Artistic in the District: Part Four, The Calvert Arts Festival

Crowd at The Calvert Arts Festival
Crowd at The Calvert Arts Festival

 

 

Finding two of my most favorite things in one place, wine and art, I ventured out with my family to the Wine and Arts Festival in Sunderland, Maryland this past mother’s day weekend. The festival took place at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Sunderland, Maryland.

For a $15 fee, I was able to buy a souvenir wine glass etched for the occasion and sample wines from eight local wineries. Luckily for me, I had a designated driver!

Bobbing along the Southern Maryland wine trail has long been on my list of things to do. This was even better, less travel involved on my part and I was able to stroll the artists booths with wine in hand.

The Wineries present were: Cove Point Winery, Friday’s Creek Winery, Perigeaux Vineyard & Winery, Port of Leonardtown Winery, Romano Vineyard & Winery, Running Hare Vineyard, Slack Winery and Solomon’s Island Winery.

Running Hare Sangiovese
Running Hare Sangiovese

 

Artists, and crafters, sold their creations along side of the vintner’s with lovely background music supplied by five local bands, featuring Big Band, Celtic, Blues and Jazz. This year marked the seventh annual festival organized by All Saints Episcopal Church. If you live in southern Maryland and you missed it, mark your calendar for next year. But fear not, the festival season has only just begun!

Among the arts and crafts available,a few of my favorites were: Artist Larry Ringgold who makes one of a kind driftwood art sculptures, available at http://www.turtlepointdriftwood.com

 

My kiddo's in Larry Ringgold's booth
My kiddo’s in Larry Ringgold’s booth.

Another fave was the spectacular nature imagery by retired teacher, Suzanne Cassidy, from her many years of teaching science. Suzanne and her husband, William have transferred the photographs on to coasters, mouse pads, tile installations and more. Visit their site at: http://www.teacherswithcameras.com/ for their full story and to see where else you can find them this summer.

Just when I thought I had reached the pinnacle of fun, I discovered my third favorite thing…CHOCOLATE!

Chocolate Crab by Heritage Chocolates
Chocolate Crab by Heritage Chocolates

Yes, it was every bit as DELICIOUS as it looked! For more yummy creations see: www.heritage-chocolates.com.

For a full list of vendors from this event please contact: www.allsaints1692.org.

If you haven’t yet discovered Maryland wines and wineries, and have an interest in learning more about the wine making process visit: www.perigeaux.comRunningHareVineyard.comwww.RomanoWinery.com or any of those mentioned above.

Wishing you a art-filled, ‘wine-tastic’ summer and thank you for reading!

 

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Published by Eileen Slovak

I am an Author Novelist living in Virginia. My body of work includes: published non-fiction articles, this blog, fictional short stories, a published short story series on www.Smashwords.com, flash fiction, poetry and one published novel "Secret Agent of God", a spiritual thriller. Thank you for your interest in my bio. For more: amazon.com/author/eileenslovak

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