By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: Restaurants | Issue: October 2012
The Wine, Eats & Easels committee includes (L to R): Debbie Murphy, Adam J. Foreman, Kate Buster, LaTonya Cundiff, Kelley Rash, Jo McCord, Mark Suffal, Alisa Inglett and David Blue.
“If all be true that I do think, there are five reasons we should drink. Good friends, good times, or being dry, or lest we should be by and by, or any other reason why.” One of the “other reasons why” mentioned in this popular toast is that drinking can help those in need! Proceeds from the 11th annual Wine, Eats & Easels on Friday, October 5 will once again go directly to Broken Arrow Neighbors, a non-profit organization that provides basic needs emergency assistance to more than 11,000 financially disadvantaged residents in the Broken Arrow area.
Of course, “good friends” and “good times” are included in the event as well, which will feature 18 talented local artists displaying and selling their works in a variety of mediums, more than 20 wineries to prevent any attendee from having to go “dry,” and 15 restaurants with delicious eats to complement your wine and stimulate your palate. Back by popular demand, the evening air will be filled with the smooth jazz stylings of Grady Nichols and his band. The event takes place at the Farmer’s Market in historic downtown Broken Arrow, next to the BA Historical Society Museum. “In the past, this fundraiser has been described as ‘northeast Oklahoma’s classiest event,’ and we think it is,” says Kate Buster, event coordinator.
Wine, Eats & Easels 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, photography and more,” says Kate.
The wine pull will return this year, with a new, elegant twist. J. David Jewelry has donated 100 pearl necklaces to give to the first 100 people who purchase a bottle from the wine pull. Cost for the mystery wine is $25, and if you’re lucky, you could pull a bottle worth $80 or more.
According to 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.”
Special guests of the event will be some of the Thunder cheerleaders and Rumble the mascot, ready to meet and greet the Oklahoma City Thunder fans in the crowd. Tickets are $50 at the door and $40 in advance. Advance tickets may be purchased at Broken Arrow Neighbors, Star Jewelers, SpiritBank at 96th and Memorial, Holiday Inn Express near Bass Pro Shops, and AVB Bank locations in Broken Arrow. A private VIP area will be held upstairs of the BA Historical Society Museum, featuring music by The Midtown Trio. VIP tickets are $125 per person.
Attire for Wine, Eats & Easels is business casual, and attendees must be 21 or older. Don’t miss this festive, energetic, fun event on October 5 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., benefitting Broken Arrow Neighbors (www.baneighbors.com).
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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.