MORE WINE! — The annual WineAbout Hamburg, presented by the Village Business Advisory Council, will take place from 3 – 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 3.
HAMBURG — Novelist and painter Samuel Lover said, “What is wine? It is the grape present in another form; its essence is there, though the fruit which produced it grew thousands of miles away, and perished years ago. So the object of many a tender thought may be spiritually present, in defiance of space – and fond recollections cherished in defiance of time.”
The third annual WineAbout Hamburg will be held from 3 – 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 3 in the village of Hamburg.
Owner of Hamburg’s winery Ten Thousand Vines Inc. Mike Ditonto is also the coordinator and facilitator of this event. He has been the WineAbout chairman since its inception.
Local shops that are associated with the Village Business Advisory Council will act as the event hosts. Attendees will be given a map to follow, as they make their way to each store to taste vino from a handful of wineries and breweries and to peruse the local businesses.
“It’s a chance to explore the village and enjoy all that we have to offer here,” Ditonto said.
The hosted wineries include: Winery of Ellicottville, Woodbury’s, Bully Hill, Mazza, Ten Thousand Vines, Consumers, Victorianbourg, Merritt Estate Winery Inc, Dr. Konstantin, Frank Vinifera Wine Cellar, 21 Brix, Glenora Vineyards, Hamburg Brewing Company and Chateau Niagara.
Even though most of the shops are within walking distance of each other, two trolleys will be constantly cruising throughout the village, to do unlimited pick-ups and drop-offs at the various stops.
“From there, it’s either strolling or hopping on the trolley,” Ditonto said.
Rather than having an outdoor event, he said that local stores are hosting this event “so that people get to go into places they otherwise wouldn’t walk into.
“We’re encouraging our other [VBAC] members to have specials and take advantage of the people that are going to be in our village,” he said, adding that almost half of the attendees will be non-residents. “It’s the opportunity to showcase our village a little bit.”
Participating shop hosts for this year’s WineAbout include: Papaya Arts, Tea Amo, Southtown A/V, Prima Oliva, Ten Thousand Vines, Biehler’s Village Square Liquors, Battin Eyecare, Starlight Specialty Gifts, Picture Your Walls, Embraceable Ewe, Staub Square, What a Woman Wants and Nece’s.
This year has essentially the same setup as previous events, according to the facilitator, except that it has grown and will include the addition of more musical entertainment and visual art.
Performing artists will include: World Music, Sax Man Slim, Grace Stumberg, Alison Pipitone, The LeftOvers, Don Z, Vince Martino, Kevin Lewis, Missy Ray and Jimmy Weldy. Artists, artisans and craftsmen who will present their work include: George Burns III, Road Kiln, Joe Lesinsky, Kathy Fenna, Laurie Danison, Karen Glosser, Annette Manley and Rachel Sweeny.
Included with attendees’ tickets will be VBAC vouchers to spend $10 at the included establishments, along with coupons and a shopping bag.
Last year’s event garnered approximately 500 attendees; Ditonto said that he expects an estimate of 600, this year.
“We do expect to sell out,” he said.
The day of the WineAbout is also the opening day for the Hamburg farmers market, which will run from 7:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the village of Hamburg Municipal Parking Lot. The trolley will be available for free from 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., until the WineAbout; event tickets will then be needed, to take the trolley.
“Since the trolley is in town, we thought we’d put some use to it,” said VBAC President Eric Adams. Sponsored by Hamburg Gaming and the VBAC, the free trolley will be available to stop at the market, Hilbert College, various apartment complexes and other places in the village. The trolley will not be running during the hour between the market and the vino event.
Tickets for WineAbout Hamburg will be available in advance, until sold out, at the following locations: Ten Thousand Vines, all Prima Oliva locations, Biehler’s Village Square Liquors and Battin Eyecare.
For more information, call 646-9979 or visit www.facebook.com/HamburgWineAbout.