County wine fes­ti­val

Schuylkill County Wine Fes­ti­val re­turns with new ac­tiv­i­ties

The Republican Herald - This Weekend - - Front Page - BY ERIC PEDDIGREE COPY ED­I­TOR eped­di­gree@ re­pub­li­can­her­ald.com

Or­ga­niz­ers of the Schuylkill County Wine Fes­ti­val hope this year’s event is one to re­mem­ber.

The eighth an­nual event will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. Sun­day at He­gins Park, He­gins. Tick­ets are $15 and $5 for des­ig­nated driv­ers. Chil­dren ages 16 and un­der are per­mit­ted for free with a pay­ing adult. Ad­mis­sion and mu­sic be­gin at noon with winer­ies serv­ing at 1 p.m. The first 1,500 peo­ple at the gate will get a 2016 wine glass.

Twelve winer­ies from Schuylkill and sur­round­ing coun­ties are slated to at­tend. They are: Benigna’s Creek Vine­yard and Win­ery, Klinger­stown; Red Shale Ridge Win­ery, He­gins; Stone Moun­tain Wine Cel­lars, Pine Grove; Long Trout Win­ery, Auburn; Galen Glen Vine­yards and Win­ery, An­dreas; Field­wood Win­ery, Schuylkill Haven; Shade Moun­tain Vine­yards and Win­ery, Mid­dle­burg, Sny­der County; Brook­mere Win­ery and Vine­yard Inn, Bel­lville, Mif­flin County; Arm­strong Val­ley Vine­yard and Win­ery, Hal­i­fax, Dauphin County; Al­le­gra Wines, Brogue, York County; Spy­glass Ridge Vine­yard, Sun­bury, Northum­ber­land County, and Stone­keep Mead­ery, Birds­boro, Berks County.

A pop­u­lar ac­tiv­ity at the fes­ti­val is the ta­ble dec­o­rat­ing con­test, and this year it has a new ad­di­tion — a cos­tume con­test.

Peo­ple are en­cour­aged to dress in their finest, wack­i­est out­fits. The ones that are cho­sen as ex­am­ples of the fes­ti­val’s spirit will re­ceive a free bot­tle of wine.

The theme for the ta­ble dec­o­rat­ing con­test is “Vine­yards, Vint­ners, Vino: A Septem­ber to Re­mem­ber.” Sharol Sny­der, co-chair­woman for the con­test, said she sees the theme as rep­re­sent­ing the au­tumn-feel of the month with a wine as­so­ci­a­tion.

Par­tic­i­pants can reg­is­ter Sun­day at the Eating House on park grounds. Sny­der said peo­ple need to reg­is­ter be­tween 1 and 2 p.m. to give them­selves time to get set up for the judges. Wine bas­ket prizes will be awarded to the judges’ fa­vorites.

A new ad­di­tion to this year’s fes­ti­val is Paint­ing in the Park, two hour-long paint­ing ses­sions hosted by artist Heather Cle­venger. Sup­plies will be pro­vided. Ses­sions will be held at 1:30 and 4 p.m. Those in­ter­ested will pay $30 at the gate, which also in­cludes fes­ti­val ad­mis­sion, and need to spec­ify which ses­sion they want to at­tend.

Sny­der said live mu­sic will be pro­vided through­out the fes­ti­val, with DJ Dan Po­letti play­ing on the small stage and bands, in­clud­ing fes­ti­val new­comer The Collins Bunch, per­form­ing on the large stage. She said there are a num­ber of new food ven­dors and crafters as well.

Sny­der said the fes­ti­val is held rain or shine.

“We have been for­tu­nate. We have had fairly good weather. The one time it rained it was a short shower. So we have been for­tu­nate with that,” Sny­der said.

Ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice, the tem­per­a­ture will be in the up­per 70s with a slight chance for rain show­ers.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit the fes­ti­val’s web­site at www.schuylkill­wine­fes­ti­val.com or its Face­book page.

JAC­QUE­LINE DORMER/STAFF PHOTO

Terry Stutz­man, right, pours a sam­ple of Red Shale Ridge Vine­yard’s White Pi­geon dur­ing last year’s Schuylkill County Wine Fes­ti­val. This year’s fes­ti­val will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. Sun­day at He­gins Park, He­gins.

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