Three years ago, the good folks who own Scotto’s Pork Store in Hampton Bays got tired of having nothing to do but pick pumpkins on the East End in October, and they decided to emulate the folks in Little Italy and have a big feast in honor of San Gennaro, the Patron Saint of Naples. They had a statue of San Gennaro made for them in Naples and shipped to the good ground of Hampton Bays to make the festival happen.
And it’s still happening this weekend. The streets and parking lots between Main Street and the railroad station are filled with Masaratis and music, zeppoli and cigar vendors, sausages and peppers, and one or two grandmothers who can’t help but cry to hear a young tenor sing “Come Back to Sorrento.”
If you’re reading this on Saturday, Oct. 5, there’s still time to get down to the fireworks at the festival at 9 p.m. tonight. Sunday, Oct. 6, brings a full day of music, beginning with a performance by Carmello the Singing Pizza Man from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., followed by the smooth sound of Johnny Avelo from 2:30 to 4 p.m., Franco Corso’s love songs from 4:30 to 6 p.m. and Motown band The Filthy Crickets from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The festival will run from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. both days.
Oh, yes, there’s a carnival too! More information is available here.