Welcome to the Website of Festa Italiana di Vandergrift!
Have you previously attended one of the past 10 Festa Italiana's? Do you have ideas on how to improve the Festival? Did you wonder how you can be apart of this Festival? If you are interested in helping us out this year in any way, please stop by to one of our meetings at the Bari Club in Vandergrift starting at 7PM on August 11th or email us at email@example.com.
Steel Dog with Miss Carol Vincini Returning to this Year's Festa
Make sure your kids stop by the Gazebo from 1-5 to listen to the Story Telling of Miss Carol accompanied by Pittsburgh's Official mascot Steel Dog. Miss Carol will read her installments of The Adventures of Steel Dog through out the day. Miss Carol is a Vandergrift native and is excited to be a part of the Eleventh Annual Festa Italiana di Vandergrift and we are excited for her to be apart of Festa Italiana di Vandergrift again this year!
Anthony Massari Memorial Amateur Wine Competition
The entry form and rules to the Anthony Massari Memorial Amateur Wine Competition are now posted on the Wine Competition page. The deadline for entries is Friday August 1st so select your favorite vintages and get them entered today!
2014 Entertainment Lineup!
Louis Prima Jr. and the Witnesses
Louis Prima Jr. and the Witnesses (louisprimajr.com) are bringing Prima music
into the 21st century. Not content to sit on the legacy they so passionately protect,
LPJ and the band are taking a page from his father’s playbook, by wailing Prima
Swing like it’s 2014.
Moreno Fruzzetti, who has been awarded with the prestigious honor of "Ambassador of Italian Music to America", is a truly gifted performer. He received rave reviews at concerts throughout the world. As his loyal supporters can attest to, he brings a sense of flare and personality to his performances. Not only does Moreno have a golden singing voice, but he has an onstage presence that cannot be learned.
Born in Naples, Italy, at a young age, Simona discovered the world of jazz via her brother, a drummer, who kept a formidable collection of Glen Miller Orchestra and Ella Fitzgerald records in the house. She received formal voice training under the guide of Cristina Florio’s Voice Academy, which she attended until age 22. Simona De Rosa has built her career by embracing not only the jazz of the american songbook but also the traditional music of her own meditereenian roots. By her early twenties, she had amassed her own collection of Ella Fitzgerald’s records and looked to the legendary vocalist as her primary inspiration. After high school, she focused on jazz and gigged around Italy. Over the last 5 years, Simona recorded 2 albums and collaborated with many awarded musicians in Italy and USA. Throught the years of studies and performances in different environment, from duo to the Big Band, Simona has developed skills that allows her to be a versatile singer. Her repertoire embrace different genres (jazz, pop, Italian songs, neapolitan music), all unified in a unique and mature approach.
Sal Ventura and Dr. Zoot
Dr Zoot is a versatile 7 piece dance and show band that performs in theaters, clubs, dance halls and festivals everywhere. Since the band formed in early 1998 their popularity has been growing rapidly on the East Coast and nationally. Their distinctive sound maintains a contemporary feel while reaching back across the years to link with the greats who have come before them. In one set alone the audience will be treated to Swing, Jump Blues, Foxtrot, Mambo, Cha Cha, Salsa and more! The band repertoire boasts of over 30 original compositions and many innovative arrangements of classic tunes designed to keep you groovin’ all night! They will be closing out the night at this years Festa.
Murphy's Music Center Tribute Band
Festa Italiana di Vandergrift is proud to have the Murphy's Music Center Tribute Band perform again this year at the 10th Anniversary of the Festa. What started out as a one time only performance of this well-known local orchestra has turned into a yearly performance for this group. Members of this tribute band also perform backup to many of our Headliners and other acts. We are excited for them to return this year and would like to thank Murphy's Music Center for helping the Festa for the past 10 years and hope to have them be a part of the Festa for years to come.
The Reserved Family Table and Program/Booklet Ad
form is now available.
Click here to download the form or go to each individual page on the left or below for more information.
Vince Putignano Memorial Scholarship Now Available
The Vince Putignano Memorial Scholarship Application is now closed. We will be announcing the winners at the respective students Award Assembly in the very near future. The winners will also be announced at the Festa.
The 2014 Festa Italiana di Vandergrift Vince Putignano Memorial Scholarship is now available. Please go to the Scholarship page to download the scholarship application. The deadline for the scholarship is April 30th, 2014. We will be awarding at least 2, $2,000 scholarships. The applicant or their parents must have lived in the 15690 zip code for at least a year. For more information, please visit the Scholarship page or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Very Special Thanks to the Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau and the Westmoreland County Tourism Bureau
Festa Italiana di Vandergrift was recently notified of receiving a Marketing grant from the Westmoreland County Tourism Grant Program. This grant will be used to further advertise our festival to bring people into not only the Alle-Kiski Valley but also Westmoreland County. These grants are funded by taxes that are collected from anyone staying at a hotel or motel located in Westmoreland County. Again we THANK these organizations for awarding a grant to Festa Italiana di Vandergrift!
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