The Italians Are Coming!
Culture. Heritage. The Family. Music. Wine. Art. In short, everything Italian!
It’s a fact that around 85% of the Italians who came to this country in the early 20th century, were from southern Italy. These immigrants survived all odds against them and brought their determination and values, which are at the core of the Italian culture and heritage, to this new land of opportunity. To say it was difficult at first would be an understatement, but in time, America would receive the message loud and clear, that the Italians were here … and here to stay.
To some, in the last few decades Italian heritage has become a slumbering giant patiently waiting for the right moment to be awakened once more … but to the Columbus Lodge, Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America, who have never forgotten … it has become a call to acknowledge the strength, ingenuity, and perseverance of our forefathers, and to proudly proclaim that we too, are here to stay.
The Italian Heritage Summer Festival has been created to awaken that slumbering giant … and to tell the world that our Cultural Heritage is as rich today as it was when the first immigrants stepped off the boat, searching for a new life in a new land.