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Taste of Douglasville, spring concert set Saturday
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Johnny’s New York Style Pizza general manager A.J. Segrest adds cheese to a pizza at the Douglasville store.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal Johnny’s New York Style Pizza general manager A.J. Segrest adds cheese to a pizza at the Douglasville store.
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As it marks its 21st year, the Taste of Douglasville event will “come of age” when it kicks off Saturday afternoon at O’Neal Plaza in Douglasville, according to officials with host agency the Cultural Arts Council of Douglasville and Douglas County.

With 15 local restaurants taking part as well as local entertainment and a special children’s area, this event from 1 to 5 p.m. is not to be missed, said council executive director Davina Grace Hill.

The Taste, however, has a deeper purpose, she said.

“Some months ago, the late [WSB-TV traffic reporter] Herb Emory had accepted our invitation to be the master of ceremonies,” Hill said.

“Now we are dedicating this event to his memory.” Hill said that just as the spring concert series at O’Neal Plaza attempts to do, there will be something for everyone attending the event -- from food and entertainment to children’s activities.

The event is free but a sample from a participating restaurant will cost between $1 and $4, depending on what is chosen.

In addition to the restaurants on hand, there will be independent vendors, booths manned by local organizations, and a unique children’s area, Hill said.

This area has activities related to an underwater theme, designed to coincide with the cultural arts council’s slogan this year of Dive into the Arts.

Jeremy Cheney, extension agent for Douglas County 4-H, said the children’s play area will give children the opportunity to build miniature boats and race them on water through a PVC pipe.

The area also will include 4-H safety and other exhibits, he said.

Although the Taste of Douglasville was a huge success last year, Hill expects it to draw ever greater crowds Saturday due to the concert event planned to immediately follow.

“In the past, after the Taste of Douglasville, people would pack up and go home,” Hill said. “This year, we have something we feel will keep people in the downtown area during the evening.”

That event is the finale of the cultural arts center’s spring concert series at O’Neal Plaza which features the big band sound of the Atlanta 17 Orchestra.

A rain date of May 24 is planned.

Information: (770) 949-2787 or www.artsdouglas.org

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