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St. Anthony’s Italian Festival


The 2012 St. Anthony’s Italian Festival, Wilmington’s premier Italian-American cultural celebration, kicks off on Sunday, June 10 and continues through June 17.

This year’s theme is the Italian island of Sicily. Sicilian cuisine will be added to the Festival’s already outstanding Italian menu. Additionally, DiSabatino Landscaping and Esposito Masonry will create an enchanting garden and sculpture display, capturing the charms of Sicily.

St. Anthony of Padua, the church hosting the event, has begun advance sales on Festival 8-day passes for $12. The passes can also be purchased on site for $15. Additionally, daily admission is $5 for ages 14–61. Admission is free for children younger than 14 (when accompanied by a parent or guardian age 18 or older) and for those over 61. The Festival will host the following special events:

Home Winemakers Competition
Il Circolo Culturale, St. Anthony’s Cultural Committee, will host the Home Winemakers Competition on Sunday, June 10, next to Il Mercato. For additional information, visit the Italian Festival website.

Italy Trip Raffle
St. Anthony’s is raffling an 8-day/6-night trip to Sicily valued at $5,700. The trip includes roundtrip airfare, first class hotels, and extensive touring with an English-speaking guide. Raffle ticket prices are $50. The drawing will take place on June 17.

Gala Concert
The 10th annual Gala Concert will be held on the Festival’s opening day, Sunday, June 10, at 3pm in the church. The concert will feature oboist Elizabeth Logan Stevens, soprano Allysa Lehman and St. Anthony’s joint chorus. On a special note, the event will debut the new, custom-designed Peragallo organ. Dr. Brian Stone of the University of Delaware will serve as principal conductor.

Free Parking at Salesianum
The Festival is offering continuous shuttle service between Salesianum School and the Festival grounds (10th & DuPont streets) from 4:30 to11:30pm on weekdays and 1:00 to 11:30pm on the weekend.

Bus Tours
The Festival features convenient bus drop-off and pickup at 11th & Scott streets. Please contact the Festival office (302-421-2790) to register your planned bus trip.

All proceeds benefit St. Anthony of Padua Grade School. For all the details on the 2012 St. Anthony’s Italian Festival, please visit www.stanthonysfestival.com