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October is Italian-American Heritage and Culture Month!
Celebrate Italian culture and heritage at the 16th Annual Olde Time Italian Festival in Wildwood, N.J. The family festival features a Procession of the Saints, Italian food favorites, vendors, games, and free live entertainment. Entertainment features Tommy C., The Voice of Tribute, Lou Christie, King Arthur, Just In Time, The Reign Band, and Anthony Bucci. (Saturday, Oct. 1, Fox Park on Ocean Avenue between Burk and Montgomery avenues, Wildwood. wildwoodsnj.com/event/olde-time-italian-festival)
The Sons of Italy’s Italian-American Festival offers a day rich in tradition featuring Italian food, kids’ activities, entertainment, local wine tastings, a beer garden, and a show of Italian-made autos. (Saturday, Oct. 1, North Park Drive Cooper River Park, Pennsauken, N.J. www. camdencounty.com/event/italian-american-festival-5)
The Broadway musical version of “Rocky” finally makes its triumphant premiere!
“ROCKY, the Musical,” based on the Academy Award-winning ﬁlm, features new musical numbers, along with favorites including “Eye of the Tiger” and “Gonna Fly Now.” (Starts Oct. 4, Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St, Philadelphia. www.walnutstreettheatre.org)
Dedicated to the memory of Edward McBride of PECO this year, the annual Italian-American Pride Day begins with 10 a.m. Mass at St. Monica’s Church at 17th and Ritner streets. Following Mass, a parade commences from Broad and Snyder at noon and makes its way to the Festival at Marconi Plaza. The 2022 Grand Marshal is Deana Martin. The week kicks off with a Gala Dinner at Galdo’s on Wednesday night, Oct. 5 with the Geator, Jerry Blavat. For parade information, call Steve Lauer at (215) 686-3458. For booth and dinner information call Lou Galdo at (215) 852-4822. (Sunday, Oct. 9, Marconi Plaza, Broad Street and Oregon Avenue, Philadelphia.
The MSS Lodge, devoted to Madonna del Soccorso di Sciacca, presents Braciole Night, honoring Albert DeGennaro, president of the Americans of Italian Heritage Council as their Man of the Year for 2022. Contact Jim Catagnus (610) 277-1539 or Dave Carpani (610) 733-8962. (Wednesday, Oct. 12, Presidential Caterers, Germantown and Dekalb Pike, Norristown, Pa.)
The Societa da Vinci Charity Golf Outing is a full day event that starts with lunch, driving range, 18-hole scramble golf tournament, hole-in-one challenges, long drive, putting contest, dinner, entertainment by the “smooth sounds of Steve Silicato,” 50/50 raffle, silent auctions, and cash bar. All the proceeds go to scholarships and grants to the local Italian-American community. (Monday, Oct. 17, White Clay Creek Country Club 879 Delaware Park Blvd., Wilmington, Del., www.societadavinci.org)
TASTE! Philadelphia Festival, featuring food, wine, and spirits returns! The 22nd annual two-day festival will feature actor Kurt Russell showcasing his GoGi Wines distributed by Nationwide Wine & Spirits. Russell will be signing bottles of his GoGi Wines during the session on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Attendees can also discover award-winning wineries, craft breweries, distilleries, palate pleasing tastings, and more at Philly TASTE! Festival. SKYY Vodka will be sponsoring the event and offering an immersive tasting experience. (Oct. 21-22, The Valley Forge Casino Resort, 1160 First Ave., King of Prussia, Pa., www.phillytastefest.com)
Opera Delaware presents “Così fan tutte.” When loyalty is tested by a foolhardy bet, the paths of two young couples are forever changed in this classic Mozart comedy full of charm, cheek, and costume changes. (Friday, Oct. 28 and Sunday, Oct. 30, Copeland Hall at The Grand, 818 N. Market St., Wilmington, Del., www.operade.org)
Just in time for Halloween, WMGK’s John DeBella hosts an evening of Italian comics …The Night of the Gabaghouls! The event features Tammy Pescatelli, Pete Correale, and Adam Ferrara. (Saturday, Oct 29, Keswick Theater, Glenside Pa., www.keswicktheatre.com/events)
A Celebration of Sid Mark & Frank Sinatra: The Voices of Many Generations is a two-hour special event program honoring broadcaster Sid Mark and musical icon Frank Sinatra. This program features a live performance of classic Frank Sinatra tunes by the vocalist Michael Martocci and his dynamic 22-piece orchestra. Featured special guest, Chuck Granata, a close friend of Brian and Sid Mark, will add personal and professional anecdotes about the broadcast legend, interspersed with unique video excerpts revealing insights about Mr. Sinatra and his recording career. Hosting the event will be Executive Producer Brian Mark, who spent the last 30 years producing the Sounds of Sinatra radio program, alongside his father, Sid Mark. (Sunday, Nov. 13, Live! Casino Hotel, 900 Packer Ave, Philadelphia, philadelphia.livecasinohotel.com Have an upcoming event? Post it on our website at italianamericanherald.com/events/community/add.
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