Category Archives: Behind the Scenes

What goes on behind the scenes?



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, […]