As many as 10,000 people are expected to attend the festival, which is set for Oct. 11 and 12. Attractions at the expanded event will include premier wines, dozens of artists and lots of jazz. A special Jammin' Jazz Session will include local musicians together on stage for some informal music making. There will be grape-stomping, youth art displays, oyster and cigar bars, and a unique Masters of the Arts event in which teams of chefs, artists, musicians and florists will compete to convert 10-foot-square booths into intimate dining experiences for two.
All volunteers at the event will be asked to become members of the Society, not only for financial support but "to allow members to take ownership in community events and programs," said Peggie Schuitemaker of Home Grown Promotions, organizers of the event. Membership levels vary from $10 to $1,000 or more. The membership rally is free.
For more information on the Society or the festival, call 513-4422 or 516-2565.