Cellar Party 2016 A Total Blast!

Cellar Party 2016 fun

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This year’s Cellar Party was….well, not in the cellar since it was so warm, and all that much more fun because of it!  We fired up the fire pits, danced to the Hi-Pointe Soul Revue, ate delicious Filipino barbecue, and generally had a blast visiting all night.

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A huge thanks to everyone that came out to enjoy the evening with us.  We hope you had a great time!  We also owe a big thank you to Bob Riley of Fairly Reliable Catering for catering the event along with major help from Lee & Theresa Watson, and Clyde’s cousin Roger Emmons.  And to those of you who helped in other ways (I’m especially looking at you fire-bugs!) we truly appreciated your efforts!

Here’s a few more photos of the action:

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Thanks again for coming out to our annual Cellar Party everyone! The evening wouldn’t have been the same without you.

Concert Recap: 2016 Jacques Thibaud String Trio

Jacques Thibaud Sting Trio at Peaceful Bend Vineyard's Wine Cellar Concert

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I’m amazed that it’s already the end of June – the month flew by between the tasting room rehab, a new baby and the wine cellar concert!  We are starting to get our bearings back, and I definitely wanted to take time to share some of the highlights of the 2016 Wine Cellar Concert with you.

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It’s always fun to peek in the cellar door!

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Connie and Karen had fun serving everyone up in the tasting room – and they had fun teasing each other too!

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The food, provided by Cuba Lakes, was delicious! We always advertise the meal as ‘nibbles’ but Cuba Lakes went all out with plenty of hearty hors d’oeuvres and even a chocolate fountain!

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Down in the ticket tent, Arts Rolla president Loretta Wallis coordinated the will call tickets and answered questions. Loretta also works for Brewer Science, the major sponsor of the Wine Cellar Concert so she was pulling double duty! Clyde and I always appreciate her enthusiastic support and cheerful disposition. She has been a tireless supporter and administrator for this event, and I can’t imagine doing this without her help.

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Dinner under the tent with friends, good food, and anticipation of excellent music – what could be better on a hot night in June?!?

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This year we were thrilled to have the originator of the wine cellar concert come back to the area to join us for a few days. Don & his wife Becky might have been gone for several years, but we fell right back into an easy rapor as soon as they arrived. So good to see you both!

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Finally it was time for the concert to begin. Clyde joined Brewer Science employees Renee and Amy in helping people into the cellar. I believe Clyde had fun playing usher!

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When the trio took the stage, the violinist, Burkhart Maiss, introduced each piece of music with a story and a bit of history. He started the concert pointing out the charcoal painting hanging behind them, done by local artist Paula Brewer, featuring the trio from last year’s concert. ‘Burky’ joked that they felt a bit self-conscience being watched over by…themselves!

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Paula did a great job capturing the trio’s likenesses.

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While everyone listened to the concert, I stepped outside to grab a shot looking through the cellar door. It’s nice to keep that door open so that those who want to get some fresh air can easily go outside, and still hear all the fantastic music.

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One final highlight of the concert for Clyde and I personally was having family join us this year. Not only my parents, but also Julie, Mike, and wee Micah were here for the weekend. It’s fun to think that Micah’s first concert was world-class chamber music! As you can see, he found it very relaxing.

I’m already looking forward to next year’s concert! In the meantime, we’ll be enjoying our annual Sparkle Farkle tournament on Monday starting around 1pm. I’ll post more details on that event tomorrow. Plus you can find many more photos of the concert this year over on our facebook page. Cheers everyone!