Elizabeth A.S. Brooke

Crafting, traveling and everything in between.

West Wind Winery summer concerts

West Wind Farm Vineyard and Winery has announced it’s upcoming summer concert series. They’ll take place the first Saturday of each month. Check it out (from the winery’s newsletter):

Summer Saturdays Concerts

We are pleased to announce the lineup for this year’s Summer Saturdays Concert Series!
5th Anniversary Celebration / June 4
ENVISION (Motown, soul)
6 to 9pm

July 2
BIG BLUES BEAT (Oldies, rock)
6 to 9pm

August 6
6 to 9pm

September 3
6 to 9pm

Wine & Swine 2011 / Oct. 1
KEY WEST BAND (Buffett-style & beach – Parrotheads welcome!)
5 to 8pm

Notice a pattern?  The events are the first Saturday of each month – hopefully making them easy to remember! 

The winery has other events, such as wine dinners, happening during the year, too. Make sure to check out its calendar.

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Weekend events – March 27-28

If you’re up for a road trip during the weekend of March 27, I’ve got two great ideas for you.

On March 27, West Wind Winery (Meadows of Dan, Va.) will host “Riesling Around the World,” an event featuring tastings of this type of wine — one of my favorites, by the way. Not sure I’ve had West Wind’s riesling, but I love their blackberry wine.

According to a newsletter from the winery, winemaker Jocelyn Kuzelka will present the program and offer education about wine growing as well as tastings of various rieslings.

The event is $20. For more information, see West Wind Winery’s Web site here and click the calendar of events.

This event is near the Blue Ridge Parkway’s Milepost 180.

On either March 27 or 28, you should really check out the Whitetop Maple Festival (Whitetop, Va.). This is one of several festivals that I covered annually when I was the Grayson County reporter for The Gazette (Galax, Va.).

You can watch some folks tap maples for the sweet syrup and eat some delicious pancakes while you’re there. You should buy some of the syrup to take home before you leave because after tasting real maple syrup you’re not going to want that fake corn syrup stuff you buy in the grocery store.

A wildflower slide show and storytelling event also take place every year.

And, like every event in the Twin County region, there will be lots of old time music.

The festival takes place at the Mount Rogers Combined School and is hosted by the Mount Rogers Fire and Rescue Squad. Proceeds go toward the volunteer squad’s operating expenses.

For more information, visit the Virginia Is For Lover’s Web site here or here on the Blue Ridge Parkway’s 75th Anniversary site.

This event is near the Blue Ridge Parkway’s Milepost 213.