Last fall's Sip and Stroll, renamed Sip and Scream for the first time, was such a successful - and fun - event for Sumter Senior Services, the nonprofit organization decided to repeat the Halloween season theme. Dozens of wine lovers turned out in …
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Last fall's Sip and Stroll, renamed Sip and Scream for the first time, was such a successful - and fun - event for Sumter Senior Services, the nonprofit organization decided to repeat the Halloween season theme. Dozens of wine lovers turned out in costume to stroll downtown Sumter, tasting a wide variety of wines at several businesses.
The 12th fundraiser for Sumter Senior Services will feature 28 wines and live music, as well as provide an opportunity for meeting neighbors and friends. Rebecca Sears, director of Retired Senior Volunteer Program, said the 2018 Sip and Scream was one of the agency's most successful fundraisers yet, and Sears said the 6-to-9 p.m. Nov. 1 first wine tasting should please attendees on many levels.
"It's our most successful and popular event," Sears said. "Everyone seemed to have a great time."
Hundreds of people turned out last year, and the income from ticket sales was a valuable contribution to SSS' mission to serve the senior citizens of the county. The event supports Meals on Wheels in particular, providing important nutritional benefits to those who might for various reasons not have access to balanced, healthy meals.
"Sumter Senior Services has provided services to the senior community for over 50 years," Sears said. "Through our fundraisers like this year's Sip & Scream, all the funds raised assist us in providing home-delivered meals and many other services for the citizens in our community."
Costumes are not required, but Sears and the Sip and Scream committee plan to dress for the occasion and urge attendees to do so as well. Many of the wine pourers will be in costume, too. Red wine served by a vampire should thrill, but not scare, tasters.
Visiting downtown venues in the evening allows wine tasters to visit them after regular business hours, check out improvements in the historic downtown and check out new businesses. Businesses and organizations participating in Sip and Scream include: Main Street Tavern, Berenyi Corp., Naomi & Warner, Sumter Board of Realtors, Thompson Construction Group, Clark Law Firm, Rumor Has It, Hyatt Place Hotel, F45 Training, Habitat for Humanity, Bella at Brick Street Salon & Spa and Mac's Place Spirits. There will be a dessert table near the fountain at the corner of Main and Liberty streets. Catering the hors d'oeuvres for Sip and Scream will be Morgan Gifford.
Live entertainment by local musicians and vocalists will be offered at five of the tasting venues. Ann Martin Galloway and Hank Martin will be at Bella at Brick Street, Jamey and Company at Clark Law Firm, Johnny Hilton and Darren Polutta at Berenyi, Shawn Hair at Hyatt Place Hotel and Lorne Lee at Deas Law Firm.
Aleph Distributing of Columbia and Mac's Place Spirits of Sumter have collaborated to ensure an interesting wine list. Wines for the tasting event are a variety of reds, whites, roses and dessert selections. They represent five of the world's seven continents; only Antarctica and Asia are not included. U.S. states whose wines will be presented for tasting are California, North Carolina and Oregon. Wines available at Sip and Scream can be purchased after Nov. 1 at Mac's Place.
Ticket holders should sign in at the Sumter Opera House before beginning the wine stroll at 6 p.m. Upon registering, they will receive a tasting glass and tasting plate with built-in wine glass holder and a "goody bag" with gifts from several participating venues. A map and a detachable entry form for door prizes will be provided for wine tasters, as well. Keep your wristband on for discounted admission to a '90s-themed party with a live band at La Piazza following Sip and Scream.
Regarded by many as the social start of the holiday season, Sip and Scream and the party at La Piazza offer a fun way to learn about new wines and downtown Sumter.
Sip and Scream sponsors include Darius R. Moye, SCGSAH alumnus; Main Street Tavern; Southern Touch Property Management LLC; McDonalds; Stonequarters LLC; Jackson & Sims Architects; Frasier Tire Service Inc.; Central Midlands Adult Day Center; Hibachi Grill; Physicians Health & Injury Clinic PA; and Sen. Kevin Johnson.
Tickets to Sip and Scream are $30 for adults and $25 for military personnel and senior citizens 60 and older, if purchased in advance. Online ticket sales - at www.sumtersipandstroll.org/tickets.html - will end at midnight on Sunday, Oct. 27. Tickets can be purchased at Sumter Senior Services, 119 S. Sumter St., until 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30. At the door, they will be $40. Designated drivers, who will be served non-alcoholic beverages and hors d'oeuvres, pay $10. Sumter Senior Services can also be contacted for ticket purchases at (803) 773-5508. Visit www.sipandstroll.com for more information.
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