The Felittese Association of Old Forge will hold its annual festival on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 8 and 9, at festival grounds, 146 Third St. in Old Forge.
For more than 30 years, the festival has been held on the second Sunday of September, in commemoration of Our Lady of Constantinople. Since 1790, Our Lady has been honored in the town of Felitto, Italy, near Salerno.
The members of the Association are descendants of the families who originally came from Felitto, Italy. In keeping with the tradition of prior generations, a festival and a procession is held. It’s a weekend of Italian foods, good music, talking with old friends and making new acquaintances.
A variety of homemade foods will be served, including gnocchi, tripe, soffritto, porketta, sausage and peppers, sweet red pepper sandwich, meatball sandwich, pizza fritta, pizza, ice cream and homemade desserts such as cannoli, tiramisu, cheesecake and other assorted Italian pastries.
On Saturday the festival grounds open at 2 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by Sweet Pepper & the Long Hots beginning at 5 p.m..
Sunday is the Feast Day of Our Lady of Constantinople. In celebration of this day, a mass will be held at 10 a.m. at Prince of Peace Parish Catholic Church, 127 W. Grace St. in Old Forge. Following the mass, the traditional procession, carrying the statue of Our Lady of Constantinople, will begin at the church and proceed to the festival grounds, which will open at noon. The evening entertainment will be provided by Fuzzy Park Band beginning at 4 p.m.
For any additional information, call 570-457-4312 or visit felitto.net.
From left: Connie Schiavo, Connie Genova, Louis Mazza and Marie Mordent, with Joseph Nese in back.