Saturday, September 26, 2009

BG Wine & Cheese Event A Great Success

Corks were popping and glasses tinkling during the 14th Annual Bowling Green Parks and Recreation Foundation Wine and Cheese Social, held last night. It was a smashing success. The crowd -- estimated at more than 350 -- was the largest yet for this annual event. This was the first time the event was held at the Simpson Building and it seemed to be the perfect location. The former church sanctuary was the site of the live auction, led by television newsman Jerry Anderson. Meanwhile bountiful tables of food and silent auction items were down the hall in the facility's meeting room. A nice touch is that guests were able to spill out into the beautiful garden grounds, which was awash with colorful and fragrant plants and flowers.

The wine for the event was generously donated by Norm Heineman and Bowling Green Beverage (shown in the photo with his wife Kathy behind him). Many comments were made that the selection of 12 different wines made this a truly adventureous and fun night. There were some standouts in the line-up, including the Lyeth Red Meritage and the Schild Estate Shiraz. Norm, not sparing any expense, also served up some Pelee Island Winery Vidal Icewine. This retails for about $42 a half-bottle, so it truly was like sipping liquid gold.

Assisting the foundation with this event were the Exchange Club of Bowling Green along with the local Kiwanis and Rotary groups. Their participation certainly helped with the strong turnout and smooth operation.

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