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Sip & Saveur set for Sept. 24
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The popular Sip & Saveur event, hosted by Junior Auxiliary, is returning Sept. 24 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. with delicious refreshments, live music and talented artists.

Beautiful, historic downtown McMinnville and some good live music will once again provide the backdrop for this year’s Sip & Saveur event hosted by Junior Auxiliary of McMinnville.

This year’s Sip & Saveur is scheduled to take place Sept. 24 from 6 to 9 p.m. Much of the event will work as the years before it, with some new additions that are sure to help guests remember the night.

“We have added a photo booth to our plans,” event organizer Sara Beth Collins. “We’ve carried over everything from last year, though some different businesses and artists will be in attendance this year.”

The event is planned as a leisurely evening, and Collins encourages everyone to take their time perusing Main Street McMinnville and everything the local businesses and artists have to offer. Businesses from both sides of the street, from Magness Library to Begonias, will be taking part in the night’s festivities.

All participants will be offering some form of food, wine or other refreshments along with a featured artist producing a wide range of items from leatherwork and woodwork to printed or painted pieces.

“We want everyone to come out and have some fun,” said Collins. “We worked really hard to get new artists and businesses on board. The night is so much fun, and it is all local which helps support the local businesses. It always winds up being a great night that helps a really good cause.”

Proceeds from Sip & Saveur help support JA’s community service projects that benefit Warren County, with an emphasis on children. This fundraiser is the largest one the group hosts during the year.

“We help out with a lot of service projects, but we offer a mentorship program for girls with Hamilton Street Activity Center and donate coats around Thanksgiving time,” Collins explained of JA’s current roster of projects. “Our chapter has just started a little free library and we put on Christmas in the Park. We partner with Blood Assurance to host blood drives and even offer a scholarship for first-generation college students.”

Tickets can be purchased from any JA member or Security Federal Savings Bank (Main Branch), The Red Berry Salon and Tree City Realty. Pricing is $35 if purchased ahead of time and $40 on the day of the event. The fee includes full access to the participating businesses as well as a wine glass and entry to win excellent door prizes. As there is alcohol present during the event, you must be 21+ in order to participate. 

Businesses participating and their featured artists are:

• Citizen’s Tri-County Bank – Susan Gawel

• Paul Holder Realty & Auction – Angela Lilienthal

• Ross & Ross Law Firm

• The Vintage Market

• The Vanilla Bean Baking Co. – Brandie Mansfield

• Begonias Restaurant – Jase Bouldin

• Iron Tusk Art Co. – Jonathan Myers

• Evelyn Taylor Avenue – Live Music

• Three Sisters Candle Co.

• City Hall – WCHS Art

• Heritage Alliance Center

• The Red Door Boutique – Mary Wanamaker

• The Doodle Fish Studio – Stephanie Fish

• Magness Library – Ramona Mathis

• 1810 Title & Escrow, LLC – Tara

• Oh Sugar – Chandi Nunley

• Painted Farm House – Sherry Elkins

• Park Theater

• First National Bank – Trey Kirby

• Renewed Creations – Sami Mercury

• Southern Traditions – Glenda Pennington

• Collins River BBQ & Cafe – Seth Wright

• Stanley & Bratcher – Chad McGee

• Cumberland Biscuit Company – Adam Maynard