Wedding is part of the wine walk fun

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If you liked our scarecrows on Main Street for Autumn Evening, or the Norman Rockwell Living Art in our downtown storefront windows during Hometown Holidays last year, then you’re going to love Saturday’s original wedding show also created by Ascension Productions. Director/creator, Petra Karr has outdone herself putting together a hilarious wedding party cast for the Prosser Flyboy marries Sumner Sweetheart production that will be taking place during our annual Sweetheart Wine Walk on Valentine’s Day from 4 to 8 p.m.

Members of the wedding party will be interacting with downtown visitors as they travel from store to store tasting more than 50 different wines. And it sounds like there will be some comical catering “complications” for the chef and his assistants as they prepare the wedding cake in the storefront window at Simple Tidings and Kitchen. I believe there may be some difficulties transporting the decorated wedding cake from the window to VanLierop Garden Market where the wedding will take place at 8 p.m.

SDA is fortunate to be partnering with a fun city like Prosser where the mayor has agreed to participate in the evening’s fun as well, though he was very clear with me about not having any real authority to perform the nuptials. And if you like vintage cars, you’ll love the 1930s car that will provide the getaway for the bride and groom. Stacy Miller (April VanLierop’s husband) has agreed to chauffer the happy couple out of town after the ceremony.

And if you like vintage music, you’re in luck. The Sumner High School Jazz Band will be performing Big Band music on Main Street during the event to promote their Big Band Dance on Saturday, Feb. 21, from 6 to 10 p.m. You can’t miss them as you drive down Main Street. Having a high school band the caliber of SHS is such fun when you’re planning events like this as not every city is as fortunate as we are. Sumner consistently wins awards and trophies for their achievements and it is just plain cool to live downtown where they are constantly practicing their marching numbers in our residential areas.

Big Band tickets are $7 at the door or $5 for presale. Family tickets are $15.

And for those visitors who come and decide it’s so much fun here in Sumner and don’t want to leave right away, this is just a reminder that our new Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites would be happy to provide accommodations for a “sweetheart” deal on Saturday. General Manager Jennifer Caveny even said they would provide free shuttle service from Main Street to the hotel after the event.

So if you’re looking for a fun Valentine’s Day event, don’t miss the wine tasting and hilarious wedding production downtown. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at Spartan Agency, 1004 Main St., 253-863-6122, or through the SDA office 253-720-9846. More information is available at

Bring your friends and family and find out why its fun to spend some time in Sumner.