Rotary Club of Meriden
Alive and Well, Meriden Nites in teh City is set for Thursday
The city will celebrate its 15th annual Nites in the City event with a wine tasting, brewfest and art showcase later this week. The celebration will be a special one this year, after part of the two-day festival was in danger of being canceled.
Yvonne de Angeli-Fontanez, one of the event organizers and the city’s Rotary Club president, said that, for a dwindling Nites in the City brewfest committee, organizing the beer and food-tasting portion of the weekend was too big a job.
“We got to the point this spring where we just didn’t seem to be able to pull it through,” she said. “So the Rotary Club decided to take it on and handle all aspects of planning it.”
Proceeds from the annual beer-sampling festival benefit a different nonprofit organization every year. This year, Beat the Street will benefit, as well as the Rotary Foundation.
Beer, wine, and food samples will be available throughout the event, which runs on Thursday, Sept. 25 and Friday, Sept. 26, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. It will be held at the downtown courthouse plaza, 50 W. Main St. More than 500 people typically attend, de Angeli-Fontanez said.
“If you attend, you’ll see it’s one of the greatest events we do,” de Angeli-Fontanez said. “Downtown Meriden can be a fun place to visit.”
Thursday’s lineup includes a wine tasting, light appetizers, an exhibit by the Meriden Arts Council, and live music provided by City Councilor Kevin Scarpati.
“I’ve been singing there for a few years now,” Scarpati said. “I do the whole Frank Sinatra, Michael Buble thing, which is a good match for the wine festival crowd.”
Friday’s festivities include the brewfest, and “A Taste of Meriden,” which is a sampling of city restaurant food offerings.
Sponsors of the event include the City of Meriden, the Meriden Rotary Club, Bob’s Package Store, the Record-Journal, and ShopRite grocery store.
Tickets are $20 in advance, available at Bob’s Package Store, the Meriden YMCA, and Hunter’s Ambulance; or $25 at the door. Attendees must be 21 or older.
“It’s a great night for residents and citizens to come out and enjoy what Meriden has to offer,” Scarpati said. “We have a downtown that’s soon to be flourishing, and you get to see people you haven’t seen in a long time. I hope someday we outgrow that space in front of the courthouse.”
Originally published in the Meriden Record-Journal. Written by Molly Callahan.
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