Diane “Jinx” Jenks, on the first annual wine festival in the Elberta terroir, Saturday, February 19, from 5 PM…
The idea came from my personal winter sport, which is winter “whining.” I whine about the cold, stay in, drink wine, and read. I’m getting quite good at it, and it takes no skill. Every year I say I’m going to embrace winter and suck it up and learn to ski or some winter sport. This year I decided instead I would invite people to learn my sport of winter w“h”ining. So for those that want to be outside playing in the snow, God bless them. For those of us that don’t, God bless us, too. It’s a win-win! I hope it will result in an annual winter party on our side of the bay during the Shiver by the River festival.
The Elberta float in the Shiver by the River parade will be an ice shanty, constructed from cardboard and pulled in the parade and then placed in an area we’ll call Shantytown, where it will be judged with all the other floats. Trophies will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. It will be a great advertisement all day in Frankfort for our party that evening.
We do still need volunteers for the event. We need help Friday night (February 18) with setting up inside the Lifesaving Station and outside in the park shelter. The party is Saturday evening from 5 PM to 10 PM and we need volunteers for that too, and for cleanup on Sunday.
For people who just can’t stand not to be outside in the snow, the event will include sledding, snowman building, and snow art making. The fire pit will be a warming station with hot chocolate and coffee.
Inside the Lifesaving Station we’ll have Michigan wine and beer for sale along with food and music. Elberta Parks and Rec. will be doing the wine and beer, and local restaurants will provide the food. We got the OK from the Council on January 20. Because the building has already been closed and winterized, and it’ll be too expensive to de- and re-winterize it again, we’re asking everyone to dress warm. The glass in those old windows is mighty thin, and the wind will be whistling its own tune along with Uncle Ted’s Crawlers. The wine and the food and the good company will definitely raise the temperature in there, though. Ψ
Admission is free! If you want to help out, call me, Jinx, at 231-735-1773 or Connie Manke at 231-651-9907.