Italian Festival & WHEAT Concert

The schedule for the WHEAT concert was misreported to me. Fast Lane will start at 6pm and the Navels go on at 8pm.

The Italian Festival has been pushed to Sunday, same time, due to high wind forecast for Saturday.

There are two fun events coming up  – West Haven Italian Street Festival is scheduled for this Saturday, Sept. 8, and a benefit concert will take place the following Saturday, Sept 15, for WHEAT food bank. I am looking forward to going to both of them and are keeping my fingers crossed that the weather cooperates.

The West Haven Italian Street Festival takes place on lower Campbell Avenue, and runs from noon till 10 p.m. It will feature Italian music, a variety of food booths that cook up some of the best food in West Haven, crafts and other vendors, as well as amusements for kids. So bring the whole family for lunch or dinner! I try to go every year and I always have a great time. I also usually run into some friends I haven’t seen in awhile and that’s always a good thing.

And the following Saturday, Sept.15, the city is holding a benefit concert for WHEAT because it has recently experienced a food shortage. In fact, it shut its doors for the first time in 38 years on July 31. Luckily some very generous residents of West Haven and Connecticut Food Bank scrambled to stock the shelves and WHEAT reopened the next day. But we don’t want to see that happen again! So please come out on Sept. 15  and support this event. There are now 3,000 households in our city counting on us to help them with food and other necessities.

The four-hour show will feature two bands and will take place in Old Grove Park. My favorite local band – The Navels – will be playing. They cover a lot of Stevie Nicks plus some other great rock-n-roll, too. Be sure to bring the kids because they can go up and play the tambourine with the band. My daughter and I have had a lot of fun with them over the years. They kick off the party at 6pm, followed by a set played by Fast Lane at 8pm. The rain date is Sept. 17.

Please be aware that to park, both residents and non-residents will need to pony up a $5 contribution, and all that money will go to WHEAT. In addition, it would be really appreciated if people could bring nonperishable food, too. Every little bit helps, so please do what you “can.”

Both events are a wonderful way to enjoy these last beautiful days of summer!

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