2 San Rocco Festivals…and a guide to help you choose
TWP CENTER. − Failing to settle their differences, two groups from San Rocco Festa will host separate Italian festivals this weekend, at the same times and in the same town (Centre).
The San Rocco Cultural Committee and the San Rocco Foundation also plan to hold separate processions through the streets of Aliquippa on Sunday mornings, gathering at the same time and on the same street corner.
The Cultural Committee and the Foundation are in conflict over the direction and control of a festival created by Italian immigrants in Aliquippa in 1925. The Foundation has filed court documents in an attempt to prevent the Cultural Committee from holding a San Rocco Festa, but a Beaver County judge did not order such action.
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Here’s a guide to what each San Rocco Festa will offer:
San Rocco Festa, St. Frances Cabrini Campus
Address: 115 Trinity Drive, Center.
Organized by: San Rocco Foundation.
Festival times: entertainment begins at 6:30 p.m. every evening.
Entertainment on Friday August 12: Lucci & Palombo sing The Hits of Italy, The Jaggerz, fireworks at 10:30 p.m.
Entertainment for Saturday August 13: “Broadway in Beaver County”, Dr Zoot, Baby Doll Dance.
Entertainment for Sunday August 14: Bronte Lucci, Casanova & The Divas, farewell.
Also: Carla Le Clown and Les Faiellas ambulantes throughout the weekend.
Food: sauce-making contest; Sale of Italian pastries with chiambelli and biscotti; alternating food trucks and vendors including Papa Dukes, When in Rome Pizza, Bruster’s Italian Ice, Cousins Lobster, Steel City Fries, Little Europe, Rescue Dogs, R&G Smoke shack, Knights of Columbus fried dough, Los Gingos and Moreover. Additionally, the foundation’s food stand sells homemade Italian dishes such as meatballs, pasta and fagioli and sausages
Admission: $3; 12 and under free (must be accompanied by an adult.)
Parking: Free parking, plus bus service from 6:00 p.m. until one hour after entertainment ends at CJ Betters Shopping Centre, 3468 Brodhead Road.
More info: sanroccofoundation.org
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San Rocco Festa, Grounds of Beaver Valley Auto Mall
Address: 750 Beaver Valley Mall Blvd., Center.
Organized by: San Rocco Cultural Committee.
Festival hours: 5:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. daily.
Friday, August 12 shows: The Fabulous Frankie Capri, JoAnn Robertozzi & Louis Vanaria, New York singing duo, San Rocco Festa Band at 8:30 p.m., autograph signing by actor Louis Vanaria (“A Bronx Tale”, “The Irishman”. “)
Entertainment on Saturday August 13: The Fabulous Frankie Capri;, Mojo Dia & The Usual Suspects, Lights Out tribute to Frankie Valli, Zambelli Fireworks at 10:30 p.m. with the Ballabe Band.
Sunday August 14 Entertainment: John Tucci Salute and First Responder, San Rocco Festa Band, Lights Out (a “Jersey Beach Boys” show), Traditional Doll Dance with the Ballabe Band at 10:30 p.m.
Also: Magician and balloon artist Bob Mullins throughout the festival.
Food: Hot Ash Wood-Fired Pizza, Ravioli and Gnocchi Kaczor, Kathy’s Katering, Little Nicky’s Ristorante Di Strada, Hermes Mediterranean, Ambridge Rotary (Funnel Cakes), Kip’s Ice Cream, Rita’s Italian Ice, Red Eyed Rosies , Fresh Squeezed Lemonade, plus homemade Italian cookies, soft drinks, water, beer and wine from the San Rocco Cultural Committee.
Admission: $3; 12 and under free with adult.
More info: www.sanrocco.org
Processions of Aliquippa
According to centuries-old tradition, festival supporters will parade in a procession through the streets of Aliquippa after the 9 a.m. mass at St. Titus Parish on Franklin Avenue. Some family members carry banners bearing their family name. As the procession begins to march, participants approach and pin money on a banner that was once accompanied by a large statue of Saint Rocco, imported from Italy in 1958, carried by a group of men.
The San Rocco Foundation says its Sunday procession “will begin after Mass around 11 a.m. at the corner of Polk and Division streets. We will finish ahead of the American Italian Club”.
San Rocco’s cultural committee also says its Sunday procession will begin at 11 a.m. at the corner of Polk and Division streets in the Sheffield Terrace area of Aliquippa.
Scott Tady is entertainment editor at The Times and easy to reach at [email protected].