Bishop Salvatore R. Matano will celebrate Mass during the inaugural Abruzzese Festival at 11 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 24, at St. Theodore Church in Gates.
After Mass, the Knights of Columbus, the Hibernians and the Gates Keystone Club "Police Pipes & Drums" will process with statues of the Santi Martiri, the patron saints of Celano, L’Aquila, Italy, to Gates Memorial Park, where the festival will continue at noon.
The festival will feature a performance at 8 p.m by Lou Gramm, the lead singer of Foreigner. Admission is free until 5 p.m.; after that time the cost will be $3 for adults (ages 16 and older) and $5 for couples. Fireworks will take place at 9 p.m.
Authentic Abruzzese food will be served, including prochetta, gnocchi, arrosticini, as well s other authentic Italian food, beer and Abruzzese wine.
The event is a fundraiser to benefit the Open Door Mission, Catholic Family Center and Alternatives for Battered Women.
The festival will feature live music by Franco Gallelli and friends and other musical guests, men’s and women’s bocce and soccer tournaments, children’s games, and Abruzzese artifacts and photo exhibits.
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