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Parks department hosts best of foods, entertainment at park

Local Food and Concert

Food from SamB’s combined with local musical duo Tapestry took place on Friday, as part of the best of local food and entertainment series at City Park.

The Parks Department hosts Lunch in the Park, a compilation of local food and entertainment every Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in City Park.

The Parks Department also hosts Concerts in the Park, which are held Sunday evenings at 7 p.m.

Every week for the duration of the summer a different restaurant provides the food and a different group provides the entertainment.

SamB’s provided the food for the park goers on Friday.

SamB’s manager, Sandy Daum said the menu consisted of homemade beef stroganoff, chicken salad, coleslaw and cookies, which were all available for guests to purchase.

“The Parks Department contacted us to see if we would take part,” Daum said. “We’ve been doing Lunch in the Park for a few years now.”

Tapestry, a local harp and acoustic guitar group, provided the entertainment for the afternoon.

Alumnus and harpist, Denise Grupp-Verbon, said the music selection they chose to play was a collection of pop, Celtic and folk, as well as original music by the duo.

“Tapestry has played for Lunch in the Park for over 10 years,” Grupp-Verbon said. “We are full-time musicians and always enjoy and welcome opportunities to perform.”

The Parks and Recreation Foundation and the Soccer Club both had booths set up in the park for donations from guests.

Senior Alexandria Schultz said Lunch in the Park gives the community a place to congregate with local food and music. The function allows residents to socialize and become acquainted with what their city has to offer, she said.

Schultz attended Lunch in the Park after seeing it advertised downtown and said she heard about the function before, but never had the chance to go.

“It was a great event for the whole community,” Schultz said. “All ages were equally accommodated.”

Lunch in the Park has been hosted by the Parks Department for a number of years and will continue to be hosted for many more, Grupp-Verbon said.

“The BG Lunch in the Park is a fine event,” Grupp-Verbon said.

The next Lunch in the Park will take place on July 12 and will include food from Al Mar Lane’s and a performance from Tim Concannon.

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