The weekend begins with vending on Friday morning, May 10th., at Lost Creek Winery. Our organization will be vending at this location for the third year. Then at 5:00 p.m. the event is moved to the North Gate Vineyards near Purcellville for a welcome party for greyhounds and their owners. The welcome for registered guests features fabulous food pairings and hor d’oeuvres prepared by Gourmet Your Way of Olney, Maryland, as well as tastings of the many delightful wines presented by North Gate Vineyards.
North Gate’s new tasting room is barely two years old and features hardwood floors, indoor and outdoor fireplaces, a fifty foot long antique barnwood tasting bar, and beautiful outdoor roofed pavilions. The winery is so modern they actually derive much of their electrical power from a huge array of solar collectors on the roof of their nearly new tasting room.
Vending continues all day Saturday, with dozens of nationally known vendors. Uncle Moe’s Soul Food from Gettysburg, PA, will again be serving delicious entrees for lunch, and wine tasting and wine by the glass will be offered at both Lost Creek Winery and Hidden Brook Winery, next door.
Musical entertainment is planned at Lost Creek Saturday afternoon, the band still to be determined. Other festivities may include presentations, a very special Blessing of the Hounds by Reverand Susan Roy, Pastor at the U-M Medical Center, and an “ice cream social” with free frozen vanilla yogurt for the hounds.
One of the major fund raisers for adoption groups is a silent auction to benefit the sponsoring area adoption groups. Our organization is in charge of the silent auction this year and we can report that there will be many incredible items to bid on. The silent aution runs Friday and Saturday and closes at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
Sunday, the event will move to Willowcroft Vineyards, a delightful, rustic barn winery just south of Leesburg, and a new Sunday co-host winery – Quattro Goombas Winery, only about six minutes from Willowcroft – with pizza that people raved about last year, .
Several other wineries to be determined will offer wine tasting in the Leesburg area throughout the weekend, includng some new locations for 2013.
Although pre-registration is now over, you can still come any time during the event and register at that time. You do not have to register if you want to come and browse in the large vending tent. You do not need to be a wine enthusiast to enjoy this event. Come on out with your hounds and bring a blanket and enjoy the gathering.
We hope that you will attend this greyt event! For more information and directions, go to our calendar of events on our web site.