St. James Church Gearing Up For “Festa Di San Giacomo”

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Traditional Italian Dancers at Fest Di San Giacomo

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Roseann Himes

St. James Church, 27 Allen Street in Jamestown is gearing up for their annual Italian Festival, known as the Festa Di San Giacomo. For more than 70 years, the Church has invited the community together for fellowship, food and entertainment. The festival, which is now a substantial fund raiser, has changed many times over the years; from the entertainment to all of the festivities and specialty foods.

Authentic Italian food has become difficult to find in restaurants and preparation is time consuming. There are several old family recipes used in helping to bring back these specialties that people rarely get the change to enjoy because the “older generation” in their families have passed away and the majority of the “younger generation” sadly, never learned to make this food in keeping up with the old world traditions.

Our Italian ancestors were not ones to waste any food source and one of those delicacies is TRIPE….cooked in sauce till tender. Lots of work preparing and cooking this item and not many willing to take it on; however many look forward to being able to get a taste of the past. From the Italian sausage which is handmade by Sandees Bakery, smothered in peppers and onions, to the homemade pizza made fresh for the festival by Sauce Restaurant in Jamestown, all of the food is authentic. The fried bread dough is made with homemade bread dough by one of our parishioners, who makes the dough all day long! Our sauce for the pasta and meat ball subs is made from scratch. For the most part, sauce is a pretty delicate subject with most Italian families; everyone likes their own family recipe, but we’d love for you to come try ours. The Rice Balls, which are also labor intensive, especially when you make 900 of them, are delicious! Included in our menu is Baked Ziti, deep fried Pepperoni balls and Caponatina, which is an eggplant salad. Also available are cannoli and Italian cookies made by a special group of ladies who work very hard to provide these baked goods for your enjoyment.

Raffles and drawings are held throughout the day, including a large assortment of baskets prepared by individuals and businesses from the area. Our large raffle drawing with available prizes from $200 to $1000 will be drawn at 8PM. There is live Entertainment including our local Italian Dancers, music throughout the day and ending with our famous local band “Happy Days”.

Please join us on Saturday, July 13, 201 from 11:00 AM to 9:30 PM for the Festa Di San Giacomo under the tent in the Church parking lot. Free Admission and parking. Everyone is welcome!!