Jazz age, Commodores at Vinfest

Aug 24, 2012
The Commodores

Lincolnville — The team at Cellardoor Winery has announced final plans for their weekend-long Vinfest 2012. Scheduled to run Friday through Sunday, Sept. 28 through 30, this year’s annual celebration of fall in Maine will celebrate the exuberant energy of the roaring ‘20s.

“When we plan Vinfest, we set out to create a celebration that immerses our guests in an experience they won’t soon forget,” said Cellardoor’s owner, Bettina Doulton.

For the Friday night dinner dance, guests will be transported to another era in a specially constructed tent at the winery. The evening will begin with an hors d’oeuvres reception followed by a multi-course meal — paired with the appropriate Cellardoor wines — prepared by chefs Michael Salmon of the Hartstone Inn, David Turin of David’s & David’s 388, Melissa Kelly of Primo and Geoffroy Deconinck of Natalie’s at the Camden Harbour Inn. The evening’s entertainment will feature Swingshift, Jesse Campbell from NBC’s “The Voice” and wraps up with the only Maine appearance by The Commodores. The dinner dance is already sold-out, but a limited number of concert-and-dessert tickets are still available for $65.

Saturday at The Winery is an all-day event for the whole family. Guests will enjoy live music, a specially prepared barbecue, food and wine pairings, grape stomping, winery tours, chef demonstrations, rides, games and more. Tickets will be $10.

Sunday will offer A Gatsby Affair, presented in conjunction with Bay Chamber Concerts and Megunticook Market, an all-ages afternoon event that should be a swell way to end an incredible weekend. Charleston and other hepcat dance lessons with Roddy Caravella, followed by a tea dance featuring Michael Arenella & His Dreamland Orchestra, plus croquet, badminton and tug o’ war games on the lawn should make the day a swinging good time for all. Tickets are $50, $10 for students younger than 19.

“While we kick-off this year’s Vinfest with a dinner dance that features the incredible Commodores, our Saturday and Sunday events are open to all ages and full of fun for everyone,” said Doulton.

For tickets and information, call 763-4478 or visit mainewine.com.

Courier Publications' A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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