Commemorate region's past at Carnevale Italiano
BUONGIORNO a tutti! It`s almost time for Carnevale Italiano - the full day celebration at New Italy to commemorate the successful settlement of a group of Italian refugee survivors in the Northern Rivers 136 years ago.
Carnevale has become an annual event at New Italy, which salutes the strong cultural heritage of the Northern Rivers community.
The management team at New Italy is looking for descendants of the original /or later settlers of New Italy ,who first settled in 1881 in Northern NSW, south of Woodburn.
"We are inviting all descendants wherever they may be to join us on the day, or to contact us so that we can find out approximately how many are living in Australia today," John Barnes, president of New Italy Management Inc, said.
"We also welcome all members of our community to come and enjoy all things Italian on the day, which has something for everyone - including music, singing, dancing, BBQ, bocce, locally made salami and of course pasta & vino!. This year we also have a history hunt for children, together with mask making."
Popular singers, Tony Pantano, Fortunato Isgro and opera star Simone Nicole will perfom this year.
Additionally, the gift shop with its beautiful Italian jewellery will be open all day and patrons will also be able to view the extensively revamped museum and cafe building.
Carnevale Italiano will be held on Sunday, April 9, beginning with Mass at 10am. Parking is available from 9am.
At the New Italy Museum, 10 minutes south of Woodburn on the Pacific Hwy.
Entry $10 per person, children 14 and under free.