.  Guests can create their own 8” x 8” Italian-themed masterpiece from one of two themed designs for $6.

 

  • Festa will be hosting the Vince Lombardi Walk/Run to Tackle Cancer Saturday, July 23. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m.  Runners and walkers receive free admission into Festa and guest passes are available for $5 from 7:30 a.m. – Noon.  Visit LombardiWalk.org to register today!

 

  • Tour the sights at Festa Italiana! Marvel at Festa’s replica of the famous Coliseum Display – the iconic symbol of imperial Rome, take a trip to the Marco Venetian Tower Display – representing the bell tower of St. Mark’s Basilica located in the Piazza San Marco in Venice’s principal public square, and get a picture with the Statue of David Replica – Michelangelo’s famous masterpiece.  Festa’s replica emulates the 17 feet tall original!

 

  • New food items guests can look forward to include: Divino Wine & Dine’s Wild Boar Ragu with Pasta; Trattoria di Carlo’s Bruschetta, Penne Alfredo with Matarocco, and Chicken Sausage Sandwich with Tomato Basil; and Cataldo’s Bruschetta Pork Sandwich, Meat and Cheese Platter and Ice Cream Puff, yum! Complete food menus can be downloaded at: http://festaitaliana.com/fooddrink/menus.

 

 

  • Pizza lovers will rejoice as pizza is a theme at this year’s festival. Scrima’s Pizza, out of Waukesha, will be serving pizza in their wood-fired oven from Italy, which is new this year.  Festa has not had a wood-fired pizza oven on the grounds for a few years now.  Also new Angelo’s Pizza is preparing handmade pizzas as well as Chicago style stuffed pizza – whole or by the slice.  Palermo’s Pizza is returning with their pizza truck selling a variety of pizzas.  Mangia Mangia!

 

  • Fun for the Whole Famiglia! Festa offers fun-filled activities and attractions for kids and adults to enjoy, including a FREE CARNIVAL, splash zone, LEGO activities tent, parade through the grounds Saturday and Sunday at 5:00 PM, and daily performances on the Children’s Stage. Children 12 and under are FREE all three days of Festa.

 

Music Headliners

  • Jackie Evancho (BMO Harris Pavilion July 24):  15-year old singing sensation, Jackie Evancho first dazzled American television audiences at age 10 gaining global recognition with her stunning debut on NBC’s America’s Got Talent.  Named runner-up, she was immediately signed by Columbia Records and has established herself as a force within the classical crossover genre.  Her unique, gorgeous, soprano voice has won her millions of fans all over the world.  Currently, Evancho is getting ready to release her 4th studio album.

 

Tickets for Jackie Evancho are on sale now and include Festa admission before and after the show.  Tickets can be purchased at the Marcus Amphitheater Box Office and online at Ticketmaster.comA ticket convenience fee will be added to all Ticketmaster.com purchases

What do you get when you combine all the smash hit music of two great American classic rock artists BOSTON and STYX into one power-packed show?  The answer is BOSTYX, a completely unique act that performs the feel-good, highly-polished hit music which dominated radio in the 70s and 80s.  BOSTYX features lead vocalist and guitarist David Victor formerly of the actual multi-platinum band BOSTON and a spectacular lineup of LA’s finest professional musicians.  BOSTYX performs all the best-loved hits including “More Than a Feeling”, “Come Sail Away”, “Lady” and “Foreplay / Long Time” and also delves into deeper album cuts like STYX’s “Crystal Ball” and BOSTON’s “A Man I’ll Never Be”, a fan-favorite song that BOSTON has not performed live since the 1980s.

 

JOHN MICHAEL COPPOLA is best known for his appearance in Chicago’s Broadway smash hit, JERSEY BOYS. He has since gone on to create an irresistible concert of everyone’s favorite tunes from Sinatra to Springsteen and everyone in between, including artists such as Dion and the Belmonts, Michael Bublè, The Beatles, The Blues Brothers, Stevie Wonder and Queen to name a few.  Immediately following, the Midwest’s only tribute dedicated to recreating the music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, THE FOUR C NOTES (created by Mr. Coppola) will take the stage.  Audiences at Festa can sing along with THE FOUR C NOTES to “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t’ Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You,” and “Let’s Hang On,” to name a few favorites.  These are two shows not to be missed!

 

With over 25 years of international touring experience under their belts, Hotel California is the original Eagles tribute show in North America. The Eagles scored seven number one singles, six Grammy’s, five American Music Awards and six number one albums. They are one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time…selling 150 million records. You’ll hear all of The Eagles hits, remarkably replicated, in this spectacular show at Festa Italiana!

One of Festa’s most popular acts, The Bronx Wanderers return all three nights!  A father and two sons living the American rock ‘n’ roll dream.  Captivating fans across the country, this returning Festa favorite delivers the best of America’s rock ‘n’ roll songbook, from the first generation right through the music of today. One part “oldies,” two parts rock ‘n’ roll, The Bronx Wanderers effortlessly create the perfect level of synergy between the generations of the music, the family and the rockin’ band that pulls it all together.

 

The Sicilian Tenors bring together three marvelous Tenor voices, each singing their own interpretation of the world’s best music in a recital format!  The Sicilian Tenors will take Festa audiences on a romantic journey from Hollywood to Broadway to Italy with operatic tenor voices singing a wide variety of marvelous songs that America loves.  Combined with light-hearted fun, this is a concert for all ages to enjoy!

 

Making their debut at Festa, Will & Anthony Nunziata are the Brooklyn-born, classically trained singing and comedy brother duo who sing fresh takes of timeless songs from pop, adult contemporary music, Broadway, Italy and beyond.  Hailed as “a nearly impossible pairing of talent, stage presence and charisma,” Will & Anthony continue to win critical and popular acclaim for their concert performances throughout the United States and around the world.  Will & Anthony will be making their Carnegie Hall debut as the headlining artists alongside Broadway stars and recordings artists Liz & Ann Hampton Callaway with the New York Pops for their annual Holiday concerts on December 16 & 17, 2016.

 

Joe Scalissi, a Midwesterner of Italian heritage, is an internationally recognized entertainer, best            known for his tribute to Dean Martin.  Mr. Scalissi has garnered praise from countless audiences, talent scouts and agents across the country as perhaps the most authentic and accurate portrayal         of Dean Martin known today. With visual accuracy, and backed by the full-sounding twelve-piece   Encore Orchestra, a tuxedo-clad Scalissi pays homage to Dean Martin in a manner that is both fun and believable.  And when he sings “Mambo Italiano,” in Italian no less, the dynamism of Dino is          alive and well!

 

Michéal made a lasting impression on Festa-goers in 2013 and is now back in 2016!  Representing the living embodiment of authentic Italian culture for modern North Americans and a native of Calabria, Michéal is an accomplished pop-classical crossover singer of his native songs and a purveyor of his family-made, heirloom Italian luxury products in North America.

 

Festa Italiana is excited to welcome back The Florentine Opera as they perform each day at Festa!  The Florentine Opera, the sixth oldest professional opera company in America (and founded by John David Anello as the Italian Opera Chorus in 1933 in the Third Ward) will return to its roots by performing acts from two of Italian Operas greatest masterpieces – Act 4 of Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto and Act 3 of Giacomo Puccini’s La Boheme. A cast of some of this country’s leading young opera singers will be led by tenor Rodell Rosel, who in addition to performing regularly with the Florentine, has essayed featured roles at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Metropolitan Opera, the Los Angeles Opera, and the Houston Grand Opera.

 

  • Other acts include: The Russo Brothers, Doo-Wop Daddies, Tom Sorce, Noyz Boyz and Gyrlz and Tony Spavone!  Also, members of the UW Marching Band will perform a 5th Quarter Performance for Festa-goers on Saturday and Sunday!

 

Your Ticket to Italian Flavor

Eat your way through Italy at Festa Italiana!  Italian favorites will return including pizza, Italian sausage, arancini (rice ball), toasted ravioli, fried calamari, eggplant sticks, sfincione, spiedini, meatball sandwiches and sfingi!  Saving the best for last?  Festa is the place to satisfy your sweet tooth with cannoli, Italian cookies, cappuccino puffs and fresh gelato!

 

Calling all foodies….Festa’s popular Cucina Showcase will be host to a variety of food-related activities including cooking demonstrations from some of Milwaukee’s finest chefs, the popular Cannoli Contest on Saturday, July 23 at 3:30 p.m. and the Kid’s Pizza Making Contest (Ages 5-17) on Sunday, July 24 beginning at 3:00 p.m.  Don’t miss the Third Annual Chef’s Choice Recipe Contest on Sunday, July 24.  Organizers this year are accepting baked goods, including pie, cookies, cake or bread.  Contestants can bring their favorite baked good to the Cucina Showcase between 1-4 p.m. At approximately 6 p.m., a panel of judges, which includes Andrew Schneider with Le Reve Patisserie, Maria Sali with Peter Sciortino’s Bakery and Marilynn Mee with WKLH, will sample each entry in front of a live audience and the winner will receive the Golden Spoon Award!

 

Sipping also goes with eating!  Festivalgoers can enjoy some of Italy’s finest wines and wine tents throughout the grounds, provided by LoDuca Wines and Corvina Wine Company.  Wine coolers, wine cocktails and wine flights will also be available! In fact, you may also catch Tarantella dancing at the regional wine tent along the lakefront as an added bonus!  For wine selections and menus, please visit: http://festaitaliana.com/fooddrink/wine-tasting/

 

Festivalgoers can also enjoy Limoncello, Campari, Sambuca, Negroni cocktail and Bellini cocktails at the Limoncello Bar located in the Piazza!

 

Your Ticket to Fun – Italian Style!

The traditional Italian game of Bocce Ball will return daily with the highly anticipated Bocce Ball Tournament taking place on Sunday, July 24.  Take in Festa from the water’s view on a gondola ride and don’t miss the loudest Italian-style Bartolotta fireworks every night beginning at approximately 10:30 p.m.!  The Copa Festa Italiana Futsal tournament will return on Saturday from noon – 6 p.m. at the T.J. Bartolotta Sports Court and Italian Idol will crown its karaoke king or queen on Sunday, July 24!

 

Your Ticket to Italian Tradition

The traditional Festa Italiana Sunday Mass and Procession will be led by Father Michael Hammer at 11:00 a.m. Sunday, July 24 at the Marcus Amphitheater. The Mass is followed by a procession of societies and patron saints, concluded with benediction on the festival grounds.  Attendees are encouraged to bring three (3) non-perishable food items to be donated to Hunger Task Force to help the Milwaukee Ethnic Festivals reach their goal of collecting 160,000 pounds of food this summer under “The Fests Feed Milwaukee” initiative.

 

Daily Admission Information/Deals

 

Festa Italiana offers plenty of ways to visit the festival!   Purchase your advance tickets online today at www.festaitaliana.com through July 21 for a discounted rate of $10.00.

 

  • Admission tickets are $13.00 at the gate and children ages 12 and under are admitted free for all three days when accompanied by an adult.
  • Ride TaxiMKE to Festa for One (1) Free Festa Ticket! Get one free admission ticket to Festa when you take TaxiMKE to the grounds.  Make sure to visit the TaxiMKE booth on the grounds for other promotions!  Call 414-220-5000 or download the TaxiMKE app.

Friday

  • Gates open 11:30 a.m. – Midnight.
  • BOGO – Buy 1 Ticket Get 1 Free 2-7 P.M. Bring a friend to Festa and enjoy one free admission. Available at the gate only.
  • 11:00 a.m. – 2 p.m. is VIP Day for those with physical challenges along with their caregivers. Receive free admission, half-price on two selected food items.  Advanced VIP ticket needed.  Please purchase tickets at the Italian Community Center.
  • Sendik’s Red Bag Promotion Noon – 6 P.M. All patrons arriving from Noon – 6 P.M. presenting a Sendik’s red shopping bag will receive one (1) FREE admission ticket.  Red bags will be collected upon enterance to the grounds at the main gate.
  • Goodwill Promotion 2 P.M. – 6 P.M. – A receipt from Goodwill stores allows for free entry from 2:00 – 6:00 P.M.
  • Receive a Catholic Financial Life knapsack beginning at 2:00 P.M. while supplies last.

Saturday

  • Gates open 11:30 a.m. – Midnight.
  • Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation Walk/Run – 7:30 A.M. Walkers and runners receive free entry into Festa Italiana.  Guest passes are also available for $5 from 7:30 A.M. – Noon.
  • Sendik’s Red Bag Promotion Noon – 4 P.M. All patrons arriving from Noon – 4 P.M. presenting a Sendik’s red shopping bag will receive one (1) FREE admission ticket.  Red bags will be collected upon enterance to the grounds at the main gate.
  • Receive a Catholic Financial Life knapsack beginning at 11:30 A.M. while supplies last.

 

Sunday

  • Gates open 11:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
  • 10:15 a.m. – Gates open for Festa Italiana Mass, please bring non-perishable food items to support Hunger Task Force
  • Day of Service: Firefighters, Law Enforcement, Teachers and Military receive free admission for the individual of service and one guest. To receive your free entry, present a vaild employee ID at the cashier window at the main gate.  Active and former military members and one guest can receive free entry with a valid military ID or DD-214 with valid ID at the cashier window at the main gate. 

 

Don’t miss Festa Italiana’s annual raffle!  Purchase tickets for a chance to win a first place cash prize of $5,000.  Costs for tickets are 7 for $10, 3 for $5 and 1 for $2.  Purchase on the Festa grounds or in advance at the Italian Community Center.

 

For more information on the festival, please visit www.FestaItaliana.com

 

Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind Festa tradition! Purchase your advance ticket today for $10, now through July 21, at http://www.festaitaliana.com.  For ticket questions, please call 414-223-2808.

Flag-Throwers of the Florentine Return for the 39th Annual Festa Italiana!

June 10, 2016 | News Release | Permalink

One of Italy’s most honored traditions returns to the 2016 festival

 

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, June 9, 2016… Festa Italiana announced today that, direct from Italy, The Flag-Throwers of the Florentine (Sbanderatori dei Borghi e Sestieri Fiorentini) will be back by popular demand to perform at the 39th Annual Festa Italiana, taking place July 22–24, 2016 at Henry W. Maier Festival Park. This dynamic group of 16 will entertain audiences daily with a colorful show of choral exercises, music and flags symbolic of an historic Italian victory celebration!

 

 

“We’re thrilled and honored to again welcome the Flag-Throwers of the Florentine back to Festa Italiana 2016! Last year, the group of 16 elite flag-throwers amazed Festa attendees young and old,” said Joe Vella, Italian Community Center president and chairperson of Festa Italiana. “While performing, the flag-throwers bring our famiglia back-in-time to glimpse Italian history in action. Simply put, Festa wouldn’t be the same without this incredible and truly authentic experience.”

 
Festa Italiana attendees can watch the Flag-Throwers of the Florentine perform throughout the Festa grounds, in the opening ceremony and weekend parades, during Sunday’s mass and procession, as well as in the T.J. Bartolotta Sports Court during the following times:
 

Friday, July 22: 8:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 23: 8 – 9 p.m.
Sunday, July 24: 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

 

About the Flag-Throwers of the Florentine
In the 11th and 12th centuries, flag-throwers accompanied armies frequently battling for control of territories and political supremacy throughout central and northern Italy. Since soldiers had no uniforms, the flag was the sole element of recognition, a source of civic pride and a useful tool for communication between army units. The flag itself was of utmost importance, and the brave flag-bearers had the obligation to protect their flag with their lives, if necessary, and to never let the flag fall into enemy hands.

 

Now, in the 21st century, the Flag-Throwers of the Florentine districts and villages (Sbanderatori dei Borghi e Sestieri Fiorentini) come to Festa Italiana to illustrate the allure of this ancient tradition. During each performance, the flag-throwers demonstrate select formations and exercises guided by the rhythm of drums and horns – all in unison! Festivalgoers are transported into medieval battle, watching banner waves and choreography meant to signal danger or triumph. The military connection associated with the original flag-throwers is also manifested through specific characteristics within the group: only men are allowed; the flag is worn with pride and respect; and the movements are precise and strict. By using flags with wooden rods and specially embroidered drapes, the group also remains faithful to flag-throwing tradition. Their name refers to both the bond with the city of Florence and the surrounding area, while the blue and red costumes symbolize the two factions of the city that made up the army – blue represents noble families and red represents the people.

 

To see the flag-throwers in action at last year’s Festa Italiana, visit http://festaitaliana.com/2015/04/Flag-Throwers-of-Florence.mp4.

 

More information about the Flag-Throwers of the Florentine can also be found on their website at http://www.sbandieratori.it/LENG/Z2/C25395-1/hhcm-Home.html or Facebook page!

 

Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind Festa tradition! Purchase your advance ticket today for $10, now through July 21, at http://www.festaitaliana.com. For ticket questions, please call 414-223-2808.

Festa Italiana’s Chef’s Choice Recipe Contest Returns with a Twist

June 2, 2016 | News Release | Permalink

Cucina Showcase is accepting baked goods to be judged by live panel Sunday, July 24; Seeking a new cannoli champion and kids pizza contest returns!

 

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, June 2, 2016… Festa Italiana, presented by Calypso Lemonades, is calling upon foodies everywhere to participate in its Third Chef’s Choice Recipe Contest taking place Sunday, July 24 in the Cucina Showcase.

 

This year, Festa Italiana organizers have made some new and exciting changes to annual recipe contest.  Instead of accepting Italian appetizers, organizers are accepting favorite baked goods, including pie, cookies, cake or bread.  Contestants can bring their favorite baked good to the Cucina Showcase on Sunday, July 24 between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. and are encouraged to attach the recipe with each item.  No prepared mixes can be used, and entries should be brought in disposable containers.

 

At approximately 6 p.m., a panel of judges will sample each entry in front of a live Cucina audience.  Each entry will be judged on taste and appearance.

 

The winner of the Chef’s Choice Recipe Contest will receive the third Golden Spoon Award, along with other food-related prizes.

 

Please include the following information in your submission: cook’s name, cook’s email, address, phone number, recipe title and recipe.  Recipes should include ingredients, measurements, step-by-step preparation, cooking directions and a photo of the dish when finished.

 

If you have any questions, please contact Cucina Manager Marie Lieber at marie@tshglaw.com.

 

For more information about the Chef’s Choice Recipe Contest and how to enter, please visit www.FestaItaliana.com or http://festaitaliana.com/cucina-showcase/chefs-choice-recipe-contest/

 

 

Cucina Showcase Activities

The Cucina Showcase will again play host to a variety of fun-filled food activities at this year’s Festa!  This year, Festa is looking to crown a new cannoli champion on Saturday, July 23!  Individuals 18 years or older are welcome to register, simply visit the Cucina Showcase on Saturday to enter your name in the drawing by 3:00 p.m.  The contest will kick off at approximately 3:30 p.m.  All cannoli is provided by the Vella family of Peter Sciortino Bakery on Brady Street.  Don’t miss this epic foodie battle!

 

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The Kids Pizza Making Contest sponsored by Divino Wine and Dine returns on Sunday, July 24 and Festa invites all children ages 5-9 and 10-17 to participate.  The annual contest is a fun way for children to create fresh, made-from-scratch pizza in front of the live Cucina Showcase audience.  Winners for each age group will receive a prize basket filled with foodie-inspired prizes.  For more information, please visit: http://festaitaliana.com/fooddrink/kids-pizza-contest/

 

 

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A full Cucina Showcase Schedule will be released in the coming weeks.

 

Tickets for Festa Italiana are now on sale.  Purchase your advance ticket for $10 now through July 21 at http://www.festaitaliana.com.  For ticket questions, please call 414-223-2808.

 

About Festa Italiana

The 39th annual Festa Italiana takes place at Henry W. Maier Festival Park (Summerfest grounds) on Milwaukee’s lakefront.  The festival runs Friday, July 22, to Sunday, July 24.

 

Festa Italiana is the largest Italian event of its kind in America today.  The Festival began in 1978 for the purpose of reuniting an Italian community torn apart by urban renewal projects and was the first ethnic festival in Milwaukee. Today, several ethic festivals are celebrated on Milwaukee’s lakefront and the city is now widely known as the City of Festivals.  Through the dedication of more than 2,000 volunteers, the annual Festa Italiana has become a favorite family event to Milwaukee and surrounding areas.

 

Advanced Tickets for Festa Italiana are on sale now.  Purchase your advance online ticket for $10 through July 21 at http://www.festaitaliana.com.  For ticket questions, please call 414-223-2808.

 

Please follow Festa Italiana on Twitter @FestaMKE and become a fan of Festa Italiana on  Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/festaitalianamilwaukee.  For more information on the festival, please visit www.FestaItaliana.com or call 414-223-2808.  

Vince Lombardi Walk/Run to Tackle Cancer comes to Festa Italiana 2016

May 12, 2016 | News Release | Permalink

For the first time, Festa Italiana celebrates Coach Lombardi’s Italian heritage by partnering with Lombardi Walk/Run

 

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Milwaukee – May 12, 2016 – Festa Italiana announced today that the 29th annual Milwaukee Vince Lombardi Walk/Run to Tackle Cancer will be held for the first time at Festa Italiana 2016. The 3K Walk/5K Run, which supports local cancer care and research initiatives, will be Saturday, July 23, 2016 and will celebrate Coach Lombardi’s treasured Italian heritage.

 

All proceeds from the Lombardi Walk/Run to Tackle Cancer support local Aurora Cancer Care programs and are eligible for a 50 percent match from the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation.

 

“We’re thrilled to bring the memory and legacy of this Wisconsin legend to Milwaukee’s original ethnic festival,” said Joe Vella, president of the Italian Community Center and chairperson of Festa Italiana. “We can’t imagine a better partnership that not only commemorates Vince Lombardi’s strong Italian roots, but also fights for an extremely worthy cause.”

 

Early registration for the Walk/Run is $30 per adult runner ($35 after June 23) and $25 for adult walkers ($30 after June 23). For children ages 3-12, the 3K Walk is $15 (children 2 and under are free). Guest passes are available for $5 until noon.  Participating runners and walkers receive free admission into Festa, as well as have access to $5 parking in the Italian Community Center parking lot from 6:30 – 10:00 a.m.

 

Green Bay Packers alumni, Santana Dotson and Jerry Kramer, will also be in attendance during the Walk/Run.

 

The schedule for the 2016 Vince Lombardi Walk/Run to Tackle Cancer at Festa Italiana is as follows:

 

7:30 a.m. Registration opens (North Gate)
9:30 a.m. Run begins
10:00 a.m. Walk begins
11:00 a.m. to Noon Post Walk/Run festivities at the Festa Stage
11:30 a.m. Run awards, 50/50 raffle and Kesslers Diamond Quarterback Awards
Noon to 2:00 p.m. Lombardi Food Hour! 10 percent of each purchase will benefit the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation

 

Check out the 2016 Lombardi Walk/Run to Tackle Cancer at Festa Italiana webpage or call  414-649-7019 to register and to start building your team today. Fundraising prizes will be available at varying levels after the event. Information about the prizes is also available on the Walk/Run webpage.

 

“The entire Lombardi team is proud to honor Coach’s Italian heritage and partner with Festa Italiana,” said Erin Hareng, executive director of the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation. “We’re looking forward to a fun day of celebrating with our friends at Festa, all while raising funds for local cancer care and research.”

 

The Vince Lombard Walk/Run to Tackle Cancer is one of numerous activities available during Festa Italiana. For more information about the traditional Sunday mass, where there will be a special Lombardi blessing, the Bocce tournament, free family carnival, Cucina showcase, gondola rides, and more, please visit http://festaitaliana.com/.

 

About Festa Italiana Presented by Calypso Lemonades

The 39th annual Festa Italiana takes place at Henry W. Maier Festival Park (Summerfest grounds) on Milwaukee’s lakefront.  The festival runs Friday, July 22, to Sunday, July 24.

 

Festa Italiana is the largest Italian event of its kind in America today. The Festival began in 1978 for the purpose of reuniting an Italian community torn apart by urban renewal projects and was the first ethnic festival in Milwaukee. Today, several ethnic festivals are celebrated on Milwaukee’s lakefront and the city is now widely known as the City of Festivals. Through the dedication of more than 2,000 volunteers, the annual Festa Italiana has become a favorite family event to Milwaukee and surrounding areas.

 

Advanced Tickets for Festa Italiana are on sale now. Purchase your advance online ticket for $10 through July 21 at http://www.festaitaliana.com. For ticket questions, please call 414-223-2808.

 

Please follow Festa Italiana on Twitter @FestaMKE and become a fan of Festa Italiana on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/festaitalianamilwaukee. For more information on the festival, please visit www.FestaItaliana.com or call 414-223-2808.

 

 

Festa Italiana Brings Back $7 for 7 Days Ticket Deal Starting April 18-24; Announces Major Entertainment Attractions

April 13, 2016 | News Release | Permalink

Line-Up Features Jackie Evancho, BOSTYX, Hotel California, The Bronx Wanderers, The Sicilian Tenors, Will & Anthony, John Michael Coppola and THE FOUR C NOTES and Dean Martin Tribute

 

7 for 7 days 

 

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, April 13, 2016 – Festa Italiana, presented by Calypso Lemonades, is encouraging festivalgoers to purchase their ticket to Italian food, entertainment and fun April 18-24 as part of its $7 for 7 Days Spring Fever Ticket Deal.  The special $7 for 7 Days Spring Fever Ticket Deal is available online only at http://festaitaliana.com/tickets.

 

Running for 7 days during April, May and June, attendees can take advantage of the Spring Fever Deal April 18-24, May 16-22 and June 13-19.  Excluding other special promotions, advance $10 online tickets are also now on sale until July 21, 2016.  General admission is $13 at the gate.

 

Your Ticket to Entertainment at Festa Italiana!

Festival organizers also announced today the line-up of major entertainment attractions performing at Festa Italiana, taking place July 22 – 24, 2016 at Henry W. Maier Festival Park (Summerfest grounds).

 

Headliners Include:

  • Jackie Evancho (BMO Harris Pavilion July 24):  15 year old singing sensation, Jackie Evancho first dazzled American television audiences at age 10 gaining global recognition with her stunning debut on NBC’s America’s Got Talent.  Named runner-up, she was immediately signed by Columbia Records and has established herself as a force within the classical crossover genre.  Her unique, gorgeous, soprano voice has won her millions of fans all over the world.  Currently, Evancho is getting ready to release her 4th studio album later this year. Her current single and video, “Writings On The Wall,” a Sam Smith cover debuted last month.

 

Tickets for Jackie Evancho are on sale now and include Festa admission before and after the show.  Tickets can be purchased at the Marcus Amphitheater Box Office and online at Ticketmaster.com.  A ticket convenience fee will be added to all Ticketmaster.com purchases

 

What do you get when you combine all the smash hit music of two great American classic rock artists BOSTON and STYX into one power-packed show?  The answer is BOSTYX, a completely unique act that performs the feel-good, highly-polished hit music which dominated radio in the 70s and 80s.  BOSTYX features lead vocalist and guitarist David Victor formerly of the actual multi-platinum band BOSTON and a spectacular lineup of LA’s finest professional musicians.  BOSTYX re-creates the amazing music of two classic rock icons with a full complement of world-class musicians, reproducing BOSTON’s soaring guitar harmonies and lightning-fast keyboard runs as well as the lush backing vocals and theatrical style of STYX. BOSTYX performs all the best-loved hits including “More Than a Feeling”, “Come Sail Away”, “Lady” and “Foreplay / Long Time” and also delves into deeper album cuts like STYX’s “Crystal Ball” and BOSTON’s “A Man I’ll Never Be”, a fan-favorite song that BOSTON has not performed live since the 1980s.

 

JOHN MICHAEL COPPOLA is best known for his appearance in Chicago’s Broadway smash hit, JERSEY BOYS. He has since gone on to create an irresistible concert of everyone’s favorite tunes from Sinatra to Springsteen and everyone in between, including artists such as Dion and the Belmonts, Michael Bublè, The Beatles, The Blues Brothers, Stevie Wonder and Queen to name a few.  Immediately following, the Midwest’s only tribute dedicated to recreating the music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, THE FOUR C NOTES (created by Mr. Coppola) will take the stage.  Audiences at Festa can sing along with THE FOUR C NOTES to “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t’ Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You,” and “Let’s Hang On,” to name a few favorites.  These are two shows not to be missed!

 

With over 25 years of international touring experience under their belts, Hotel California is the original Eagles tribute show in North America. They have shared the stage with such headliners as The Doobie Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Gretchen Wilson and many more International Artists. They’ve performed in Dubai, Japan, India, Bermuda and continue to sell out Theatres & Casinos throughout North America. The Eagles scored seven number one singles, six Grammy’s, five American Music Awards and six number one albums. They are one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time…selling 150 million records. You’ll hear all of The Eagles hits, remarkably replicated, in this spectacular show at Festa Italiana!

One of Festa’s most popular acts, The Bronx Wanderers return all three nights!  A father and two sons living the American rock ‘n’ roll dream.  Captivating fans across the country, this returning Festa favorite delivers the best of America’s rock ‘n’ roll songbook, from the first generation right through the music of today. One part “oldies,” two parts rock ‘n’ roll, The Bronx Wanderers effortlessly create the perfect level of synergy between the generations of the music, the family and the rockin’ band that pulls it all together. United by their passion for great music, former gold-record producer Yo’ Vinny along with sons Vinny “The Kid” and Nicky “Stix” form the heart and soul of this pitch perfect band that delivers a non-stop barrage of hit after hit. When the 20-year-olds in the crowd are jumping right alongside the 70-year-olds, you know it’s no ordinary concert!

 

The Sicilian Tenors bring together three marvelous Tenor voices, each singing their own interpretation of the world’s best music in a recital format!  The Sicilian Tenors will take Festa audiences on a romantic journey from Hollywood to Broadway to Italy with operatic tenor voices singing a wide variety of marvelous songs that America loves.  Combined with light-hearted fun, this is a concert for all ages to enjoy!

 

Making their debut at Festa, Will & Anthony Nunziata are the Brooklyn-born, classically trained singing and comedy brother duo who sing fresh takes of timeless songs from pop, adult contemporary music, Broadway, Italy and beyond.  Hailed as “a nearly impossible pairing of talent, stage presence and charisma,” Will & Anthony continue to win critical and popular acclaim for their concert performances throughout the United States and around the world.  Will & Anthony will be making their Carnegie Hall debut as the headlining artists alongside Broadway stars and recordings artists Liz & Ann Hampton Callaway with the New York Pops for their annual Holiday concerts on December 16 & 17, 2016.

 

Joe Scalissi, a Midwesterner of Italian heritage, is an internationally recognized entertainer, best known for his tribute to Dean Martin.  Mr. Scalissi has garnered praise from countless           audiences, talent scouts and agents across the country as perhaps the most authentic and accurate portrayal of Dean Martin known today. With visual accuracy, and backed by the full-sounding twelve-piece Encore Orchestra, a tuxedo-clad Scalissi pays homage to Dean Martin in a manner that is both fun and believable.  And when he sings “Mambo Italiano,” in  Italian no less, the dynamism of Dino is alive and well!

Michéal made a lasting impression on Festa-goers in 2013 and is now back in 2016!  Representing the living embodiment of authentic Italian culture for modern North Americans and a native of Calabria, Michéal is an accomplished pop-classical crossover singer of his native songs and a purveyor of his family-made, heirloom Italian luxury products in North America.  A lifetime of Italian living has brought a smooth texture, rich flavor and romantic hue to Michéal’s Italian crossover music.  As a vocalist, he has toured North America and Europe and in 2012 was chosen third among “Europe’s Best Crossover Performers.”  He began singing in church when he was 9 years old and went on to study music at Berklee College of Music in Boston. His passionate performances consistently transport audiences to his native Italian world of beauty and sweeping romanticism. His loyal fans truly believe his voice has healing powers.

 

Festa Italiana is excited to welcome back The Florentine Opera as they perform each day at Festa!  The Florentine Opera, the sixth oldest professional opera company in America (and founded by John David Anello as the Italian Opera Chorus in 1933 in the Third Ward) will return to its roots by performing acts from two of Italian Operas greatest masterpieces – Act 4 of Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto and Act 3 of Giacomo Puccini’s La Boheme. A cast of some of this country’s leading young opera singers will be led by tenor Rodell Rosel, who in addition to performing regularly with the Florentine, has essayed featured roles at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Metropolitan Opera, the Los Angeles Opera, and the Houston Grand Opera.  Mr. Rosel made quite a splash performing Italian favorites at last year’s Festa. The cast will be directed by the Florentine’s General Director, William Florescu with music direction by the Florentine’s Scott Stewart. Complete with costumes, narrative and intermission, Festa audiences can sit back and enjoy the beautiful performance of The Florentine Opera!

 

Don’t miss other Festa Favorites including The Russo Brothers, Doo-Wop Daddies, Tom Sorce, Noyz Boyz and Gyrlz and Tony Spavone!

 

Members of the UW Marching Band will also be performing a 5th Quarter performance for Festa-goers on Saturday and Sunday!  Some of these students have represented the University of Madison at the Holiday Bowl for football, at the Sweet 16 for Men’s Basketball, and Women’s Hockey Frozen Four.  The Wisconsin Band maintains a high profile among musicians and Badger enthusiasts throughout the state and region. The Varsity Band is part of this program, providing performance opportunities for University students during the winter and spring, culminating in its annual extravaganza at the Kohl Center.  They are excited to give Festa-goers their own 5th Quarter performance at Festa this summer!

 

“We are very excited about our entertainment line-up this year.  Jackie Evancho will stun audiences with her amazing voice on Sunday in the BMO Harris Pavilion and we encourage fans to purchase tickets early for this exciting concert.  All ticket purchases will support our Italian Community Center.  Attendees will be able to hear a variety of music at Festa this year, from traditional Italian favorites to rock and roll and opera – a little something for everyone to enjoy.  We are very excited about the Florentine Opera’s performance as well as it will feature a full production with sets, costumes and narratives,” said Joe Vella, Italian Community Center president and chairperson of Festa Italiana.

 

Vella added this year’s festival is shaping up to be one of the best.  “We are bringing back the very popular Trevi Fountain, bocce ball, gondola rides, free carnival rides and of course Italian food and wines.  And the best and loudest Italian-style fireworks provided by Bartolotta will go off every evening at 10:15 p.m.!  As we enter spring and start to think of summer, we encourage everyone to take advantage of our spring fever ticket deal this April, May and June and purchase their ticket to Italy!”

 

Announcements on additional acts, admission deals, new food items, attractions and cultural exhibits will be released in the upcoming weeks.  For stage information and performance times, please visit www.festaitaliana.com.

 

$7 for 7 Days Spring Fever tickets are available April 18-24, May 16-22 and June 13-19 for purchase online only at http://festaitaliana.com/tickets.  For ticket questions, please call 414-223-2808.

 

About Festa Italiana Presented by Calypso Lemonades

The 39th annual Festa Italiana takes place at Henry W. Maier Festival Park (Summerfest grounds) on Milwaukee’s lakefront.  The festival runs Friday, July 22, to Sunday, July 24.

 

Festa Italiana is the largest Italian event of its kind in America today.  The Festival began in 1978 for the purpose of reuniting an Italian community torn apart by urban renewal projects and was the first ethnic festival in Milwaukee. Today, several ethic festivals are celebrated on Milwaukee’s lakefront and the city is now widely known as the City of Festivals.  Through the dedication of more than 2,000 volunteers, the annual Festa Italiana has become a favorite family event to Milwaukee and surrounding areas.

 

Advanced Tickets for Festa Italiana are on sale now.  Purchase your advance online ticket for $10 through July 21 at http://www.festaitaliana.com.  For ticket questions, please call 414-223-2808.

 

Please follow Festa Italiana on Twitter @FestaMKE and become a fan of Festa Italiana on

Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/festaitalianamilwaukee.  For more information on the

festival, please visit www.FestaItaliana.com or call 414-223-2808. 

 

Festa Italiana is sponsored in part by Calypso Lemonade, MillerCoors, Goodwill, PyraMax Bank, Sendiks, Catholic Financial Life, Gruber Law Offices and Peter Sciortino Bakery.

Jackie Evancho to Headline BMO Harris Pavilion at Festa Italiana July 24, 2016

March 28, 2016 | News Release | Permalink

Former America’s Got Talent Star and Crossover Classic Prodigy to Wow Audiences at Festa Italiana

Jackie Evancho Headlines Sunday, July 24

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, March 28, 2016 –  Festa Italiana, presented by Calypso Lemonades, today announced that young soprano prodigy, Jackie Evancho, will headline the BMO Harris Pavilion on Sunday, July 24 at 7:00 p.m.

 

15 year old singing sensation, Jackie Evancho first dazzled American television audiences at age 10 gaining global recognition with her stunning debut on NBC’s America’s Got Talent.  Named runner-up, she was immediately signed by Columbia Records and has established herself as a force within the classical crossover genre.  Her unique, gorgeous, soprano voice has won her millions of fans all over the world.

 

Currently, Jackie is getting ready to release her 4th studio album later this year. Her current single and video, “Writings On The Wall,” a Sam Smith cover debuted last month.

 

Evancho has released a string of successful recordings including “O Holy Night,” “Dream With Me,” “Heavenly Christmas” and a rendition of “Safe and Sound” from The Hunger Games.  Her rendition of “When you Wish upon a Star” is a YouTube highlight.  In 2014 she released her third full studio album, “Awakening,” which entered the Billboard Classical Chart at number one and ended 2015 at the number three spot on Billboard’s Year End Classical Chart.  That same year, Evancho earned the number five spot on Billboard’s Classical Album Artists Chart.

 

Evancho has participated in the lighting of the National Christmas Tree in Washington, D.C., where she delighted President and Mrs. Obama, performed before 100,000 people in Russia with opera stars Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Sumi Jo prior to the opening of the St. Petersburg Economic Forum, performed in Japan before the Royal Family at the Imperial Palace and performed for the Pope during his last U.S. visit in 2015.  She performed the classic film song “Over the Rainbow” at the prestigious Songwriters Hall of Fame induction ceremony and performed as a special guest in Cirque du Soleil’s “One Night for One Drop” benefit at the Bellagio in Las Vegas in 2013.

 

Her first PBS special was one of the top pledge producing performances in PBS history.  Billboard Magazine named Evancho to their list of music movers-and-shakers under the age of 21 in 2011 and again in 2012 because her “spellbinding, operatic vocals possess a power and poignancy that often moves listeners multiple times her age to tears.”  Other achievements include acting in Robert Redford’s The Company You Keep alongside Susan Sarandon, Shia LeBeouf and Nick Nolte and starring in the Fall 2012 GUESS Kids clothing campaign.

 

Tickets for Jackie Evancho are $78, $48 and $22 and go on sale Friday, April 1 at 10:00 a.m.  Tickets include Festa admission before and after the show and can be purchased at the Marcus Amphitheater Box Office and online at Ticketmaster.com.  A ticket convenience fee will be added to all purchases. 

 

For more information on Jackie Evancho, please visit: http://jackieevancho.com/

To View Images of Jackie Evancho, please visit: http://jackieevancho.com/photo-gallery/

 

For more information on the festival, please visit www.FestaItaliana.com

 

About Festa Italiana Presented by Calypso Lemonades

The 39th annual Festa Italiana takes place at Henry W. Maier Festival Park (Summerfest grounds) on Milwaukee’s lakefront.  The festival runs Friday, July 22, to Sunday, July 24.

Festa Italiana is the largest Italian event of its kind in America today.  The Festival began in 1978 for the purpose of reuniting an Italian community torn apart by urban renewal projects and was the first ethnic festival in Milwaukee. Today, several ethic festivals are celebrated on Milwaukee’s lakefront and the city is now widely known as the City of Festivals.  Through the dedication of more than 2,000 volunteers, the annual Festa Italiana has become a favorite family event to Milwaukee and surrounding areas.

 

Advanced Tickets for Festa Italiana go on sale April 1, 2016.  Purchase your advance ticket for $10 through July 21 at http://www.festaitaliana.com.  For ticket questions, please call 414-223-2808.

 

Please follow Festa Italiana on Twitter @FestaMKE and become a fan of Festa Italiana on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/festaitalianamilwaukee.  For more information on the festival, please visit www.FestaItaliana.com or call 414-223-2808. 

 

Festa Italiana is sponsored in part by Calypso Lemonade, MillerCoors, Goodwill, PyraMax Bank, Sendiks, Catholic Financial Life, Gruber Law Offices and Peter Sciortino Bakery.

 

 

Festa Italiana Introduces New Lombardi Sports Auction & Lounge to Benefit Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation; Jerry Kramer Available for Signing on Sunday

July 6, 2015 | News Release | Permalink

Presented by Annex Wealth Management, attendees can bid on historic memorabilia provided by Legends of the Field all three days of Festa!

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin, July 1, 2015… Festa Italiana presented by Calypso Lemonades is excited to bring the Lombardi Sports Auction & Lounge, presented by Annex Wealth Management, to this year’s festival taking place July 17-19, 2015 at Henry W. Maier Festival Park. Located in the MillerCoors VIP courtyard, the auction and lounge will allow attendees to browse unique historic and authentic memorabilia provided by Legends of the Field.

 

Special guest Jerry Kramer, legendary Green Bay Packer, will join the Lombardi Sports Auction & Lounge at 1 p.m. on Sunday, July 19. Kramer, a supporter of the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation, will be available for signing opportunities and will meet-n-greet with Festa-goers in the Lounge.

 

Auction items include a Mike Holmgren Autographed Green Bay Packers Replica Helmet, Giannis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee Bucks Autographed Stretched Canvas, Brett Favre and Bart Starr Dual Autographed Framed Legends of Lambeau Tim Spransy 26×32 Lithograph, Bart Starr Autographed Framed 18×24 Green Bay Packers LE 550 Litho and Clay Matthews Autographed Riddell Packers Authentic Speed Helmet, to name a few.

 

The Sports Auction & Lounge will be open from 4-8 p.m. Friday, July 17, and from 1-8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, July 18-19. Final auction items will close at 8 p.m. on Sunday, July 19. While browsing, attendees are able to enjoy Peroni, learn more about the Vince Lombardi Foundation and his connection to the Italian community. Also available will be a limited edition Festa/Lombardi t-shirt to wear with pride, with all proceeds benefitting the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation.

 

“We’re very excited to partner with the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation at this year’s Festa. The Lombardi Lounge and Sports Auction will offer attendees the opportunity to bid on some special items and also come to know the history of Vince Lombardi and his ties to the Italian community. We hope everyone stops by, enjoys a Peroni and helps us support a great cause,” said Dave Spano, president and CEO of Annex Wealth Management and sponsor of the Lombardi Lounge and Sports Auction.

 

“Cancer impacts too many in our community, and we know that it takes a team to tackle the disease. Our team is thrilled to join the Festa Italiana family, as they embrace this cause,” said Erin Hareng, executive director of the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation. “Honoring the tradition of a great coach, we’ve got a great team built to win cancer.”

 

There is no cost to access the VIP auction. Attendees can purchase a Vince Lombardi package for $25 that includes a first-ever vintage Italian inspired t-shirt, Peroni glass and Peroni drink voucher. T-shirts are also available for purchase at the Sports Auction & Lounge and online at: http://festaitaliana.com/activities/sports-auction/.

Tickets for Festa Italiana are now on sale. Purchase your advance ticket for $10 now through July 16 at http://www.festaitaliana.com. For ticket questions, please call 414-223-2808.

 

About the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation

The Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation began in 1971 to honor the legendary coach who passed away from colon cancer at the young age of 57. Through its partnership with Aurora Health Care, the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation has contributed more than $18 million to support cancer services and research at Aurora Cancer Care clinics across Wisconsin. For more information about the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation, visit www.LombardiFoundation.org.

 

About Festa Italiana Presented by Calypso Lemonades

The 38th annual Festa Italiana takes place at Henry W. Maier Festival Park (Summerfest grounds) on Milwaukee’s lakefront. The festival runs Friday, July 17, to Sunday, July 19.

 

Festa Italiana is the largest Italian event of its kind in America today. The Festival began in 1978 for the purpose of reuniting an Italian community torn apart by urban renewal projects and was the first ethnic festival in Milwaukee. Today, several ethic festivals are celebrated on Milwaukee’s lakefront and the city is now widely known as the City of Festivals. Through the dedication of more than 2,000 volunteers, the annual Festa Italiana has become a favorite family event to Milwaukee and surrounding areas.

 

Please follow Festa Italiana on Twitter @FestaMKE and become a fan of Festa Italiana on

Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/festaitalianamilwaukee. For more information on the

festival, please visit www.FestaItaliana.com or call 414-223-2808. 

 

Festa Italiana is sponsored in part by Calypso Lemonade, MillerCoors, PyraMax Bank, Greco and Sons, Major Goolsby’s, Sendiks, Catholic Financial Life, Gruber Law Offices, Red Gold Tomato Products, Frigo Cheese, Annex Wealth Management, Peter Sciortino Bakery, Giuffre Bros. Cranes, The Bartolotta Restaurants, Pick ‘n Save, Reina International Auto, Harley-Davidson Motor Company, International Autos Group, Country Financial and the Public Market.

Sights of Festa Selfie Contest

July 1, 2015 | News Release | Permalink

Selfie 1 (1)Capture all the moments of your tour around Festa’s Italy with our Sights of Festa Selfie Contest!

 

Travel around the grounds visiting all of our Italian landmarks, including the Trevi Fountain, Statue of David, Regional Wine Tents, Colosseum, Gondolas, Frank Sinatra Replica, Flag Throwers, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Roman Guard and “Arancini” Rice Balls. To remember your trip, snap a selfie and then post the photo on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with #FestaMKE for a chance to win $100 in gift cards from Festa vendors.

 

The more photos you share with your Festa famiglia, the more times you’re entered to win and the more Italian you’ll feel! Buona fortuna!

FESTA TO HELP MAKE WISHES COME TRUE WITH TREVI FOUNTAIN REPLICA

June 30, 2015 | News Release | Permalink

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A replica of the famous Trevi Fountain will be on display at Festa Italiana this year, and event attendees will get the chance to contribute to a wish by tossing coins into the fountain. Festa Italiana will donate the coins to the Make-A-Wish® Wisconsin, a non-profit that grants special wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions.

 

Trevi FountainThe fountain and the Make-A-Wish donations are made possible through generous support from festival sponsor The Bartolotta Restaurants, and an anonymous donor. The fountain and the non-profit are a powerful pairing which can help to make a difference in the life of a child.

 

The Trevi Fountain has special meaning to Joe and Jennifer Bartolotta since they visited and tossed coins in the fountain last year. Joe loved the idea of the donation to Make-A-Wish. “Giving back to our community through Care-a-lotta, our charitable arm, has always been one of the cornerstones of our business,” said Joe. “The support for the fountain, for Festa, and for Make-A-Wish was a no-brainer for us – and we hope people will be generous with their coin-tossing!”

 

Festa event goers will not only get to experience the exciting Trevi Fountain Replica, but they will also get to take part in the magic of making an actual wish come true for a child in Wisconsin. So stop by the Trevi Fountain, make a wish, toss your coin and help make someone else’s wish come true!

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Stamp Your Way to Festa Italiana and Get Two Free Admission Tickets to this Year’s Festival

June 22, 2015 | News Release | Permalink

Get a stamp at the ICC, “Red Bag” Sendiks, PyraMax Bank and the Public Market for two free Festa admission tickets!

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Festa Italiana, presented by Calypso Lemonades, today announced its “Stamp Your Way to Festa!” promotion in partnership with the Italian Community Center, Balistreri “Red Bag” Sendiks, PyraMax Bank and the Public Market.  Beginning now until July 15, participants can get a stamp card completed for two free Festa general admission tickets to this year’s festival taking place July 17-19 at Henry W. Maier Festival Park.

 

How does the Stamp Card Work?

Interested parties start by picking up a stamp card at the reception desk at the Italian Community Center located at 631 E. Chicago Street.

 

The journey includes getting the card stamped at one Balistreri “Red Bag” Sendiks location, one PyraMax bank location, the Public Market and at the Italian Community Center. Once the card has a stamp from each partner, the stamp card must be returned to the Italian Community Center no later than 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 15.  While supplies last, two Festa general admission tickets will be given to each participant who has completed the stamp card and returned it to the ICC by the deadline.

 

Locations

For contest rules and a list of all locations giving out stamps, please visit: http://festaitaliana.com/festa-info/stamp-your-way-to-festa/

 

Tickets for Festa Italiana are now on sale.  Purchase your advance ticket for $10 now through July 16 at http://www.festaitaliana.com.  For ticket questions, please call 414-223-2808.

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