Friday, September 07, 2001

Reading event is showcase of arts

By Walt Schaefer
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        READING — The 14th annual Taste of Reading is expected to lure more than 30,000 people to Benson Street on Saturday and Sunday for one of the area's premier displays of arts and crafts.

    What: Taste of Reading
    When: noon-11 p.m. Sept. 8; noon-7 p.m. Sept. 9.
    Entertainment schedule
    12:30-4 p.m.: Flashback (classic rock)
    4-6:30 p.m.: DJ Wild Bill & Bob the Clown
    6:30-11 p.m.: Richie and the Students (golden oldies and Motown) SUNDAY
    noon-3 p.m.: Lockland Steel Drum
    3-7 p.m.: Stagger Lee
        “This is an exceptional way of highlighting our community. It's a time when former residents return to their roots and our community comes together to showcase the city,” said Reading Mayor Earl Schmidt.

        The street fair also arrives shortly after city officials launched a drive to reinvest in Reading, give it a face lift and revitalize the Mill Creek Valley city, the mayor said.

        The taste will feature more than 80 crafts booths lined along Benson Street with 15 food booths including Sorrento's Restaurant, Foley's, Andy's Cafe, China Express, Domino's Pizza, Patricia's Cakes, Rhythms, American Legion Post 69, Reading IGA and Don Vonderhaar's Market & Catering.

        The event is sponsored by the Reading Knights of St. John, with more than 150 volunteers assisting event Chairman Tim Bolender.

        Benson Street will be closed between Reading Road and Church Street both days.Two partial scholarships to area Catholic high schools are granted each year. The amount is based on revenues generated by Taste of Reading.


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