Summer Wined Up tonight, rain or shine

by Celia Shortt

With the recent weather forcing some Main Street Newnan events to be canceled, their event tonight, Summer Wined Up, will happen rain or shine.

“The Summer Wined Up event, as in the past, is a rain or shine event and will continue as planned,” said Hasco W Craver IV, business development director for Newnan.

The fifth annual Summer Wined Up goes from 5 to 9 p.m. and takes place primarily indoors at participating locations throughout Newnan’s downtown.

A record high 32 downtown merchants will each feature a different wine for tasting. The different wines include 11 whites, 13 reds, and seven speciality drinks.

Bottled water will be available at the Piedmont Newnan Wellness Center on West Court Square. Craver hopes the record number of merchants will bring in a record number of event attendees who “will enjoy an evening of leisurely strolling through our beautiful and historic downtown district while simultaneously visiting with our diverse collection of unique restaurants and retail locations.”

In addition to wine, Summer Wined Up will also feature live music. At 5 p.m., artist and songwriter Andy Lees will begin the evening’s entertainment on the Court Square. At 6 p.m., featured bluegrass music guest Uncle Fudd will play at the same location.

Tickets for Summer Wined Up are $25 each and will be available at the registration table on East Court Square at 4:30 p.m. Attendees must provide a valid photo ID for admittance. Once signed in, each will received a commemorative wine glass, an event bracelet, and a brochure showing which wines are available at the participating merchants.

Bracelets will not be given to anyone under the age of 21 and must be worn at all times.

Hunter Taxi will be available for those attendees who would rather take a taxi home. A total of 500 tickets are available for Summer Wined Up. Craver reported at Wednesday’s monthly Downtown Development Authority meeting that 200 advance tickets had already been sold.

If dangerous or severe weather does come into play tonight, Craver said the Business Development Office will consult with local professionals to consider delaying, canceling, or rescheduling the event.

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