People have been making wine in Jessup for as long as anybody can remember. Wine-making Italian immigrants brought the practice to the area in the 1800s.
And for the past 23 years, the Jessup 21st Century Association has hosted its annual “Wine Tasting at Station Park” festival. This year it will be on Sunday, May 20, 1 to 4 p.m. This event will also be the kickoff St. Ubaldo week in town.
This year organizers say at least nine winemakers will take part in the festivities, and will serve samples of their great homemade wines.
In addition, there will also be plenty to eat, including traditional Italian food and along with the usual festival food: risotto, porketta, cannoli, sausage and peppers, Texas weiners, pizza, specialty cupcakes and expresso.
Entertainment will be by Sarah Marie and Joseph Barrese. Donations will be taken at the gate.
“We invite all to join us for a wonderful afternoon,” said Genevieve Lupini, president of the association. “We now have our beautiful pavilion for everyone to relax and enjoy the day’s event.”
This year’s festival also commemorates the completion of the “Make your Mark at Station Park” project.
“For the engraved paver project, we chose a tree design to compliment the logo of the Association,” Lupini said. “The pavers are laid out in front of the gazebo at the front of the park. Please stop by to see the beautiful design, created by Kristen Wolfe, one of our members. We would like to thank Jessup Borough, Joe Fetcho, Eric Braun and Joe Cirba for their dedication to complete this project.”
The day will also be the kickoff for the week of St. Ubaldo celebrations, leading up to the annual Race of the Saints on Saturday, May 26.
Mayor Joseph Buckson Jr. will present Primo Capitano Bernie Fagnani of St. Ubaldo and Secundo Capitano Dave Whitlock of St. George the key to the city. Mayor Buckson will also present certificates to Capodieci Jeff Paone of St. Ubaldo, Chris Lemoncelli of St. George and Michael Cappelini of St. Anthony.
Members of St. Ubaldo Society will be there to greet the visitors and will have their banners and scarves and sashes available for sale.