Italian festival to feature exhibit about da Vinci
News Staff Reporter

 Working models of the inventions of Leonardo da  Vinci will be exhibited during the Italian Heritage Festival from July 13 to 16 on Hertel Avenue.

The festival this year will display mechanical devices based on drawings by the Italian artist who died in 1519. An Italian piazza, complete with a fountain, will lead visitors to the exhibition hall.

Students from Buffalo's sister city, Torremaggiore, Italy, will be official greeters for the festival on Hertel, between Virgil and Crestwood avenues. Italian dancers from Western New York and Ohio will perform each day.

A Mass in English and Italian will be offered 9:30 a.m. Sunday on the main stage.

"Of the dozen festivals we sponsor across the country, Buffalo is our sentimental favorite," said Fred Hermann, corporate director of marketing for Sorrento Cheese, which sponsors the festival. "We're thrilled that even more of our area's rich Italian-American heritage will be part of it."

"Every step we take to enhance the festival's cultural aspect brings us closer to our true goal," said Carmen Palma, festival president. "We want people to have fun and also learn about the invaluable contributions Italian-Americans have made to our country."

A bocce court will be set up on Hertel near Virgil for the Mineo & Sapio Italian Sausage Charity Bocce Tournament. The winners will donate their $500 prize to a charity of their choice. To enter a team, call Tracy Cavalleri at 874-6133, Ext. 17.

The opening ceremonies will be at 6 p.m. July 13, on the main stage. The festival hours will be from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. each day except Sunday, when it will close at 10 p.m