Nudgers wine-tasting fundraiser toasts spirit of Joe Warnock

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Playing the part of wine stewards at Saturday night's fundraiser at La Poster were Nudgers, front row from left, Sandy Grubbs, Pat Snyder and Christy Coffman; back row from left, Jay Pattee, Cindy Sohn, Dirk Cavanaugh, Scott Coffman and Matt McDevitt. Not pictured are Nudgers Cheri Tice Scheib and Jacob Ballard.

Libations were liberally poured at Saturday night’s Nudgers wine-tasting fundraiser in the Cellar of La Poste, where donors tested their palates against two white wines and two reds.

The Nudgers is Perry’s local non-profit property development group, specializing in restoring dilapidated downtown buildings. Saturday’s event raised funds for a memorial for notable Nudger Joe Warnock, who died in December, and to finance electric service at the group’s commercial space at 1314 Second St.

Longtime Nudger Jay Pattee welcomed the 70-some wine tasters and gave a thumbnail history of the Nudgers, from their first restoration success in the 1990s with the old Fox Lunch building at 1318 Second St. to the ambitious project of restoring the former Elks Club at 1211 Second St.

Nudgers President Cindy Sohn praised Warnock, who gladly lent his unique character and first-rate woodworking skills to Nudgers projects.

“Joe was a man,” Sohn said. “He was a kind man. He was a loving man. There was nothing Joe couldn’t do and if there was, then he knew somebody who could.” Sohn thanked Joanne Warnock, Joe’s wife, for attending the event and sharing the joy.

Nudger Dirk Cavanaugh then laid out the ground rules for the wine tasting, with each of the four bottles scored according to its color, nose, mouth and finish. Playing the part of wine stewards were Nudgers were Pattee, Sohn, Cavanaugh, Sandy Grubbs, Pat Snyder, Christy Coffman, Scott Coffman and Matt McDevitt. Absent Nudgers were Cheri Tice Scheib and Jacob Ballard.

The event was called, Reds, Whites and Blues, with the wines complemented by a wide selection of blues songs playing on the sound system. A generous potluck buffet, courtesy of the Nudgers, provided the wine drinkers with sturdy ballast in preparation for their alcohol consumption.

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