Hear ye, hear ye: Volunteers needed for pet benefit wine festival July 18, 19

by Dorothy markulis | reporter Published:

Volunteers are needed for the seventh annual Hudson Wine Festival, slated for July 18 and 19 on Village Way.

Volunteers are needed before, during and after the festival for various activities and typically will work a shift of three to four hours. For their service, volunteers can get a break on admission costs and a T-shirt and water. To sign up visit www.hudsonwinefestival.com/volunteers.

The wine festival is a benefit for animal welfare groups in Northeast Ohio including People Care Pet Pantry, PAWSibilities Humane Society of Greater Akron, Spay Neuter Ohio and Rescue Ohio English Bulldogs.

"We look forward to another successful event and supporting animal welfare in our area. Our continued partnerships with Discount Drug Mart, Adams Reserve New York Extra Sharp Cheddar, Rubber City Radio Group, First & Main Hudson and Merrill Lynch will enable us to cast a wider net in the community and generate additional awareness for the many animals that are in constant need," said Debra Sherman, president of Connecting For A Cause, which is staging the event.

According to Sherman, more than $90,000 for area animal welfare organizations has been donated from the annual wine festivals.

Dana Ray is the executive director People Care Pet Pantry, one of the animal welfare agencies benefitting from the festival.

"Through donations, we help people who have fallen on hard times feed their animals -- from fish to horses," Ray said.

People Care Pet Pantry assists with animal needs in Summit, Portage and Stark counties, according to Ray.

"The wine festival helps to make people aware of who we are and what we do," she said. "And it helps with donations we really need."

Helping our furry friends while enjoying more than 150 wines and more than 45 craft beers. What could be better?

Toss food into the mix from Manny's Mac & Cue and the Fired Up Mobile Cafe, sprinkle in musical entertainment, educational seminars and artists and exhibitors and you've got a recipe for two exceptional days.

The festival is July 18 from 4 to 10 p.m. and July 19 from 2 to 10 p.m.

"We're looking to host more than 7,500 guests this year," Sherman said.

Leashed pets are welcome at the Hudson Wine Festival and amenities such as water bowls, doggie pools and the occasional biscuit will be available to pamper the pooches.

Pets also be available for adoption.

"We're adding more food vendors and bringing in Cupcake Vineyard's mobile tasting truck," Sherman added.

Another new feature this year is provided by Merrill Lynch.

"They are having a Pet Portrait Studio booth where people can photograph their pets," Sherman said.

Guests are able to purchase a selection of wines and beers by the full glass on site at the full pour bar with their taste tickets.

Friday's festivities also will include the movie "Gravity" on the First & Main Green after dusk.

Wine & Canvas will return allowing guests in the tasting area to partake in a free art class of and paint a mini masterpiece while enjoying beverages.

Tickets to the festival are $22 in advance and $27 at the event. The ticket entitles the ticket holder to 10 tastings and a souvenir wine glass. More tastings may be purchased for $1 each. Weekend passes are also available for $32 in advance and $37 at the door allowing for daily admission.

Designated driver tickets are available on site for $10 and include two soft drinks.

Advance sale tickets are available at local Discount Drug Mart stores, The Hudson Visitor Center (weekends only), Epiphany in First & Main Hudson, Janet Rhodes Brings You Fair Trade on Main Street and online at www.hudsonwinefestival.com.

Email: dmarkulis@recordpub.com

Phone: 330-541-9436

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