BRISTOL BOROUGH >> Everyone is Italian at least once a year, especially this Saturday, September 14 when the Bristol Lions Club will host the 36th Annual Bristol Lions Italian Festival. *The rain date is Sunday, Sept. 15.

Fun, music and flavorful Italian food will highlight this celebration from noon until 8 p.m. along with 30 craft vendors and various community sponsored information booths throughout the scenic Bristol Lions Waterfront Park in historic Bristol on the Delaware.

A senior Bristol Lions member/ 1974 Lions President, Joseph Nicholas D’Emidio will be back again selling hot dogs at the festival. Joe joined the Lions in 1968 on the suggestion of his late business partner Frank H. Licause, who was already a member of the Bristol community service organization.

“I saw all the good they did and do!” One of his first responsibilities was to take care of the flagpole by the wharf in Bristol Lions Park. The Lions meetings were held then at the Bristol Motel; they now convene bi-monthly at the King George II Inn on the first and third Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.

Joe recently was awarded with his Lions Club ‘50 year’ pin at the Bristol Borough Municipal Building when he was honored by Mayor Joseph A. Saxton and Council President Ralph DiGuiseppe.

Gunner, Navy Seaman First Class Joseph D'Emidio and his four brothers all served in World War II. Joe served on the amphibious ship LST [Landing Ship, Tank] that provided the six small boats that transported troops to the beach for the week during Operation Overlord, the invasion of Normandy on D-Day.

He will be celebrating his 95th birthday on Saturday, September 28.

Lions President/Italian Day festival committee chairman for the last two decades, Angelo Francis Grisolia is also Chair of the Bristol Borough Zoning Board of Appeal, and a construction project manager. He is dedicated to providing the most memorable events possible with Live Bands, Food, and Children's entertainment and rides and so much more.

Angelo joined the Lions Club in 1990 and “it has always been a ton of fun. I love all the events and our whole club works on the projects with long days, long lines of people, and lots of food!”

The Bristol Lions celebrated 67 years of community service in Bristol and the surrounding areas.

Proceeds from their events are designated to their Lions Scholarship Fund for Bristol Borough students to further their education in High Schools, technical schools and colleges.

As is the Italian Day Festival custom, all attendees will enjoy traditional, ubiquitous crowd pleasing selections including sausage links, bell peppers, sweet onions, and delicious concoctions of roast pork, as well as the wonderfully ‘ooey gooey’ snack of battered or breaded mozzarella sticks.

Oh and meatballs, don’t forget the freshly cooked Italian meatballs. Most of us have a tough time saying no to the lure of a meatball. Try a Pizza Fritta at the St. Mark/St Ann stand. Pizza Frittas are the classic favorite Neapolitan meal/ great tasting snack, loaded with sauce and cheese, or doused with your choice of granulated or powdered sugar. They were a really big hit at the Carnival!

Visit the Italian Water Ice cart at the foot of the pier. “He’s a fixture just about forever,” shared Angelo.

Craving some super yummy food on wheels with a wide range of options? Enjoy the best Chucking BBQ with authentic Texas-style BBQ sandwiches, beef brisket and ribs with a heaping amount of flavor from Chuck’s BBQ food truck. Or indulge in some "onolicious" Island Food, an exotic vacation for your taste buds, from the Maui Lu Hawaiian food truck.

The neighboring Bensalem Lions Club will be there with delicious waffles and ice cream, a totally easy dessert to bust out any time of the year!

If you don’t make a meal of these incredibly sumptuous presentations, you simply haven’t embraced the entire experience.

And there is guaranteed Fun For Everyone!

Tickets will be sold for children of all ages to play on an inflatable obstacle course, a giant slide, or in the moon bounce house combination units supplied by the family-owned and operated, fully licensed and insured “Fun for Everyone”. They will also be bringing cart selections of their all time favorite treats of cotton candy, popcorn, and a variety of shaved ice sno- cones. 267.303.9209/

Popcorn, Cotton Candy, and Sno-Cones add the perfect effect to any event.

Fun for Everyone makes SAFETY a #1 priority and all safety rules are posted on their equipment.

Come Aboard!

Kalmar Nyckel, the Tall Ship of Delaware with a broad reach, is an authentic, seagoing replica of the Dutch-built armed merchant ship that founded New Sweden in 1638, the first European settlement in the Delaware Valley. It arrives in Bristol for 2-hour sails and deck tours. Its Dockside “Welcome Event” with The Shellback Boys chantey band was held September 12.

Make time for a TALL tour on Italian Day!

Whether you live in historic Bristol on the Delaware or you're just visiting for a day, it doesn't take long to realize it is someplace very special. The Borough is infused with down- home charm and its history is reflected in the enduring landmark elegance, allowing it to stand out as a little slice of paradise coupled with a huge heart. It is really one very cool small town and the month of September is stuffed with stupendous selections of fun activities and events and a stash of things to do.

Bristol often runs on two speeds: adrenaline-pumping fast and good-ole'-days calm.

Last Saturday, the local area schools and some very talented individuals mastered the 3.1-mile macadam and trail course at the 52nd Annual Mill Street Run. Congratulations to the Archbishop Ryan and George School girls’ teams, and the Pennsbury and Jenkintown High School boys’ teams!

There are express lanes at grocery stores, hurry-up offenses in football, and on-the-go lifestyles that find everyone going their separate ways, so slow down the pace some and enjoy the Bristol Borough events. What is most noteworthy, one can visit every weekend and never quite do the same thing.

Welcome Friend! Come out and enjoy a fun filled family day! Try new wines, cheeses and various foods from Italy. Bring your lawn chair. You’ll want to stay!

To contact the Bristol Lions Club, write to P.O. Box 2161, Bristol, PA 19007 or email

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