Merrimack Repertory Theatre Blog

March 14, 2013, 11:22 am
Filed under: Merrimack Repertory Theatre

MRT’s Annual Wine and Beer Tasting is quickly approaching! Join us on Tuesday, March 19 at 6pm for a fun night out to support the theatre. The Friends of MRT is excited to put this event together, and we recently sat down with Joellen Scannell, Chair of the Friends of MRT to give a little more background information on what to expect Tuesday night. Check out our interview below!

A Question and Answer session with Joellen Scannell, Chair of the Friends of MRT

Who are the Friends of MRT?
We are a volunteer fundraising group that hosts special events that raises money for MRT. In December we create two large gift baskets that are raffled off at the theatre. Late winter we host our annual Wine and Beer Tasting and late spring/early summer we have our largest fundraiser – our auction.

There are about 45 Friends, we meet monthly, and we are always looking to include new Friends!

Please tell me more about the Wine and Beer Tasting fundraiser:
The Wine and Beer Tasting is one of my favorite events of the year! It is held in the MRT Rehearsal Hall – which is a great sneak peek at the backstage workings of MRT. People mingle, eat great food, and sample a wide variety of wine and beer.

Who provides the wine?
The Wine is generously provided by Tutto Bene – a wine and cheese shop in downtown Lowell. You can learn more about them by visiting their website:

Who provides the beer?
The beer is generously provided by Lowell Beer Works. This year they will have samples of some of their new brews. Their website is:

Will there be food at the event?
Of course we will have food! This year food is provided by Ricardo’s Café Trotteria. I cannot tell you what they are serving, but I can promise that you will not be disappointed.

I have never been to a wine or beer tasting before – what do you do?
There are five steps to wine tasting – See, Smell, Swirl, Sip and Savor. But I always recommend a sixth step – ENJOY!

Will wine and/or beer be available to purchase at the event?
There will be order forms available if you wish to purchase wine. Beer will be available for purchase and take that evening!

Are tickets still available?
YES! Visit to purchase tickets. Tickets are also available at the door, but I would suggest purchasing them before the event to guarantee entry.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, please click the image below!



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