Wine and Brews festival benefits spirited cause

BY ZACH SPICER | For the Daily Journal

A pair of Brownstown organizations that focus on giving back to the community have decided to come together once again to organize an event.

The second Jackson County Festival of Wine and Brews is set for Oct. 14 at W.R. Ewing, 1103-1105 W. Spring St., Brownstown.

Organized by the Beta Mu chapter of Psi Iota Xi and Washington Masonic Lodge 13, last year’s inaugural event was in a hangar at Freeman Municipal Airport in Seymour during a county bicentennial celebration.

Around 200 tickets were sold, and each organization received nearly $1,000 to put toward its local and national projects.

Since the sorority and Masonic Lodge are based in Brownstown, they chose to have the event in that community from this year forward.

“We’ve relocated down here, and we’re hoping to have just as much success, if not more,” said Trish Butt, a member of the sorority.

“We had a fun time last time,” she said. “It was just a good time everybody getting together. We knew there were a lot of different kinds of wine tastings and things that are popular now and thought maybe we could make some money with it.”

The event runs from 2 to 6 p.m.

Tickets are $20 and may be purchased at the Jackson County Visitor Center in Seymour or The Jackson County Banner and Family Drug in Brownstown. Members of the sorority and Masonic Lodge are selling tickets, too, and people can buy tickets at the door.

The ticket cost includes admission, tastings from area breweries and wineries and choice of a wine or beer glass.

Vendors expected to attend are The Seymour Brewing Co., Mallow Run Winery, Salt Creek Brewery, Butler Winery, 450 North Brewing Co. and Simmons Winery.

If the weather is nice, some of the vendors may be on the grassy lot on the west end of W.R. Ewing. Otherwise, all of them will be inside.

The event also will have free live music, and a handful of food trucks will be on hand for visitors to make purchases. Those activities will be outside, too, if weather permits.

IF YOU GO

What: Jackson County Festival of Wine and Brews

When: 2 to 6 p.m. Oct. 14

Where: W.R. Ewing, 1103-1105 W. Spring St., Brownstown

Who: Vendors include The Seymour Brewing Co., Mallow Run Winery, Salt Creek Brewery, Butler Winery, 450 North Brewing Co. and Simmons Winery

Cost: $20; tickets may be purchased at the Jackson County Visitor Center in Seymour or The Jackson County Banner and Family Drug in Brownstown or from any member of Beta Mu chapter of Psi Iota Xi or Washington Masonic Lodge 13; tickets also will be available at the door

Other activities: Live music and food vendors; that evening, there also will be a concert on the stage at Heritage Park on the Jackson County Courthouse square with more food vendors set up

Information: Search for Jackson County Festival of Wine and Brews on Facebook