Letters to the Editor — April 8, 2016

Sons of Italy thanks Delaware merchants


The Sixth Annual St. Joseph’s Day Italian Festival on March 19, sponsored by the Ocean City Lodge of the Sons of Italy and St. Luke’s/St. Andrew’s Catholic Church, was another big success and our best-attended to date.

We had over 1,200 attendees enjoy our home-cooked Italian meals and baked goods. Music was again provided this year by the Mario Monaldi Band from Baltimore.

As the many attendees wandered the hall, they bought Italian specialty foods and merchandise; participated in our large silent and Chinese auctions; played some games of chance and watched their children enjoy making Easter crafts. All in all, it was a fun day and a very successful one for our charity and scholarship funds.

We have many individuals and local Delaware merchants to thank for their generosity in sponsoring our entertainment, auctions and taking ads in our program. These are the establishments that are the backbone of our community and we appreciate their support. It is a pleasure to acknowledge them and we encourage your readers to support them:

Our benefactors in Bethany Beach: Atlantic Shoals Surf Shop, Beach Break Bakrie & Café, Bethany Beach Books, Bethany Beach Hut Surf Shop, Bethany Fine Arts Gallery, Bethany Sport Cards & Collectibles, Blooming Boutique, Blue Coast Seafood Grill, Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop, Coastal Nails, Coronado Jewelers, Cottage Café, DiFebo’s, Ellen Rice Gallery, Long & Foster Real Estate Inc., Matt’s Fish Camp, Off the Hook, Penguin Diner, Perfect Furnishings, Salt Pond Golf Course, Sea Level Designs, Sea Needles, Sedona, Silver Stockpile, Summer Salts Café, Tidepool Toys & Games, Tropicana Sun, Tropicana Swimwear and Turtle Beach Café.

Our benefactors in Dagsboro: Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club, Jayne’s Reliable, Neighbor Electric LLC, and Porto Pizza & Grill.

Our benefactors in Fenwick Island, West Fenwick and Selbyville: Antique Junction, Bayville Liquors, Big Liquor Store, the Blue Scoop, Casual Design Furniture, Catch 54, Cactus Café, Claddagh on the Shore, Coastal Coffee Works, Dirty Harry’s Family Restaurant, Energy Gym, Fenwick Float-ors, Fenwick Hardware, Fenwick Islander Motel, Flying Fish Café & Sushi Bar, Fox’s Pizza Den, Georgia House, Jimmy’s Kitchen, Kids Create Fun, Lady Fenwick, Lighthouse Liquors, Lois at Donna’s Family Cut & Curl, Mancini’s Italian Restaurant, Mio Fratello Italian Steak House, Murphy’s Bar & Grill, Nantucket, Papa Grande’s Coastal Taqueria, Remember When, Sweet Dispositions, Sophia’s Fine Jewelry, Sweetie Beads LLC, Southern Exposure, Taste of South Philly, The Rooster’s Nest, Yellow Fin Bar & Grill and Zen Spa.

Our benefactors in Millsboro: Blue Water Grill, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Denney’s Electric Supply, Georgia House Restaurant, Mill Pond Restaurant, Pizza Palace and Ray’s Place Styling Salon.

Our benefactors in Millville/Clarksville: All About U Aveda Salon & Spa, Aquacare Physical Therapy, Christine Bolling, Giant Food, Hooked Up Ale House & Raw Bar, Miller’s Creek Gifts/Wicker and Patti’s Hallmark.

Our benefactors in Ocean View: Bear Trap Golf Club, DiFebo’s Italian Grill, Hickman’s Package Store, Studio 26 Salon, Tidewater Physical Therapy, Treasure Island Fashions, TreasureQuest Shoppe, the UPS Store and Wild About Birds—The Nature Store.

Our benefactor’s in Selbyville/Frankford: Antique Junction, Boomer’s Landscape, Big Liquor Shop, Cactus Café, Coastal Coffee Works, Doyle’s Restaurant, Energy Gym, The Flutter/By House, Georgia House Restaurant, Kids Create Fun, Remember When, Sweet Dispositions and Yellow Fin Bar & Grill.

Our benefactors in Lewes/Rehoboth Beach: Fish On Seafood Grill & Bar, Frank and Louie’s Delicatessen, Nicola Pizza, Nonna’s Sweet Treats and Pasqualini’s Bakery.

Each one of these merchants played a part in our festival’s success through their sponsorships, gifts, donations and program ads. We sincerely thank them all, and we hope that the 2016 season will be their best ever.

And a very special thanks to all of you who came and enjoyed the afternoon with us. We had fun putting it all together.

Sal Castorina, Festival Chairman
Ocean City Lodge of the Sons of Italy