November 27, 2021

St. Anthony’s Festival morphs into curbside food sales

Adjusting to the pandemic

Cortland Standard file photo

Sophia Pizzola and her grandmother, Carmela Pizzola, package Italianate cookies in June 2017 at St. Anthony’s Church in Cortland while preparing for St. Anthony’s Festival that year. Planners hope for the traditional event to return in 2022.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the St. Anthony’s Festival Committee will alter the festival this year.

The festival will be canceled in the traditional sense, but the committee will again offer festival curbside sales on the second Saturday of each month from April through September.

The big start will be 4 to 6 p.m. April 10 with a take-out dinner featuring “A Taste of Italy.” Payment and pickup are are at St. Anthony’s Church Hall, 50 Pomeroy St., Cortland, at the top of the atrium ramp.

Face masks and social distancing are required.

This will be a take out/pick up only event, and pre-orders will be accepted March 23 through April 6. Dinner will feature minestrone soup, salad, bread, entree featuring lasagna roll-up, ziti, meatball, sausage and dessert for $15. Sorry, no special orders.

Order by calling Cindy at 607-753-8948, Judy at 607-591-4195, Phil at 607-7537826 or Annamaria at 607-745-0834. Please mention any special pick-up accommodations when you place your order.

Watch for details for May 8, June 12, July 10, Aug. 14 and Sept. 11.

Also watch for physically distanced activities June 12 and 13 to celebrate St. Anthony’s Feast Day.

The festival committee hopes to be able to bring the traditions back in June 2022.

For details, go to:

  • Saintanthonyofcortland.com.
  • Saintanthonysfestival.org.
  • Facebook.com/stanthonysofcortland.
  • Or email Sheila Ossit at sheila.ossit@ gmail.com.