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Aug 22, 2013
Terri Judson

6th Annual Vermont Life Wine and Harvest Festival opens Sept. 20

Thursday August 22, 2013

WILMINGTON/ WEST DOVER — The 2013 Vermont Life Wine and Harvest Festival has become one of the Mount Snow Valley’s most popular and entertaining gatherings.

This year’s celebration of Vermont producers is projected to draw some 2,500 visitors to Wilmington and Dover for a long weekend of tastings, dinners, culinary demonstrations, shopping, and entertainment.

The festival begins on Friday, Sept. 20, with a welcome evening event in the village of Wilmington. This opening event features wine and cheese tastings, the great Vermont Soup Contest showcasing soups from area restaurants and live entertainment throughout shops in the downtown. On Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 21 and 22, festival events shift to nearby West Dover, where a huge tented area is located next to the landmark clock-tower building at Mount Snow. In addition to wine and spirits samplings, attendees will be delighted to discover Vermont specialty foods and crafts.

Lunch is available from Vermont restaurants. Children’s activities provided. At night, wine dinners take place in area restaurants.

“Attendees have the pleasure of being able to go from tasting excellent local wines and regional cuisines to enjoying the Vermont fall foliage all in one locale,” said Cheryl LaFlamme, one of the event coordinators and president of the Mount Snow Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Now in its sixth year The Vermont Life Wine and Harvest Festival has earned a coveted designation as one of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce’s Top Ten Fall Events and is listed as a U. S. Top 100 Event by the American Bus Association.

Event organizer and Mount Snow Valley Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Adam Grinold said, “The recognition and accolades that the Vermont Life Wine and Harvest Festival has already received is exciting.

Steve Cook, deputy commissioner of Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing, said, “I’ve been to many wine festivals throughout New England and the northeast region, and I can tell you that the setting at Mount Snow is unlike any others I’ve seen. Wine tasting events are usually held in beautiful locations, but at Mount Snow, there’s not only the festival, but easy access to outdoor recreation, historic sites, the arts, and beautiful Vermont villages right in the same place. Festival attendees will find ample free parking directly at the Festival sites.

There will be chairlift rides to view the foliage and easy access to hiking trails, fishing and kayaking sites. Pre-ski season lodging rates and packages are being widely promoted at many accommodations within walking distance of festival events. A great bonus to festival attendees, the events are served by the Mount Snow Valley’s free shuttle bus service called “the MOOver.”

A reminder: everyone needs to bring identification: the legal drinking age in Vermont is 21. In addition to wine tastings, sample and purchase Vermont artisanal foods and products including cheese, chocolate, crafts and more.

On Friday evening, Sept. 20, in Wilmington village, the Wine and Harvest welcome event is free including the mouth-watering Vermont Soup Contest.

The wine tasting portion of the night, including a wine glass, is $8 per person. On Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 21 and 22, at Mount Snow resort in West Dover, admission is $15 per person, or $26 for a two-day pass. The tickets include the official Festival wine glass and a specified number of tastings. Most of festival events require no advance purchase of tickets or reservations; however, reservations are recommended for the Wine Pairings Dinners. For full festival details, call 802-464-8092; email info@VisitVermont.com, or visit www.TheVermontFestival.com. The Vermont Life Wine Harvest Festival is owned and managed by the Mount Snow Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Participating Vermont Wineries, Distillers and Brewers Boyden Valley Winery, Cambridge Caledonia Spirits and Winery, Hardwick Champlain Orchards, Shoreham East Shore Vineyard, Grand Isle Grand View Winery, East Calais Honora Winery and Vineyard, Jacksonville Lincoln Peak Vineyard and Winery, New Haven Neshobe River Winery, Brandon North Branch Vineyards, Montpelier Putney Mountain Winery, Putney Shelburne Vineyard, Shelburne Snow Farm Vineyard, South Hero And – Dunc’s Mill Distillers, Hardwick Eden Ice Cider Company, West Charleston Saxton’s River Distillery, Saxton’s River Vermont Spirits Distilling Company, Hartford and Long Trail Brewing Company, Bridgewater Corners.

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Aug 21, 2013
Terri Judson

Following Record-breaking Justin Boots Deployment, Conductiv Lauches POS …

Posted Date: 8/20/2013

Mobile commerce software provider Conductiv launched its Interact Mobile POS Solution, customized for retail pop-up stores.

“Our Pop-Up POS solution is designed specifically for retailers looking to extend their reach,” says Jeff Saunders, Conductiv’s COO. “Speed, simplicity and security are at the core of our Mobile Pop-Up POS.”

“Now that WiFi and cell service are virtually everywhere, retailers can be more creative with how and where to sell their brands—in front of the store, at an outdoor fair, even in the middle of Rockefeller Plaza,” says Bob Daughton, executive vice-chairman of Conductiv. “In addition, retailers are finding that our Pop-Up solution is a great ‘line-buster’ to handle peak traffic periods and critical sales peaks in their traditional brick-and-mortar locations.”

Two recent success stories of businesses selling smarter and better with Conductiv’s Mobile Pop-Up POS are Justin Boots, a Berkshire Hathaway company, and Bellview Winery, recently voted New Jersey’s top winery.

Justin Boots: new sales record at Berkshire Hathaway event
At the 2013 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Shareholders Meeting, Justin Boots set up a pop-up store using Conductiv’s Mobile Pop-Up system, and sold over 1,000 pairs of boots in 10 hours. That’s an average of one and a half pairs per minute, handily breaking their previous sales record. “This exceeded even our most optimistic projections,” said Chuck Schmalbach, Justin Boots VP of Sales and Administration. “There is simply no way we could have sold anywhere near this amount in such a limited retail space without Conductiv. It was an amazingly easy system to use, and the Conductiv approach was cheap and easy to deploy. And it was fast.”

Bellview Winery: increased sales from a small footprint
New Jersey’s Bellview Winery extended the reach of its tasting room into wine festivals this summer with Conductiv’s Mobile Pop-Up system. On average, they are selling over 600 bottles of wine every 8 hours, or one and a quarter bottles per minute, while increasing their wine club membership and brand recognition. Using Conductiv at the winery while hosting special events like the 2013 Seafood Wine Festival, Bellview sold over 1,700 bottles, or more than three and a half bottles per minute for 8 straight hours.

Jim Quarella, Owner of Bellview Winery, was very pleased with the system’s performance and said: “Conductiv allowed us to track and manage all of our sales in each of our distinct sales locations in one system. We had a very large sales volume over the weekend, and with Conductiv we were able to easily keep our lines short even with overwhelming crowds. It was also extremely easy to train new employees who have never used the system in a matter of minutes.”

“Retailers really appreciate that Conductiv is a nondisruptive system. It works as a full-featured standalone POS, or it works as a mobile extension of existing systems like Retail Pro or Microsoft’s RMS,” says Rob O’Farrell, Conductiv’s CTO. “And we cover all of the operational needs for a pop-up: secure payments, cash handling, CRM, sales/inventory reporting and other KPIs. Plus, it sets up in minutes. It really is a ‘works-right-out-of-the-box’ solution.”

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Aug 20, 2013
Terri Judson

Mobile Commerce Leader Conductiv Software Announces Customized Mobile …

Two recent success stories of businesses selling smarter and better with Conductiv’s Mobile Pop-Up POS are Justin Boots, a Berkshire Hathaway company, and Bellview Winery, recently voted New Jersey’s top winery.

Justin Boots: New Sales Record at Berkshire Hathaway Event

At the 2013 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Shareholders Meeting, Justin Boots set up a pop-up store using Conductiv’s Mobile Pop-Up system, and sold over 1,000 pairs of boots in 10 hours. That’s an average of one and a half pairs per minute, handily breaking their previous sales record. “This exceeded even our most optimistic projections,” said Chuck Schmalbach, Justin Boots VP of Sales and Administration. “There is simply no way we could have sold anywhere near this amount in such a limited retail space without Conductiv. It was an amazingly easy system to use, and the Conductiv approach was cheap and easy to deploy. And it was fast.”

Bellview Winery: Increased Sales from a Small Footprint

New Jersey’s Bellview Winery extended the reach of its tasting room into wine festivals this summer with Conductiv’s Mobile Pop-Up system. On average, they are selling over 600 bottles of wine every 8 hours, or one and a quarter bottles per minute, while increasing their wine club membership and brand recognition. Using Conductiv at the winery while hosting special events like the 2013 Seafood Wine Festival, Bellview sold over 1,700 bottles, or more than three and a half bottles per minute for 8 straight hours. Jim Quarella, Owner of Bellview Winery, was very pleased with the system’s performance and said: “Conductiv allowed us to track and manage all of our sales in each of our distinct sales locations in one system. We had a very large sales volume over the weekend, and with Conductiv we were able to easily keep our lines short even with overwhelming crowds. It was also extremely easy to train new employees who have never used the system in a matter of minutes.”

“Retailers really appreciate that Conductiv is a nondisruptive system. It works as a full-featured standalone POS, or it works as a mobile extension of existing systems like Retail Pro or Microsoft’s RMS,” says Rob O’Farrell, Conductiv’s Chief Technology Officer. “And we cover all of the operational needs for a pop-up: secure payments, cash handling, CRM, sales/inventory reporting and other KPIs. Plus, it sets up in minutes. It really is a ‘works-right-out-of-the-box’ solution.”

About Conductiv Software Inc.:

Founded in 2011, Conductiv is a software company that produces Collaborative Mobile Commerce applications and services for the retail industry. The company has offices in New York, Seattle and Los Angeles. Conductiv provides its full suite of software-as-a-service solutions primarily to clients within the apparel, action sports, fashion, electronics and beverage industries. For more information about Conductiv and its innovative retail applications, please visit www.conductiv.com.

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Aug 19, 2013
Terri Judson

Mobile Commerce Leader Conductiv Software Announces Customized Mobile …


NEW YORK, Aug 19, 2013 (BUSINESS WIRE) –
Conductiv, the mobile software commerce company specializing in
innovative handheld sales apps for the retail industry, announced today
the availability of its Interact Mobile POS Solution, customized for
retail pop-up stores.

“Our Pop-Up POS solution is designed specifically for retailers looking
to extend their reach,” says Jeff Saunders, Conductiv’s Chief Operating
Officer. “Speed, simplicity and security are at the core of our Mobile
Pop-Up POS.”

“Now that WiFi and cell service are virtually everywhere, retailers can
be more creative with how and where to sell their brands–in front of the
store, at an outdoor fair, even in the middle of Rockefeller Plaza,”
says Bob Daughton, Executive Vice-Chairman of Conductiv. “In addition,
retailers are finding that our Pop-Up solution is a great ‘line-buster’
to handle peak traffic periods and critical sales peaks in their
traditional brick-and-mortar locations.”

Two recent success stories of businesses selling smarter and better with
Conductiv’s Mobile Pop-Up POS are Justin Boots, a Berkshire Hathaway
company, and Bellview Winery, recently voted New Jersey’s top winery.

Justin Boots: New Sales Record at Berkshire Hathaway Event

At the 2013 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Shareholders Meeting, Justin Boots
set up a pop-up store using Conductiv’s Mobile Pop-Up system, and sold
over 1,000 pairs of boots in 10 hours. That’s an average of one and a
half pairs per minute, handily breaking their previous sales record.
“This exceeded even our most optimistic projections,” said Chuck
Schmalbach, Justin Boots VP of Sales and Administration. “There is
simply no way we could have sold anywhere near this amount in such a
limited retail space without Conductiv. It was an amazingly easy system
to use, and the Conductiv approach was cheap and easy to deploy. And it
was fast.”

Bellview Winery: Increased Sales from a Small Footprint

New Jersey’s Bellview Winery extended the reach of its tasting room into
wine festivals this summer with Conductiv’s Mobile Pop-Up system. On
average, they are selling over 600 bottles of wine every 8 hours, or one
and a quarter bottles per minute, while increasing their wine club
membership and brand recognition. Using Conductiv at the winery while
hosting special events like the 2013 Seafood Wine Festival, Bellview
sold over 1,700 bottles, or more than three and a half bottles per
minute for 8 straight hours. Jim Quarella, Owner of Bellview Winery, was
very pleased with the system’s performance and said: “Conductiv allowed
us to track and manage all of our sales in each of our distinct sales
locations in one system. We had a very large sales volume over the
weekend, and with Conductiv we were able to easily keep our lines short
even with overwhelming crowds. It was also extremely easy to train new
employees who have never used the system in a matter of minutes.”

“Retailers really appreciate that Conductiv is a nondisruptive system.
It works as a full-featured standalone POS, or it works as a mobile
extension of existing systems like Retail Pro or Microsoft’s RMS,” says
Rob O’Farrell, Conductiv’s Chief Technology Officer. “And we cover all
of the operational needs for a pop-up: secure payments, cash handling,
CRM, sales/inventory reporting and other KPIs. Plus, it sets up in
minutes. It really is a ‘works-right-out-of-the-box’ solution.”

About Conductiv Software Inc.:

Founded in 2011, Conductiv is a software company that produces
Collaborative Mobile Commerce applications and services for the retail
industry. The company has offices in New York, Seattle and Los Angeles.
Conductiv provides its full suite of software-as-a-service solutions
primarily to clients within the apparel, action sports, fashion,
electronics and beverage industries. For more information about
Conductiv and its innovative retail applications, please visit www.conductiv.com.

SOURCE: Conductiv Software Inc.

        Conductiv Software Inc.
        David Matt, 917-576-9660
        davidmatt@conductiv.com

Copyright Business Wire 2013

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Aug 18, 2013
Terri Judson

Okanagan Pride Festival organizers ‘overwhelmed’ by number of participants


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Countless rainbow flags were held proudly Saturday as hundreds marched from Stuart Park to City Park to celebrate the final day of the Okanagan Pride Festival in Kelowna.

Wilbur Turner, president of Okanagan Pride Society and co-chair of the Pride Festival said he was “overwhelmed” by this year’s numbers.

“This is totally amazing; I would say it’s probably four to five times larger than last year,” said Turner.

“We had a lot of media coverage and a lot of promotion. The calibre of entertainment that we’re bringing in has attracted people as well. We’ve also been advertising across Canada—so I think it’s paying off.”

Saturday’s Pride March and Festival in the Park concluded a week of festivities, which included Soul Food Sunday, the second annual Drag Competition and Show, and Viva Las Pride, a brand new event that saw Okanagan Pride team up with Okanagan Wine Festivals for a night of wine tasting and casino entertainment.

Approximately 70 volunteers offered their services throughout the week to help ensure the events ran smoothly.

On Saturday, Turner told the crowd at City Park the Pride community is like one large family.

“We’re a family because we’re connected by a struggle that has gone on for years, for equality.

“We just want to be treated like everybody else—equally.”

He added the Canadian lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender community has many privileges many others internationally do not.

“We need to remember those people and stand in solidarity and love.”

Calling Pride Week “a celebration of diversity,” Kelowna Mayor Walter Gray read the 2013 Pride Week proclamation and told those in attendance: “There’s support at City Hall for what you’re doing.”

wpaterson@kelownacapnews.com

Twitter: @PatersonWade

 

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Aug 17, 2013
Terri Judson

Short takes

An option to bear in mind

If only bears would make themselves useful by patrolling around Raleigh Court in the evenings, scooping up unsuspecting skunks, dumping them into the nearest Big Blue trash cans and slamming the lids shut before the little stinkers can infuse the entire neighborhood with the smell of burning rubber.

But bears have other things on their minds, like the leftover pepperoni pizza and potato chips sitting curbside on trash pickup day.

More and more bears are making nuisances of themselves, and Roanoke County is getting more and more complaints, mostly from the rural Catawba and Clearbrook communities.

The county has long permitted residents to bear-proof their garbage bins using an assortment of double hinge hasps, trigger snap clips and a U-bolt. For people like us who don’t know a U-bolt from YouTube, county supervisors voted to accept a state grant for the purchase of commercially-made trash cans that will keep Yogi out of the Yoplait. County residents who want a can will be asked to pay half of the cost, estimated to be about $125.

Do-it-yourselfers meanwhile can break out the hex bolts and rig up their existing bins. Roanoke County offers an instructional video on its Facebook page, www.facebook.com/RoanokeCountyVirginia.Government, and the Virginia Tech Black Bear Research Center, www.facebook.com/VTBearCenter, has a fun video of a real bear helping to test out the technology.


A toast to Virginia’s wineries

Virginia’s charming little vineyards are aging into a crisp, robust industry exporting bottles as far as China, luring in tourists, employing 4,700 Virginians and pumping nearly $750 million into the state’s economy. Gov. Bob McDonnell during his “Commonwealth of Opportunity” tour, staged to tout his accomplishments, toasted the growth of the state’s wineries under his watch.

This past year, the state’s nearly 230 wineries sold more than 511,000 cases, an improvement on last year’s 485,000 cases, and a 23 percent growth since the governor took office. And the governor reported, Virginia earned an A+ and was ranked No. 1 for consumer friendliness in wine laws by the American Wine Consumer Coalition.

The administration touts the easing of regulations to attract wine entrepreneurs, and the wine tax, which generated $1.7 million last year, that is used to market Virginia wines. A complex blend of political philosophies that when balanced produces a desired finish.

We raise our glass to toast the continued good cheer of Virginia’s wine industry, and note we will have ample opportunities to do so often during the many upcoming fall wine festivals. Check them out at virginia.org/winefestivals.

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Aug 16, 2013
Terri Judson

Carefree, Cave Creek cooperate on bike lanes

Tara Alatorre~ 8/14/2013

Carefree Town Council agreed to partner with the town of Cave Creek in an intergovernmental agreement, splitting the costs required to secure a $320,000 grant that will fund the design of bike lanes in both towns. The decision was made during Carefree’s Aug. 6 town council meeting.
Gary Neiss, Carefree’s town administrator, voiced his support for the measure.
“We have hundreds of cyclists that use our streets, but we do not have a dedicated bike lane,” Neiss said.  “This will make the streets safer by dedicating a lane for those cyclists.”
The Maricopa Association of Governments awarded both towns the grants for designing and constructing bike lanes earlier this year, with a stipulation that required a local match of more than $19,000 to be paid no later than Sept. 1.  According to the intergovernmental agreement, both Carefree and Cave Creek will contribute equal amounts of more than $9,000 each.
The planned bike lanes will run along Cave Creek Road in both jurisdictions. Lanes will extend eastward to Pima Road, where they will then branch southward as far as Stagecoach Pass. Another offshoot will head slightly farther south on Tom Darlington Drive to approximately Leisure Lane. Eventually, Scottsdale plans on constructing a bike lane on north Scottsdale Road, connecting with those on Tom Darlington Drive.
However, Cave Creek still needs to approve the intergovernmental agreement at its town council meeting on Aug. 19 before the bike lane project goes into effect. Once the agreement is approved by both town councils, Carefree will pay its share to Cave Creek, who will then immediately pay the full $19, 343 to the Arizona Department of Transportation, which oversees and administers the grant funds.
Cave Creek’s planning director, Ian Cordwell, was optimistic about the project.
“We are looking forward to getting this done to connect the two communities,” said Cordwell, speaking at Carefree’s town council meeting on Tuesday.
Once ADOT receives the funds from both towns, the framework study will start an aerial evaluation on the roads and sidewalks from 20,000 feet. The study will focus on finding obstructions for removal and areas where asphalt will need to be added to keep bike lanes compliant with federal standards.  The study is scheduled to be done before October 2014, and construction is set for the fiscal year 2015.
Other items approved by Carefree Town Council:
•  Special liquor licenses for the Thunderbird Art and Wine Festivals on Nov. 1-3, 2013, Jan. 17-19, 2014, and Feb.28-March 2, 2014
•  Thunderbird Wine Fair license for Arizona Stronghold Vineyards approved for November
•  Next Town Council Meeting to be held on the second Tuesday of the month on Sept. 10, 2013, at 5 p.m. due to Labor Day

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Aug 16, 2013
Terri Judson

Wine and pride a nice pairing



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The Okanagan Wine Festivals Society and the Okanagan Pride Society have joined forces to hilight B.C. wine with Viva Las Pride Friday in Kelowna, as part of that city’s pride festival.

“Pride tourism has a multi-million dollar economic impact across North America. Events in large cities such as Vancouver and Toronto attract hundreds of thousands of attendees and while Kelowna is a smaller centre, we see it as being a destination Pride Festival due to the draw of wineries, beaches, and attractive summer playground activities,” said  Wilbur Turner, president of the Okanagan Pride Society.

“We are excited to launch Viva Las Pride as part of a Wine and Pride package that will appeal to locals as well as Pride tourists.”

The pairing of the two societies is a first in Canada, and the wine tasting will be in a Las Vegas style setting from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Laurel Packinghouse in Kelowna on Aug. 16. Proceeds from the event fund ongoing Pride Society programs, including a new youth program called Etcetera.

“B.C. wine and the Okanagan Pride Festival are a natural pairing; the LGBT community are affluent wine enthusiasts who consume adult beverages in much greater frequency than the general population,” said Blair Baldwin, general manager of the Okanagan Wine Festivals Society. “We’re thrilled to have local wine featured so prominently in this year’s Pride Festival. Given the tremendous popularity of a similar festival in Sonoma, we’re hoping to build a comparable following with Pride tourists from across North America here in Kelowna.”

Viva Las Pride will feature 24 member wineries of the Okanagan Wine Festivals pouring fresh summer wines while guests can enjoy a Las Vegas themed night aided by Lake City Casinos. In addition to enjoying a wine tasting, attendees will be able to play blackjack and poker for chances to win prizes while being entertained by “go go boys,” burlesque dancers and lively music.

Following Viva Las Pride will be a spectacular after-party drag competition and show, with local and internationally renowned judges.

“The wineries of the Okanagan Wine Festivals are certainly looking forward to this innovative event,” said Judi Skinner, marketing manager of Dirty Laundry Vineyard. “We think it’s important to ensure Pride tourism is recognized and besides, they love B.C. wines.”

Tickets for Viva Las Pride are on sale at www.selectyourtickets.com or 250-717-5304. Admission is $25 with wine samples available to purchase at the event. This is a Safe Ride Home Event sponsored by Valley First Insurance and B.C. Liquor Stores.

For more information on Viva Las Pride please visit www.thewinefestivals.com or www.okanaganpride.com.

 

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Aug 15, 2013
Terri Judson

Help Pfaffenweiler compete to become “Winefest des Jahres 2013″

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Entrance to the festival with a familiar logo.

Pfaffenweiler came to the aid of its sister-city Jasper and helped to vote the Schnitzelbank Bratzel the number one sandwich in Indiana for the Super 46 in 2012. Now, Pfaffenweiler is calling for help from Jasper to be voted the top wine festival in Germany.

Logo-Schneckefescht-ab-2013-230x178The Schnecke-Fescht Pfaffenweiler, a wine festival held annually, has been entered into a national contest sponsored by the Welt am Sonntag, a Sunday-edition newspaper purported to be Germany’s largest.

abstimmen_inaktivBeginning on Monday, August 19, and running until September 9, individuals can go to the Schnecke-Fescht Pfaffenweiller page and vote by clicking on the blue hand icon on the right side of the page. You can vote once each day.

The 15 wine festivals that have the most votes on September 9th, 2013 at 5:59 p.m. EDT will move into the finals.

Finals will begin on September 10 and run to the 12th. Each vote will be confirmed with an email and only one vote per email address will be accepted. All final votes will be manually checked and released for count the next day by 8 a.m. EDT.

After all final manual voting checks are completed at 10 a.m. EDT, September 13, the winner of the 2013 German wine festival of the year will be announced and crowned by the German Newspaper Welt am Sonntag. First place will receive 3,000 Euros, second place 2,000 euros, and 1,000 euros for the third place.

Pfaffenweiler has stated the award will be used to support youth activities for the town of 2,500.

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Aug 15, 2013
Terri Judson

At Pop a Cork wine festival, raise a glass to raise funds – The Herald

Walk into any wine store and the shelves will be filled with award-winning brand names from around the world.

But over the past few years, local wineries have been making the case that their bottles deserve a place at the table, too.

Cellar-worthy reds? Crisp whites and flavorful roses?

They can be found practically in your own backyard.

Serious sippers and novices alike will have an opportunity to enjoy the fruits of local winemakers’ labor when the fifth annual Pop a Cork for the Capitol wine festival is held on Saturday, Aug. 17, at The Capitol Theatre Center.

The evening of grape expectations will feature wines from seven Pennsylvania wineries, food, live music and vendors. Proceeds will benefit The Capitol Theatre.

The idea for a wine-tasting fundraiser came five years ago from Ann Wagner, chairwoman of the Pop a Cork planning committee and head of the Capitol Theatre Center Foundation Board.

Wagner had attended similar events and “the relaxed atmosphere and general good times at wine festivals was something I thought we should try,” she said. “It also could bring to the theater many people who had never been there before.”

The first Pop a Cork featured five wineries and has grown this year to include seven.

“We’ve kept this number because of space restraints and also, we want the wineries to do well, which they do,” she said.

Since the first festival, Wagner said attendance has continued to grow “and we expect this year to be no different.”

Last year’s event raised about $6,000, she noted.

“The funds go to whatever we need,” Wagner said. “With the upkeep of the theater, including the original 1927 building, there is always a project, such as the water heater we just replaced this week.”

According to organizers, the event will be held rain or shine and will take place both inside and outside the Capitol Theatre Center in downtown Chambersburg.

 Wineries scheduled to be at the event are Allegro Winery and Vineyards of Brogue; High Rock Winery in Hanover; Tamanend Winery of Lancaster; Benigna’s Creek Vineyard and Winery of Klingerstown; Tuscarora Mountain Winery of Chambersburg; Naylor Wine Cellars of Stewartstown; and Sand Castle Winery in Erwinna.

Outside live music will feature The Negley Brothers, an acoustic duo from Shippensburg, Pa., who will perform music from a variety of genres from 12:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.; The Drew Adams Project, a rock band from Waynesboro, Pa., who will play from 2:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.; and River Knot, a soul, blues, funk and RB band from Hagerstown, who will be on stage from 5:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.

The event also will feature food vendors and artisan items for sale.

If you go …       

WHAT: Fifth annual Pop a Cork for the Capitol wine festival, benefiting The Capitol Theatre Center

WHEN: Noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17

WHERE: The Capitol Theatre Center, 159 S. Main St. in downtown Chambersburg, Pa.

COST: Advance tickets are $14; at the door, $17; $7 for designated drivers and ages 20 and younger. Everyone must show ID to consume alcohol.

CONTACT: For tickets, go to www.thecapitoltheatre.org or call the box office at 717-263-0202 today or Friday, Aug. 16, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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