Okay. You knew there was no way I could let Hilton Head’s 2013 Italian Heritage Festival get by without posting a blog about it. Last year, I had to bite down on my nails to keep from commenting on, and displaying the proud images I now depict. No, last year, I had to limit myself to sending these visual gems in covert emails with restrained captions, to close friends and associates near and further north, because it might smack indecorous, given that the two gentlemen portrayed thusly, en masquerade, are also Board Dignitaries of the Italian-American Club of Hilton Head (IACHH).
Please note, I have exercised enormous restraint in recent print media descriptions over which I had some control, by not taking advantage of all the literary parallels, puns, metaphors, and ironies implicit in two Italian-American men being dunked at the Drown the Clown booth – one’s face covered by an Obama mask, the other, behind Italian flag sunglasses – during an election year in America… and BOTH wearing fuggetaboutit! t-shirts. The only inappropriate, tactless item that seems to be missing is a bottle of non-FDA approved jug of homemade grappa from Cousin Luigi’s backyard cantina (thankfully, that was hidden somewhere during this auspicious photo-op… along with Cousin Luigi).
Yes, I held off the laughs, in deference to my husband’s sincere commitment to the IACHH, a wonderfully philanthropic community organization that donates proceeds from the annual Italian Heritage Festival (along with that of four other yearly events) to local island non-profits, and high-school graduate scholarships.
So now I bask in some relief, knowing that I have finally shared one of the funniest pictures ever taken, with all my friends and patient readers. And it brings me to question why, for the life me, they, didn’t publish it alongside the article in September’s issue of Hilton Head Monthly – that classy, sophisticated publication, with accompanying cerebral content – that sits on the coffee tables of our most stylish vacation beach homes, residences, and gets mailed to subscribers all over the world. Why on earth would they choose images of lovely children and cultural activities, and not the above delicate portrait of two pillars of the Hilton Head community? One can only guess at the wisdom of such censorship.
Which brings me to my plea. If you thought you might, y’know, lay low, this weekend because you just need to rest, or you can’t get a babysitter, and you can’t get too excited about anything after weathering the most humid, wet, summer-from-hell in the lowcountry, please reconsider, amicos. First of all, this is a family-friendly event, and children under 10 enter free. Secondly, this Saturday at Shelter Cove Park, from 11 am – 4 pm, the 4th Annual Festival being held in honor of the Feast of St. Gennaro, will be bigger and better than ever. And, as in the past, the Island Recreation Center partners with the IACHH, and the proceeds go to local non-profits and scholarship funds. And if you need more encouragement, see the video below for Flash Mob activity at the 2012 Italian Heritage Festival.
There will be food prep demonstrations, grape-stomping, stickball, bocce ball, live music, and the incomparable cuisine prepared by the best Italian restaurants south of the Mason-Dixon. And that’s saying something. See below for further details, or IHFestivalProgram2013. Or, if you prefer a more high-brow article and pictures with details, you can click here, or here. Otherwise, always check with HiltonHeadBlogAngel for the fraternity-level take on anything.
What: The 4th Annual Italian Heritage Festival in Honor of the Feast of St. Gennaro
Where: Shelter Cove Park, 39 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head, SC 29928
When: Saturday, September 21, 2013
What Time: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Cost: $6.00 at the gate, children 10 & under, free