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Madison Wine, Stein & Barrel

Organizers of third annual wine fundraiser to celebrate in style

Proceeds from event to benefit
Riverfront Development group

(June 2016) – It is 30 years and counting since the city created the Madison (Ind.) Riverfront Development Committee and named people to make it work. The goal was to make the riverfront beautiful again.
Now no one who looks at the riverwalk, lamp posts, benches, outlooks or plantings would argue about the group’s success. The riverwalk has been built in stages, and it still has a few more feet to go. When completed, it will link the Heritage Trail west to the Madison City Campground, east of the Milton-Madison Bridge.
On June 18, the Riverfront Development Committee plans to hold its third annual fundraiser to raise money for riverfront development, according to John Bruns, president of the Riverfront Development Committee. The “Wine, Stein and Barrel” event is to be held at the riverfront gazebo from 6-10 p.m. Celebrating in grand style and good taste, it is expected to be an elegant event that links wine, beer and whiskey tastings with catered food, art and live music.

Organizer Mark Jones anticipates that 250-300 people will attend the event. This is his second year as organizer of the event. It will be held under a tent at the gazebo, located at the foot of Poplar Street and Vaughn Drive. In the gazebo, guests will be able to sample a wide variety of vintages, styles of craft beers and bourbons or whiskeys. When they find a favorite, they can settle in with a glass to enjoy a great view, listen to live music and watch the painters and other entertainment.
“We will have some wonderful wines,” Jones said. “We will have some wonderful beers, and we will have some fantastic bourbons.” All the wines, beers and spirits are being provided through the caterer, so he was not able to say which ones will be represented.
In addition to music by local musician Brook Reindollar and his Traveling Minstrals, there will be plein air painters working throughout the evening, Jones said, as well as people who draw and sketch. A wood carver also has been invited. 
Two auctions will be held that night. Guests can bid on art created that night by the plein air painters, the drawers and sketchers, as well as objects that have been donated. There also will be a silent auction. The planners have been collecting items donated from individuals and sponsors in town. They still are collecting items. People who want to donate items for the silent auction may contact Luann Waller at Madison City Hall or Marci Jones at the Lanier-Madison Visitors Center. Some of the items donated so far include meals at various restaurants, a Rockin’ Thunder Jet Boat ride and a horse-drawn carriage ride.
Tickets are $35 if purchased before June 4. Afterward, the ticket price is $40. Tickets can be purchased online at www.VisitMadison.org or at the Lanier-Madison Visitors Center, 601 W. First St. The cost of a ticket includes 10 tastings of wine, beer or spirits, and these tastings can be split among the three. The ticket price also includes the food. Everyone who attends the event will receive a commemorative tasting glass and appetizers. They will be able to listen to music and bid on auction items. If it rains, the tent will provide cover for all.
“We prepare for all weather,” Jones said.
Bruns said the next stage of riverfront development still is “in the preliminary stages of design.” He is not sure when construction will begin. The committee has hired an engineer, who is expected to get back to the committee next month with designs and an estimate of costs. Bruns said the walkway from its current end, just east of the bridge, to the campground will be “consistent” with the rest of the walk.
“It will be nice for the campground,” he added.

• For more information, call Mark Jones at (812) 801-7572 or Louann Waller at (812) 265-8324.

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