Saint Liberata and bocce ball
The procession of the saint will start at Seacrest Village, 165 South Ocean Avenue, at noon. Pictured are bocce ball participants.


Saint Liberata and bocce ball


As summer fades, it becomes time to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the traditional Patchogue Italian Feast of Saint Liberata. (The namesake of the festival is the patron saint of the village of Pizzone, Italy.) This year’s event will be hosted along Main Street in Patchogue Village on Saturday, Sept. 16, with a rain date of Saturday, Sept. 23.

Patchogue Village trustee Sal Felice from Sal & Ken Felice’s Auto Repair in Blue Point has been named the 2017 Italian-American of the Year. Felice will help kick off the event with the traditional parade of the statue and blessing. This year the procession will start at noon at Seacrest Village, 165 South Ocean Avenue. The blessing will be performed by Father Henry Reid and Deacon Marty McIndoe.

After the parade, a short ceremony will be held onstage near the Four Corners to honor Felice. Then, the festivities will commence, with plenty of food from the local restaurants and vendors to satisfy any Italian hunger craving. New this year will be a Vino in the Village wine tasting. For a nominal fee, patrons can visit several Patchogue restaurants for a sample of wine. Live music and entertainment will be provided throughout the day by The Del Satins, Rebos, Carmelo Raccuglia, Nino Amatulli, Tony Grant and of course, the Giglio Italian Marching Band.

A traditional staple of Italian heritage and a highlight of the event is the bocce competition on the lawn of the 6th District Courthouse on West Main Street. The bocce ball tournament will have two courts of simultaneous play, allowing 16 bocce ball teams to compete. The Saint Liberata competition is a two-flight double elimination tournament, with eight teams per flight. The flights are scheduled for 11:45 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Bocce teams will be made up of four players, throwing a total of four balls per frame. The team who draws the lowest number gets to pick between the green or red bocce balls. At the end of each frame, only one team will earn one point for every ball that is closer to the pallino than the other team’s closest ball. If the judge decides that both teams are at or about equal distance from the pallino, then each team is awarded one point. Only the winner of each flight will advance to the double elimination Tournament of Champions, which will begin at approximately 6 p.m.

For more information, visit the Patchogue Italian Feast of Saint Liberata on Facebook.