The Community Foundation of Alamo is hosting its first-ever "Alamo Community Walk-About" this Thursday, an evening event aiming to draw people downtown for sampling, shopping and socializing.
The community party will be held throughout downtown from 5-8 p.m., with a tasting component set along Danville Boulevard that will feature restaurants and merchants offering wine, beer, hors d'oeuvres and coffee samples, according to organizers.
The Walk-About is open to the public, but the sampling component costs $20 in advance or $25 on-site Thursday evening. Proceeds will benefit Community Foundation efforts, including organizing the annual Alamo Tree Lighting Festival -- set for Nov. 22 this year.
"The main goal of the Walk-About is to bring Alamo citizens to the downtown, where it is often said by customers to merchants that 'we had no idea you were located in town,'" foundation representatives said in a statement.
The event will include trolley rides along Danville Boulevard and music at five locations downtown, featuring Anthony and the Retroz, DJ Kalama, The Beat Meters, Chris Estes and Billy Schaub, organizers said.
A purchased ticket includes participation in the sampling event and trolley rides as well as a tasting glass and map, according to organizers. The downtown corridor and shops will remain open to everyone Thursday evening, but only people with tickets can participate in samplings and inclusive activities.
Ticket-holders 21 years old or older can take part in alcohol samples. Children and designated drivers can participate in non-alcoholic sampling by purchasing $10 tickets.
All ticket-holders will receive a wristband at check-in, which will take place at Stone Valley Center (3160 Danville Blvd.) or RPM Mortgage (3450 Stone Valley Road West).
Merchants set to participate include Alamo Ace Hardware, Don Jose's Mexican Restaurant, RPM Mortgage, Richard's Arts & Crafts, Subway, Alamo World Travel, RJ's Asian Fusion, Alamo Grill and Las Trampas Taps, according to the foundation.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the foundation website.