Author Archives: Carla Hays

Joe Lapinski – 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

Joe Lapinski, recently retired Public Works Director for the city of Herrin, received the 2010 HerrinFesta Italiana Lifetime Achievement Award. Joe is a quiet man, unassuming and humble. His actions and his reputation, however, speak boldly of his character. He was born during a simpler time in Herrin, on February 25, 1946, to Joe and […]

2010 Corporate Honoree – Black Diamond Harley Davidson

Corporate Honoree for 2010 HerrinFesta Italiana is Black Diamond Harley- Davidson of Marion. Rodney Cabaness and Shad Zimbro, both Sesser natives, own Black Diamond,  listed among the nation’s top-performing Harley-Davidson dealerships. Cabaness and Zimbro are responsible for that familiar roar one hears when driving by their busy parking lot at 2400 Williamson County Parkway. The […]

Nicky Varacalli – 2010 Grand Parade Marshall

  In the southern-most region of Italy, down as far as the toe of the “boot”, sits the beautiful province of Calibria. Ancient churches and villages lie in the shadows of ruins, echoing a past that speaks of the peaceful lives of fishermen and farmers. Mountains loom over the shoreline and beaches. This idyllic setting […]

Get Your HerrinFesta Souvenirs Here!

Gene and Nancy Eisenhauer of Herrin have been running the HerrinFesta Souvenir Shop for the last three years.  This will be their fourth year, and, unfortunately,  their last, as they are “retiring” after the 2008 HerrinFesta Italiana.  They are grateful for their crew of volunteers who come in before Festa begins to set up the […]

These Volunteers are Winners!

Where would any self-respecting city of Italian heritage be without a Bocce Court? The Bocce Club Complex, in the 300 block of West Walnut, has been a labor of love for a hard-working group of Herrinites. Steve Hampton and his wife Kelly; Rick and Kathy Lynn; Rick Alegnani; and the Hamann family – Karl, Diane, […]

The McCuans Love Being “Bartenders for a Day”

  If you have ever stopped by for a drink at the HerrinFesta Wine Booth, chances are you have met Pat and Carole McCuan.  Carole is a 25 year employee at Herrin Security Bank, and Pat works at Agers Heating, installing heating and air conditioning units.  Together, they have managed the wine booth for the […]

Heroes of the Morning

Bob Scillufo and Craig Herman are indeed HerrinFesta volunteers, but most Herrinites and visitors from out of town will never see them at work, for they are out at dawn, while exhausted revelers are still sleeping off the effects of too much beer, music, and salameats. The tools they use are simple – rakes, brooms, […]

For Lee and Debbie Perkins, Festa is a Family Affair

For Piazza Chairman Brett Crouse, life gets easier when Lee and Debbie Perkins show up the week before Festa begins. Lee, owner of Southern Illinois Services, puts life on hold, and takes a “vacation” from work, to be the guy Brett counts on for everything from setting up the stage, to arranging the picnic tables, […]

Art Show Volunteers Are a Piece of Work

HerrinFesta Italiana is the harbinger of summer. Herrinites from near and far look to that week-end in May as the official springboard for that all too short season of barbecues, baseball games, and long, hot Southern Illinois summer days. To those who plan the many activities of Festa, that week-end doesn’t seem like a far […]