Wooden Valley Winery has been hosting monthly fundraisers for the Wounded Warriors nonprofit.
Wounded Warriors helps folks with service-related wounds and injuries; a good cause. Wooden Valley has been a good host. The band donates the evening’s music. So, all money collected from a raffle of great items goes to Wounded Warriors.
I think more than $5,000 has been raised so far. I enjoyed a recent event with some good friends from Rotary. Other friends and acquaintances were there. About as many topics were covered as there were people. It was a good evening. Gary Falati and I talked about some common interests. I see Gary in a lot of places. He is “Mr. Community.” Old friend Ron Park and I chatted a bit. His musical group will play at the next (and last) Wounded Warriors event at Wooden Valley on Friday. I encourage you to put it on your calendar. It really is an enjoyable evening with good music and a friendly atmosphere; very informal and relaxed. It’s a place for friends and neighbors to meet.
At the recent evening, the featured musicians were the Beer Brothers. Beer at a winery? Yes, and they were very good; excellent guitars. The music had the kids dancing. There were a lot of kids there, in the 3 to 6 age range. They loved the music. It is a enclosed environment so the kids were free to dance and play; a family affair.
I want folks to feel comfortable with the idea of taking the kids with them to a Wounded Warrior evening. Actually, I have mentally compared the cost and family pleasure at this event to an evening at the movies. There is no comparison. This evening has to be rated G. You never know what you are going to get at the movie theater. I think most movies aren’t suitable for kids. That is my opinion.
If you are looking for a good clean event you can depend on, the Wooden Valley event beats the movies hands down. You can do it as a family.
Earl and Joan Lovell were my transportation and companions. Jeff Baggett and wife Sally Livingstone shared the evening with us. Jim Inks dropped by our table later. Chuck Rieger and I were the “singles” at our table. Chuck, Earl and I had lively conversations about the state of the nation and other important matters. We didn’t settle anything or change the direction the country is taking, but it was very enjoyable to share ideas with caring people. I did a lot of listening.
Yes, I had a good time. You won’t be surprised when I suggest again that you put together a group of friends and their families for the next (and last) Wounded Warriors event at Wooden Valley Winery. It starts at 5 p.m. Friday and the drawing is at 7:30 p.m. It’s fall weather, so take or wear a jacket or sweater. You can have a wonderful evening for less than you would spend at the movies, and all of the money goes to a great cause.
Murray Bass can be reached at 427-0744 or firstname.lastname@example.org.