|Events at Winefest at St. Michaels
Coming soon - updates on winemakers from US and Europe coming to the event to promote their wines!
Sergio Fresco at Simpatico
2013 marks the third appearance of Sergio Fresco and his music at "WineFest at
St. Michael's". Sergio is a first generation Italian-American – proud to continue
performing the music of his heritage. His family is from the Abruzzo region of Italy
and still has family there that provides grapes to a major local cooperative.
Sergio performs regularly throughout the Washington-Baltimore corridor but also
performs as a member of Omni1, a Baltimore-based band that has appeared as
far away as Ocean City, MD and Richmond, VA. From traditional Italian classics to
Latin and American standards, Sergio enjoys playing the accordion and singing in
his ancestors' Italian dialect. Sergio will invite you to Simpatico's taste of Italy so
that everyone can savor a piece of "La Dolce Vita". You will experience a genuine
wine garden piazza atmosphere. Sergio has a recording also available for purchase
entitled "Accordion 2 Me"….be sure to visit www.accordion2me.com for more
Stop by, sample some of Simpatico's finest offerings, and transport yourself to
Italy on the Eastern Shore. Ciao!
Saturday, at The Kemp House: The Fred Hughes Trio
"Talent, technique and taste." Jazz Times Magazine
"Hughes is anything but shy in his approach to the piano. He has the technical ability, the deftness of touch, and full control of the instrument in the manner laid down by such keyboard giants as Art Tatum, Errol Garner and Oscar Peterson." AllAboutJazz.Com
"Fred Hughes likes to tilt familiar tunes in the light, this way and that, in search of new melodic, harmonic and rhythmic facets. The process pays off handsomely on "No Turning Back," a CD brimming with fresh trio takes on pop and jazz standards." The Washington Post
The Fred Hughes Trio has been performing, recording and presenting clinics and
workshops since 1989. Featuring pianist Fred Hughes, bassist Keith Mohler and
percussionist Frank Russo, the ensemble brings over seven decades of musical experience
to the stage.
Originating in the jazz clubs of Washington, DC, a sampling of the groups performing
credentials includes the Elkhart, Rehoboth, Cape May, East Coast and Clifford Brown Jazz
Festivals, the 1996 Summer Olympics and tours to the Republic of Korea in 2001 and 2002.
The group's leader, pianist Fred Hughes, is a former member and featured soloist with the
US Army's Jazz Ambassadors, was musical supervisor and conductor for the Three Mo'
Tenors and is the author of The Jazz Pianist: Left Hand Voicings and Chord Theory
published by Alfred Publications. He can be heard on over twenty five recordings and has
released twelve albums with his various groups including six on the EMI/Oasis Record Label
in Asia. He has performed with jazz greats Al Cohn, Arturo Sandoval, Roy Hargrove, Bill
Watrous, and Toots Thielemans. His conducting credits include the Cincinnati Pops
Orchestra, the Atlanta and Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestras, Washington and Chicago
Lyric Opera Orchestras and the Los Angeles Philharmonic and he is currently the director of
the Chesapeake Bay Community Band on Maryland's Eastern Shore.
The Fred Hughes Trio has shared the stage with such artists as Claudio Roditi, Jon
Fedchock, Warren Vache and Larry Coryell and the groups recordings include Out Of The
Blue, Live and No Turning Back as well as the DVD, In Concert, released in the Republic of
Sunday, at The Kemp House: The United Jazz Ensemble
The Unified Jazz Ensemble (UJE), based in Annapolis, Maryland, is dedicated to bringing the best of jazz to audiences of all ages. Founded in 1992 as the first jazz group in the National Endowment for the Arts Rural Residency Arts Initiative, the UJE has performed across the United States and internationally, engaging listeners in innovative performances of jazz standards and original compositions.
Cruises on the Bay
Michela Muratori from Rubbia al Colle Winery will be at Town Dock Restaurant for a fun filled event called “Meet Michela.” Saturday night from 7 to 9 pm during WineFest stop into Town Dock for dinner and an opportunity to meet Michela. She will be signing bottles and for the first 14 lucky guests to purchase 3 bottles or more of Rubbia al Colle wines, Michela will sign a copy of “Gusti Di Val Di Cornia” an authentic Italian cookbook from the region of Maremma. Town Dock will be featuring dinner specials paired with Rubbia Al Colle wines. Don’t miss this great opportunity to be up close and personal with a member of “la familia al Rubbia al Colle”!
Rubbia al Colle is the estate for red wines of the Archipelago Muratori group of wineries. Located in Val di Cornia near the village of Suvereto in the Tuscan province of Maremma, Rubbia al Colle is a stunning place. Known as the “winery that is not there”, Rubbia al Colle’s facilities are built into the side of the mountains so as not to disrupt the landscape. As a three story self-sustaining winery, Rubbia al Colle respects the environment that produces such stunning fruit. Located in a land rich in history, Rubbia al Colle’s pioneering spirit leads to innovations like “Barriccocio”, a wine steeped in ancient traditions yet made with modern techniques.
Six Views Art Exhibit at the Old Brick Inn
Meet and greet with the artists from 1-4 pm each day.
Some of the art shown at the Old Brick Inn will include:
WineFest Still Life by Joan Hart
Fruit of the Vine, Acrylic by Georgette Toews
History Comes to Life at WineFest
To commemorate the 200th anniversary of the British attack on the
town of St. Michaels during the War of 1812, WineFest will include an "historic" dimension
with Federal-era Americans who will set up camp in town to show off crafts and life during the 19th century. They will no doubt do their best to bring the history of St Michaels to life!
Grape Stomping at Carpenter Street Saloon on Saturday and Sunday
Wine Fest 2013
C-Street Grape Stomp
Saturday, April 27
Carpenter Street Saloon
The competition includes teams of two. Each team will have 1 minute to stomp - 30 seconds per team member, and an additional 30 seconds to drain their results into the measuring jar. The team collecting the most juice will be the winner. In the case of a tie, a stomp off will be conducted.
1. The Grape Stomp will begin at 3 P.M. on Saturday, April 30th..
2. Each team must pay $20 to enter and sign a liability waiver.
3. Team members must be 21 years of age or older and in good health.
4. Bundles of grapes will be pre-weighed to ensure a level playing field for the competition.
5. No artificial aids on hands or feet, bare feet and hands only.
6. Teammates may assist by coaching and offering a hand for stability.
7. Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place teams and awards for the first place team.
** Registration at the C-Street Wine Pouring Venue Saturday, April 27 **
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