NEW BETHLEHEM – Raise your glass to the Redbank Valley Chamber of Commerce’s first-ever Nutty Wine, Shine and Brew Fest.

Chamber members toasted the event, which was held Saturday, May 4 along Water Street in New Bethlehem, saying that the event reached its goal of raising enough money to pay for the chamber’s Independence Day fireworks display.

“We have a good thing going,” event organizer Dianna Brothers told chamber members at the group’s monthly meeting last week. She said that in the days since the wine festival, she had already been approached by an additional winery that wants to set up at the event next year.

Chamber members said they hoped to stick with the first Saturday in May for the event next year, and that they planned to add another brewery or two to the lineup of vendors.

Chamber president Ryan Wells said he saw a lot of positive comments online about the festival, which was expanded from the chamber’s wine walk which had traditionally been held on the first evening of the Peanut Butter Festival each September.

But with a new fundraiser needed for the fireworks show, the chamber opted to move it out on its own earlier in the year.

“We’re good for fireworks,” organizer Amanda Coon said of the fundraising success.

The fireworks display will be held Wednesday, July 3 in Gumtown Park. The fireworks will be launched at dusk, with a performance by a local band on the park’s stage leading up to the display.

In other business at the May 9 chamber meeting, members appointed Redbank Valley High School sophomore Matthew Green of New Bethlehem as the chamber’s junior member.

The group also voted to purchase two additional flower planters for the downtown New Bethlehem planter project that began last summer.

The members also welcomed new member Brendan Allison of Edward Jones.

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