Annual Italian-American Heritage Festival is coming to Rose Tree Park on June 5 – Delco Times
UPPER PROVIDENCE — The 12th annual Italian American Heritage Festival, a cultural celebration of family, friends, food and fun, will be held at Rose Tree Park in Upper Providence, beginning at 11 a.m. Sunday, June 5. The festival will feature Italian food, personalities, and Italian car show, vendors, exhibits of interest, games for adults and children, petanque tournament, Italian music and dancers and ongoing professional entertainment, with something for every age and interest. Musical headliners include Fulvio and Sal, The Singing DJs and The Tre Peperoni. The emcees will be actress Mary Lou Koch and Italian radio personality Melissa Cannavo.
Through the Italian American Heritage Foundation, CIAO Delco helps promote the following charities by donating all proceeds from the Festival to: The communities of Don Guanella and Divine Providence; HEADstrong Foundation; Cooley’s anemia; Italian studies and nursing programs at local universities. Additionally, proceeds from the festival will once again benefit the Delaware County Law Enforcement Memorial and the Delaware County Fire and EMS Memorial, both located in the historic Rose Tree Park.
The annual Italian American Heritage Festival is organized and hosted by Ciao Delco, which is made up of the following organizations: Associazione Regionale Abruzzese Delco, Columbus Memorial Association, Justinian Society, Sons and Daughters of Italy, Saint Anthony di Padova Society, and Societa’ Da vinci.
Free event planned to celebrate the life of DJ Sal April of the Redwood Community Center
A benefit to celebrate the life of DJ Sal April will be held, 6-9 p.m., Thursday, June 23, at the Redwood Community Center, 280 6th St., Brookhaven. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. The event is free. People must bring their own food and soft drinks for their table as no refreshments will be served.
Joe Staffieri and his friends Steve Cofield and Sweet will provide the music and DJ Charlie Thompson will play Sal’s dance music. There will be a 50/50 and Chinese auction.
Popular local DJ Sal April died on April 25. Born and raised in Delaware County, April has become a successful radio personality and DJ, entertaining in recent years at the Redwood Community Center in Upland where he was a DJ and line dancing instructor.
Anyone wishing to donate a gift basket or gift card for the auction can contact Joy Winner at 610-639-0173 or Esther at 610-836-2559.
The John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge in Tinicum turns 50
The John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge in Tinicum will celebrate its 50th anniversary, 2-8 p.m., Thursday, June 30. One-day events are free. During the day, there will be a family nature walk with Ranger Miguelina at 2:30 p.m., followed by a Trolley Tour at 3 p.m., a Nature Walk with Cliff and Nancy Where
At 3:30 p.m. and a guided wildlife tour with Debbie Beer and Lynn Roman at 4:30 p.m.
From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., the activity tables will be open. The public is invited for a solemn address and cake at 5:30 p.m., followed by archery for all levels from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.; a guided environmental and community history walk of Eastwick at 6 p.m.; a
Refuge History Walk with Patrick Haggerty at 6:30 p.m.; a bird walk with In Color Birding Club at 7 p.m.; a visit to the Refuge Trolley at 7:00 p.m.; and the celebration will be capped off with a campfire from the Friends of the Heinz Hut, from 7 to 8 p.m.
On June 30, 1972, the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge At Tinicum was officially established as part of the National Wildlife Refuge system and it became America’s first urban wildlife refuge. Everyone is welcome to come celebrate with free archery, historical walks, fishing, food and more. The festival is an opportunity for those who have never been to the Refuge to discover this local treasure and those who have not been there for a long time to rediscover all that it has to offer.
For more information, visit http://www.fws.gov/heinz.
South Media Fire Co. Holds Food Truck Friday
South Media Fire Co., 535 Washington Ave., Nether Providence, will be holding Food Truck on Friday, June 3 at 5 p.m.
On-site food trucks will be Delco Steaks on the Go and Menagerie, as well as “Sweet Thangs Nut & Candy”, for dessert, featuring ice cream, popsicles, nuts, candy, pop -corn, cotton candy and drinks.
Tickets available for Spring Tea benefit homeless Delaware County residents
Spring Tea to benefit Family Promise is scheduled from 2-5 p.m. Friday, June 3 at Lucille’s Edible Garden at Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Middletown. The delicious afternoon event will include tea sandwiches, scones and other finger foods, and tea of course, while raising funds to help keep homeless families together.
Family Promise of Delaware County, an organization that offers hope and support to families experiencing the trauma of homelessness, provides immediate safe housing for families who come to see them and helps them find permanent and sustainable as quickly as possible. Families experiencing home insecurity come to this organization because they have nowhere to go with their children and want to stay together as a family, despite their situation.
Previously operating as Interfaith Hospitality Network in Delaware County, the privately funded Family Promise, whose operating budget comes from grants and private donations, depends on the generosity of local churches and individuals in the community. . Based in the former convent of Our Lady of Charity Parish in Brookhaven, Family Promise also operates a thrift store on site and all proceeds benefit the organization’s mission.
For tickets to this year’s tea party, visit dcihn.org or follow Family Promise Delaware County on Facebook and Instagram. For more information about volunteering or getting involved in the organization, call Board Member Doreen McGettigan at 484-575-6452 or visit https://www.familypromisedelco.org.
Strawberry Festival returns to Marple Presbyterian Church
After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, Marple Presbyterian Church has announced that its Strawberry Festival will take place this year, from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, June 3. The public is invited to bring their whole family for ice cream and strawberries. , and a host of activities for children. There will be some for everyone.
Admission is $6, with free admission for children 3 and under. The price includes a dessert consisting of strawberries, ice cream and cake. Hot Dogs, Chicken Nuggets, Chicken Strips, Coleslaw, Potato Salad, and 14 Chickens will be available for purchase.
Weather permitting, children can enjoy outdoor games and a bouncing house, while parents and friends can browse a new selection of “Famous Ruth Jewels”.
The church is located at 105 N. Sproul Road, Marple, and the festivities will take place in Fellowship Hall behind the church and outside on the lawn. For more information, call the church office at 610-356-1098, or visit http://www.marplepres.org.
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