PUTTING THE “FUN” IN “ FUNDRAIS­ING” Brews & Blues

is a great time for a great cause

The Day - Sound & Country - - “fun” - By SU­SAN BAN­NING Day Staff Writer

IIf you’re looking for a cul­tural op­por­tu­nity that also tastes good, keep Oct. 23 open and find your way to the Brews & Blues fes­ti­val. The event ev­i­dently has legs, re­turn­ing for the fourth time as a ben­e­fit for theWesterly-Paw­catuck Cham­ber of Com­merce. It will be held at Ston­ing­ton Mead­ows on Route 1 in Ston­ing­ton from 6-9 p.m.

Wendy Carr of Prime Time Café in Paw­catuck is on the cham­ber board and uses her restau­rant ex­per­tise to help pro­duce the event. She ex­plained that about 25 restau­rants par­tic­i­pate, and ap­pe­tizer-sized por­tions are paired with a beer that is a cul­tural fit. For in­stance, a Red Stripe beer would be served with a Ja­maican dish.

“We try to put the em­pha­sis on (lo­cal brew­ery) Cot­trell,” she said. “We have 30 to 40 beers; it’s an ex­cel­lent chance to try some mi­cro­brews. We have fun with the pair­ings, putting Peroni (an Ital­ian beer) with Ital­ian dishes and a Bel­gian beer with waf­fles.”

As guests en­joy the spread, the Karl Kelly Band en­ter­tains with a bluesy mix that gives the night the other part of its name.

“(Last year) was fab­u­lous,” Carr said. “Every­one had a great time, a rock­ing time, and no one wanted it to end. The event has been get­ting big­ger and bet­ter ev­ery year.”

Al­though the venue’s name might make you think Brews & Blues is weather de­pen­dent, it’s not. Ston­ing­ton Mead­ows is a ban­quet fa­cil­ity with an out­doorsy-sound­ing name.

“We got tons of phone calls last year when it rained be­cause every­one thought it was go­ing to be can­celed,” said Kirsten Petrizzo of theWester­lyPaw­catuck Cham­ber of Com­merce. “They were all re­lieved to hear it was in­side; it’s a re­ally nice fa­cil­ity.”

The prof­its from the event ben­e­fit all of the pro­grams the cham­ber pro­duces through­out the year, in­clud­ing its day-af­ter-Thanks­giv­ing tra­di­tional Santa’s ar­rival down­town, River Glow, the Virtu Art Show and spe­cial pre­sen­ta­tions such as the whale trail.

Tick­ets are $30 and are avail­able at Prime Time Café and the cham­ber of­fice at 1 Cham­berWay, Westerly. You can call the cham­ber at 401-596-7761 for more in­for­ma­tion.

“There is just tons of food and drink that night,” Carr said. “It’s for a great cause.”

LEFT, WESTERLY-PAW­CATUCK CHAM­BER OF COM­MERCE BOARD MEM­BER ANGIE SMITH SERVES STONE HILL BEER AND GOURMET PIZZA TO A HAPPY GUEST; ABOVE, BOARD MEM­BER TRACEY WILSON’S STA­TION MATCHED SUSHI WITH SAPPORO. PHO­TOS COURTESY OF THE WESTERLY-PAW­CATUCK CHAM­BER...

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