BROCTON Town of Portland leaders and town Bicentennial Celebration committee members are hitting the Brix this weekend.
As a fundraiser for their large-scale Bicentennial Celebration beginning in April, an exclusive wine tasting event is slated for today from 7 to 9 p.m. at 21 Brix Winery in Portland.
Committee Chair Dave Travis urged town council members and residents to take part in this unique event during the town council's public meeting on Wednesday. The event will showcase the winery's products and help raise funds for the celebration.
"We have approximately five local artists who will have their talents and assets on display during the event. Tickets are available presale or at the door, so we're asking everyone to come out and support the town's bicentennial celebration events. We'd also like to thank 21 Brix for their cooperation with this event, they've really helped this committee out a lot, and are a community asset all their own," Travis said.
Other notable events will be the Nov. 4 spaghetti dinner at the Brocton Legion from noon to 4 p.m. as well as a month-long lottery based drawing for the month of November. Tickets for those fundraisers are available from any committee member or at various locations throughout Brocton and Portland.
Travis also reminded members of the council that the committee would like to plan a true-to-life reenactment of the first Portland Town Board meeting.
"There are a lot of really unique things in those meeting minutes. We've got a lot of events planned throughout the months of April, May, June and July and are truly looking forward to an event that we can all be proud of," Travis added.
Town Councilman Jerry Boltz, who is heading up another notable committee for the town reminds all that the Brad Anderson (Marmaduke) Recognition Committee will hold its next meeting on Oct. 15 at 6 p.m. at the town hall.
That committee has been hard at work to officially recognize area native and famous syndicated cartoonist, Brad Anderson, for his worldwide contribution of artistry through his Marmaduke comic strip. Fundraising is taking place for this important honor, and the committee named a sculptor for the proposed rendering and dedicated a space for it to be placed on earlier this year.
The Brocton/Portland Festival Committee, who will be lending its regular festival activities to the Bicentennial Celebration this coming year, will be hosting a Halloween Craft Show on Oct. 21 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The show will take place in the center of town, at the Brocton four corner Arch and will feature BW's Chicken/Rib Barbecue, available for $10, craft vendors, as well as a pumpkin carving contest. For more information, or to be a displaying craft vendor, please contact committee organizer, Stephanie Halpainy at 785-3183.
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