ALL things Italian will be celebrated when the New Italy Museum hosts the annual Carnevale Italiano on Sunday, April 13.
The theme this year is “cultural immersion” and those attending are encouraged to dress in Italian costumes.
The entertainment will be provided again by Italian-born entertainer Tony Pantano and Australian-Italian singer-musician Fortunato Isgro.
There also will be an appearance by the Spaghetti Circus.
Carnevale will start at 10am with an Italian Mass in the hall.
Then there will be music and dancing until 4pm.
And, of course, there’s the food, with the best of Italian cuisine on offer.
“A $5 donation per adult (children under 14 free) gives you a chance to win our great lucky door prize, which is a two-night stay at the Ramada Hotel in Ballina,” the organisers said.
The New Italy Museum Complex Committee is pushing hard to have the revamped pavilion finished in time for Carnevale.
The pavilion, built in the late 1980s and early 1990s, was infested with termites.
Once they made the discovery, the committee, community helpers, work placement students from Southern Cross University (where Ms Lane is a design lecturer) and an assortment of people began helping to dismantle the pavilion, find the termites, and then put it all back together again, with some new pieces and a slightly newer design – rushing to get it all done in time for the Carnevale.
“The termites have been a blessing in disguise, but they’ve also put us back,” Ms Lane said.
“It looks so much better though.
“It’s now a cleaner, tidier and easier to maintain place.”