Wings & Strings wins street closing approval in Erwin

Sue Guinn Legg • Sep 9, 2019 at 10:57 PM

ERWIN — After two rained-out play dates in Erwin, the 49 Winchester band and its Northeast Tennessee and Western North Carolina fans are hoping the third time will be the charm.

On Monday, the Erwin Board of Mayor and Aldermen gave its blessing to a request to close Union Street on Friday evening, Nov. 1, to accommodate the band’s regional following at a Wings & Strings benefit performance for the young professional group RISE Erwin.

RISE member and town Communications Director Jamie Rice put the request to the board, saying 49 Winchester’s anticipated draw would push the capacity at The Bramble, the event’s original venue.

“They love Erwin. The really want to play here. They’ve been rained out twice. And they’re doing it for free,” Rice said.

With Nov. 1 following the Oct. 31 Halloween festivities in downtown Erwin, Rice said the request was for Union Street rather than Main Avenue in order to avoid the inconvenience of closing Main for two nights in a row.

The board approved the request by voice vote with no one opposed.

In addition to 49 Winchester on an outdoor stage, the event will include:

• A chicken wing sauce competition among five downtown merchants and Unicoi County High School culinary students with wings grilled by Noli food truck owner/chef Jason Howze.

• Noli, Trucky Cheese and Joe Bill’s Kitchen food trucks on the street.

• A designated outdoor beer area in front of Union Street Taproom.

In other business Monday, the board gave first reading approval to a rezoning request that will allow the subdivision of property at the corner of Eighth Street and Mountain View Road into several lots for construction of one or more single-family homes.

The R-1 Low Density to R-2 Single Family rezoning was recommended by the town Planning Commission.