taste-of-olean-2Time to loosen that belt a few notches, gather family and friends, and head down to the 64th Annual Art in the Park and the 23rd Annual Taste of Olean on July 28, 11 a.m.–5 p.m., at the Cattaraugus County Campus of Jamestown Community College on North Union Street in Olean.

The Arts: Art in the Park, sponsored by the Cattaraugus County Arts Council, is now in its 64th year. The one-day juried outdoor art festival is dedicated to excellence in the visual arts as well as enhancing and promoting the visual arts and the talented artists in the area. Jurors Mikel Wintermantel and Evelyn Penman will award ribbons for Best of Show and two Juror’s Choice prizes at 1 p.m.

Visitors will be able to browse and shop among painters, jewelers, photographers, wood workers, toymakers and more. Artists include Cherie Antle, John Balacki, Robin Zefers Clark, Lisa Conklin, Denise Drummond, Patricia Eckstrom, Jane Hittner, Sean Huntington, Elizabeth Jankowski, Dee Marra, Elise Matthews, Kristina McLeod, Keith McKale, Ellen Paquette, Cindy Pascatore, Sandy Pickert, Dee Smith, Southern Tier Symphony, JJ Watson, and Michael Weishan.

A children’s area will offer rides from the Olean Family YMCA with all-you-can-bounce wristbands for $6 each and a family pass for $20 for up to five kids. Eric Jones will be drawing some complimentary caricatures from 2–5 p.m. and balloon animals will be created by Sassy Nats Creations from 1–4 p.m. There will be free face painting and arts activities for the kids.

The Tastes: The Taste of Olean, co-sponsored by the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce, National Grid Co., and GOACC’s 47 corporate sponsors, provides an enjoyable, family-friendly atmosphere for families of the greater Olean area, enhances the quality of life in Olean, and promotes downtown. Admission to the event is free. Pay as you taste!

More than 65 items, ranging from Asian to barbecue to Italian to sweet treats and everything in between, are available for sampling from 14 booths. The restaurants will present “tastes” of foods, smaller portions costing 50 cents to $3.50. Restaurants will promote their famous dishes and introduce new menu item or specialty drinks. Restaurants include Bartlett Country Club, Beef n’ Barrel Restaurant, Brother’s Bistro, Hammerback Bar & Grill, Jared’s Treats, JCC Alumni, Mangia Pizza, Pizza Hut WingStreet, Scooter’s Pizza, Sheila & Company/JAG Café, Torrey Family Jams, Wrapped in Dough, Whispering Mountain Lodge, Sanzo Beverage and Certo Brothers.

The Entertainment: The music never stops with three stages providing continuous entertainment including theater performances by the Olean Theatre Workshop, Irish Dancers and musical groups. WPIG-FM will be down from noon–2 p.m. with a live remote broadcast.

Dream It. Do It.: Abbott Welding employees will be demonstrating how to make ice cream during two different shows at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. People attending the event will be able to sample the free product while supply lasts after each show. There will also be other science demonstrations throughout the day. Basket raffle tickets available with proceeds benefiting the Dream It. Do It. programs at local schools.

Book Signing: Tonya Burrows, formerly of Portville, N.Y., will be signing her recently released (May 2013) “sexy romance suspense” book, “Seal of Honor.”

Food Drive and Giveaways: Bring a non-perishable food item for the Olean Food Pantry and you will be entered once for each food item to win $250 Shop Olean Gift Certificates. Sign-up to win the Shurfine Foods Backyard basket loaded with goodies ($300 value).

Wall of Fame: The winners of the Taste of Olean Hospitality Awards will be recognized during the Taste of Olean, 1:45 p.m. in the CUTCO Theater on campus.