Working models of
the inventions of Leonardo da Vinci will be exhibited during the Italian
Heritage Festival from July 13 to 16 on Hertel Avenue.
The festival this
year will display mechanical devices based on drawings by the Italian artist
who died in 1519. An Italian piazza, complete with a fountain, will lead
visitors to the exhibition hall.
Students from Buffalo's sister city, Torremaggiore, Italy, will be official greeters for the festival on
Hertel, between Virgil and Crestwood avenues. Italian dancers from Western New York and Ohio will perform each day.
A Mass in English
and Italian will be offered 9:30 a.m. Sunday on the main stage.
"Of the dozen
festivals we sponsor across the country, Buffalo is our sentimental
favorite," said Fred Hermann, corporate director of marketing for Sorrento
Cheese, which sponsors the festival. "We're thrilled that even more of our
area's rich Italian-American heritage will be part of it."
we take to enhance the festival's cultural aspect brings us closer to our true
goal," said Carmen Palma, festival president. "We want people to have
fun and also learn about the invaluable contributions Italian-Americans have
made to our country."
A bocce court will
be set up on Hertel near Virgil for the Mineo & Sapio Italian Sausage
Charity Bocce Tournament. The winners will donate their $500 prize to a charity
of their choice. To enter a team, call Tracy Cavalleri at 874-6133, Ext. 17.
ceremonies will be at 6 p.m. July 13, on the main stage. The festival hours
will be from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. each day except Sunday, when it will close at