Benefit for Smyrna Downtown Renaissance Association part of town's 250th anniversary

The Smyrna Downtown Renaissance Association will hold its 10th annual Wine Tasting Fundraiser under a tent in the garden of the historic John D. Perkins Homestead, 36 S. Main St., Smyrna, on Sunday, Sept. 9 from 5-8 p.m.

The event features a small plate buffet and tasting of three white and three red wines. Live music and a silent auction also are planned in this beautiful private garden. The event is part of the Town of Smyrna’s 250th anniversary celebration.

Tickets are $50 per person, available by calling (302) 653-6449. The number of reservations are limited and advanced reservations are required. Walk-ins cannot be accommodated.

About the SDRA

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Smyrna Downtown Renaissance Association, which promotes the revitalization of Smyrna’s historic downtown, advocates for local small businesses, sponsors downtown events, provides incentive grants to both homeowners and businesses and partners with other organizations and agencies to preserve and enhance historic Smyrna. Members of its board include former public officials and prominent residents and business owners, many of which serve on town committees and commissions.

This past year the association provided a grant to the Duck Creek Historical Society to assist with the publication of the commemorative book for the town’s 250th anniversary. The association also offers grants for historical markers, signs, street trees and holiday decorations for the public streets. It maintains the planters at the Smyrna Opera House and along South Main Street and the Four Corners. The association also sponsored closed circuit television monitoring of the downtown and designed and planted a pocket park on West Commerce Street.

SDRA members advocate for historic preservation each year in May during National Historic Preservation Month through programs and events including the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s “This Place Matters Campaign,” guided tours of the historic district and activities designed to highlight the town’s rich architectural heritage. The association also launched a blue ribbon panel to study and offer recommendations to address demolition by neglect, which adversely impacts many historic neighborhoods. Its findings will be presented to the Smyrna Mayor and Town Council when concluded later this autumn.

The association receives no direct support from local, state or federal governments for its operations.

New members welcome

The public invited to join the association which offers a number of great events each year including its signature Wine Tasting Garden Party.

The Smyrna Downtown Renaissance Association will be undertaking numerous beautification projects in Smyrna’s historic district later this year and is looking for volunteers to assist.

For more information about the association, call (302) 653-6449 or visit the website, www.mydowntownsmyrna.org.