St. Anthony of Padua Italian Feast Day Celebration

St Anthony of padua pic for pg 6

St Anthony of padua pic for pg 6Submitted by Bill Matts
   
   St. Anthony of Padua Church, 300 Odell Ave., Endicott, will hold its annual St. Anthony Feast Day Celebration on church grounds June 7 through 9.

   The weekend will kick off June 6 with a Michael Bublé tribute concert performed by Scott Keo, direct from Atlantic City, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets are $25 and all seats are reserved. To purchase tickets, call (607) 785-3401.

   The Feast Day Celebration will take place June 7 from 6 p.m. to midnight, June 8 from 5 p.m. to midnight and June 9 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The streets around the church will be blocked off for safety, offering seating and space for food vendors.

     Los Vega, Masterpiece, Splash, The Poets and Ralph Muro will provide entertainment throughout the weekend. Street music will be provided by Nino & Mark and Mike & Mark.

   There will be a wide array of food for sale, all prepared by parishioners: submarine sandwiches, including sausage, meatball, chicken cutlet, eggplant parmesan, chicken spiedie, greens, steak and peppers; lamb spiedies; grilled pizza; fried ravioli; pizza; barbequed pork; hot dogs; strawberry shortcake; pepper cookies; ice cream and Italian ices. The Italian café will offer regular coffee, espresso, cappuccino and homemade Italian pastries. Soda, water, beer, wine, wine coolers, sangria slush and other drinks will also be available.

   Games for children will be available all weekend. A gift shop will feature Italian items. A casino will run from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on June 7 and 8.

   On June 9, a traditional procession in honor of St. Anthony will be held following the 9:30 a.m. Mass. Parishioners will carry a statue of the saint through the streets around the church. Southern Tier Martial Arts will hold a demonstration at 2 p.m., a homemade wine tasting contest will take place at 3 p.m. and the St. Anthony raffle will be held throughout the afternoon, offering prizes including a Keurig coffee maker, a Kindle Fire, an iPad mini, a flat screen television and cash prizes from $100 to $2,500.

   For more information on the festival, please contact the parish office at (607) 754-4333 or email stanthonys@stny.twcbc.com.

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