New Castle News

February 19, 2013

Wine tasting, auction and music highlight fundraiser to benefit New Castle Arts Festival

Lugene Hudson
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — Instead of green beer, a mid-March holiday is all about the reds. And whites. And darks and lights.

The second annual St. Patrick’s Wine Taste and Art Auction will offer an evening of culture, entertainment and a sampling of hors d’oeuvres.

And if you’ve never been to the New Castle Country Club before, it’s an opportunity to see the facility that Ken Cole views as a jewel of the community.

Cole, president of the New Castle Arts Festival held each Memorial Day at Cascade Park, said the wine tasting and silent auction from 6 to 9 p.m. March 15 is a fundraiser for the May art fest.

“It’s an upscale event,” Cole described of the wine tasting/auction, adding the various components should make for an enjoyable evening. “It’s something for adults to do for St. Patrick’s Day.”

There will be 16 different wines available, served in one-ounce glasses.

“You may sample as many as you wish. There’s a full palate.”

Adding to the whole color spectrum will be some blues music. Light rock is also a possibility, and magician T.J. Hill will perform.

The country club does an incredible job of providing “a mountain of hors d’oeuvres,” Cole said.

The New Castle artist is aware of the tremendous amount of creative talent in this area and activities including The Hoyt Center for the Art’s after-school program help budding young artists.

Local artists will be presenting a variety of different items for the auction including original oil paintings, sculpture, wall designs, fabric art and jewelry, he explained. In addition, tickets to promotional events sponsored by groups such as the Crisis Shelter of Lawrence County and the New Castle Playhouse will also be a part of the auction.

“We have items for all budgets.”

The cost of the two-day art festival is $20,000, and Cole hopes to exceed that amount this year with this fundraiser.

If that happens, he would like to replace the park’s old green entrance sign.

“Part of our goal is to give back to the park.”

He also hopes attendance doubles from 120 last year.

Marvin Lebby is chairman of the wine tasting/auction and Leslie Michael is co-chairman.

“This is something a little different,” Cole said, noting he looks forward to events that stimulate cultural understanding.

(Email: lhudson@ncnewsonline.com.)