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Taste of Tucker and Music Under the Stars Return

Join the party on Church Street and enjoy local restaurant fare, praise bands and kids' entertainment.

An all-out block party takes over Church Street in Tucker today, Saturday, Oct. 8. Between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., Music Under the Stars and Taste of Tucker return for an annual celebration of music, food and fun.

“We are so excited!” said event co-founder Karen Wood. Wood and her husband Art, of Hometown Lenders, first organized Music Under the Stars seven years ago as an outreach of . They added Taste of Tucker to showcase local cuisine in 2010. The first combined event drew approximately 400 people to Church Street, and Wood hopes for an even greater turn out this year. 

Admission to the event, as well as all musical performances, is free. Food and kids activities will be available via a ticket system, with each Taste of Tucker sample plate costing between one and four tickets.

From its conception, the Music Under the Stars event and the later addition of Taste of Tucker, have been about bringing Tucker residents together. “It’s about community. Our initial goal was church oriented and to introduce the different styles of [music] we have to offer, but even more than just bringing them to hear bands from these various churches, it’s to just let people see what the community has to offer,” Wood said. “Tucker is growing and changing and we want to get people out in a fun way to witness that and celebrate all that is going on in this community.”

Music Under the Stars will feature adult and youth praise bands. Adult bands include The Forgiven from TFUMC, Sozo and Eleven Standing Still, as well as bands representing and Mount Carmel Christian Church . “I Spy the Sailor,” a youth band from McDonough Christian Church will appear, as well as a TFUMC youth praise band.

The Battle of the Praise Bands will take place on an outdoor stage between the TFUMC Activities Center and the main church building. Audience members vote by making monetary donations in the name of their favorite band. Donations will benefit two local charities: NETWorks and the Atlanta Chapter of Habitat for Humanity.

Taste of Tucker returns for a second year in conjunction with Music Under the Stars. “I think we’ve had a good community response to [Taste of Tucker],” Wood said. “People are really excited about it. A lot of the community associations have asked if we were having it again this year, so I think it really has the ability to continue to grow."

Fourteen local restaurants are participating in Taste of Tucker. Participating restaurants include:

Music Under the Stars and Taste of Tucker continue to grow in part due to the support of several local businesses. Restaurant Equipment Services, on Royal Atlanta Drive in Tucker, is the event’s main sponsor. Other sponsors include:

Wood holds a clear vision of continued growth for the future of Music Under the Stars and Taste of Tucker. She hopes to expand the event’s opportunities to support local businesses. “We love to be supportive of our community and the businesses on Main Street. There are great opportunities for Tucker to continue to grow,” Wood said. “I think that there are a lot of good things that are coming our way.”

Me September 21, 2011 at 06:54 PM
I don't think Taste of Tucker should be done in conjuction with Music Under the Stars which is (or was) a church outreach. Are the restaurants aware of this? I normally would be excited about a Taste of Tucker event, but not a church event. Sorry.
Art Wood September 22, 2011 at 03:23 AM
Hello Me.... Taste of Tucker is a community outreach event that serves to bring our community together and benefit local charities (Habitat for Humanity and Networks). There will be christian bands providing the entertainment during the event, but nobody will be "preaching" or trying to talk you into coming to church if that is not your thing. The restaurants are fully aware of Tucker Methodist Church's involvement and are 100% behind the concept and want to do their part for the community period. I can only imagine that either you have never been to a "church event" or you have had a negative experience at one. I would challenge you to look past that and see Taste of Tucker for what it is, which is a community event that just happens to be put on behind a church, by people who love Tucker and happen to be Christians! Come give it a "taste" and if it isn't your cup of tea, then feel free to exit. Admission is free and it is a great chance to support our local restaurants!
Mark Sikorski October 08, 2011 at 05:45 PM
Fast food? Really? Almost as sad as the Christmas decorations on the telephone poles that are unrecognizable at night because so many bulbs are burned out. We have lived here 11 years waiting for Tucker to become more like Decatur or Virginia Highlands. At least Rotagilla is not giving out Alligator meat samples! Main street looks the part. As long as the same people responsible for Christmas decorations allow fast food at a "Taste Of". Tucker will remain Trashy Tucker.
Art Wood October 08, 2011 at 06:29 PM
Mark- My wife and I organize this event for Tucker Methodist. Whereas I respect your opinion, I am wondering if this is an opportunity for you to get involved? We would love your help with Taste of Tucker for next year. In fact, I am sure the ones responsible for Christmas decorations would love some help too. See, my guess is that is where you and I differ. Some people get out and TRY to make Tucker a better place (God forbid there are 2 fast food restaurants in the Taste of Tucker. How horrific!!), and then there are those people content to sit back and do nothing other than criticize those making an effort. If I am wrong, and you are actively involved in Tucker, and spend massive quantities of time making your community a better place, then please accept my deepest apologies both for assuming you don't, and for the unforgivable sin for allowing Sonic and Chick-Fil-A to be part of our community event. On a final note, my dream is for Tucker to be Tucker, not the next Decatur, or the next Highlands. If you wanted that, then I am sure there are lots of homes for sale there. What makes Tucker great, is that it has its own identity and has been around over 100 years. Now, I am back off to finish setting up my event. This is how to chose to spend my 10 minutes at home today....see, I have been out making a difference all day!
Art Wood October 09, 2011 at 03:21 AM
You rock Tucker. You came out and showed your community pride by the thousands. We never dreamed that The Taste of Tucker would be so successful. Thank you so much for your support. Now on to planing an even bigger and better event next year. Good night Tucker!
Mallie Hart October 09, 2011 at 12:52 PM
What a wonderful event. It was all about community. Each and every restaurant did brisk business, the kids had a blast dancing or playing on the inflatables. The crowds were huge, diverse and all smiling. Tables were shared and new friends were made. Congratulations Tucker! You made this a true community event!
Pam McNall October 10, 2011 at 05:18 PM
Mark Sikorski, I help coordinate Give-An-Hour volunteer events to help make Tucker a better, more attractive place to live, work, and play. You can absolutely see a difference after every Give-An-Hour cleanup. Take a look at this link to see what a huge impact we're making. http://patch.com/A-mCgg We need all the help we can get, and would appreciate your support. Perhaps we can work on fixing the lights on the Christmas decorations... Please email me at parks@tuckercivic.org. Thanks!
Keshia Gardner June 16, 2012 at 03:52 PM
My family and I attended the Taste of Tucker event and we had a WONDERFUL time! I was a little skeptical about the church being involved with the music but I must say that ALL the bands were AWESOME! If you werent listening closely you wouldnt know that it was Christian music but either way the spirit of the music prevailed! All the smiling faces and pleasant exchanges between new and old friends was "true" evidence that spirit of God will always prevail. Went to Marlow's last night too ;) One last thing....when is this year's Taste of Tucker taking place?

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