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Ray Bartolai, owner of the Bartolai Winery, pours a glass for Eric McNeish of Taylor and Krystal Sands of Pittston.

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Joe Darling of Dallas paddles his ways to Harding, where he will meet up with others at the Bartola Winery.

About 20 people took a trip down the Susquehanna in Falls on Sunday, which cumulated in a wine tasting at the Bartolai Winery.

The event was one of a series of summer excursions set up by Susquehanna Canoe and Kayak Rentals, as well as Ardee’s Foodrinkery in Falls.

“We’ve been doing the wine tasting for about eight or nine years now,” explained Art Coolbaugh, who owns both businesses.

The river trip is a new activity this year. The launch will occur at Susquehanna Canoe and Kayak Rentals, then travel five miles down river to the Apple Tree Boat Launch.

The trip took about two-and-a-half hours, Coolbaugh explained. Participants were picked up at the boat launch and taken to the Bartola Winery for a wine tasting.

Ardee’s provided hors d’oeuvres at the event - including cheese, crackers, dips and fresh tortillas.

Another popular summer event is the Full Moon Kayak Cruise.

“It’s a five mile trip from Whites Ferry to West Falls,” Coolbaugh said. “We have multiple different kinds of trips. Midnight trips in which people can bring their own kayaks or rent them. We set up bon fires.”

Also new this year is ‘Float and Feast.’ According to Susquehanna Canoe and Kayak Rentals website, ‘Float and Feast’ will be held every Thursday through Sept. 27. The event features trips from Tunkhannock or Whites Ferry. Participants with their own kayaks in Tunkhannock or Whites Ferry can travel to West Falls, where their crafts will be picked up while they are dining at Ardee’s.

Dinner includes smoked brisket or smoked pulled pork platter, in addition to Ardee’s entire menu. At the conclusion participants and their crafts will be transported back to their launch point for a fee of $10 per boat. People should call Susquehanna Canoe and Kayak Rentals at 570-388-6107 for a pick up time.

Other excursions include Kayak and Camp; Wyoming Valley Riverfest; Buck Moon Full Moon Float; Cruise and Brew; Tunkhannock Riverfest; Full Moon Sturgeon Moon Float; and Yak and Yoga with Alyssa Miller.

Further information can be obtained at Susquehanna Canoe and Kayak Rentals website at www.kayaktheriver.com.