The Update | Italian Festival This Weekend; Trumbull Tourism Is Award Finalist

YOUNGSTOWN – The Greater Youngstown Italian Festival will take place Friday through Sunday, Aug. 5-7, along four blocks of Federal Street, downtown.

The event typically draws approximately 50,000 people over its three days. It will feature food from over 30 Italian restaurants and food vendors, continuous entertainment on two stages, retail vendors, a morra tournament, wine making and peppers in oil contests and Miss Italian Fest pageant.

Admission is $5 (free for children under 12). The festival is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Sunday; and 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday. The Wine and Beer tent will be located at Champion and East Federal streets; the Roma Stage will be in the tent at West Federal and Phelps streets.

The morra tournament will start at 7 p.m. Friday. The pasta eating contest will start at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. The wine and peppers in oil contests will start at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

Here is the entertainment schedule:
FRIDAY
Wine and Beer Tent
4-6 p.m.: Rex Taneri
6:30-8:30 p.m.: Vintage Vinyl
9-11 p.m.: Ovations
Roma Stage
Noon-2 p.m.: Feral Cats, a Purple Cat Group
6 p.m.: Opening ceremony
6-8 p.m.: Miss Italian Fest pageant
8-10 p.m.: Gli Italiani
SATURDAY
Wine and Beer Tent
4:30-6:30 p.m.: Butch Nichols Band
7-9 p.m.: RDNA
9:30-11:30 p.m.: Bustin’ Loose
Roma Stage
6-8 p.m.: Del Sinchak
8:30-10:30 p.m.: Ray Massa
SUNDAY
Wine and Beer Tent
5:30-7:30 p.m.: Jim Frank 
8:15-11 p.m.: HouseBand
Roma Stage
12:30-1:30 p.m. Outdoor Mass
1:30-2:30 p.m.: Lowellville Band
2:30-4 p.m.: Little King & Queen Pageant
4-6 p.m.: Avanti Band
6:30-8 p.m.: The Cavaliers
9-10:30 p.m.: Dom Tocco

Trumbull Tourism Is a Finalist for Travel Award

WASHINGTON – Trumbull County Tourism is a finalist in the U.S. Travel Association’s Destiny and Mercury awards in the Printed Collateral Material category.

The winners will be revealed next week.

The Destiny Awards recognize excellence in destination marketing efforts, while the Mercury Awards recognize achievements on the state level. A judging panel of marketing experts will select the winners.

“I love this opportunity to have our marketing work recognized among other larger destinations,” said Beth Kotwis Carmichael, executive director of Trumbull County Tourism. “It’s a testament to the hard work and passion our team, board and partners put into promoting our ‘Truly Trumbull’ experiences to a larger audience.”

The state destination marketing organization, TourismOhio, qualified for two awards in the categories of Digital Campaign and Industry and Strategic Partnerships.

Watercolor Exhibition at Weller Gallery

YOUNGSTOWN – “Human/Nature: Two Watercolor Views” featuring works by artists Betsy Ford and Lotte Herwig-Erhardt is on display in the Weller Gallery at Fellows Riverside Gardens through Oct. 23.
Admission is free. The Gallery is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
A reception will take place Sept. 17 from 1 to 3 p.m.

Butler Seeks Entries for Annual Exhibition

YOUNGSTOWN – The Butler Institute of American Art is calling on area artists who reside within Trumbull, Mahoning, and Columbiana counties in Ohio; and Mercer and Lawrence counties in Pennsylvania for the 83rd Area Artists Annual juried exhibition.

Works in all media are eligible, including oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastel, drawings, prints, photographs, ceramics, and sculpture. All work must be the original work of the artist completed within the past two years and must not have been included in earlier Butler exhibitions. Entries must be postmarked on or before Aug. 26. Entry forms with instructions can be viewed and downloaded at ButlerArt.com. Artists can also request more information and an entry form by emailing the exhibition organizer, Jean Shreffler at [email protected] or by calling 330 743 1107; ext. 1312.

This year’s juror for the exhibition is Diane Schaffstein, co-gallery director and head appraiser with The Bonfoey Gallery in Cleveland.

Accepted works will be on view at The Butler, 524 Wick Ave., from Oct. 23 to Nov. 13.

Encore Cinema Has Permanently Closed

NILES – Encore Cinema, a second-run movie theater in Great East Plaza, has closed.

The decision was announced on the theater’s Facebook page. The owners of the theater also own Skyway Drive-in in Warren and Movies 8 in Boardman, which will both remain open, according to a posted statement.

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