Sons and Daughters of Italy —A giving organization

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LOCK HAVEN — “When you join the Sons, you join the community.”

This is particularly true of Giosue Carducci Lodge 146, Sons and Daughters of Italy in Lock Haven.

The lodge recently marked a record year of giving and distributed $134,000 in donations to local non-profit agencies and worthy causes.

The Sons and Daughters are also well known for using their lodge at 1 N. Henderson St. for fundraisers.

It seems that the more the lodge gives, the more members it attracts. Membership is indeed growing, reports lodge president Dan Vilello, and the membership fee is still only $10 per year.

The lodge has added a spacious patio, available for rental. The courtyard patio is 2,500 square feet (50×50 feet) and has an occupancy of 166 people and seating for 125. A portable limited bar is available for the space.

The patio’s features include a concrete floor, lighting, and full electricity covered by a beautiful, cathedral-style wood roof. Three-quarters of the area is covered by the roof, with fans spaced throughout to provide ventilation. The patio also features rustic natural gas lamps, with a natural gas fireplace to arrive soon, and is surrounded by a handsome wrought iron fence.

A 50-foot outdoor Tuscan mural lines the front of the patio, providing an Italian ambiance.

The uncovered section of the patio is designed for grilling and other uses and has seating that is fully outdoors.

A large, 50×70-foot grassy area near the patio can be used for weddings or events, and tents may be set up in the grass.

The lodge also recently updated its second-floor banquet room, remodeling it in natural tones with a ceramic tile floor. The room still features the historic-style bar, a dance floor and stage. It’s a venue for weddings, meetings, reunions, dances, baby showers and more. It seats about 120 banquet-style and 180 meeting-style.

The lodge provides full bar service, but not catering. Outside caterers are welcome for events.

The Sons and Daughters of Italy Picnic Grounds are six miles outside Lock Haven on Route 120 (the Renovo Road), along the Susquehanna River. The five acres of grounds, surrounded by woodlands with a view of the river, can be used for private, scenic events.

A large, covered pavilion on the picnic grounds has a paved floor, a full kitchen indoors, a sound system, and indoor restrooms. Many picnic tables are available for use.

The second pavilion includes two covered, lighted bocce ball courts.

To make a reservation or inquire about available dates for any of these spaces, contact manager Angela Welsh at 570-748-9292 or by email at info@sonsanddaughtersofitalylh.com.

For more information, visit the lodge’s new website: www.sonsanddaughtersofitalylh.com. The lodge also has a Facebook page.

Giosue Carducci Lodge 146,

Sons and Daughters of Italy

1 North Henderson St.,

Lock Haven, Pa.




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