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Posted: 10/03/12

A TOAST TO THE ARTS. The Starkweather Arts Center hopes to raise some mugs and funds with its first-ever Harvest Moon Beer Tasting event on Saturday, Oct. 6. Around 18-20 different beers and hard ciders will be on hand as well as live entertainment and food from local vendors. Above, from left, Starkweather Office Manager Joan Zilokowski, Gallery Director Kristin Barr, Music Committee Chair Dave Pyrce and Board Member Christina Muir.

(Observer photo by Chris Gray)

SAC to hold Harvest
Moon Beer Tasting fundraiser

Observer Staff Writer
      The Starkweather Arts Center is inviting people to lift a glass to support the local arts this fall.
       The center is hosting its first-ever Harvest Moon Beer Tasting event on Saturday, Oct. 6 from 7 p.m. to midnight.
       Following in the fall tradition of Oktoberfest, the center is bringing in 18 to 20 different styles of beers and hard ciders to warm the spirits this autumn.
       Joan Ziolkowski, office manager for the center, said the variety includes everything from porters to stouts and ales and IPAs from local brewers as well as from international locations like Germany.
       "This has been something that's been talked about for a while," she said.
       Kristin Barr, gallery director, said fundraisers like this are critical to the non-profit's survival, as it depends on memberships, private donations and grants for its operations.
       "We have to continue to do these kinds of things," she said. "They also help get new people in to see what the center is about, whether it's art or music."
       Tickets are $15 and include a commemorative mug and three tastings as well as a live performance from The Hand in the Ocean.
       Those seeking additional tastings can purchase them for $1 each. Proceeds will benefit the art center.
       In addition to sampling beers, ticketholders can pair their drinks with food provided by local vendors. Christina Muir, Starkweather Society board member, said the non-profit is appreciative for all the local businesses contributing to the event.
       "It will be a great feast for your taste buds and ears in the beautiful setting of your local art center," Muir said.
       Starkweather Alley, located on the south side of the art center, will be closed off for the event to let patrons enjoy the fall air. If dreary weather crops up, patrons can seek shelter under a tent or inside the art center itself.
       Limited tickets are available for purchase in advance as well as the evening of the event. The Starkweather Arts Center is located at 219 N. Main Street.
       Sponsors of the event include Thee Office Pub and Cookery, Romeo Party Rental, Golden Buddha Thai Cuisine, Main Street Bar and Grill, Younger's Irish Tavern, Pamela's Catering, Sheena's Marketplace and Sterling Printing and Graphics.
       For more information, call (586) 752-5700 or visit

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