Hit the Bricks Wine Stroll and Art Walk plans finalized

Submitted by Tina Rockhold

Fort Scott’s downtown and Main Street will be bustling during the inaugural Hit the Bricks Wine Stroll and Art Walk on Friday, July 28.

The event kicks off at 5 p.m. with activities for everyone’s pleasure. Main Street will be blocked between 1st and 2nd streets for the event until about 8:30 p.m.

The free art walk, coordinated by the Bourbon County Arts Council, is open to the public. Spectators can admire and shop for beautiful artwork by area artists and enjoy sounds of local musicians.

The wine stroll will feature a sampling of wines from six Kansas vineyards including Fort Scott’s very own Vinedo del Alamo. Other wineries and vineyards participating in the stroll include Aubrey Vineyards, Overland Park; Flustered Blonde Vineyard and Winery, Parsons; Fuga Winery, Waverly; Smoky Hill Vineyard and Winery, Topeka; and Vogel Family Vineyards, Galena.

Wineries will also have unopened bottles of wine available for purchase.

Cost for the wine stroll is $25 and includes a commemorative wine glass and tote bag for bottled wine purchases. The event is open to those age 21 years and older with a valid ID required at check in. Check in for the wine stroll begins at 5 p.m. at the Beaux Arts Centre located at 102 S. National. The trolley will be available to transport participants from the check–in location to Main Street between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Beginning at 8:30, music lovers can dance the night away with a concert by Nashville-based country music sensation Blane Howard at Liberty Theatre. Concert tickets are $35 each. With a generous donation by the Modern Woodmen of America, the company has been recognized as the corporate sponsor for the concert.

Advance tickets for the stroll and concert are strongly recommended. Patrons can save $10 if they purchase both the wine stroll and concert tickets for $50. Tickets are available online at www.bit.ly/HitTheBricksTix.

Proceeds from the Hit the Bricks event will benefit the Mercy Health Foundation Fort Scott, a nonprofit 501(c)3 corporation which supports programming and equipment at Mercy Hospital Fort Scott.

“The Mercy Health Foundation Board appreciates the collaboration between the City of Fort Scott, the Bourbon County Arts Council (BCAC), our volunteers and the generous support from other local businesses to make this inaugural event possible,” said Tina Rockhold, Mercy Health Foundation executive director and community relations manager. “We hope the event will create an appreciation for the history, art and culture of Fort Scott and Southeast Kansas.”

For more details about the Hit the Bricks Wine Stroll and Art Walk, call the Mercy Health Foundation office at 620-223- 8094.

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