Since the fire in July, the group has made its home at St. John
United Church of Christ. It is a temporary location that is serving
well while work is in process to determine the future of the
building at the corner of Pulaski and Kickapoo streets.
Burbage of the Oasis said this week that thanks to the temporary
location, the Oasis has been able to resume the majority of the
vital services they offer to local seniors, and there are activities
going on at the church for the seniors on a regular basis.
Burbage said that keeping things going requires money, and the
flea market in Scully Park is the largest fundraiser of the year for
the Oasis, providing the group with much-needed cash to maintain
The flea market each year is one of the many great activities
during the Lincoln Art & Balloon Festival, and this year will be no
Burbage said this event provides money to the Oasis through its
vendor space rental and profits from the well-known outdoor café.
She added that this year some donation cans will be set out for
those who want to contribute to the building fund, but that the
proceeds of the weekend event will not be used for the building
This year there will be 60 vendors at the market offering a wide
variety of products. Some items for sale will be storage chests,
coins, old chairs, lots of antiques, garden lights, solar lights, an
array of toys, plenty of crafts of one sort or another, other types
of treasures some people have discarded, and collectibles.
The market hours will be the same as
Friday, 3-6 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m.-5
Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
The Open Air Café will be open during the day and will once again
offer daily specials on some terrific meals.
On the daily specials menu:
Friday: Hot dog or
brat, baked beans, river chips and a soda
pork, green beans, river chips and a soda
Sunday: Pork chop sandwich, green
beans, river chips and a soda
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In addition, a variety of food items will be offered
individually, including rib-eye sandwiches, pork chop sandwiches,
pulled-pork sandwiches, brats, hot dogs, river chips, river chips
with cheese and walking tacos.
The café will also sell a wide variety of soda pop, bottled water
and of course, their famous lemon shake-up.
The café will be set up on the north side of the park again this
year with a nice tent and tables with chairs where shoppers can take
a relaxing break, enjoy some great food and also listen to the live
entertainment that will be going on nearby.
Burbage said there will also be a "sweet treat" bake sale going
on nearby. The sale will offer grab-and-go-type sweet snacks that
can be consumed on the move as shoppers browse the many booths of
For those who are looking for a little relaxation and an
opportunity to just enjoy the atmosphere of the market, there will
be live entertainment on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Visitors can
sit in the shaded areas of the park and enjoy some great music while
they rest up and get ready to move on to the next event.
This year the Oasis will also offer more entertainment than in
the past, beginning Friday afternoon with Elvis impersonator Greg
Ray. Ray will take the stage from 3:30 to 5 p.m.
On Saturday, the Country Mavericks will play from noon to 2:30
p.m., and Elvis will return to the stage for an encore performance
from 3 to 5.
On Sunday, Daryl Oller will perform from noon to 3 p.m.
In addition to all this, Scully Park itself is just a really nice
place to visit. The highlight of the park is the lovely fountain in
the center. The area around the fountain features great places to
sit, relax a bit and just enjoy the glory of the day.
Scully also features a nice playground for the kids, which is a
great place to expend some energy and give them a little break from
With so much going on this weekend, it might be a bit hard to
make it to every spot, but it will be well worth your time to make a
point of visiting Scully Park, and with three days to choose from,
surely you'll be able to work it in.
[By NILA SMITH]