Weekend events include Glorious Garlic Festival, Italian-American Festival and motorcycle show
TRI-COUNTY AREA—Penn Yan, Watkins Glen and Hammondsport will each host an annual event this weekend.
The 22nd annual Glorious Garlic Festival will once again be held at Fox Run Vineyards this Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 2 and 3.
The two days of the festival include cooking demonstrations, garlic tastings and opportunities to meet the area’s artisan garlic growers and chefs. An array of Finger Lakes food producers and artists will be featured alongside live music. The event centers around garlic, with numerous varieties of heirloom and hard neck garlic available to purchase. The festival menu also features garlic in its food selection, being crafted by Rochester chef/restaurateur Tony Gullace.
Prior to the festival there will be a concert Thursday night July 31. The free show begins at 5 p.m. and features The Town Pants, their sixth performance at the Garlic Festival. Saturday’s performers include former Town Pants member Virginia Schwartz along with Bob and Dee later in the day, while Sunday’s musical acts are Rebecca Colleen and the Chore Lads along with Not Sold Separately.
The Schuyler County Italian-American Festival will enter its 35th year Friday through Sunday, Aug. 1 to 3 at Clute Park in Watkins Glen. The event features carnival rides, music, bingo, skate park stunts, fireworks, food, a pasta-eating contest and a motorcycle show.
Anthony J. Specchio Jr. will be the grand marshal of Saturday’s parade. Specchio was recently inducted into the New York Senate’s Veterans’ Hall of Fame.
Also joining more than 50 units in the parade will be Festival Prince Michael Purpura, son of Jerlando and Jessica Purpura, and Festival Princess Maria Scaptura, daughter of Charlie Scaptura and Kristina Vondracek.
Saturday’s parade will follow a route from Watkins Glen high school to Clute Park, starting at noon. The reviewing stand will again be at Lafayette Park, featuring Jim Howell as announcer.
The festival grounds will open Friday, Aug. 1, at 1 p.m. Penny and the Shylocks, formerly Shylock Foxx, will perform at the entertainment tent from 7 to 10:30 p.m.
Another of Saturday’s highlights will be the pasta-eating contest presented by Southern Finger Lakes Women and the Montour Moose Lodge. The contest is open to anyone of any age and will be at 4 p.m. at the entertainment stage.
Music Saturday night will be by Midnight Special, a classic rock band from Cincinnati, performing from 8 to 11:30 p.m.
The festival’s fireworks show will be Saturday night at 10:15 p.m.
Sunday’s event includes the Italian-American Festival Motorcycle Show at noon. Parking will be free for all motorcycles.
The Lakeside Skate Park Competition will also get underway at noon Sunday, with participants performing stunts on skateboards, rollerblades and bicycles.
The Tony Tallarida Memorial Bocce Tournament will be returning, as well, along with more than 20 food concessions and upwards of 50 craft vendors.
No admission to the festival is charged, but parking on Clute Park grounds is $5 per vehicle.
The organizing committee has prohibited all outside alcoholic beverages from the festival grounds. Local wines and beer will be available for purchase at the festival’s beer garden, a designated area for festival-goers 21 and older.
For more, visit the festival website at www.watkinsglenitalianfestival.com or contact festival chairman Charlie Scaptura at firstname.lastname@example.org. All proceeds from the Italian-American Festival are returned to the community through donations and scholarships.
Classic and vintage motorcycles will be on display at the Glenn Curtiss Museum Saturday and Sunday Aug. 2 and 3 during the annual bike show, swap meet and ride around Keuka Lake. The museum is located at 8419 State Route 54 in Hammondsport and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Motorcycles on display include special items from the museum’s collection, such as an exact reproduction of Curtiss’s 1907 World Record V8 Motorcycle. In a measured-mile run at Ormond Beach, Florida, Jan. 23, 1907, the motorcycle was officially clocked at 136.3 mph, earning Glenn Curtiss the title of Fastest Man on Earth. Another featured bike is the 1915 Williams Clady’s Model that sports a three-cylinder rotary engine fixed to the rear wheel.
Motorcycle Weekend is sponsored by Odd Ball Old Dog Cycles, a Western and Central New York motorcycle group. There will be free admission to the outdoor display and swap meet and a special reduced museum admission fee of $6 is good for both days of the event.
Curtiss is better known for his pioneering work in aviation. He is considered to be the founder of the American aircraft industry and the father of US Naval aviation.