Franklin Chamber Wine Walk is Friday

The Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Wine Walk is returning to downtown Franklin from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday.

The annual event brings wineries, distilleries and breweries to the Franklin’s business district, where they are hosted inside downtown businesses.

Wine Walk participants get a chance to sample the beverage offerings and also have the opportunity to buy bottles or cases of their favorites.

In addition, wine walkers can peruse the merchandise in the downtown businesses that host the winery, distillery and brewery tables.

“People can come back and do their Christmas shopping there,” chamber director Jodi Lewis said.

Tickets went on sale Oct. 17, and Lewis said that as of Friday morning only 12 remained to be sold.

“I’ll bet you by the end of the day we’ll be sold out,” she said.

“We have some groups who come back every year,” Lewis said. “Some groups will buy 12 to 20 tickets at a time.”

She added that Iron Furnace Coffee will be the site for designated drivers, and the first 100 people who present their designated driver band there will get a free coffee.

Every participant gets a band to identify them as a ticketholder and to make sure they are over 21, she said.

Each of the businesses will also offer a snack to offset the effect of the beverages, she said.

“It’s a great night out with the girls,” Lewis said. “We have groups of guys who come too, but it’s a great ladies night.”

As with Applefest, Lewis said the event has a “wonderful group of volunteers” who help make it run.

“The volunteers go around with a wagon to pick up the package pickups for those who buy packages of drinks,” she said. “We make it a fun night for them and for us as well.”

Ticket sale proceeds benefit the Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce.


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