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Taste buds to get tantalized in Scottdale

| Wednesday, July 31, 2013, 9:06 p.m.

Barring anything unforeseen, there will be a lunch in the park in Scottdale in August.

Jennifer Olack, president of the Scottdale Chamber of Commerce, said the event is scheduled for 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Aug. 13 at the gazebo downtown.

“As long as it doesn't rain,” Olack said recently. “We put it out there on the web. The same people that usually set up (should be there).”

Lunch in the park is an event sponsored by the Scottdale Chamber of Commerce. If held, it will be the only lunch in the park this summer in the borough.

Groups that typically prepare food for the people and businesses of Scottdale and surrounding areas the second Tuesday of the summer months include: Friends of the Library, Scottdale Community Pool, Calvin United Presbyterian Church and St. John's Lutheran Church.

Various entertainment also is planned for the event.

Due to renovations of the gazebo, there has not been a lunch in the park this summer. In fact, the lunch scheduled for July 11 was cancelled about a week before it was to be held due to concerns the electricity would not be ready on time.

“I know that a lot of people were disappointed,” Olack said. “I was told the electricity should be on, but we can't take a chance because people would be out there ready to cook. Besides, there was a torrential downpour right when it was supposed to take place. We're hoping this will be a nice one. We're back to a regular schedule.”

A regular schedule, of course, means having the event the second Tuesday of every month from May through August, which Olack said is the plan for 2014.

Nate Savanick, who is coordinating the event, said the chamber is happy that a lunch in the park is scheduled this year.

“We were excited we could have one. The community seems to enjoy it,” he said. “There's always a good turnout.”

Olack did admit she feels bad the previous lunches this year have had to be cancelled because they do raise money for the various organizations who ply their wares for the event.

“At the library, it helps them donate to the kids' program,” she said. “I did feel bad. The key of it is it's in town, so business people can just come out and enjoy it and move to another venue. We're back up and running and we're happy about it.”

Paul Paterra is a staff editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-887-6101 or

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