Wine, beer available to taste at local GFWC event

REED CITY — Connoisseurs of brewed and fermented adult beverages will have the opportunity to taste a variety of flavors at this year's Autumn Beer and Wine Festival, hosted by members of the General Federation of Women's Club.

The event will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26 at VFW Post No. 2964, located on Mill Street in Reed City. About 30 different types of local wine and beer will be available for tasting, according to GFWC Vice President Shelly Scharlow and member Joan Williams.

Beer selections will include Keweenaw Brewing Company's Pick Axe Blonde and Widow Maker and Cranker's Brewery Bulldog Red Irish Ale. Wines, both red and white, sweet and dry, have been chosen by local distributors.

"We want people to come and have a good time," said Scharlow. "It's something to do on a Saturday night in Reed City and it also helps us spread awareness of the GFWC and what we do."

Tickets to the Autumn Beer and Wine Festival are $20 each and and are available to purchase at the Reed City Chamber Office, Pere Marquette Catering, Nica's Boutique, State Farm and D & E Supply. Ticket prices include beverage tasting, hors d'oeuvres and the opportunity to bid on items in a silent auction. For attendees who do not want to taste or are under the age of 21, tickets are $10. Coffee and other non-alcoholic beverages will be available.

"We have a good variety of drinks and the event has something for everyone," Williams added.

More than 30 silent auction items are up for grabs, thanks to donations from businesses and individuals in the area. Scharlow said gift certificates for food, oil changes and more, along with art and gift baskets have been submitted for bids.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the GFWC, which is an organization that strives to make the community a better place. The group raises money for local nonprofits including Woment's Information Services, Inc., the Reed City Library, the Susan P. Wheatlake Regional Cancer Center and the Hersey House of Hope, and collects funds and clothing for Katie's Closet, which provides clothing for elementary students in need. The GFWC is always looking for new members.

"I think we're a really fun group," Williams said. "We're really focused on giving back to the community."

For more information about the festival or GFWC, call Scharlow at (231) 832-3178.