Taste for Summer to feature new activities

| May 15, 2014

COSHOCTON – Taste for Summer keeps getting better and better each year. New to this popular wine-tasting festival will be a live concert performed by Sticks and Stones at 7 p.m. with fireworks afterward courtesy of Dean Hettinger.

“It’s a much bigger experience this year,” said Chris Campbell, event coordinator at Clary Gardens.  “We try to go with as many local companies as possible. We are very fortunate to have him (Hettinger) in the area.”

This event is in its fourth year and will be Saturday, May 17 from noon to 9 p.m. at Clary Gardens. Sample a variety of wine from eight Ohio vendors, take an aerial tour of the Three Rivers Wine Trail at the Coshocton County Airport, or play nine holes of golf while sampling a different type of wine at each tee. To take an aerial tour of the Three Rivers Wine Trail, contact Bethel Toler at 622-2252. The golf outing will be at River Greens Golf Course from 1 to 3 p.m. Contact the course at 545-7817 to register.

“Our goal is to help support and enhance what our local area has to offer,” said Campbell. “You can sample eight different wineries at the festival. You don’t have to go to each and every one of them. You can sample all in one day. Our hope is you’ll find something you really like so you’ll go and visit the winery.”

In addition to the concert in the evening, there will be live entertainment throughout the day and a variety of vendors to browse through. Vendors will include everything from home and garden items to crafts, from silver jewelry to bath fitters and everything in between.

“Hopefully, it will be an exposure to what’s in our own backyard,” said Campbell. “It’s a really good way to showcase some of our local businesses. We also hope local businesses will support us as well.”

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the gate or online at tasteforsummer.com. The live concert and fireworks are included in the admission price. The money raised will go toward the development of the children’s garden.

Next month, Clary Gardens will be breaking ground for a 10×10 lookout tower where children can play and view the whole gardens and part of Coshocton. They also hope to construct Calder’s Cabin soon where children can be educated on plants and the environment.

“We want to have ongoing education about different types of plants and have a place where kids can get down and dirty and dig in the dirt,” said Campbell. “Our sincere desire is to educate and keep environmental stewardship and at the same time be fun for the kids.”

For more information on Taste for Summer, visit their website listed above, or go to clarygardens.org.

“You don’t normally see festivals like this in small communities,” said Campbell. “They’re normally in larger cities like Cleveland or Columbus. This one is the only one of its kind around here.”

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I have been employed at the Coshocton County Beacon since September 2009 as a news reporter and assistant graphic artist. I am a 2004 graduate of Newcomerstown High School and a 2008 graduate of Capital University with a bachelor’s degree in Professional Writing. I am married to John Scott and live in Newcomerstown. We have two beautiful daughters, Amelia Grace Scott and Leanna Rose Scott.

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