Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Amazing Grace Vineyard Summer Concert Series


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 

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Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Activities guidebook series, Adirondack Family Time. She writes about ways to foster imaginative play through fun-filled events and activities in the Adirondack region.

From her home in Saranac Lake, Diane also writes a weekly family-oriented newspaper column for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and keeps her own blog Adirondack Family Time. Her writing and photography has appeared in numerous newspapers, magazines, marketing companies and advertising agencies.

She even finds time to assist her husband with Adirondack Expeditions guiding families and young adults in the High Peaks.

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