Schuylkill County Wine Festival Year 2
This was the second year for the SCWF, and once again, it was a blast. They hold it at Hegins Park, a nice, wooded area with some pavilions, some playground equipment, a stage with a blacktop area in front, some ball fields.....just a nice, little park, the kind perfect for reunions and such. We came prepared this year, bringing snacks, a cooler with water, a card table, chairs.......even a tablecloth. I was armed with both cameras and many packs of Mardi Gras beads. Sue and I had already purchased our tickets, only needing one for Laura, our designated driver. My childhood friend Mary was coming up from Reading with her daughter to join us, and there were also several of her daughters friends that were attending. I had spoken to Mary recently, she knew we would be setting up near the dance floor and that I would have beads, I would be wearing my 'pimp hat,' a Fedora made from a colorful floral print. We arrived early, finding a spot and setting up our table and chairs, unpacking some things. I looked to one side and see....a guy in a red tee, wearing a straw cowboy hat. Hmmm, there was a guy there last year named Jeff dressed like that, one I did many dances with. As I have stated before, I am not shy, and I went up to him, asked if he had been there the previous year. Yes, he was and remembered me.
His party set up a table next to ours. I draped some beads around his neck and hugged him, took some to the DJ also, the same excellent DJ that had done the fest 3 weeks prior.
The DJ handed me a bag with a bottle of wine in it! At the previous fest, he had promised wine to anybody who came up to Zumba. I was already on the dance floor, and till I got up to him he was out. I told him I would be at Hegins, he owed me. I really did not expect anything, so the bottle was a pleasant surprise. We grabbed some food, and after eating we saw the wineries were open, so we headed down to start sampling. We purchased a few bottles, which Laura carted back to the car for us. A stop at Red Shale , telling them that since I was wearing their shirt, I should get free tastes (I had parched one of their tees at Klingerstown,) another stop at Shade Mountain (they make a mint wine, great for mint mojitoes.) In addition to the Mojitoes, they also had some mint tea made with their wine. Stone Mountain from Pine Grove completed our rounds to sample their 'Simple Sadie' and 'Blushing Betty'................even suggest the name 'Lustful Lola' for a future wine (that is a WHOLE other story!) We were ready to check out some other things, when we see Mary approaching us. Introductions were made, hugs exchanged, and Sue and Laura headed back to our table while I showed Mary and Jamie where the best tastes were. They wanted to get some Long Trout wine to take home, we hit up the tea and mojitoes, some Sangria, before heading back to the table. Mary had spotted the beads at a table, and set their chairs there. Some snacks, a purchased bottle, and I was ready to party and DANCE. I nabbed a guy at Jeff's table for a slow dance, and was up with Mary for most of the fast ones. Dancing, dancing, and more dancing.
I had no shortage of partners, and mostly it was again just a jumble of bodies for the fast songs. DJ Dan played 'Cupid Shuffle', one of the few new line dances I know, and I joined in with that.
There was an Elvis artist there (no, not Brad) and he wove through the crowd. He got beads also.
C At one point while we were dancing, I heard someone yell something about the see-saw.......I looked over to see about 7 people on one of them.......Mary and I ran to join the group.
Mary and Jamie needed to leave early, but I had no shortage of partners whenever I wanted to dance,
be it slow or fast. We stayed till the end, Sue and Laura packed up the car while I enjoyed the last few dances...........I have the BEST friends in the world! .I am already looking forward to next year!