Verdi Club Community Festival concludes for another year


By Ron Giofu


The Verdi Club Community Festival is in the books for another year and organizers are pleased with the results overall.

Verdi1 Verdi2 Verdi3Despite storms on some of the three nights, everything turned out to the satisfaction of those who helped organize festivities.

“Things are going pretty good,” said Verdi Club board member Lucio Salvati. “We’ve got good crowds.”

Salvati said a good crowd turned out for the band Bigg Wiggle Friday night while the Beatles tribute band Liverpool Echo sold out Saturday night. A teen dance was also well attended, he said.

Other weekend activities included a three-on-three hockey tournament, fireworks, a mass, a bocce tournament, live entertainment and a “family day” on Sunday.

Verdi Club president Aurelio Tontodonati was happy to see people from the community at large and even from outside of Amherstburg turn out for the festival.

“It’s not only for Italians,” he said. “It’s for all of the community.”

The tenth annual Verdi Club car show was held Saturday with approximately 55 vehicles in attendance. Organizer Vince Muoio was happy with the number, adding that unfriendly skies that morning likely kept more people away.

“We got a decent turnout. I’m happy with it,” said Muoio. “We made some money for this year’s charity, Harmony in Action.”

While in previous years the Verdi Club has tried weekly shows, Muoio said this year’s lone show was at the festival. Other car shows in the area plus a lot of inclement weather this year played into that decision.

“Weather is a big factor,” he said. “People spend time and money on their cars. They don’t want to have to re-do them after (it rains).”

A lot of people in the area have classic cars and car shows help demonstrate that, he added.

“People take a lot of pride and joy in their vehicles and want to show them off,” said Muoio.

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