Italian Festival Begins Sept. 7


Summer isn’t over until you’ve enjoyed the food, rides and games at the Italian Festival at North Hempstead Beach Park in Port Washington. ItalianFestival_083116BCelebrating its 37th year, the largest and oldest Italian festival in Nassau County will be held from Wednesday, Sept. 7, to Sunday, Sept. 11.
Festival organizers are pleased to present new ride vendor Blue Sky Amusements. Their new thrilling rides will make this year’s festival really exciting. Add this to pay-one-price ride wristbands offered every day and the festival will be one of the best ever.
As always, the famous Sons of Italy John M. Marino Lodge food tent offers amazing homemade pasta dishes, heroes and barbecue fare. Be sure to also visit the lodge’s seafood, Italian pastry and coffee tents. The food court also offers a wide variety of traditional carnival fare and delicious ethnic cuisine.
The festival is open Wednesday through Friday from 6 to 11 p.m., Saturday from 2 to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 12:30 to 11 p.m. Ride wristbands are $15 on Wednesday, $30 from Thursday through Saturday ($3 off on Thursday with this article or any ad) and $25 on Sunday. A beloved tradition, rides are free on Sunday from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. There will also be live entertainment Thursday through Sunday, along with dozens of vendors selling jewelry, crafts and gifts.
The festival at North Hempstead Beach Park is located at the entrance past 175 West Shore Rd. in Port Washington. Visit www.marinolodge
.org or marinolodge1389 for details. Be sure to “Like” the Italian Festival’s Facebook page for information
about this not-to-be-missed end-of-summer event.
As with all their other events, the Sons of Italy in America’s John M. Marino Lodge No.1389 in Port Washington donates a percentage of proceeds from the Italian Festival to local and regional charities and scholarships. So come and enjoy the festivities and help support charities at the same time. Buon appetito!

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Elizabeth Johnson is editor of Manhasset Press and Manhasset Press Magazine. Growing up in nearby Garden City and attending New York University, she is well-versed in the locale and knowledgeable about the beat she covers. Her community involvement is extensive and includes the Manhasset SCA, Kiwanis International, Manhasset Chamber of Commerce, St. Mary’s Church, and various civic and local charitable organizations. Curious by nature, her travels, community service, love of the arts as well as local sports give her the inside view to unique content. During her time at Anton, she has received several awards from the New York Press Association and the Press Club of LI, including the coveted "Best Community Newspaper" several years in a row.