Festa Italiana celebrates 25 years

The Festa Italiana executive board and this year’s Festa Italiana Chairman John Falzone is proud to continue the rich Italian culture and family traditions for Festa 2003.

This year’s theme is the “Celebration of Family and Italian Traditions.” One tradition that was very popular from 1920 through 1950 was the gathering around the family table and playing cards.

Ancestors brought games like Briscola, Tre Sete and Scopa with them from many regions of Italy. Yes, they also packed these unique Italian cards in their luggage for enjoyment when they arrived in America. Italians continue to play these unique card games in Italy.

Here is your chance to relive or learn one of the traditional card games, “Scopa,” this year at Festa 2003. “Scopa” is a trick-taking card game. The object of the game is to take a trick without leaving one card, or the sum of cards for the next player to take home a trick and make a “Scopa” or “clean sweep” of the cards left on the table.

Come and join in the fun. The tournament will start Saturday, Aug. 2, and the winners from Saturday will play Sunday, Aug. 3, to see who will be the “Scopa” champion at Festa Italiana. First and second prizes will be awarded.

Check out the Web site for important points: www.pagat.com/fishing/scopone.html.

Sign up by calling Gene Fideli at 877-2888 or e-mail esfedeli@aol.com.

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