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Mamaroneck Says Goodbye To Festa For Another Year

MAMARONECK, N.Y. – St. Vito’s Festa in Mamaroneck ended on Sunday night with the church and its members in high spirits.

“It went well!” Bonnie Casterella, co-chair of the festival, said. “Even with the storms that came through on Friday, people still came out.”

Casterella estimated that around 3,000 people came out to the fair over the weekend, which she said is about average.  The biggest draw to the festival, besides the social gathering of church and community members, is the homemade food.  This year the festival sold homemade meatballs, eggplant parmesan, pasta, Italian sausage and peppers and calamari.

“The food is great,” said Terry Nugent who came down from Danbury, Conn. with his wife Joan for the festival.  “It’s a chance to get everyone together, which is nice.”

The festival also had a spin wheel and a raffle to raise money for the church.  The prizes included a Kitchen-Aid stand mixer donated by the Italian Society of St. Vito’s Church and a 51-inch flat-screen plasma television.

“I’m hoping to win the flat-screen,” said church member Maria Hetzel.

St. Vito’s Church was established in 1910 and celebrated its 100 year anniversary with a series of events last year.  One of the events included the revival of the St. Vito’s Festa, which was abandoned in 2003 by leadership at the time.

Joe Comblo, along with Jim Lanza and Casterella, worked diligently to bring the festival back last year and then again this year.  Now, Casterella believes they will continue to bring the festival back every year once again.

“They want to make it bigger and better next year,” she said.

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