Mt. Carmel Society readies for its yearly Italian Festival

By Calla Vassilopoulos - Staff Writer
Enfield - posted Wed., Jul. 24, 2013
Mauro Castano from TLC's 'Cake Boss' designs a cake at last year's Italian Festival. Courtesy photo. - Contributed Photo

Throughout the last century, the U.S. has experienced a depression, two World Wars, the Vietnam War, and a recession, but Our Lady of Mount Carmel Society continues to persevere, according to its president, Carl Sferrazza. For the last 88 years, the organization located in Enfield has shared Italian traditions with the community and given families the opportunity to enjoy good food and live entertainment locally every year.

“That's just a summer tradition here in Enfield,” said Sferrazza, also chief of police for the town of Enfield. This year's celebration will take place Friday, Aug. 2, from 5 to 11 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 3, from 4  to 11 p.m.; and Sunday, Aug. 4, from 5 to 10 p.m.  In addition to live entertainment and Italian food each night, there will also be carnival rides.

Friday evening will feature the Savage Brothers Band, a local band that has not played at the Italian festival for many years. The “oldies” music group George Cruz & The Fabulous Galaxies will also put on a show for the community the same night.

Deana Martin, daughter of the late entertainment icon Dean Martin and one of the festival's highlights in previous years, will perform Saturday evening. Martin will present her variety show, which includes an orchestra in her performance. Also, joining her this year is former teen idol Bobby Rydell. Rydell could be considered the Justin Bieber of the '60s, according to Sferrazza.

Sunday's entertainment will feature Ray Guillemette, Jr., an Elvis impersonator who has won several competitions world-wide. At the feast, Guillemette will be performing his “A-Ray of Elvis” tribute show.

For food, the festival will once again offer homemade Italian pastries courtesy of Carlo's Bakery in New Jersey, which is featured on TLC's “Cake Boss” program. There will also be meet-and-greets with TV personalities Mauro Castano, a Carlo's pastry chef, and Danny Dragone, an employee at the bakery. There will be a "Cake Boss" tent with pastries, merchandise and autographs available Friday and Saturday.

“It's just a great opportunity for people to stay local and go out and have a good time, have some good food, and not break their banks,” said Sferrazza.

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