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Lake George Italian Fest offers opera, bocce and food delizioso

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The 2014 Lake George Italian Festival kicks off this Saturday at 10 a.m. in Shepard Park on Canada Street. Arts and crafts vendors will be hawking their wares along Canada Street while local restaurants dish up Italian specialties in Shepard Park. This is the second year for the festival, which drew a crowd of several hundred last year. Live entertainment begins at noon on both Saturday and Sunday and will continue into the evening.

Children’s activities include contests, games, pony rides, bounce houses and face painting. For the grownups, there will be beer and wine tasting. The public is invited to stomp grapes and compete in bocce and dough tossing competitions. Strolling entertainers, including mandolin player John Seneta, will perform throughout the afternoon.

Live entertainment begins at noon on both Saturday and Sunday. Opera singer Holly McCormack returns this year to perform on the Shepard Park outdoor stage. Flucellinet, a flute, cello and clarinet chamber trio will also perform.

Saturday night fireworks will shoot off over that lake at 9:15. Admission to the festival is free. A large dining tent, with lake views, will protect festivalgoers from passing rain showers. Parking is available on the street and in the public parking lots at the intersection of James and Ottawa Streets and on Amherst Street across from Price Chopper. For a complete schedule, visit the Lake George festivals website.