|Festival weekend: Corn, wool, wine and bluegrass|
|Written by Geneva Lakes Weekender|
|Tuesday, 06 September 2011 13:44|
The East Troy Bluegrass Festival is just one of a weekend of festivals. Mike Morbeck/photo
(For a complete guide to this coming weekend's festivals, see the Sept. 7, 2011 Weekend e-edition HERE.)
Start with the fifth annual Lake Geneva Wine Festival, held Saturday, Sept. 10, on the shores of Geneva Lake. A casually elegant afternoon of wine and food sampling, this cultural and educational benefit is held each year with proceeds going to local nonprofit organizations that support the needs of children and families in the Lake Geneva area.
The grand tasting event is held at the Ferro Pavilion at George Williams College of Aurora University in Williams Bay. The flavors of exceptional wines from around the world will be enhanced by food samplings from award-winning restaurants.
Culinary demonstrations on the main stage, wine tasting spotlights and exciting silent and live auction activities will provide afternoon entertainment. A wine lover’s marketplace will give guests the opportunity to shop for a favorite bottle of wine as they savor the festival experience.
Marie Kropp, Cindy Stuhley and Janis Scharnott are the co-chairs for the event.
“I’m amazed every year,” said Kropp, “at the coming together of such a diverse group of community members and people outside our community who step up to support this cause. It provides a delightful cultural event, involving residents and visitors in a quality entertaining and educational experience, and it contributes needed funds to organizations that benefit so many children and families.”
For event tickets or more information, go to www.lakegenevawinefestival.com.
DARIEN Corn Festival
If you had to name one taste of summer that you couldn’t do without, it could very well be sweet corn. If you haven’t had your fill yet, you’re in luck — volunteers at the 51st annual Darien Cornfest hand out bushels of delicious roasted and buttered sweet corn. The free corn is available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 10 and 11, courtesy of Birds Eye Foods.
Sweet corn is just the start of it however, with live entertainment Friday and Saturday: 1969 plays from 8 p.m. to midnight on Friday; the Stateline Playboys entertain from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday; and Neutral Zone is on stage 8 p.m. to midnight on Saturday.
Friday’s events close out with a fireworks display at 9 p.m.
On Saturday, the kids can enjoy all the rides they want from noon to 4 p.m. on the midway with special wristband pricing.
On Sunday, the Cornfest parade takes off at 1 p.m. downtown Darien, and an auction closes out the event at 4 p.m.
For a complete schedule, go to www.dariencornfest.com
It’s simply ear-resistible!
The East Troy square will be bursting with music this weekend — bluegrass music, to be exact. This is the 18th year for the event, which was founded by Melissa Sherman, who will be there to indoctrinate a whole new generation of musicians. Bluegrass Kids is a boot camp for youngsters, led by Sherman and Lisa Creason.
A full lineup of Bluegrass bands and contests, plus lots of great food and East Troy Marketplace vendors, will take place from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. each day. (Turn to the next page for a full lineup of performers.)
Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival
This is the 10th year for this festival, which sheepishly celebrates everything to do with wool and fiber products — including sheep, of course.
Sue Rupnow is the president of the Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative, which sponsors the event. She said, “It’s a magnificent venue to showcase our wool and fiber products, exhibit our sheep and purchase needed equipment and supplies from our many outside vendors.”
You don’t need to be sheep owner or breeder to enjoy the show. Watch sheep-herding demonstrations, shop the wool and woolen goods market, attend a Wonders of Wool class, fleece show or competitions.
“I truly believe we have one of the best venues in the Midwest for fiber enthusiasts,” said Rupnow.
|Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 September 2011 13:58|