Thornton Township will host its 16th Annual Taste of Thornton Township from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19. The event, located at 333 E. 162nd Street in South Holland, features live entertainment provided by The Dramatics. The Dramatics is an American soul music vocal group that originally formed in Detroit, Michigan in 1964 as The Dynamics. In 1966, the group’s name was changed from The Dynamics to The Dramatics.
New this year, Thornton Township will feature a one-day basketball tournament where police officers and teens compete together on the same team for the pride of their town. Ten police departments within Thornton Township will compete in the single-day tournament. The purpose is to create an event where the community can come together and support each other. It is an extension of Thornton Township Supervisor Frank M. Zuccarelli’s Faith, Dignity & Respect Initiative.
The day will also include a large selection of food and craft vendors, free back to school haircuts, free bookbags with school supplies, carnival rides, bingo, classic cars and a petting zoo.
“Every year we try to make the event even better. Between the Dramatics and the basketball tournament that is meant to promote unity in our communities our Thornton Township residents are going to have a lot of great entertainment to choose from,” said Zuccarelli.
Sponsors include Gift of Hope, Excel Printing and Mailing, School District #205, MB Financial Bank and Ma’Dear Home Services.
Food vendors include: Smoothies N Such, Ms. B’s Italian Ice, Coleman Concessions, I-94 Ribs & Soul Food, Blueberry Pancake House, Good Burger, CC’s Cary Catering, Nacho Citi, Lizzie’s Catering, Kingdom Krunch, L J Concessions, Amazing Grace, Oooh Wee Sweet Tea, St. Victor/Society of OLG, and Idella’s Chicago Style Popcorn.
Craft vendors include: Natural Resources Unlimited, Captive Creations, Sherrie’s Earrings, Do- rene’s Arts & Crafts, Tribal Ware, Barb N’ Gear, Shinners of Light, Exotic Scents of the Earth, Oh My! Accessories, Vera’s Unique Designs, P. J.’s Exotic’s, Avon Products, Ede’s Kreations, Hannah’s This & That, Vina’s Millinery, and Heart to Paper.