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Sip and Stroll in Sunrise Beach benefits fire department

Sip and Stroll in Sunrise Beach combines local art and wine to raise money for the Sunrise Beach Volunteer Fire Department. The first-ever event is 10 a.m.-5 p.m. August 31 at the Civic Center.

Last year, the Sunrise Beach Volunteer Fire Department was on the front lines of both the summer wildfires and fall flooding. And like many volunteer departments, it depends on donations and fundraisers.

Last October, flooding on the Llano River and Lake LBJ forced the cancellation of the department’s annual fishing tournament fundraiser. That left members of the department’s auxiliary scrambling for something new.

They came up with the Sip and Stroll in Sunrise Beach, which is 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, August 31, at the Sunrise Beach Civic Center, 124 Sunrise Beach Drive.

About 25-30 artists, mostly from the Highland Lakes, will showcase and sell their oil paintings, watercolors, jewelry, wreaths, stained glass, photography, and wood carvings at the event. Harry Angel, an award-winning mesquite sculptor, is slated to attend.

And, there will be wine.

“When we really started planning this, and it was coming together, we realized the Hill Country has some incredible artists,” said the auxiliary’s Chellie Steward. “So we started asking artists if they’d be interested in doing something in Sunrise Beach.”

The overwhelming response was “yes.”

Sue Peace, one of the minds behind the show, said they wanted something different than the typical chili cook-off or golf tournament fundraiser.

“We think it will bring in people from outside (Sunrise Beach Village),” she said.

Wines featured at the event are mostly from Hill Country and Highland Lakes wineries. You can sample the wines, purchase an etched Sunrise Beach Village wine tumbler, or buy a $15 ticket for the wine pull — a chance to win a Texas Hill Country wine with a retail value of up to $50.

A silent auction is 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

“It’s new for us,” Stewart said about Sip and Stroll in Sunrise Beach. “Hopefully, we’ll fill a niche for our community and the Highland Lakes.”

After being canceled last fall, the fishing tournament returns October 19.

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