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Owner Ricky Klein gives a speech during the Black Tie Gala hosted at Groennfell Meadery on March 21. PHOTO CONTRIBUTED

Owner Ricky Klein gives a speech during the Black Tie Gala hosted at Groennfell Meadery on March 21.
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Mead me at the Gala

“It’s because a tuxedo makes a man look as good as a man can look,” said owner of Groennfell Meadery Ricky Klein. “And plus I needed a place to wear my tuxedo.”

Anyone who had been in search of a reason to strap on a cummerbund or give their high school prom dress a second breath of fresh night air had that opportunity on March 21 at a very peculiar location. Groennfell Meadery tidied up their brewery on Hercules Drive and hosted a Black Tie Gala to raise money for the Friendly Viking Fund, which benefits Lake Champlain International (LCI) and Vermont Fresh Network.

“We had more people than we had expected and more than we hoped for,” Klein said. “We’re really happy that we could make a big chunk of change to help those non-profits because there’s been a lot of news about the lake and it’s going to....READ MORE

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