August 24, 2018

A Look at the 2018 Feast of Santa Rosalia in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn

Evviva Santa Rosalia!
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
Despite running for eleven days (August 16th thru August 26th), I’ve been so busy with work and family of late I thought I would never get to go to the “18th Avenue Feast” in honor of Santa Rosalia; but thankfully Thursday evening I was able to stop by and venerate our glorious patroness and enjoy some of the festivities with a few close friends.
The procession with float and statue will begin at the outdoor chapel on 18th Avenue and 72nd Street on Sunday, August 26th at 3:00pm. Mass will be celebrated in Italian at St. Dominic's Church (2001 Bay Ridge Parkway) at 4:00pm.
Festive street lights line the avenue
John and Rosanna celebrate their faith and culture
Feast organizers acquired a beautiful statue of the saint
from the closed St. Rosalia Church (6301 14th Avenue)
(L) The new statue was placed in the outdoor chapel on 72nd St.
(R) The longtime processional statue stood beside the chapel
Our pal Angelo Timoneri with Gino, Charlie and Anthony 
After saying our prayers, we explored the festive fairgrounds
 I never miss an opportunity for Lucy's hot peppers and stigghiola
We stopped by Staten Island's very own Montalbano's of Rosebank
sausage stand for a few sandwiches
Delicious hot sausage smothered in sweet onions and peppers
A view of the fairgrounds from atop the ferris wheel 
After some fun rides and games we indulged our sweet tooth with some zeppoli
Naturally we made our obligatory stop at Villabate Alba Pasticceria
(7001 18th Ave.) for some espresso and baked iris
And finally, we cooled off with a little gelato from L'Artigiano