16th Vendemmia Draws Record Crowd To Girard Park Harvest Festival Brought Out Best In Food, Wine

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CONGRATULATING Dr. Gerard Vernose, founder and CEO of Vendemmia wine and food festival, are attendees Frank Ferrari and Joseph Vassalluzzo.

DR. GERARD VERNOSE and his assistant, Theresa McMichen, welcome food recipe authoress Julia Vassalluzzo to Vendemmia.

MIKE HENKEL adds his congratulations to Dr. Gerard Vernose for record turnout.

PARTICIPATING in Vendemmia celebration were Collingswood’s Nunzio Rustico Restaurant’s main principals Nunzio Patiuno and his cousin Pino Algeri.

SAMPLING some of fine wine given to those attending Vendemmia are Dr. Gerard Vernose, Katerine Egoul and Tony Jones.

LADLING out one of their famous soups were Lisa Pyle, Joan Masapollo, Richard Pyle and Sam Masapollo.

COFFEE was topic with coffee-maker manufacturer Bob Melikian, Nate Lerner and Biagio Genovese.

VETERAN VINTNER and a judge in well-regarded and coveted annual wine-tasting contest, was Giovanni Patane, 3rd from left, with members of his family.

AT LOCAL 98 tables were Bill Bergman, Maria Merlino, Ken Adams and Peter Kim.

ENTERTAINMENT was continuous as John Dougherty, Sr., Jenny King and Tom Rumbaugh wait to hear Sonny from Blue Notes, 3rd from left, perform.

GALDO’S Catering held down more than one buffet station. Boss Lou Galdo, center, is with staffers Mike Mecchella, Lou Galdo, Jr., Justin Galdo and Adam Ribaudo.

CROWD ENTERING Girard Park carried with them food, wine, and picked up wineglasses and program book as they joined record crowd in sampling free food and wine from vintners and restaurants.

HAVING ball were Guy Ferranti with Ginger & Charlie Strano.

TASTING FOOD tidbits and sampling wine were Linda Mariani, Stacy Montagno, Maryann Hoffman, Donna DiGiandomenico and Maria Mora.

ENTHUSIASTIC and wholehearted, author Ed Kirlin, Brigid & 1st Dist. Councilman Mark Squilla, and 1st Ward Chair Tom Rumbaugh enjoyed the spirit of Vendemmia. Photo by Maria Merlino

YOU DON’T have to be Italian to enjoyVendemmia. Surrounded by his daughters Kerry and Maureen is 100% Irishman Kevin Rankin. Photo by Maria Merlino

LADIES and gentlemen, this is the epitome of generational love, grandfather Augustine Merlino with his precious granddaughter Gia, dancing in his arms. Photo by Maria Merlino

EDDIE GENTNER and Tom Furia are die-hard Vendemmia fans. Photo by Maria Merlino

IBEW Local 98 was a sponsor of 16th annual Vendemmia. Rick Sheppard and the Drifters were one of the Special Guest bands this year in addition to the Soul Survivors, the Blue Notes, Michael Jones and Purple Reign. Photo by Maria Merlino

HAVING little pre-60th birthday cheer are George Bochetto, Esq., and Republican City Committee Chair Vito Canuso, Esq. Photo by Maria Merlino

FROM Italian Police (Carabinieri), P/O Gaetano Giordano, Center City attorneys George Bochetto and Christy Adams, Italian Member of Parliament Hon. Amato Berardi; P/O Arcangioli Gianluca; and George Kerns.
Photo by Maria Merlino

IBEW Local 98’s John J. Dougherty embraces Donatucci family: siblings Thomas and Dierdre and mom 185th Democratic State Rep. Maria Donatucci. Photo by Maria Merlino

SOUL SURVIVORS, Richie and Charlie Ingui, had crowd going wild with legendary song, “Expressway to Your Heart”. Even though song is 45 years old, vocalists shouted, “It will never die!” Photo by Maria Merlino

TWENTY-SIXTH WARD Republican Ward Leader James Dintino escorted Republican senatorial candidate Tom Smith, who mixed and mingled with revelers. Smith exclaimed, “WOW! I’m impressed. It’s good to be here.” Photo by Maria Merlino

LITTLEST MISS at the Vendemmia was 9 days old, Gia Arnone. Said godfather Tom Rumbaugh, “It was her first Vendemmia and she’s slept throughout the day.” Photo by Maria Merlino

CHIROPRACTOR Dr. Jim Moylan, Chiarella’s Ristorante proprietor Bones DeFino, 2nd Dist. Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, Vendemmia Chairman Gerard Vernose, MD, Keith Mungin and South Philly attorney Vince DeFino gather together for a moment of Vendemmia friendship and camaraderie. Photo by Maria Merlino

KEN ADAMS’ table was one of more popular places to stop and say hello. Here is Master of Ceremonies Bob Pantano, who was lauded by Dr. Gerry Vernose for producing continuous attention getting entertainment during daylong festival. Photo by Maria Merlino

SOME OF CROWD dancing and rocking to entertainment provided by Bob Pantano. Photo by Maria Merlino

CONGRATULATING Dr. Gerard Vernose, founder and CEO of Vendemmia wine and food festival, are attendees Frank Ferrari and Joseph Vassalluzzo.

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