Unique experiences and exclusive parties will be among the five super prizes up for bid in a Live Auction to be held during the November 9th Winefest in the Sutter Creek Auditorium. Starting at 4:30 pm guests will still stroll 23 Main Street shops to taste different Amador wines, but when they return to the auditorium at 7:00 pm for dessert samplings, they will have a chance to bid on not only 200 silent auction items of art, wine and packages, but partake in a quick, but lively Live Auction led by auctioneer Kam Merzlak, a popular Amador businessman and photographer.
This will be the 16th annual Winefest, the biggest fundraiser of the year for AmadorArts which puts the arts into local classrooms. This year their arts education programs will serve over 1,400 school children and adults with disabilities. Already, local wineries, businesses, individuals and 30 artists have donated items with an estimated total value of $8,000 to the event. In the silent auction there’s something for everyone, from golf to game tickets to fine wine and fine art. The live auction, which begins at 7:30 pm will feature a Santa Cruz vacation package including two-nights lodging at Seascape; a Home Martini Party for 12; a fabulous painting by an award-winning, world renowned artist Howard Rees; a Posh Progressive Dinner Party for 10 in Sutter Creek; a 2-hour sightseeing flight over the foothills; and a private tour and tasting at the new Amador Distillery in Jackson.
On the heels of last year’s success, the Mystery Wine Sale will also be held in the auditorium. Bottles of wine valued at a minimum of $20 will be wrapped to keep their labels hidden. Pay $20 and you receive a surprise: it might be worth $50! Adding to the festivities will be the music of guitarist Herb Boxhorn and saxophonist Klaudia Promessi. Also, enjoy samplings of desserts from TCL (aka The Chocolate Lady), Taste, Guilty Indulgence, and Blue Moon Café. The Silent Auctions will beckon, but remember, they close at different times—Art at 7:20, Miscellaneous at 7:45; Wine at 8:00 pm
Advance tickets are $25 each. By using a credit card through www.amadorarts.org your printed PayPal receipt will be your ticket to save time at the Sutter Creek Auditorium’s check-in. Starting at 4:00 pm tickets can be purchased for $30 the day of the event at the auditorium, beautifully decorated, where guests pick up their wine glass, wristband and tasting map.
Buy advance tickets at: Amador Council of Tourism Office in Sutter Hill; Sutter Creek Wine Tasting Shop; Clarks Corner in Ione, Dr.Curry's Dental Office in Plymouth, and Up Country Hardware in Pine Grove.
Winefest is more than just a fun time. It benefits the Arts Education programs that the local arts agency presents at no cost in a dozen schools and in the community, including art classes given by local artists for all 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders, performing arts experiences by the B Street Theatre Company, after-school arts for junior high students, and classes for challenged adults. AmadorArts is a non-profit organization that has been serving the county for 31 years.