Raise a glass to fall.
Tunkhannock Rotary Club’s annual Harvest & Wine Festival returns on Saturday, Oct. 12.
The 21-and-older event takes place rain or shine from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Lazy Brook Park, 2 Overlook Drive, and features dozens of wines from regional wineries. Ron Furman, who has chaired the event for the past seven years, said the rotary looks forward to the festival each year as a kickoff to the season.
Tickets cost $25 and include access to wine tastings and a commemorative wine glass. Tickets to the Rotary Lounge cost $45 and include a wine glass as well as wine tasting and sales with Nimble Hill with only 70 seats available.
“It’s a nice place if you want to sit and chill,” Furman said.
Guests can buy tickets online at tunkhannock (rotary.org or in person at participating businesses in Tunkhannock, including Gay’s True Value, 189 E. Tioga St.; Community Bank, 198 E. Tioga St.; Nimble Hill Winery, 3971 Route 6; and Antonio’s Pizzeria, 600 Hunter Highway. Tickets are only available in advance and will not be sold at the gate, Furman said. Depending on availability, tickets may be on hand the day of the festival at participating businesses, but Furman encouraged guests to buy tickets early.
New this year, coolers, outside beverages (including water) and firearms are not permitted at the event. Furman said the festival will be stocked with water, however, and there will be plenty of wine to sample.
Whether they like red, white, dry or sweet, guests can sip wine and buy some to take home. They can shop locally made and handcrafted items and food as well. And entertainment will be provided by Popstar Drive (formerly AM Radio) and Idol Kings.
When guests buy tickets to the event, they not only get a great day out to sample wines and peruse vendors but also are giving back, Furman said. Proceeds from the event benefit Tunkhannock Rotary projects, including the Dietrich Theater and more organizations.
“We help them out, and they rely on it,” Furman said. “We love helping the community and, when (guests) come out to the festival, they have a good time.”
If you go
What: Tunkhannock Rotary Club Annual Harvest & Wine Festival
When: Saturday, Oct. 12, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Lazy Brook Park, 2 Overlook Drive, Tunkhannock
Details: Tickets cost $25 for general admission and $45 for VIP and will not be sold at the door. VIP tickets are limited. For tickets, visit tunkhannockrotary.org or participating Tunkhannock locations, including Gay’s True Value, 189 E. Tioga St.; Community Bank, 198 E. Tioga St.; Nimble Hill Winery, 3971 Route 6; and Antonio’s Pizzeria, 600 Hunter Highway.
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