Irmo businesses come together for evening of wine, friendship, music

Red, White and Blues Wine Walk in the Irmo Town Park. Photos by Chris Timmers, Karamie Sullivan, Marie Stover.

The Irmo Town Park was the location where citizens, merchants, and visitors met for an evening of wine, song, and camaraderie Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. The event was sponsored by the Greater Irmo Chamber of Commerce and featured a number of businesses offering various wine samples and appetizers. The event was billed as Irmo’s Red, White, and Blues Wine Walk and featured the music of The Bluz Shak jazz quintet, who played both contemporary jazz numbers along with a few older classics.

Chamber Events Coordinator Ginger Huggins was asked what she thought the total attendance would be. “I’m guessing about 150,” she said. But an informal headcount just one hour into the event easily surpassed that number.

And why wouldn’t it? With wines such as Argentinian Malbecs offered by TD Bank and
Lexington Medical Center along with a crisp German Kreuznacher Riesling served by State
Farm, there was quite a large turnout. And we haven’t mentioned the food:

Maurice’s Piggy Park was very visible, as usual with a barbeque pork that never fails to satisfy
but had tough competition from the Hilton Garden Inn, who had their own brand of mustard-based pork barbeque. The Doubletree showed up and liberally dispensed those chocolate chip and oatmeal cookies the hotel is known for, along with a spread of meats and cheeses. Moe’s chips and queso with pulled pork was another crowd favorite.

The booths all had small favors to give to visitors including pens, cups, and coozies, but perhaps the most functional “freebie” was given by Coldwell Banker realtor Nancy Nelson-Embler: her handout was a small booklet with a 12 month calendar. On the back of each month were recipes for everything from breakfast enchiladas to unstuffed chicken alfresco shells.

Good music, good food, good drink, and great companionship was enjoyed by all businesses representatives and wine-lovers.

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