di Vandergrift

Sunday, August 19, 2012
Kennedy Park Vandergrift, Pennsylvania



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The next Festa Italiana meeting will be held 7PM on Monday, January 9, 2012 at The Bari Club, official World Headquarters of Festa Italiana di Vandergrift. 

The Festa Italiana di Vandergrift committee is comprised of:

2011-12 Officers:

President: Brian Putignano
1st Vice-President: Shawn Rowe
2nd Vice-President: Robert Putignano
Treasurer: Barbara Calizzi
Secretary: Mary (Angiulli) Daldoss
Director: James Troiano
Director: John DiCola

2012 Committees:

    Henry Elefante, Barbara Calizzi, James Putignano,
    Tommy Scanga

    Larry Loperfito

50/50 Raffle:

Wilmer Shaner, Shawn Rowe

    Brian Putignano, John Dettore, Jim Putignano,
    Mary Daldoss

    Ann Krafick, Dr. Frank Mottola

    John Dettore,  Rita Rametta, Fr. James Loew, Kate Larko

Church Ushers:
    John Dettore

    Wilmer Shaner

Knights of Columbus:                                     

     John Dettore                                                                                

    Lenny Collini, John DiCola

    Tommy Scanga

    Beer:  Shawn Rowe
    Wine:  Frank Moliterno, Brian Carricato

Ticket Booth:  Robert Putignano,  Bobby Deluca,
    Kurt Scalzott

Homemade Wine Competition: 
    Wilmer Shaner, Jim Putignano, Bob Putignano

Bagna Calda Competition:
    Andretta and Kathi Kobik

Children's Entertainment:
    Rich Mottura and the Key Club

    Tommy Scanga, Lenny Collini,

    Shawn  Rowe, Brian Putignano

   Mary Daldoss, Brian Putignano

Baked Goods/Cook Book:
    Mary Daldoss

    Bob DeLuca, Bob Putignano, Dennis Elliott, Ashley Scott

    Vic Capretto

Parking/Shuttle Buses/Security:
    Ron Rowe

Web Site: 
    Brian Putignano

Charter Members:  (Chartered November 11, 2004)

Pete Basile(*), A.J. Bione, Lenny J. Collini, John G. Dettore, John D. Dicola, Henry Elefante, Ann E. Krafick, Larry Loperfito, August C. Mangifest(*), Anthony Massari(*), Frank J. Moliterno, Dr. Frank J. Mottola, Brian Putignano, Vince Putignano(*), Nate Roberto(*), Tom Scanga, Jim Troiano, Frank Amaranto(*), Frank Anguilli(*), Nick Loperfito, Lil Pugliese(*), Wilmer Shaner

(*) Deceased

The purposes of Vandergrift Festa Italiano are to:

  • provide the Vandergrift area community with a festival which celebrates the Italian-American heritage through the culture, values and assimilation of the Italian immigrants into America

  • expand the historical understanding of the Italians immigrating to the United States in the early 1900's and the struggle of the immigrants upon arriving in this country to begin a new life in a culture where many did not speak the language (by focusing on education, historical compilation and community association).

Festa Italiana di Vandergrift is organized under Vandergrift Festa Italiano, Inc., a Pennsylvania tax exempt non-profit organization under section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Mailing Address:

Festa Italiana di Vandergrift
Post Office Box 115
Vandergrift, PA  15690

The Festa Committee gratefully acknowledges the financial assistance of the following to assist with advertising expenses:

  • The Westmoreland County Tourism Grant Program

  •  PA Community and Economic Development Program


FRIENDS: Never ask for food.
ITALIAN FRIENDS: You never have to ask.

FRIENDS: Will say "hello".
ITALIAN FRIENDS: Will give you a big hug and a kiss.

FRIENDS: Call your parents Mr. and Mrs.
ITALIAN FRIENDS: Call your parents mom and dad.

FRIENDS: Have never seen you cry.
ITALIAN FRIENDS: Cry with you.

FRIENDS: Will eat at your dinner table and leave.
ITALIAN FRIENDS: Will spend hours there, talking, laughing and just being together.

FRIENDS: Borrow your stuff for a few days and then give it back.
ITALIAN FRIENDS: Keep your stuff so long that they forget it's yours.

FRIENDS: Know a few things about you.
ITALIAN FRIENDS: Could write a book with direct quotes from you.

FRIENDS: Will leave you behind if that's what the crowd is doing.
ITALIAN FRIENDS: Will kick the ass of the whole crowd that left you.

FRIENDS: Would knock on your door.
ITALIAN FRIENDS: Walk right in and say, "I'm home!"

FRIENDS: Are for a while.
ITALIAN FRIENDS: Are for life.

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