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Festa Italiana Brings Food And Smiles to Peekskill

PEEKSKILL -- For the second year, the Festa Italiana brought thousands of area residents into Peekskill to sample the tastes and sounds of Italy. Dozens of food vendors of all types, children's rides, games of skill and craft vendors lined Brown Street this weekend, and live musicians performed on the main stage.

Friday's opening ceremony, hosted by Councilwoman Patricia Riley, featured remarks from local officials including Mayor Mary Foster and County Legislator John Testa, as well as festival director Frank Cimino.

The highlight of the ceremony was the presentation of this year's Distinguished Italian Citizen award to resident Salvatore (Sal) Scaramellino, who, along with his late wife Margaret, worked their entire careers as the proprietors of one of Peekskill’s favorite restaurants, the now closed Sorrento’s.

The ceremony ended with the procession of the Virgin Mary portrait from the Church of The Assumption to the Brown Street location where it was gently placed for the festival.

For over 200 photos from this year's festival, check out our Flickr page by clicking here .

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