People will come to Verplanck from as far as the Bronx and New Jersey this week for five nights of festivities, music, games, rides, fireworks, parades and more. It all starts tonight on 8th Street.
The 90th Annual Our Lady of Mount Carmel Feast kicks off tonight at 6 p.m. and runs until midnight. The event runs every day at those times at 8th Street and Broadway in Verplanck, and culminates in a much-anticipated fireworks show at 11 p.m. Sunday.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel is a non-profit organiztion estabilished in 1922 by a handful of Italian immigrants from Calabria, Italy, most of whom worked at a quarry in Verplanck. The Society has grown from that to a group with 135 members and a Ladies Auxiliary with more than 30 members. Organizers proudly throw the feast every year to keep their heritage alive and raise funds for their organization, which go towards charity and community outreach events throughout the year. The Feast is the Society’s one fundraising event every year and is the oldest running of its kind in the Hudson Valley. View a video on what it is all about
This year’s event is a little different with the Italian Mass at to be held at 3 p.m. instead of 11 a.m. There will also be an with cash prizes held on Friday at 6 p.m. (click to register), Firemen's parade Saturday and a 50-50 raffle.
Discount ride bracelets are available at local merchants. The event features a wide array of Italian food, beer, wine, classic festival desserts and more.
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While you are enjoying the feast, ask a Society member to give you a tour of their brand new upgraded, modernized and expanded Society building, twice the size of their old place, says Board Member Joe Cosentino. Cosentino also encourages the community to ask about holding events at thei newly renovated and fully handicap accessible building.
Each night is packed with events and activities for the whole family to enjoy. See full schedule below.
Wednesday, July 11: Mike Risko Band, yesterday and today’s rock and pop
Thursday, July 12: Streets of the Bronx, Doo-wop and hits from the 40s, 50s, and 60s
Firday, July 13: Dirty Stay Out, yesterday and todays rock and pop
6 p.m. Italian-American Idol Contest with cash prizes. Held on the main stage. Call 914-323-8343 to register.
Saturday, July 14: Over the Top, rock and pop
6 p.m. A Firemen’s Parade kicks off the event
Sunday, July 15: FDR Drive Band, 50s, 60s, 70s classics Motown, swing and more
Mass at 3 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Church with procession to follow. All are welcome to march in procession.
11 p.m. fireworks will be presented by the World Champion Garden State Fireworks.