The Wheeling Symphony auxiliary is holding a "Farm to Fork" event at Millie and Terry North's Lawrencefield Bed and Breakfast in Wheeling Saturday, Aug. 25.
Judi Hendrickson, co-chairman of the event, said, "This first-time event will be a wonderful way for the lucky 100 guests to learn about the people who produce our local food, see a fabulous historic McColloch home on what was originally a farm, enjoy delicious food and wine, meet the chef and winemaker, and dine under the stars with others who appreciate the camaraderie that a delightful dinner brings to the table."
A five-course meal, using local produce, meat and poultry, will be prepared by chef and major sponsor Charlie Schlegel, co-owner of Ye Olde Alpha, a popular restaurant located in the Edgwood section of Wheeling.
Craig Bandy, owner of the Winetree Vineyards, a family-owned farm winery in Vienna, W.Va., will be pairing wine with each course. Bandy, who has been making wine for 30 years, and his wife, Candice, operate the vineyard in addition to the winery. The bottling and processing also are done on the farm.
The Norths, owners of the bed and breakfast, will be giving tours of the historic 1845 "farm house" that was constructed by James McColloch in 1845. The home is linked to some of the well-known founders of the Wheeling area including Jacob Thomas of the Stone & Thomas department stores and the Paull family of Paull Associates.
Sponsors of the event include Ye Olde Alpha, BB&T Bank, DiCarlo's Pizza, Robyn Ruttenberg law firm, John and Gail Looney, George and Carol Couch and anonymous donors.
Proceeds from the symphony auxiliary's fundraiser will be used to provide child-sized classical concerts for families, featuring brass, woodwind, percussion and string ensembles.
"This diverse and educational series will lead audiences on exciting adventures through the wide and wonderful world of music," organizers said. "The interactive and educational live performances will be held at locations around the Wheeling and St. Clairsville area. Pre-concert activities for children, including musical arts and crafts, and meet the musicians will enhance their experience."
Hendrickson emphasized the importance of exposing young people to the performing arts early in their lives when they are most open to new experiences.
"The children attending the concerts are the future audiences and artists of our community," she said. "And we need to offer them experiences that will help them understand that both music making and a deeper understanding of music's importance are extremely important to the culture of our country and the world."
Jean Bailey, president of the Wheeling Symphony auxiliary, expressed the auxiliary's hope, to expand the concerts to additional areas of Ohio and West Virginia and to continue offering them every year.
Bailey said, "We cannot fulfill our hope without the generous support from businesses and individuals. There are numerous ways to sponsor the series and excellent benefits for our sponsors, such as marketing opportunities and public recognition, tickets and other incentives."
Those interested in becoming a sponsor may call Vicky Musicaro, 304-242-1262. Area residents also may call Musicaro to have their names placed on a mailing list for next year's Farm to Fork event.
Overnight accommodations can be made at the Lawrencefield Bed and Breakfast by calling 304-905-9991 or sending an email message to firstname.lastname@example.org.