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'Wine Down' to highlight this year's Wine Walk

Patrons lined up near the Strand Theatre to sample Buck Creek’s wines at the 2017 Wine Walk. Ten wineries are due to participate in this year’s Wine Walk on June 15, which will also feature a concert.

By JOHN WALKER - jwalker@shelbynews.com

This year’s annual Wine Walk in downtown Shelbyville on June 15 will have a nightcap.

And to accommodate the event, the city’s Board of Works has approved closing parts of West Washington and Tompkins Streets that day where they intersect next to City Hall.

Brandy Coomes, executive director of Mainstreet Shelbyville, which puts on the Wine Walk, asked for the street restrictions at the board’s meeting Tuesday so a concert can close out the evening.

“We’re calling it the ‘Wine Down Concert’ for the Wine Walk,” Coomes told the board.

The Wine Walk begins at 5:30 p.m. June 15 on the Public Square downtown and will feature wines from 10 area vintners, plus beers from area craft breweries. 

Like last year, the 10 wineries will be paired up with 10 local businesses stretching from the Public Square to the Strand Theatre, allowing patrons to stroll through the downtown and sip while they shop.

In addition, food trucks will be set up and downtown restaurants and stores will be open to serve patrons. 

But the concert will take place on West Washington Street near City Hall and will feature the Blue Ridge Banned, a group that’s played at several local venues.

Attending the concert is free, but there is a charge for a wristband to allow attendees to sample the wines and beers.

No one under the age of 21 may have a wristband. 

For more information, contact Mainstreet Shelbyville, 18 N. Harrison St., at 317-398-9552. 

In other matters, the Board of Works:

n Approved releasing a Dalmatian named Lucy to her owner, Tanya Shawki, 258 E. Pennsylvania St., after the dog bit a neighbor, Einola Deaton, 217 N. Hamilton St., on April 2. Both Shawki and Deaton appeared at the board’s hearing on the matter. Shawki said her daughter opened the door to their home and the dog got loose. The board cautioned Shawki against future bite incidents;

n Granted a request by Police Chief Mark Weidner to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Veterans Administration to provide security at the new VA medical clinic, 30 W. Rampart St.;

n Accepted Weidner’s recommendation to hire Travis Kempton as a regular duty police officer.