As the Ambassador of San Juan Capistrano’s Sister City Program, IFAFA Member Vicky Carabini had the idea of creating a festival that celebrates the art and culture of Italy, in the city of San Juan Capistrano, CA. Out of that idea was born Ferragosto in San Juan Capistrano, a non-profit, volunteer-staffed, family-friendly free event. Major event partners are the Boys and Girls Club of Capistrano Valley, J. Serra Catholic High School, and the San Juan Capistrano Chamber of Commerce. The event, focusing on Italian culture, crafts, and art, will next be offered in 2013. It will include Italian Street Painting in which the street becomes the canvas and pastels, the paint. One of the accomplishments of the organization was to raise funds to have the award-winning audio tour on the website for the Historic Mission San Juan Capistrano translated into Italian. You can listen to it at:
Sister City – Capestrano, Italy
San Juan Capistrano celebrates its Italian connection with its Sister City, Capestrano, located in the Abruzzo region of Italy. The two cities became officially ‘twinned’ on June 13, 2000. Since then, the two cities have had cultural and educational exchanges. Some of the activities have included vendors from Capestrano, Italy, participating in the Italian Celebration of the Swallow’s Return at the historic Mission San Juan Capistrano in March 2009, and, in October 2010, there was an educational exchange between the students at the Mission Parish School and the students in Capestrano. The City of San Juan Capistrano Sister City Program also coordinates a St. Joseph Day food drive for the local food bank, Fr. Serra’s Pantry; enters an Italian entry in the Annual Swallow’s Day Parade; and hosts Italian language classes twice a week at Vitos Restaurant located in the historic center of the city and monthly Italian movies at the newly renovated Regency Theater next to the train depot.