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Taste of OCC May 1 in Bancroft Park or (new this year) indoors if weather's bad

      
Attendees at the inaugural Taste of OCC in Bancroft Park in April 2013 check out the food, drink and sunshine. But the last two "Taste" events have suffered from high winds and/or rain, so this year the Old Colorado City Foundation has planned a fallback indoor location.
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The last two Taste of OCC events have suffered from wind or rain, so this year the Old Colorado City Foundation (OCCF) has planned a fallback indoor location.
       Featuring live music, food and drink samples and the most plein air artists in its four-year history, the annual fundraiser for Bancroft Park is scheduled there (unless the weather turns bad) Sunday, May 1 from 1 to 4 p.m.
       The OCCF is a charitable nonprofit started on behalf of OCCA merchants. The continuing goal is to fund improvements at Bancroft, including a handicapped-accessible restroom that would be added to the back of the bandshell building.
       As in the past, the event will feature a live band (the J.Miller Band this year) and samples of
This is an example of a painting by Joan Judge of the 45 Degree gallery in Old Colorado City. She is among 12 artists currently slated to participate in this year's Taste of OCC.
Courtesy of Emily Fair
prepared food and drink donated by about 30 area restaurants and a dozen liquor distributors.
       The indoor site, if needed, will be the Junior Achievement building, about a half-block away from the park, on the north side of the 2300 block. It includes a large indoor area that is currently unused but in previous years - before JA bought the facility in 2014 - was used for manufacturing by Goodwill Industries.
       According to Emily Fair, who is organizing the plein air part of the event, Taste of OCC will have 12 artists, and possibly more, representing five Old Colorado City galleries (including her own, 45 Degree). Most will be painters; also slated are a potter and woodworker.
       Last year there were nine artists participating. The tradition is for event creations to be auctioned off at the conclusion to add to the fundraising total. "I think the artist presence is an integral part of the event," Fair said, adding the pun that "art is also a wonderful taste."
       Tickets are $30 in advance at TasteofOCC.com and $35 at the gate, with 650 tickets available in all.

Westside Pioneer article
(Posted 4/21/16, update 4/22/16; Business: Events)

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