Story & Photos by Dave Warner

The Travelodge hosted the third annual Taste for the Cure event Friday night as fifteen vendors set up for the evening with samples of their wares.

According to one of the organizers of the event, Patrick Creedon “Last year we had a bingo event and had over 150 people attend. The last three events have raised somewhere between $15,000 to $16,000.00, all for the American Cancer Society.”

It started off with all of the volunteers making their own baskets. “It was fun, but it got expensive,” said Creedon. So, the second year they had a BBQ and the third, the bingo event “which raised a lot of money.”

This year they decided on the new format with the vendors located all around the room. The initial idea was wine and cheese with everything sourced locally. “We started contacting people we knew, including Think Local, the Cheese Festival and Garlic Festival folks to pick their brains,” stated Creedon.

“We didn’t realize that in the fall, they are busy harvesting the grapes for the wine, but it worked out perfectly. It turned into more of a craft, coffee, family event than just a wine tasting event,” he said.

Creedon said “there were six to seven people who worked to organize the event. When we hit a roadblock, we just switched directions. It just kind of all came together. This is exactly what we wanted.”

Patti Farieo, another organizer of the event said “It was not just the right time to do wine and cheese, so we just kind of adapted it to a Taste for the Cure. It came out nice.”

This years event had everything from wine, to moonshine, fabrics, cookies and more. Team Little Falls Lumber was the host for the event and it included a raffle for an original painting by artist Bob Willman.

The expectations where that al least 100 people would attend and that they’d raise anywhere from $1,000 to $2,500 for the American Cancer Society.