The weekend’s cold forecast has prompted a couple postponements early-spring postponements.
The Rotary Club of Shawnee has decided to move its annual Taste of Shawnee fundraiser to next month. The forecast also claimed the grand reopening of Dodge Town. Both event originally were scheduled for April 7.
Taste of Shawnee, which will feature sample dishes from at least 20 Shawnee restaurants and food trucks as well as live music and family entertainment, now will take place from 3 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, but other details remain unchanged.
It will still be at Shawnee Town 1929 and Overland Park Regional Medical Center ER of Shawnee remains the presenting sponsor.
Proceeds will benefit Rotary International’s overseas polio eradication efforts, Shawnee Community Services, Newhouse and other local and international charities sponsored by the Rotary Club of Shawnee Foundation.
For a $10 admission, participants will receive five “taste tickets,” which can be redeemed for a dish from one of the participating venders. Additional “taste tickets” can be purchased at the event.
Admission passes can be purchased at the door, from any Rotary Club of Shawnee member, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Children 5 and under will be admitted for free.
Taste of Shawnee raised more than $73,000 last year and attracted more than 1,700 guests.
For more information and to see a complete list of sponsors, restaurants, food trucks and other vendors, visit www.tasteofshawnee.wix.com/2018.
Meanwhile, Dodge Town is back for the little ones who visit Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch Road in Merriam, but a worrisome weather forecast postponed an April 7 grand opening for the reconstructed area, where generations of children have thrown their playmates into the Old West jail and run in and out of the schoolhouse, general store and blacksmith shop.
The grand opening has been rescheduled for April 21, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Grand opening ceremonies will include comments from local officials, a “rope cutting,” and a hot dog lunch. “The Marshal of Dodge Town,” portrayed by Johnson County Park Police Officer Seth Salmans, will deputize kids and pass out badges and bandanas.
All the buildings, which dated to 1967, were replaced during the renovation.. New additions include a safety surface between the buildings, faux horses and a cow, a train station with a shaded seating area for parents, and a stationary train for the kids.
Elaine Adams, Special to The Star, contributed to this report