Ar­bore­tum set­ting for beer tast­ing an ideal late-sum­mer cel­e­bra­tion

The News Herald (Willoughby, OH) - - Life - Janet Podolak

Aug. 31 is the dead­line for early-bird ticket prices for the Nature’s Brew Beer Tast­ing, set for 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 16 at Holden Ar­bore­tum in Kirt­land. Those who at­tend the Ar­bore­tum’s spring wine tast­ing among the blooms will tell you what a de­light­ful set­ting it is to sip and so­cial­ize amid nature’s beauty as the sun sets and the stars wink on af­ter dusk.

Late sum­mer’s beauty will be aug­mented at this year’s beer tast­ing by back­yard games and live mu­sic from the Gage Broth­ers.

Par­tic­i­pat­ing brew­eries in­clude Thirsty Dog, Blake’s Hard Cider, Ayinger Brew­ery, Great Lakes Brew­ing Co., Lin­de­man’s Brew­ery, Or­val Trap­pist Brew­ery, Royal Docks Brew­ing Co. and Sam Smither Brew­ery.

Those buy­ing early­bird tick­ets pay $50 if they’re non­mem­bers and $40 if they’re mem­bers. Once Septem­ber ar­rives, those prices in­crease by $10 in each cat­e­gory. In­cluded are 20 pours at 3 ounces each, a com­mem­o­ra­tive tast­ing glass, on­site experts, non-al­co­holic drinks and snacks and park­ing. They’re also will be raf­fles, and the Smokin’ Rock and Roll Food Truck will be avail­able for those pur­chas­ing heartier foods.

Late sum­mer’s beauty will be aug­mented at this year’s beer tast­ing by back­yard games and live mu­sic from the Gage Broth­ers.

Con­tact the Holden Ar­bore­tum at 440-946-4400 or hold­enarb.com for tick­ets.

Clam­bake

The first of what likely will be a full sea­son of clam­bakes takes place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at Men­tor Beach Park in Men­tor-on-theLake. Jointly hosted by the Men­tor Area Cham­ber of Com­merce and Grif­fin Tech­nol­ogy Group, it will raise money for stu­dent schol­ar­ships.

Tick­ets, at $40, will in­clude clam chow­der, a half chicken, 12 top neck clams, sweet po­tato, sweet corn, coleslaw, rolls, one al­co­holic drink plus soft drinks. Ad­di­tional clams will be avail­able for $10 a dozen. The bakes will be prepared by Euclid Fish Co. Side­boards and raf­fles will be part of the event.

Tick­ets must be pur­chased by Sept. 15 and are avail­able at 440-2551616 or men­tor­cham­ber. org.

Na­tional ac­cred­i­ta­tion

The Ch­ester Town­ship­based In­ter­na­tional Culi­nary Arts & Sciences In­sti­tute, pro­fes­sional arm of the Loretta Pa­ganini School of Cook­ing, learned last week it has achieved its long-awaited fed­eral ac­cred­i­ta­tion for its pro­gram­ming.

To the ca­sual ob­server, that will mean lit­tle more than the change the do­main ex­ten­sion for its web­site, presently ICASI. net, to .edu for its web­site, presently ICASI.net. But fed­eral ac­cred­i­ta­tion will al­low its pro­grams to qual­ify for third-party schol­ar­ships on a na­tional ba­sis. The school long has been ac­cred­ited by the state of Ohio.

Farm tour

Maplestar Farm in Auburn Town­ship is the des­ti­na­tion for a free 90-minute farm tour of­fered on Sept. 9 by the Geauga Fresh Farm­ers Mar­ket.

The tour de­parts at 1 p.m. from the mar­ket be­hind South Rus­sell Vil­lage Hall, 5205 Chilli­cothe Road (Route 306). The or­ganic farm has sweet red straw­ber­ries, corn, gar­lic, to­ma­toes, pota­toes, salad greens, as­para­gus, radishes, herbs, beans and squash.

Reser­va­tions are needed for seats in the air-con­di­tioned bus, al­though the tour is free. Sign up by email­ing ch­eryl@geau­ga­farm­ers­mar­ket.com or call­ing 440-474-9885.

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