Club creates new festival, will not man library auction booth

Last updated: June 21. 2013 10:21AM - 1205 Views

Several members of the Dallas Rotary Club gathered recently to place the Wine and Dine Festival sign at the triangle at Routes 309 and 415 in Dallas. From left, kneeling, are Todd Buckley, Jason Jolley, Paul Saxon and Ben Chappel. Standing, Melissa Saxon, Art Peoples, Kerry Freeman, Grace Reishus, Jon Pomrinke and Randy Loyd.
Several members of the Dallas Rotary Club gathered recently to place the Wine and Dine Festival sign at the triangle at Routes 309 and 415 in Dallas. From left, kneeling, are Todd Buckley, Jason Jolley, Paul Saxon and Ben Chappel. Standing, Melissa Saxon, Art Peoples, Kerry Freeman, Grace Reishus, Jon Pomrinke and Randy Loyd.
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Pre-purchased tickets for the Dallas Rotary Club Wine and Dine Festival are available for $15 at a variety of local merchants and also online at dallasrotarywineandine.com. There is a special $5 fee for the designated driver in any group. Tickets at the gate will be $25. Parking will be free.

Merchants selling tickets are Maiolatesi Wine Cellars in Scott Twp., Nimble Hill Vineyard and Winery in Tunkhannock, Pierce Drug in Kingston, O’Live in Sweet Valley and The Gluten Free Basket, Valentine’s Fine Jewelry and Hilbert’s Tractor Store in Dallas.



A Wine and Dine Festival set for June 29 at the Luzerne County Fairgrounds is the latest venture of the Dallas Rotary Club.


The list of events and projects the club sponsors is long, but the group wants to do even more with proceeds from this event.


The festival which runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. will feature 11 wineries, 17 food vendors and 32 craft vendors. Festival attendees will be able to sample all the wines and food will be available for purchase. Wineries will also sell wine by the bottle and the case.


Sandy Peoples, public relations chair for the 80-year-old group, said that, in addition to vendors, the festival will have live music to add to the fun.


Because the festival is new, the Rotary club will not man the food booth at the Back Mountain Library Auction this year.


“It was a difficult choice,” Peoples said. She pointed out that Rotary was instrumental in founding both the library and the auction.


The club takes on a daunting list of projects which require funding every year. Peoples listed a Christmas shopping spree for 45 needy children in the Dallas, Lake-Lehman and Northwest School districts, a book scholarship program, a dictionary program which distributes 400 dictionaries to area third-graders and support for a number of institutions, including the Senior Center, Habitat for Humanity and the Salvation Army.


Peoples said the group feels it can do even more for the community by creating the Wine and Dine Festival.


“We want to transfer time and talent to a bigger picture,” she said, adding that the group will contine to support the library auction with a monetary contribution and a basket for the basket booth.


“We’re hoping our festival will be a big hit,” she said of the wine event.


One thing is sure - proceeds from the festival will go to a good cause.


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