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Toccolana Club to celebrate annual San Gennaro Festival

Posted 9/17/22

The Toccolana Club of Rome will host its second annual San Gennaro Festival Friday through Sunday, Sept. 23-25.

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Toccolana Club to celebrate annual San Gennaro Festival

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ROME — The Toccolana Club of Rome will host its second annual San Gennaro Festival Friday through Sunday, Sept. 23-25.

The free event kicks off at 5 p.m. Friday at the Toccolana Club on East Dominick Street.

This year’s San Gennaro Festival will feature a Doubles Bocce Tournament and a Women’s Doubles Bocce Tournament. Grit N’ Grace will headline the event, playing Friday night from 7-10 p.m. Local food trucks will be on site throughout the festival.

The Feast of San Gennaro is an Italian-American festival celebrating Saint Januarius, the patron saint of Naples and Little Italy. The original Feast of San Gennaro is celebrated in New York City annually.

“We are excited to bring back the San Gennaro Festival to celebrate the Italian-American culture which focuses on bringing people together,” said Paul Calicchia, president of the Toccolana Club.

San Gennaro Festival is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend. Interested bocce teams can sign up by contacting the club via their Facebook page, website at thetoccolanaclub.com, or by phone.

About the Toccolana Club

The Toccolana Club was established in 1925 as a social club by Italian immigrants from the village of Tocco da Casauria in the Province of Pescara in the Abruzzo Region of Italy. The club has evolved over the years, and now includes members from several ethnic groups.

In addition to providing a place for socialization, the club provides a venue for bocce — a lawn bowling game originating in Italy. The game is now played on courts using a fine stone dust base.

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