Annual wine tasting, walking tour coming up in Perry

The Perry Downtown Merchants Association is holding its third annual wine tasting this week.

The event, which will feature live music, is from 5-8 p.m. Friday.

Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the event for $15, according to a release. Participating merchants have tickets at their stores.

Participants start the event at the parking lot on Carroll Street between Two Friends and James Farmer, where they will receive a wristband and card that they will show to receive one sample of wine at each participating merchant. Each merchant will have a different wine, and a few of the merchants will serve non-alcoholic beverages.

Everyone must be at least 21 years old, and IDs will be checked.

Beginning at 4 p.m., the following streets will be closed: Jernigan Street from Main Street to Carroll Street and the 700-900 blocks of Carroll Street.

Also held during the same time, the Perry Main Street program has organized a self-guided walking tour featuring more than 12 historic businesses. Photos of historic buildings being spotlighted will be displayed in storefront windows. The photos will show what the building used to look like or what kind of business might have been there 50 years ago.

The photographs will be displayed along the 700-900 blocks of Carroll Street, at 1002 Ball St. and 1019 Jernigan St. The photos will remain up through June 19.

To contact writer Linda S. Morris, call 744-4223.