Ulster Italian-American Festival (Aired On September 29 & 30, 2018)
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The Hudson Valley has a rich heritage of Italian immigration, making Putnam, Dutchess, Orange, Ulster, and Rockland counties among those with the highest percentages of Italian-Americans in the entire nation. The annual Italian-American Festival on the Kingston Waterfront celebrates this heritage with food, music, and Italian-American-themed products—free admission and free parking. It is a project of the Ulster County Italian-American Foundation, whose president, Highland Rotarian Tony Marmo, is this week’s guest on RadioRotary along with Anna Brett, who is chair of the fourth annual festival. The Italian-American Foundation supports its legacy in part with a dozen annual scholarships to college for students with an Italian heritage. The festival not only features many popular Italian food items, but also a wide selection of Italian wines and beers, as well as a spaghetti-eating contest and lessons in pizza-dough tossing. Learn more: Ulster Country Italian American Foundation:…