Usher in Fall at the Annual Wine Tasting

The Friends of Forbes Library will hold its fourth annual fall wine tasting benefit at the library on Friday, Sept. 26, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. A large array of wines will be offered along with hors d’oeuvres from local restaurants. Tickets for the event are $25 and can be purchased at Forbes Library, the library’s website at, and Liquors 44 on King Street.

“We are really looking forward to this year’s wine tasting gala,” said Martha McCormick, Friends of Forbes Library board president. “It’s one of our two big fundraising events of the year — the other is the summer garden tour — and it’s a great way to celebrate the beginning of fall.”

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The wines and food will give the benefit an international flair. Wines available for sampling, provided by Liquors 44’s distributors and importers, include both whites and reds from the U.S., France, Italy, Spain, and other countries. A variety of sakes, ports, and beers will be offered as well. Appetizers include cheeses, sushi, stuffed grape leaves, salmon, hummus, and pakora. Among the local restaurants and merchants providing the fare are River Valley Market, India House, Ibiza Tapas Bar, Paul & Elizabeth’s, and Sylvester’s Restaurant.

“We’re hoping to build on the success of last year’s event,” said Serena Smith, Friends board vice president and chair of the board’s special events committee. “We sold over 150 tickets last year, and I’m confident that with the good feedback we got, we’ll do even better this year. People liked the music last year, and we’re delighted that the jazz combo Ken Forfia and Friends will again provide musical accompaniment.”

The wine tasting is supported this year by a generous gift from PeoplesBank. Other sponsors are Liquors 44, Northampton Rentals, and Duclos Design.

All proceeds from the gala will benefit Forbes Library in support of children’s and young adult programs, staff computer training, music and lecture series, preservation of Special Collections, and the library’s book and media fund.

Advance Tickets available securely through PayPal. Click here.

Last Year’s Wine Tasting!

A wonderful time was had by all!

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