Hi Purple Footers. It’s spring! Finally! Hopefully you have been able to venture outside and get a little bit of the sunshine, vitamin D and something resembling outside warmth.
This is the final newsletter of our current club year and it has been quite a year for our wine club. We have had to be innovative in order to stay in touch and I am extremely happy to say that it has worked. Participation on all fronts has been great, we have had no reports of Covid being passed around any of our events and we have managed to stay moderately sane during the club year. (I said moderately).
We have one final regular meeting and this one is live at the Croatian Hall. This is our Nouveau Competition and hopefully you’re all getting your wines ready to submit. The Rhubarb competition is part of this as well and we do hope that we get lots of entries.
Current protocol requires indoor masks while not consuming, and vaccines are also necessary. Since I am sure that most of us have been through all of that, I am looking forward to a good representation. Bring wines! Have them evaluated and we’ll also be going back to our normal group judging format so there will be wines to taste and judge. Finally!
We will continue to do fun things this summer. Our normal picnic spot has been reserved, so look forward to an announcement regarding that. Also, we’ll be doing a winery tour in the beginning of August. It will be local and we look forward to having a fun gathering. Look for dates and meeting times on the website and you will also get an email before each event.
Probably the best news of all is that we have reserved Peter O’Neill Hall once again for our Holiday party. The committee is in full swing and planning and if anyone would like to participate on that committee, please contact me. We’ll probably continue to Zoom a lot of our meetings but it’s never too early to get things going.
Next year marks our club’s 50th Anniversary. I am honored to be president for the coming year and look forward to a lot of fun activities and winemaking. We will also be reviewing our club’s history and from what I have seen so far, this should fascinate everyone and will bring back a whole lot of fun memories for some of our longer-term members. Our newer members (including me) will gain a wonderful perspective of both winemaking history and the members in general. Hopefully we will have a commemorative activity or two. Actually, wouldn’t it be fun if we were able to get a little bit of publicity as well? If anyone has any contacts among news folks, we would love to talk with them. Good news is in short supply these days and what better good news than the making of wonderful wine?
Speaking of good things, one of the results of our pandemic has actually been an advantage. We are able, with present technology, to reach a whole lot more people via Zoom these days. We can include more of our members from farther away or otherwise unable to attend meetings in person. We also have the ability to schedule committee meetings that otherwise might not happen. This means that we can accomplish a lot more. Yes, Zoom is a pain. It is also a huge step forward in communication.
Also, please don’t ignore our fabulous new website. It needs using. You can get recipes, winemaking help, past newsletters, and a lot of good commentary right on the site. We also have forums where a lot of communication can happen.
I’m looking forward to seeing you at the May meeting and perhaps at one or two events this summer. Until then, Cheers!