Tasting in the Wilds

Tasting in the Wilds 2019

RIDGWAY--The Ridgway Heritage Council (RHC) and ECCOTA (Elk County Council On the Arts) are teaming up to bring some great activities to Ridgway this weekend. 
ECCOTA starts the fun on Friday, July 30 at 9 a.m. with a "Chalk The Walk" event in downtown Ridgway. Artists of all ages and skill levels are invited to add their artwork to the sidewalks in downtown Ridgway.  ECCOTA is requesting that artists register in advance If they would like to request a specific Main Street area business as their chalk location. jotform.com/ECCOTA/ChalkWalk2021. Three prizes of $25 ECCOTA Gift Cards will be given to the top-scoring artwork in three age groups: 8 & Under, 9 - 14, 15 - Adult. This event is presented by the Elk County Council on the Arts, and chalk will be provided at their headquarters, 237 Main Street in Ridgway.
ECCOTA is also hosting an "Open Mic Night" at the Gazebo located on the grounds of the Elk County Courthouse along Main Street in Ridgway on July 30 from 6-9 p.m. on Friday. Everyone is welcome on the courthouse grounds, with musicians asked to contact ECCOTA in advance so that time slots can be created and information about the setup can be coordinated. The public is invited to this free event that hopes to bring some fun to downtown Ridgway during the perfect summer weather. Bring your lawn chairs and make a night of it. 
The biggest fundraiser of the year for the Ridgway Heritage Council (RHC) takes place this Saturday, July 31, from noon until 8 p.m. as "Tasting in the Wilds" returns after being canceled last year. 
Members of the RHC are excited and energetic about the work they are doing and are dedicated to retaining and improving the many special qualities of Ridgway. From Christmas lights to watering the summer flower baskets, many volunteers work year-long on projects to enhance the beauty of Ridgway.

The Heritage Council has many accomplishments to its credit, including a highly successful Historic Facade Program, an Annual Historic Tour of Homes, the creation of the "Lily of the Valley" National Historic Register District, and community gardens, and a historic homeowners plaque program. Projects currently underway include a complete downtown streetscape renovation incorporating new Victorian benches and historic street lighting (in cooperation with Ridgway Borough), the renovation of the welcome center, and the development of one of the key downtown historic buildings. Proceeds from the Tasting in the Wilds helps to benefit programs all year long.

 This year will be different from previous events with a standard $5 Entrance Fee for everyone entering the Fireman's Lot, where the event will take place, rain or shine. A wristband will be given when a proper ID is provided showing the attendee is over 21. . Due to changes in the law, Beer, Wine, and Spirits vendors will have drinks to sell and offer a tasting if attendees would like. There is a "chalk-Bomb" zone and a homemade beer and wine contest. Check out the Festival website at tastinginthewilds.com for more information.

Breweries attending the Tasting in the Wilds include Straub, Lost in the Wilds, North Country Brewing Company, Logyard Brewing, Allegheny Distributors. For Wine lovers, Wineries, the Brokenstraw Valley Winery, The Winery of Wilcox, and the Rich Valley Wines will have stations set up. For the local "moonshine" devotees, Triple Nickel Distillery and Delong Enterprises will be joined by Chicken Hill. The Anytime Lunchtime and Gypsy Wagon food truck will be attending, and more food available from the Elk County Foods stand.
Local bands will be playing throughout the day, including  One Last Breathe, Dreamwalker, Hollow Moon, and John Michalowski. St.Leos will be hosting a Cornhole tournament and other games with the Jolly Hatchet setting up an ax-throwing booth. Shelly Caggiano will have a simple Paint and Sip Project, Cheryl and Snuffy will have their art and donate a chainsaw carving to be raffled off. Other vendors include Nice Ash Cigars from Warren and the surprise hit from the Mountain Fest PA Hickory Syrup. All are welcome to come out and enjoy a beautiful day in Ridgway. 

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