The Fayette Area Community Theatre (FACT) Wine and Spirits Walk is coming up this Saturday from 4-7 P.M. starting at the courthouse square, and I don’t know about you, but I’m very excited. It’s a chance to check out local businesses and taste delicious wines and spirits along the way. For those of you who don’t know, I planned the wine walk last year, and it takes a lot of planning, a lot of volunteers, and a lot of cooperation from local businesses to get an event like this together. This year a committee was nice enough to take over for me so I could regain some of my sanity (it was never all there in the first place), so I’m super excited about this year’s event because I get to enjoy it without those terrible dreams at the last second about having a car wreck with 500 engraved glasses in the car, or the one where no wineries show up but 10,000 people do, or the one about sleeping through the entire event.
No, someone else is having those dreams, literally, someone else on the FACT committee is having those dreams, but I get to relax a bit and enjoy what’s going on around the square. One business that is involved in the wine walk is Miknan’s Main Street Pub, and they are most certainly going all out, one reason why I’m looking forward to this event. Miknan’s will be hosting Arcadian Moon Winery, and they will be serving appetizers and snacks at the wine tasting bar to make sure the crowds keep coming. If you feel like hanging out longer, they also have a pasta bar beginning at 5 P.M. for $15 per person, which includes Grilled Chicken Alfredo, Seafood Stuffed Ravioli in Sherry Cream Sauce, Stuffed Manicotti with Homemade Marinara, and Pesto with Pine Nuts over Bowtie Pasta. You can enjoy all four pastas along with freshly baked breadsticks and salad! If you don’t have enough room for all that pasta, check out the regular menu, which has some awesome new and fantastic classic menu items.
If you’d like to order your tickets for the wine and spirits walk ahead of time, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fact-wine-and-spirits-walk-tickets-37023167290?aff=efbeventtix.
Tickets include an engraved wine glass and samples from ten wineries or distilleries. This is a fundraiser for FACT, and it helps support upcoming productions throughout the year and to get closer to their future goal of purchasing their own performance space. The tickets are $15 in advance or $20 that day.
Enjoy the wine walk and enjoy the pasta bar at Miknan’s. The wine walk begins on the courthouse square, and Miknan’s is located right across the street at 107 N. Main Street. It’ll be a great evening of friends, family, music, and more, so eat, drink, and be merry!
It’s time to celebrate one of our local businesses, and what better way to do that than with a birthday party! On Saturday, September 30th, 9 A.M. to 2 P.M., Market Street Floral in Glasgow will be celebrating their third birthday. Market Street has spent three years taking care of our flower, apparel, and gift needs, and done it splendidly, so take time to stop by, shop, snack, and celebrate one of our wonderful local businesses.
Kiersten O’Dell, the shop owner, has made a tradition of having a McCall’s Candle sale during their birthday celebration and this year you can get them 25-40% off. Not only that, but any attendee will receive a gift and you can also get a gift with purchase as well. You most certainly will find something to purchase - fall decor, wine, jewelry, dip mixes, clothing, and wine. Yep, I said wine twice because it’s important. There's an array of wines from Giggling Grapes and Adam Puchta Wineries for you to choose from.
Giveaways are planned, and it wouldn’t be a party without cake and punch to celebrate. There will also be a pop up jewelry show, hosted by Claire Moorehead, presenting Chloe + Isabel jewelry.
Market Street Floral is located at 111 Market Street in Glasgow. To get a sneak peek of what’s going on at Market Street, check out their website at www.marketstreetglasgow.com or catch Kiersten in a live video on the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/marketstreetglasgow/. Stop by and celebrate this beautiful local business.
Elisha Wells Stroupe
This Friday and Saturday, September 15th and 16th, is the annual Santa Fe Trail Days in New Franklin. I have many memories of Santa Fe Trail Days - marching in the parade, being a victim of the pie throwing contest, and most embarrassing of all, a member of many lip sync groups. Overall, I’m very glad I didn’t grow up in the digital age because those would be very humiliating to watch. Karaoke is pretty popular nowadays, so a new generation can head out with their smartphones and get an entertaining video.
There are lots of things to look forward to this year. Friday night is kids night with many free and inexpensive activities to keep your little ones busy. It starts at 6:30 and includes activities such as a bounce house, barrel trains, air tattoos, games, and much more. Concessions start at 6:00, so you don’t even have to worry about dinner. At 7:00 P.M., the annual Little Mr. and Miss contest starts (registration at 6:30) and a limbo contest starts at 7:30 as well.
Saturday is jam packed with family fun, as usual. Biscuits and gravy are served, starting at 7:30 on the street near the beer tents. Vendors will be set up all over town and the baby contest will also be Saturday morning. Concessions will run throughout the day, a fundraiser split amongst the high school classes, and the parade starts at 1:00 P.M. The New Franklin Park Board is holding a pie-eating contest at 2:00, $5 to participate with all profits to be used for park improvements. The New Franklin senior class will also hold a mouse race at 4:30 with a grand prize of $50. Place bets and enjoy an entertaining fundraiser.
Don’t worry all non-parentals or parentals that just want a night out on your own. The beer garden is back Friday (opening at 6:30 P.M.) and Saturday (opening at noon), and Saturday afternoon there will be karaoke, for those of you brave souls, from 2:00 to 6:00, and St8 Arrow will perform from 8:00 P.M. to 1:00 A.M. in the beer garden. Starting at 5 P.M., there will be a $2 entry fee into the beer garden. Not a beer fan? Margaritas are also available.
Concessions, vendors, games, and other events will take place throughout the day. Most importantly, remember that Santa Fe Trail Days is a great opportunity for the local organizations to raise money, so your money will be well spent and your day will be highly enjoyable. Check out the flyer for more events and detail. Have a great Santa Fe Trail Days!