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Sip and Saveur set for Sept. 26
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Sip and Saveur: Tasting and Art Showcase is back for another year in historic downtown McMinnville. The second annual event is scheduled for Sept. 26 from 5 to 9 p.m.
For the event, Junior Auxiliary member Emily Stefanick requested the city close West Court Square, Depot Street, North Spring Street, and East Main Street beginning at the intersection beside Magness Library and ending where Main Street connects to Spring Street.
Stefanick made the request to city officials at a recent Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting.
Mayor Jimmy Haley stated, “It was very successful last year. I think they did a good job organizing it.”
The event showcases the work of local artists, and businesses downtown are invited to participate by hosting an artist and providing a beverage and/ or hors d’oeurves tasting to patrons inside their establishment.
Vice Mayor Ben Newman questioned how many people participated last year.
 “I think, overall, we had 14 businesses participating,” said Stefanick. “We had 13 artists and the Warren County High School art program had an exhibit as well. Attendees, I think we sold somewhere around 130 tickets.”
When Newman asked if there were any incidents, Stefanick added, “No, none. We got great feedback from businesses and great feedback from local caterers who provided hors d’oeurves. We got great feedback from participants.”
A live band will offer music in Court Square during the event.
“We have secured a live band for the enjoyment of participants that evening,” said Stefanick. “The band will not require a stage. However, we will need to have electricity available to the band so they may operate lights, sound equipment and other things of this nature.”
Extra trash cans are requested.
“If at all possible, extra trash cans need to be provided so we can ensure the property will remain clean during this event,” said Stefanick.
Board members Haley, Newman and Aldermen Mike Neal, Jimmy Bonner, Ryle Chastain, Steve Harvey and Everett Brock voted unanimously to close the streets as requested and provide electricity.