Ulster County Italian Festival returns to the Rondout

The crowd. (Photos by Phyllis McCabe)

Kingston’s Italian Festival was held on Sunday, October 10 in the Rondout.  There were over 20 food and drink vendors, a spaghetti-eating contest, music and singing, stage and street performers and crafts.  The Signora and Signore of the Year were Mary Tuma and Bill Calderara respectively.  Bob Siracusano and Joe Concra received the Community Service Award and Stephanie and Kevin Reginato were presented the Italian Pride Award.


Acoustic artists Earl Pardini and Friends.

Ulster County Italian American Foundation members (L-R) Joanne Guerin, Barbara Ioria, Catherine Conti, Fran Uhl and Joanne Hannigan sold t-shirts.

Cousins Eliana Taranto, age 7, and Natalie Jimenez, age 4, both of Red Hook show off the masks they created for Carnivale.


Firebreather Corey Glover has a flare for fire.

Eight-year-old Jericho of Catskill is holding up the leaning Tower of Pisa.

Dwayne “Bo” Smith of Kingston gives half his cannoli to Bailey, his 10-year-old dog who loves Italian food.

UC Italian American Foundation President Les Lombardi and 2021’s Signora of the Year Mary Tuma.

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