Kenosha HarborMarket to celebrate the city’s Italian American Heritage on Saturday, Oct. 7th

Kenosha’s rich Italian culture will be celebrated from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7th at Kenosha HarborMarket


Founded in 2003 by a group of visionaries who first had the original idea of bringing a European-style market to the City of Kenosha, HarborMarket's mission is to enhance quality of life by connecting regional produce, meat and cheese producers; creators of ready-to-eat as well as processed foods and artisans of all kinds with consumers at our year-round Saturday market.

KENOSHA – Kenosha’s rich Italian culture will be celebrated from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7th at Kenosha HarborMarket, the market is located at 2nd Avenue and 56th Street, one block west of the City of Kenosha Civil War Museum and Public Museum. “Italian-American Heritage Day at the Kenosha HarborMarket will be a wonderful way to CELEBRATE OUR CITY’S TIME-HONORED culture and heritage,” said Lynda Ruffolo, a Kenosha HarborMarket Board member and the organizer of the special event.

Bill Serritella, crooning “The Sounds of Sinatra,” will perform from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. under a big tent, donated by Visit Kenosha. People are encouraged to bring lawn chairs to enjoy Serritella’s performance. The tent will be located on the southeast side of the market, in the grassy area of Plaza Douai.

Chef Mary Radigan of Tenuta’s Deli, a Kenosha Tradition, will showcase a risotto cooking demonstration under the big tent.

Other Italian-American Heritage Day activities under the big tent will be:

  • Jerry Infusino of Kenosha’s Infusino’s Ristorante, will be serving up Italian sausage and meatball bomber sliders for purchase.
  • LaMacchia Travel, a longstanding Italian-American business in Kenosha, will have people available to answer travel questions and to help design a perfect holiday travel adventure.

There will be many Italian-themed activities, such as grass bocce, a “Make and Take” kids craft table, as well as a map of Italy asking people to mark the area where their relatives came from or to show their favorite Italian city.

“We will also be taking a vote asking people is it ‘Sauce or Gravy?’ This is a hotly debated topic, so get your vote in,” Ruffolo said.

The Italian-American Heritage theme will be seen throughout the market, Ruffolo said. “Many of our regular weekly vendors are putting together special Italian-themed products that will be available to purchase. Participating vendors will have an Italian-American flag on their booths,” she said.

Visit the Kenosha HarborMarket Facebook page for additional activities and updates for Italian- American Heritage Day at Kenosha HarborMarket. For questions, or to participate, contact Ruffolo at