2007 Drumright Wine Fest June 9

Nuyaka Merlot Vines
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At least seven Oklahoma wineries will offer unlimited free samples of their “fruit of the vine” at the Fifth Annual Drumright Wine Fest on Saturday, June 9, from 2 to 8 p.m. at Whitlock Park in historic Drumright.

Tidal School Vineyards, Grape Ranch, Tres Suenos, StableRidge Winery, Moonfeathers, Nuyaka Creek Winery, and Natura will be featured, as well as delicious food, music, winery tours, and a variety of treats to please the senses. Other wineries may be added as well.

Vendors will showcase breads, cheeses, wine accessories, decorative items, jewelry, and other goods. Bottles may be purchased from the wineries, and individual glasses of wine may be purchased. An art show and free shuttle rides to the Tidal School Winery round out the experience.

Visitors may sign up at the gate to win a free wine chiller donated by Michael’s Funeral Home.

Some of Tulsa’s most popular music talent will entertain Wine Fest guests.

Travis Kidd has performed with the Dixie Chicks, Hank Williams Jr., and the Charlie Daniels Band. His songs are rooted in folk, rock, and country, with covers of artists ranging from George Jones and Merle Haggard to Skid Row and Led Zeppelin.

He also performs his own original music. He is a fixture on Sunday nights on the Los Cabos patio at the Jenks Riverwalk, and in 2006 was named by the Tulsa World as the Best Country/Americana artist, after being nominated for five consecutive years.

Back by popular demand for their fifth appearance at Wine Fest are Mark Bruner and Shelby Eicher, a popular acoustic duo known for their original treatment of blues and American roots music.

In the famous words of Roy D. Mercer, “these boys put on a pretty good little music show.”

Bruner and Eicher, with their guitar, mandolin, and fiddle dabble in styles as diverse as jazz, pop, swing, cowboy, and bluegrass. They are so easy-going and comfortable on stage that it tends to spread to their audience who can’t help but tap their feet and relax.

But don’t get too relaxed, because the headliner is popular blues act Jimmy “Junior” Markham of Tulsa. Markham is closely associated with Leon Russell and has enjoyed a long and extensive career spread across 50 years and a continent, creating experiences and memories with some of the biggest names in the business.

Once, Jerry Lee Lewis said Markham was the “best white blues harmonica player” he had ever heard, according to a quote by Markham in a biographical article written by Matt S. Alcott at http://members.cox.net/j.markham/about.htm. Check out the article online; it’s good stuff, and far too much information to print here.

Ticket prices cover samples from the wineries, musical entertainment, shuttle rides, and parking. Gate admission is $12 for adult tasters over 21 or $10 for non-tasters over 11. To save $2 on advance tickets, contact drumrightchamber@aol.com or call the Drumright Chamber of Commerce at (918) 352-2204.

Kids 11 and younger are free. Parking is free, but no coolers or pets are allowed. The Drumright Chamber of Commerce hosts the event.

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