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 CANTON, OH (September 9, 2008) - The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce will host its annual "Vintage Canton" event on Thursday, September 18, 2008. Vintage Canton is a sophisticated downtown gathering, offering distinctive center city charm alongside live music, vibrant art exhibits and, of course, quality wine from area wineries and around the world!

The event gives guests the chance to relax and unwind while enjoying wine from local wineries, delicacies from downtown eateries and memorable live music. The event will be hosted from 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., in Central Plaza North, downtown Canton.

 

 This year's Vintage Canton gathering will feature the finest quality wines from area wineries, including Maize Valley Winery, Hartville, Ohio; Mastropietro Winery, Berlin Center, Ohio; Perennial Vineyards, Navarre, Ohio; Myrddin Winery, Berlin Center, Ohio and Winery at Wolf Creek, Norton, Ohio.

"The event is a very enjoyable evening and you really get a true taste of Canton," said Dan Mastropietro, owner and winemaker for Mastropietro Winery in Berlin Center. "Sometimes I wish I could be on the other side of the table, simply enjoying the event!"

Mastropietro Winery has participated every year since they opened their doors in 2005. This year, among the four wines allotted each winery, they'll bring their signature semi-dry, Valley Red. Dan, along with the other local winery owners, will be onsite to answer questions about how their wines are made in hopes that the evening's guests will come back for more and visit the wineries in person.

 In addition to the local winery lineup, a wide range of wines from around the world will be featured at sampling stations organized by country of origin. Microbrew beers will also be available in lieu of the eight wine samples included with event admission. This year's generous event sponsors include Mercy Medical Center, KeyBank and Gasser Fine Jewelers.

 Guests will also be able to enjoy tastings from downtown restaurants like Iris, Fedeli, Chronicles the Restaurant & Blue Olive Jazz Club, Bender's Tavern, Peter Shears, 356 Fighter Group, The McKinley Grand and Arcadia Grille, for a nominal charge. Attendees will enjoy the fine wines, fine foods and fine friends to the rhythm of live blues. Mostly Blues Band will perform from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., when Jeff Poulos Blues Revue will take over and finish out the evening at 9:30 p.m.

 Robb Hankins, president & CEO of ArtsinStark, will serve a second year as chairman of Vintage Canton. Thanks in part to Hankins' ties to the arts movement in Canton; this year's Vintage event will continue the tradition of bringing the arts to all in attendance.

"I'm chairing again this year because it's so easy to say 'yes!' to this event," said Hankins. "The event is taking place right in the middle of the arts district and our community has shown an incredible demand for the arts. As our area artists continue to grow in number and in diversity, we're pleased to be able to weave the movement into so many of the excellent festivals and events happening downtown!"

Several tents will be dedicated to area artisans, some of which will house wine-inspired art demonstrations from Canton's three area art galleries, Second April Galerie & Studios, Acme Artists and AndersonCreative. Vintage Canton will also be showcasing the work of Paul Hovan, an area high school student who creates chandeliers from eclectic, colorful wine bottles.

Tickets for Vintage Canton are $25 if purchased in advance and $35 the night of the event. The ticket price includes eight wine tastings or microbrew samples, a variety of breads and cheeses and a collectible souvenir wine glass. Looking forward to the event, but not the wine? Lower-priced, wine-free tickets are available for $10. The event is conveniently located in Central Plaza North, on Market Ave. between Tuscarawas St. and 3rd Ave. NE. The event will be held rain or shine.

 

For tickets or details about Vintage Canton, visit www.vintagecanton.com, or contact Rosie Kurtz at rosiek@cantonstarkcvb.com or (330) 458-2085. Remember to purchase advance tickets to save $10 on the admission price!

 

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