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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 06-13-2019

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10 CUMBERLAND / LINCOLN JUNE 13-19, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION CumberlandFest wins approval for beer garden Provider Ravenous Brewing said to be considering move to town CUMBERLAND – Organizers of CumberlandFest clearly weren't just spitballing ideas when they previ- ously suggested bucking longstand- ing tradition by selling beer at the annual event. Ernie Labbe, representing the festival's executive committee, made the case last week to add alcohol for the 29th version of CumberlandFest, telling the Town Council, acting as the Board of License Commissioners, how the beer garden at Diamond Hill Park will help refresh the overall opera- tion that's seeing a total overhaul this year. Woonsocket-based Ravenous Brewing Company, a company Labbe said is considering a move to Cumberland, will be the sole brewer in the beer garden, serving up a light beer, a dark beer, and "something in the middle with a funny name to it," joked Labbe. Ravenous owner Dorian Rave, who has been looking for a new location for his brewery, gets the chance to promote his brand in the com- munity he's considering as a future home, said Labbe. Adding beer is part of a com- prehensive approach to refreshing the entire festival, Labbe said. A number of other changes have also been made to attract more adults and young families, including a new midway provider, allowing children 12 and younger in at no charge, making concessions more affordable, and providing more free activities. A revenue-generating beer tent will help offset some of those other financial losses and help the festival continue fundrais- ing for local youth groups. The council voted 5-1 to approve the temporary outdoor serving license sought by Labbe and CumberlandFest, with only Scott Schmitt opposed, allowing the small beer garden to open at Diamond Hill Park Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 10-11. Those visiting the beer tent will be entitled to two beers with their wristband. They then must leave for a two-hour period before get- ting back in line for two more, for a total of four beers. Board of License Commissioners Chairman Bob Shaw noted that craft beer events are more about the tasting experience rather than just downing beers to get drunk. Labbe agreed, saying the objective here is to be "really conservative" and put on a craft beer event that is about the experience rather than just sit- ting down and drinking for the day. Labbe told the board he approached the owners of Diamond Hill Vineyard about bringing a wine component to the tent, but while interested, they said week- ends are too busy. They gave him a list of other vineyards to contact about possible inclusion. Councilor Lisa Beaulieu asked about the Diamond Hill Management Plan's prohibition on alcohol, but Town Solicitor Kelley Morris said the town's ordinance on parks and recreation allows sale of alcohol with official permis- sion or a license from the council. Management plans are plans, not ordinances, she said, so "you can make an exception as long as you're giving permission under this section." She said there's no need to change the management plan. One hundred people total will be allowed in the beer garden area, but Labbe said he doesn't expect that many. The tent must be closed down and fully evacuated 30 min- utes before the fireworks begin, by order of Police Chief John Desmarais. By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor Place your classified ad online at Rainbow Beard Show in Cumberland June 27 CUMBERLAND – The Children's Room of the Cumberland Public Library, 1464 Diamond Hill Road, will host the Rainbow Beard Show on Thursday, June 27, at 10 a.m. This theater production kicks off a daylong celebration of the beginning of the library's summer reading pro- gram called "A Universe of Stories." This program is for children ages 3-10. 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