By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Recreation/Leisure | Issue: September 2010
Kate Buster and LaTonya Cundiff welcome you to Wine, Eats & Easels in downtown Broken Arrow.
The 7th annual Wine, Eats & Easels celebration benefiting Broken Arrow Neighbors is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on October 1, 2010, at the Broken Arrow Farmers’ Market and Historical Society & Museum on South Main and El Paso in downtown Broken Arrow. For 28 years, Broken Arrow Neighbors’ outreach has encompassed a wide range of diverse support by providing basic needs assistance with dignity and compassion to area families. This support includes pantry assistance, financial counseling, health visits, transportation information, and intensive case management. Thousands have been aided over the years by Broken Arrow Neighbors with their efforts to provide a better quality of life for individuals and families needing assistance.
According to Kate Buster, spokesperson for the Wine, Eats & Easels committee, “All food and wine vendors are returning from last year, plus we’ve added new vendors. The 2010 expanded event will include more food and wine vendors, more artists, and even more space than in previous years.”
The ever-popular Grady Nichols and his band will garner the evening’s spotlight and provide entertainment on the main stage at ground level near the Farmers’ Market on Main. If you’ve never seen or heard Grady perform, you’ll be entranced by his unique, smooth jazz saxophone style and selections.
Sponsorship levels include: Presenting Sponsor ($10,000), Platinum ($5,000), Gold ($2,500), Silver ($1,250), Bronze ($500), and Neighbor Sponsor ($250). If you or your business is interested in becoming an event sponsor, please contact Sonny Kinion at (918) 857-2450.
Additional attractions at this year’s Wine, Eats & Easels will include valet parking for Bronze and up sponsors, a horse-drawn princess carriage (donations encouraged and appreciated), and credit card access for the purchase of art on display throughout the evening. There will also be an ice sculpture on display in the VIP area, located upstairs in the Museum.
A special wine-pull booth will feature bottles of wine valued from $10 to over $100. Participants will be invited to purchase a “chance” and make a “blind pull” for a bottle of wine. Only then will they discover the name of the wine and its value.
Advance tickets are on sale online for only $40 each. Tickets will be $50 on site the evening of the event. When purchasing tickets online, you will be pleased that a Pay Pal account has been added to the website to simplify the purchase process. The website is www.bawinetasting.com.
The 2010 event will commence at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, October 1. From 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., the focus of the evening will shift from food and wine to arts and humanities. Pastries and coffee will be provided the last hour of the event, and all art on display will be available for purchase with a ten percent discount (throughout the evening) by using the coupon printed on your admission ticket. If you are interested in displaying your artwork or photography, please contact Kelley Rash at (918) 251-9611.
Great wine, food, art, and entertainment await you at Wine, Eats & Easels. Plus, you’re assisting others in Broken Arrow and surrounding communities with your support. Come out and enjoy the fun with your Broken Arrow family on Friday, October 1.
Blankenship graduated from the University of Oklahoma and has enjoyed a lifetime career in advertising. He started his own advertising business in 1993 and enjoys creating graphic art and writing. Hobbies include hunting, fishing and pencil drawings. Duane and his wife, Janice, have been married over 50 years and are active in their church and community. He has been a contributing writer for Value News/Values Magazine since 2005.