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.
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.