Summer in the Adirondacks is not only about the beautiful wild outdoors, but can be a mixture of cultural activities while enjoying nature with artists and musical entertainment. For the fourth year, Amazing Grace Winery is pairing its fine Champlain Valley wine with local musical talent for a casual evening under the stars.
Established in 2008 in Chazy, Amazing Grace produces cold hardy varietal wines and fruit wines and has a recently expanded 1,400 square foot winery/tasting room as part of its small farm vineyard. In addition to tours, tasting and musical events the vineyard hosts a bimonthly Farmers’ and Craft Market the first and third Sunday in July and August.
“We have tried to keep the summer concert series affordable,” says Amazing Grace Vineyard and Winery owner Mary Fortin. “Most of the performances are free though we do raise money for various local charities like The Food Shelf. People don’t have to donate, but we do ask. We also do charge an admission for the annual musical.”
Amazing Grace has outdoorseating and tables for 60, though guests can bring blankets and chairs of their own. The events happen rain or shine. Just in case this inclement weather decides to continue throughout the summer, umbrellas and tents are provided. During the Main stage production seating is almost doubled.
According to Fortin another special event not to be missed is the August 10-11, 2013 Adirondack Coast Wine Trail. This year vendors will be offering something a bit different. For the $10 presale or $12 at the door ticket price participants will receive a commemorative wine glass, tasting of 5 wine/ciders at each participating location and a special on-site activity.
“Each of us has a special event planned for the Adirondack Coast Wine Trail,” says Fortin. “ At Amazing Grace, we will be doing a Taste of Italy with wine pairings while Vesco Ridge is doing dessert. There will be wagon rides, vineyard tours and other options. There is more to do than in the past. These events make it more interesting than just getting a ticket and driving around.”
2013 Amazing Grace Concert Series Schedule:
Saturday, July 13th- the Sweet Adeleines
Sunday, July 14th After Five Brass
Saturday, July 20th- Broadway Night
Saturday, July 27th- TBD
Saturday, August 3rd- Martha Gallagher, Adirondack Harpist
Saturday-Sunday August 10-11- The Adirondack Coast Wine trail Annual Summer Wine Tour
Saturday, August 17th- Praise and Worship in the Vineyard
Friday- Sunday, August 23-25- Mainstage theater production TBA
Photo of a Vineyard Summer Concert provided by Amazing Grace Vineyard and Winery