CLARKS SUMMIT- The Second Annual Clarks Summit Art & Wine Festival is around the corner on Aug. 11, beginning at 11 a.m., but according to Charlie Charlesworth, wine festival event chair, the launch to a weekend of wine, art, crafts and food will get underway Aug.10 with the Second Friday Art Walk from 5 to 8 p.m.
An "After Art Walk" street party will be held between Sole to Soul, 535 South State St. and Mama Mia's, 507 South State St., Clarks Summit beginning at 9 p.m., and the public is invited.
"The best part of the festival is how much it has grown," said Charlesworth, who noted some changes to the venue. "This year…we're going to incorporate the entire downtown area, including all of State Street up to Grove St. and Depot and Spring streets."
Another addition to the festival: a pizza contest. "We've invited all of the pizzerias to submit a small pizza sliced into party cuts that they can bring to the second floor of the Clarks Summit Borough Hall at 7 p.m. Aug. 10," said Charlesworth.
"We're going to have a panel of six to eight judges who will taste the pizzas and declare the pizza champion of Clarks Summit." Pizza judging will be Friday night with the winner announced and the results posted on the outside of borough hall.
He added, "All of the stores in the downtown area are going to participate by having their wares outside. People will be able to tour the entire town and look at the art at the 15 venues throughout Clarks Summit… All the stores are treating this like a big downtown party…"
There is no charge to visit the Second Friday Art Walk or to partake in entertainment at the Art & Wine Festival. However, a $10 cost for wine tasting Saturday will include a collectible wine glass and samples from six vineyards. Tasters must be 21 and older.
Featured at the festival will be six Pennsylvania wineries: Maiolatesi, Cherry Valley, Ferrone Family Vineyards, Capra Collini, Bartolai, and Laddsburg; 40 vendors; musical entertainment and street performers to entertain crowds on the streets of downtown Clarks Summit. Live music will be provided by The "Magics" sponsored by Highland Associates, "Velveteen," sponsored by Rock Church Morgan Highway; Mike Waskovich sponsored by Trout Unlimited and Mike Lewis of WNEP Channel 16 sponsored by Penn Security Bank.
The wine tasting will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Vendor locations will feature a variety of ethnic foods from Brazil to Italy to Poland.
"At 1:30 p.m., the music starts and will run until dusk," said Charlesworth.
Eventgoers should also plan to attend the grand opening of the Clark's Summit Museum at 1 p.m. Saturday. "The wine festival was the brainchild of the (Clarks Summit) Centennial Committee, so we're also going to be celebrating the grand opening of the Clarks Summit museum," said Charlesworth.
Friday, August 10
5 to 9 p.m. - Second Friday Art Walk
7 p.m. – Pizza contest
9 p.m. – "After Art Walk" Street Party located between Sole to Soul, 535 South State St. and Mama Mia's, 507 South State St, Clarks Summit.
Saturday, August 11
11 a.m. - Second Annual Clarks Summit Art & Wine Festival 2012 opens
noon– Wine tasting begins
1 p.m. Clark's Summit Museum Grand Opening
1:30 to 2:30 p.m. – Mike Waskovich, sponsored by Trout Unlimited3 to 4 p.m. - The Magics, sponsored by Highland Associates
4:30 to 5:40 p.m.- Mike Lewis, of WNEP 16, sponsor Penn Security
6:15 to 7:30 p.m. – Velveteen sponsored by Rock Church Morgan Highway