Festa Italiana in Portland (OR): time to change

Jul 31, 2019 401

BY: Ed Ferrero, President Festa Italiana Association

Dear Friends and Supporters of the Festa Italiana: After 27 great years celebrating our Italian-American heritage in Pioneer Courthouse Square, the Festa Italiana is retooling for a better and more sustainable future. We are currently evaluating new venues and new formats for our main event and we need your help.

If you have any ideas about possible venues, sponsors, formats, or entertainers, this is your invitation to let us know. Drop us an email or drop by one of our monthly meetings. If you do not have the time to visit with us, consider making a small donation. We are an IRS 501c(3) tax exempt charitable organization.

If you want to join our organization on a regular basis we have room for you. If instead you prefer to just to get involved on an occasional basis we would love to hear from you.

This year we have scheduled several classic Festa events including the mass and reception at St. Philip Neri Church, the bocce tournament at Club Paesano, and Italian movie night at the 5th Avenue Cinema downtown.

See our website for more details at www.festa-italiana.org We also are in the middle of planning a smaller one-day festival event later this fall, and we will announce details as they become available.

We hope to try out a few new ideas and concepts at this fall event, and expand on those in future years. Our 30th anniversary is coming up in 2021, and we are looking forward to having a great event in place for that important date.

Over the years we have had literally thousands of people help us put on the Festa including board members, sponsors, and many many people who volunteered at the event. We appreciate all of their efforts because for the board and for me this festa is a labor of love. For us, it is a chance to honor the memories of our Italian fore bearers who came to this country to create a new life for themselves and their families and along the way helped to build Portland into a great city.

To take on the task of retooling our beloved Festa is both a great honor and a great challenge. But it also is an opportunity for us to reach out to our friends and supporters in the community and invite them to join us in this wonderful work. Please join us.


SOURCE: Festa Italiana Portland

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