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Wine brings smiles and crowds to downtown Albion

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 9 August 2014 at 12:00 am

Photos by Tom Rivers
ALBION – The Albion Merchants Association put on its first wine-tasting event this afternoon and about 200 people tried wines at several spots on Main Street and in the downtown.

In the top photo, Jim Knights is dressed in a toga while sipping wine and serving as the greeter outside the Pullman Memorial Universalist Church in Albion, one of the stops on the wine tasting.

Each person on the tour received a souvenir glass with a picture of the Orleans County Courthouse. Some extras of the glass will be for sale at select Albion businesses.

Dave Licata of the Winery at Marjim Manor in Appleton serves up wine tastings to Jessica Downey, right, and her friends, Wilian and Elizabeth Penafiel, and Meghan Doherty. They are inside the Pullman Memorial Universalist Church.

Wesley Bedford drinks some wine inside Morrison Realty while attending the “Sip and Stroll Through History” event today. He is standing next to his brother-in-law Zack Burgess. Peggy Theodorakos serves as host for the event at Morrison, which is owned by her husband Jim.

Ryan Smith serves some watermelon beer at Krantz Furniture to from left: Molly Moyle, Arica Burns and Lindsey Colonna.

Fischer’s News Room served wine freeze pops made by Lake Effect Artisan Ice Cream in Lockport. These Albionites gave the wine freeze pops a good review. They include, from left: Tom O’Hearn, Dusty DeCarlo, Theresa O’Hearn and Nicole DeCarlo.

Scott Sackett of Batavia, one of the vendors at the Downtown Browsery, pours Blanc d’Orleans from Leonard Oakes Estate Winery.