A few photos from the Little Italy street fair in San Jose, California. They’re raising funds for a new museum of Italian American history in our valley.
The neighborhood was chosen in large part because of this building: Henry’s Hi-Life BBQ was originally the Hotel Torino, where many Italian immigrants to the area stayed until they found housing. This square block comprises the heart of the Little Italy neighborhood now. The new museum will be in a renovated house behind Henry’s.
Lots of vendors came out to sell pasta, olive oil, sauces, pizza, calzone, and wine, with local wineries offering tastings as well. They also set up an inflatable soccer field in the street for the kids:
In the Piccola Piazza, under the vines and arbors, I joined a number of other local artists, vendors, photographers, and writers to sell our wares. It was also a great chance to meet people and share stories. And I got to hang out with my friend, photographer Marco Zecchin, who shared a table with me, where we sold our books. You like our hats?
Thanks to all who came out to join us! Lots of people came out to enjoy the day, eat good food, listen to local musicians, and tell stories…and a few of them even bought my books. Thanks for your support!