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Harmony Wine Walk draws crowds, raises funds for library Saturday

Jordyn Prosser, from Deer Creek Winery, pours a drink for someone during the Harmony Wine Walk on Saturday, June 8. Molly Miller/ Butler Eagle.

HARMONY — Cool drinks, a light breeze and summer sun shined on the sold-out Harmony Wine Walk on Saturday, June 8, making it a successful fundraiser for the Zelienople Area Public Library.

With 14 alcohol vendors and several others selling food and other items, event coordinator Bekah Regan said they were expecting a fun, friendly evening around the historic town.

“The town of Harmony is really lovely to walk around, I think that’s the allure,” she said, saying they sold 450 tickets for the event. “And it’s all for the library, I think that’s a big draw for people.”

Regan said they raised around $19,000 during the eighth annual event.

Groups of people mingled together, exploring the towns streets in search of the boozy booths.

The walk is a yearly outing for sisters Stephanie Gordon, of Harmony, and Heather Tatton, of Pittsburgh, who confessed they arrived to the event later than expected.

“We actually bought the extended tickets, but forgot to come early,” Gordon laughed. “We both said, ‘It’s OK, it’s a donation.’”

Both said they were happy to support Zelienople’s library.

“We’re huge readers,” Tatton said. “It’s a great idea, I hope it (raises) a lot of money. It’s such a cute town.”

Vickie Dellaquila, of Jackson Township, said she and her friends are part of a neighborhood wine club, and were excited to attend the walk together.

“I would say we’re kind of connoisseurs,” she said. “We get together and try wines and cheese once a month while our husbands play poker.”

Donna Weston was part of the group, and said she was excited to be there.

“I’m a frequently at the library, so I feel this is a positive thing to give a contribution in support of them,” she said.

Stacie Schneider, of Zelienople, said she was eager to support the library since her nephew is always taking part in their programs.

“My sister has an 18 month-old, he’s into all the books and programs there, so I’m happy to be supporting it.”

She added that she was impressed by a jalapeno wine she tasted.

“I came last year,” she said of the walk. “It’s just a great selection, lots of vendors.”

Overall, Regan said the fundraiser does just as much for the borough as it does for the library.

“Our goal is to sell out tickets and have a good time, and introduce people to the town of Harmony,” she said.

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