By MUSA News Staff
Middletown area residents have an opportunity this month to sample several unique and complex beers and wines in the beautiful surroundings of the nation’s oldest documented continually operating stained glass company, all to benefit the local symphony.
The beer and wine tasting on Saturday, Sept. 24, is a fund-raiser for the “Flash Gordon”-themed conductor auction campaign of Middletown Community Foundation Executive Director T. Duane Gordon to support the Middletown Symphony Orchestra. BeauVerre Riordan Stained Glass Studios, 1054 Central Avenue, has donated the facility for the event.
“Working with beer distributor Mike Dickerson and local wine authority Micki Thompson, the evening will feature a selection of beverages sure to tempt even the most discerning tongues,” Gordon said.
In addition to the selection of beers, wines and palate cleansing snacks, attendees will be able to sample a special fall coffee line being sold at Bella: A Unique Boutique, located on the second floor of the BeauVerre building. All of Bella’s proceeds from the coffee’s fall collection, which is ground locally in West Chester, also go to the Flash Gordon Campaign.
The 7-9:30 p.m. event will feature musical selections by local vocalists including Gordon, Kip Moore and Anny Stevens-Gleason, although Gordon added he hopes members of the audience will also be loosened up enough before the end of the evening to participate on stage as well.
Reservations, $35 per person, are required in advance. They may be made by mailing a check made payable to the Middletown Symphony Orchestra to campaign co-treasurer Janet Crawford, 35 Indiana Avenue, Unit A, Monroe, OH 45050-1224. Those who wish to pay at the door may make a reservation by calling 513-424-7369.
The final event of Gordon’s campaign will be a $50-per-person Halloween costume gala, also at Beau Verre, from 7 p.m. until midnight on Saturday, Oct. 29, with dinner, drinks, a live band, costume contests, raffles and more. Reservations are also required for that party.