Let the Music Play!
Every weekend at the Vineyard you can listen to great music -- blues, jazz or classic rock-n-roll -- while sipping your favorite glass of wine under the stars. See who's playing this month at the Vineyard.
THIS MONTH AT THE VINEYARD
Sweet Music and Sweets for our Sweetie--A Benefit for Bethany Capasso
November 30th from 2 to 5 pm. Sweet music, Chili Cook off, and Sweets, all for $10 donation. Other items to be raffled.
Jim Gill, Tim Cole, Scott Stiert and Debby Biro have all volunteered their talents to entertain us at the Fundraising Event for Bethany Capasso. Stop out and join us.
All proceeds will be donated to Bethany Capasso.
Bethany Capasso, was one of the many victims badly hurt due to the truck crash at Dover Garden's in Westlake on October 23rd. She was one of the bartenders working and was pinned behind the bar when the truck drove into the building. Bethany sustained multiple serious injuries, requiring weeks in the hospital for surgeries and rehab.
Bethany is a Type 1 Diabetic, which presents its own complications to recovery. She is home, still recovering from these injuries and has a very long road to recovery. She will be in a cast and wheelchair and will have to go through physical therapy for an extensive amount of time. She will be out of work for several months and on top of normal living expenses, will now have hospital and other medical expenses.
The Connection with Vermilion Valley Vineyard:
Bethany's "Rent-a-Dad" (the affectionate term the two of them have coined) is Tim Cole, of Molkie Cole, and you'll often see Tim playing his djembe drum with Jim Gill and Acoustic Scotty.
NEXT MONTH AT THE VINEYARD
NEW AT THE VINEYARD
No idle hands means no Devil’s workshop at VVV!
Given the almost complete failure of our 2014 grape crop, management decided to find other tasks to keep our winegrowers busy lest they engage in unwanted mischief. Stop by soon to see the result of their labor: an elaborate stone path that joins the winery with our recently completed events pavilion. Next on their agenda is the planting of a persimmon orchard, that to be followed by a return to business as usual, in this case, the annual fall mounting of soil to protect our winter sensitive vinifera vines.
Construction of our events pavilion is almost complete, and lots of clover and grass seeds are about to turn its surrounding grounds from brown to green. This early morning image also shows the tinted concrete that has replaced the loose stone that sometimes made patio tables and chairs a little unsteady. You cannot see it here, but the path to our front entrance has undergone the same makeover. By the way, walk up this path and you will see some of largest rhubarb plants around!
Photo by Linda Grashoff
The Vineyard's First Ice Wine
Fans of the Vineyard will soon be able to buy our first bottles of ice wine, a delicious dessert wine that dates to Roman times, when frozen grapes were used to make wine.
Photo of Vineyard Building by Linda Grashoff
Expect to see even more next Summer!
Many thanks to organizers Jerry Hardwick and Chris Watts for putting together such a successful first annual Vermilion Valley Vineyards car and truck show. About eighty vehicles, many lovingly restored or creatively customized, or in some cases the results of both, drew more than one hundred gawkers. Vintages spanned the interval between the mid 1920’s with Fords outnumbering but not necessarily outclassing the other pre WWII makes. The weather couldn’t have been better or our goldenrod filled fields brighter. And home gown sweet basil, tomatoes and melons added a nice harvest touch to lunch. Lots of wine certainly didn’t lessen anyone’s enjoyment either!
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