Watkins glen Italian American festival

Schuyler County Italian-American Festival

Launches Lafayette Park Legacy Lane

The Schuyler County Italian-American Festival is partnering with the Village of Watkins Glen to honor the county’s heritage in the new Lafayette Park Legacy Lane.

Located on the north side of Lafayette Park, the Legacy Lane will start at the two brick columns at the Fourth Street sidewalk and will lead to the bandstand.

“Lafayette Park is the perfect location for this Italian-American Festival project because the park was where the festival was revived in 1979,” Festival Co-Chairman Louis Perazzini said, “and in 1994, the festival committee was one of the organizations that sponsored the installation of the brick columns and beautiful gates.”

The Legacy Lane will provide opportunities to commemorate families, organizations or exceptional moments with engraved bricks. Funds raised by the sale of the bricks will help defray costs of the annual Italian-American Festival.

“This community is proud of its heritage, and the Legacy Lane will be a great way to show that pride,” Watkins Glen Mayor Sam Schimizzi said.

“Everyone looks forward to the Italian-American Festival, and the board is glad to support the festival by giving the go-ahead to the Legacy Lane project,” Schimizzi said.

The price of an engraved brick is $100. Orders will be taken year-round, and bricks will be installed in the walkway periodically between May and November.  See below for application.

“You can put your name on a brick. Or your ancestors’ names,” Perazzini said. “Your wedding date? Your graduating class? We want everyone in Schuyler County to look at the Legacy Lane as a permanent way to celebrate and remember someone or something important.”

Similar engraved-brick walkways, such as at the Schuyler County Veterans Memorial Park, Route 228, outside of Odessa, and at the International Motor Racing Research Center on Decatur Street in Watkins Glen, are popular with both participants and visitors, Perazzini said.

The form for purchasing a brick is available at the Watkins Glen Village Office on Franklin Street and at businesses across the county, including Watkins Sporting Goods, 123 Fourth St., Watkins Glen; and at Jerlando’s pizza shops in Montour Falls and Watkins Glen.

The Schuyler County Italian-American Festival will be Aug. 11-13 this year, the festival’s 38th year. Thousands of people, area residents and visitors alike, gather at Clute Park in Watkins Glen for three days that offer live music, contests for homemade wines and pasta sauces, a bocce tournament, carnival rides and a wide variety of foods.

The festival also features an eclectic parade and the best fireworks show in the Finger Lakes.

Proceeds from the annual festival are returned to the Schuyler County community in donations to youth groups and other charitable organizations. More than $80,000 has been distributed over the years.

For more information about the Lafayette Park Legacy Lane or any aspect of the Schuyler County Italian-American Festival, contact Louis Perazzini at zinni57@aol.com .​


Legacy Brick Application