By BRIAN BOHNERT
Tickets are still available for several events taking place next week during Fostoria’s annual summertime celebration.
SummerFest, formerly the Fostoria Glass Heritage Festival, received an overhaul this year, undergoing a reinvention of sorts with a name change and a slew of new activities.
Festivities will kick off at 5 p.m. July 18 and continue into the evening of July 19.
Hannah Nusser, SummerFest planning committee member, said tickets are still available for both The Little Princess Luncheon on July 19 and the July 18 wine-tasting event.
Wine connoisseurs will have the privilege of enjoying a glass or two of various local wines with light hors d’oeuvres from 5-8 p.m. July 18 at 105 S. Main St. The cost for the wine tasting is $15 per ticket or $25 for two tickets. Seating is limited and the tickets are available for pre-sale only in Mayor Eric Keckler’s office.
“Our concern is that we’ve had so many people calling and asking about the tickets, there’s more inquiries than there are people coming in to get them,” Nusser said. “We don’t want to wait until the last minute. We want them to come in and get them by Friday so we can plan accordingly.”
Nusser said she is unsure of how many tickets are left, but no more than 100 can be sold.
The mayor’s office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day except for Wednesdays when the office is open from 8 a.m. to noon. Nusser said she urges anyone wanting to come in on a Wednesday call the office first at 419-435-8282.
Beginning at 12:30 p.m. July 19 at the Masonic Lodge, 113 E. Tiffin St., 50 girls ages four and older will have the opportunity to partake in a tea party lunch, manicures and fairy face painting, decorate a magical wand, fairytale story time and a photo shoot with Queen Elsa from “Frozen.”
Each princess will receive a rhinestone tiara to wear and take home. Tickets are $15 per person or $25 for two and are on sale in the mayor’s office until Friday.
As of Monday afternoon, Nusser said a little more than half of the tickets for the luncheon have been sold; and, with only 50 available slots in total, she said she urges anyone interested to sign up sooner rather than later.
Additionally, Nusser said the city still needs volunteers to work the beer tent that weekend, particularly on Saturday. The beer tent will be set up and open until midnight both days. Musical entertainment on July 18: Klashing Black and Tongue N Groove; and July 19: Danny Opperman & Audrey Lee, Connor Rose, and Fast Axle & the Rusty Spokes.
Those looking to volunteer their time serving beer in the tent must be at least 19 years old.
The planning committee consists of representatives from the mayor’s office, Fostoria Community Arts Center, Fostoria Area Historical Society, Fostoria Area Chamber of Commerce, volunteers and more, including Nusser, Keckler, Brandon Bell, Renee Smith, Ellen Gatrell, Ron Hanson, Leah Hipsher, Pamela Smith, Browning Payne, Scott Scherf, Leonard Skonecki, Shelly Garcia, Joe Droll, Kim Rickle, Kristi Sprow and the 2014 Glass Court.
Details have not all been finalized and all details are subject to change. For more information, call the mayor’s office or visit www.facebook.com/FostoriaSummerfest.
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