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The inaugural Rhythm and Wine Festival in Beverly offered the public a chance to listen to live music while enjoying a wine tasting on Saturday.

The Beverly Heritage Center hosted the event that also included food and craft vendors. Darryl Degripp is the executive director of the heritage center and said August is the perfect time to host this festival.

"In Randolph County here we have this wonderful cool temperature in August that generally the rest of the state doesn't enjoy, because its 90 degrees somewhere else. We thought it would be a great way to bring people out to enjoy some good wine, some wonderful food, as well as beautiful music from local musicians," said Degripp.

Guests got to enjoy six different bands that played a variety of genres and vendors that offered pottery, woodwork and more.

The festival wasn't just for fun, the proceeds benefit the restoration of a long standing Beverly building.

"The proceeds go towards the 1841 Randolph County Jail. We've been working on it on our own from a volunteer standpoint, but now we've gotten to a point where some funding is needed to help progress the effort," Degripp said.

Phyllis Baxter with the Historic Beverly Preservation said the jail and other buildings make Beverly unique.

"We have a lot of pre Civil War buildings still standing. It makes the community unique, and a special place to live. We think its important both for the residents and to make it an appealing place to come visit," Baxter said.

Degripp said he hopes the Rhythm and Wine Festival will become an annual stop for people in the summer.