By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: Recreation/Leisure | Issue: October 2011
Wine, Eats & Easels coordinators Kelley Rash and Kate Buster hold a piece by artist Stephen Smith, who will return to this year’s event.
It’s a great party for an even greater cause as the 10th annual Wine, Eats & Easels event returns to Broken Arrow on Friday, October 14 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 in advance at several ticket outlets and $50 at the door the night of the event. All proceeds benefit Broken Arrow Neighbors.
This year’s event will again be held at the Farmer’s Market and Broken Arrow Historical Society Museum, both located in downtown Broken Arrow at Main and El Paso.
A special treat this year happens in the VIP Room on the third floor of the Broken Arrow Historical Museum. Three Heisman Trophy winners will be on hand to mingle with guests and sign autographs. For $250 for two VIP tickets, you can meet and greet Jason White, Billy Sims and Steve Owens. Footballs will be available for purchase to have signed. VIP ticketholders also receive a full meal and wine from Bonefish Grill. Chad Meyers will provide musical entertainment for the VIP Room, which overlooks the beautiful Farmer’s Market area.
Patrons of Wine, Eats & Easels are treated to an evening of food, wine, art and music. Dozens of wine vendors from across the area come together along with 15 to 20 local food establishments to create an atmosphere of taste and culture. A few of the delicious restaurants on the roster include Bonefish Grill, Doubletree Hotel Downtown, Compadre’s, Main Street Tavern and many more. Nearly two dozen artists will be on site displaying and selling their work, and local jazz enthusiast Grady Nichols will be on hand to perform again as this year’s headliner.
The most rewarding aspect of the evening is the cause the event celebrates. Proceeds benefit Broken Arrow Neighbors, an organization that helps aid area families who need extra assistance with clothing, money, school supplies, medical help and other unexpected situations.
“We started the event 10 years ago with about eight restaurants, eight wine vendors and around 400 attendees,” says event coordinator Kate Buster. “Last year, we had 2,000 people and raised over $50,000 for Broken Arrow Neighbors. One hundred percent of the proceeds go to this wonderful organization that assists local families in need.”
Partnering with the Broken Arrow Arts & Humanities Council, the event brings together some of the most eclectic and diverse artists from across the region. Artists display their art for sale and stick around to talk to patrons about their work. “You’ll find something for everyone – paintings, sculptures, jewelry, pottery and photography,” explains Kate. At the end of the evening will be an art auction. Each piece of art in the auction will have a set price, and anyone who wants to take it home will put their name in a drawing for the chance to purchase it.
Attendees are invited to stop by the wine pull to pull a mystery bottle of wine. The cost is $20, and the bottle will be worth anywhere from $10 to $50. In addition, the Broken Arrow Arts & Humanities Council will be selling gravity wine bottle holders.
According Kate, one of the most popular activities of the evening is the Buttsketch. “This draws a portrait of your back side in a very attractive, tasteful way. People really love it and usually frame their butt sketches.”
Wine, Eats & Easels is presented by the Friends of Broken Arrow Neighbors, Broken Arrow Arts & Humanities Council, the City of Broken Arrow, the Broken Arrow Convention & Visitors Bureau, and the Broken Arrow Historical Society Museum.
For more information and an ongoing update of the list of vendors, visit the official website at www.bawinetasting.com, or call (918) 313-9051. Corporate sponsorships are still available.
Tickets are available at Holiday Inn Express near Bass Pro Shops, AVB Bank locations, and several merchants on Main Street in downtown Broken Arrow. Attendees must be 21 or older, and the dress code is business attire.
Sheryl Sowell was born and raised in Tulsa, OK. She graduated from Will Rogers High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Northeastern State University in 2007. She has worked for Value News as editor, writer and advertising copywriter since 2008. She enjoys meeting and interviewing people for Value News articles, learning about their backgrounds, and helping to promote their businesses and local events. In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new recipes and crafts from Pinterest, attending concerts and sporting events, and spending time with family and friends. Sheryl lives in Tulsa with her fiancé Paul, their daughter Scarlett, and their two dogs, Gunner and Boo.