Starting Monday, Aug. 3, is the five-day Summer in Chetek Wine Walk, which features nine Chetek shops and a unique, collectible wine glass.
While similar to past wine walks, this one has been extended to last five days to spread people out and encourage physical (social) distancing. It is organized by the Chetek Us Out retailers group and the Chetek Chamber of Commerce. Proceeds from the event will benefit future chamber events.
The event is a way to thank people for their support of local businesses during shutdowns earlier this year and the ongoing pandemic, said Kelly Critser, one of the wine walk organizers.
Participating businesses are Lake Country Marina, Candy Corner & Creations, Carpe Diem, Off “R” Rockers, CJ Conner Art Studio, It’s My Lucky Day Unique Boutique, Just Imagine Floral & Vintage Treasure, Whimsical Wares and 53 Main Gift Shoppe. There is no set time for the wine walk during the five days and each business will be operating on their own days and hours.
Business will have individual specials for the event. Some may require face masks to enter so it is recommended that shoppers bring a mask along.
There are 200 wine glasses, hand-painted by Julie Wilson. The collectible Chetek wine walk glasses are $20 each and can be purchased at each participating business.
With each wine glass, shoppers will also get a punch card, which can be redeemed for a free wine sample at each business during the wine walk (limit one sample per business). Wine walkers do not need the wine glass, just their punch card, to redeem the wine samples. Samples will be served in single-serve, disposable cups.
Also, shoppers will get two tickets that will be entered into a drawing for one of several gift baskets or a one-day pontoon rental from Lake Country Marina.
For each additional $10 spent at each business during the wine walk, wine walkers will also get an additional ticket for the drawing. Just show your punch card when checking out. The tickets will be collected by the businesses and wine walkers do not need to drop them off anywhere.
The drawing will be on Monday, Aug. 10. You do not need to be present to win and the winners will be contacted by phone.