…you can find Lock 3.
This prime piece of property was turned into a park in 2003 and now hosts…
…an area for some booths (Hi Julia!)…
…and the neighboring S. Main Street for even more booths and two stages.
…one stage was being used for music…
…while the other had a Morra competition in progress.
I taught Julia how to play a short time before this festival and we thought about entering, but you needed a team of five.
So, instead, we watched as the players taunted each other by screaming out Italian numbers as their hands shot out and up.
Check out that intense Morra action!
…and happy street entertainment.
They even had Italian food…
…or should I say Italian American?
Honestly, I’m not sure what this is.
This made things a little difficult for me to find something to eat if I wanted to stick with the Italian theme, mostly because I could get most of those items anywhere. Fortunately, I found a booth advertising some fried smelt (something I only found at Greek fests).
But, when I asked about it, they said they didn’t have it. Apparently, they only had food listed on the small blue fliers below and the smelts weren’t listed.
To me, the dessert hunt was the highlight of the festival. Not because of the desserts, mind you, because they all fail to compare to Grandma’s. But I did rather enjoy talking to the women of two local Italian clubs who sold cookies at their booths. Both groups were lively, a bit pushy at times in what they wanted me to buy, but fun all the same.
Of the cookies they made, there were pizzelles and various other biscotti (cookies). I did get some pizzelles at one booth and they were OK. Could have been crispier and more flavorful, but I am comparing to Grandma’s.
And, just as I was about to turn my back on them, a woman came from the back with a covered bin of cookies she baked herself. She pulled off the top and a cloud of sugary perfume hit me.
“Yes, I want these!” I exclaimed. And I was happy.
And I could have said the same at that precise moment.
Those anise-flavored biscotti were fluffy and flavorful with a nice sugary finish. They were the perfect ending to an Italian American festival and they perfectly complimented the following morning’s coffee.
To the lady who made them…