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Madras’ Wine Walk, held April 5, was a great success, according to the five participating downtown businesses.

Troy Boyd at Great Earth Café and Market, who organized the event, estimated 80-85 people turned out. “We had a case of 72 wine glasses to hand out and we ran out,” she said.

The event was free, otherwise each business would have had to buy a $50 temporary liquor license. The stores provided the wine, starting out with six bottles each, and Maragas Winery donated half the wine that was served at Art Adventure Galley. At the end of the walk, people were asked to turn in their glasses, so they could be used for the next wine walk.

“Everybody was really, really happy and I think we’ll do it again quarterly, probably this summer and in November. But next time, we won’t have a starting point because the people all tended to move at the same time,” Boyd said.

Nanette Woolworth at The Coop Boutique said the walk was very successful. “There was not enough room. We had people lined up on the steps because they couldn’t all get in. It was a lot of fun, but next time I’ll get some help,” she said, noting sales were also good.

Tom Miller of Studio on Fifth said some of the people were discovering the studio for the first time. “We were extremely happy and surprised. At one time we had 30 people in the studio, which is the most we’ve ever had. We sold some pieces and ran out of wine and had to go get more,” he said, adding “It was really fun and we can’t wait to have it again.”

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