2017 Santa Lucia Festival, a celebration of Omaha’s Italian culture, is ‘like a family reunion’

Jun 13, 2017 1599

BY: Nancy Gaarder

As Pat Venditte looked on from the shade, his bocce team, the Venditte Girls, gave the team from Sons of Italy a run for their money. A flick of the wrist, a gentle toss and then the slow roll of a ball down a carpeted court on Omaha’s riverfront.

First a Venditte Girl, then a Son of Italy and back and forth, in the game that is a mix of croquet and shuffleboard. For Venditte, a “born and raised” Italian son of Omaha’s Little Italy neighborhood, this weekend’s Santa Lucia Festival at Lewis & Clark Landing was the very definition of Italian culture in Omaha.

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SOURCE: http://www.omaha.com

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