Go Grape Stomping at A Vintage Affair’s annual event
By Donna O’Neil, Managing Editor
Relax and get ready to get your party on.
Dress in your favorite comfy clothes – or better yet an outlandish costume.
Gather a few friends who are equally as crazy as you are.
Take your shoes off and jump feet first into a barrel of Muscadine grapes.
If this sounds like fun to you, then this weekend’s annual Grape Stomp should be just your cup of tea, er, glass of wine.
Come on. You know you want to.
On Saturday, teams of four ‘stompers’ and a swabby” will compete in the third annual Grape Stomp to see who can smash the most juice from 25 pounds of Muscadine grapes during a four-minute period. Stompers will take turns mashing the grapes while the swabby channels the juice into a bottle. A second round pairs each of the successful teams with a celebrity stomper and an additional minute.
A Vintage Affair Managing Director Ashley Roberts is looking forward to this year’s event, “Every year we have more and more fun and I anticipate this year will be no exception. In fact, we’ve got 16 teams signed up so far. The most interesting team name I’ve seen is ‘I kissed a grape and I liked it.’ They are dressing up like Katie Perry with their swabby dressing as Russell Brand.”
The event, sponsored by First Tennessee Bank, is presented by A Vintage Affair – a nonprofit organization raising money for Williamson County charities benefiting women and children in need.
If you don’t want to get your feet wet, this year, you can still partake in the hilarity and merriment of the fun event. There’s something for everyone during Grape Stomp.
In addition to the stomping event, music plays for the enjoyment of the crowd to create a rhythm for the stompers. This year music will be provided by local songstress Tayla Lynn, granddaughter of the legendary Loretta Lynn. Tayla, formerly of the band Stealing Angels, has launched a solo career.
“I can’t remember a time that I wasn’t in the wings in some town somewhere, watchin my memaw and my daddy on stage” recalls Tayla Lynn. She was 4 or 5 the first time she remembers her memaw taking her on stage.Lynn recounts “I started singing as soon as I opened my mouth.” As a result of nature and nurture, performing is in her blood and singing is one of the most natural and happy activities in her life.
Cocktails and wine, brought in from the vineyards far from the stomping action at this event, will also be available. This year a new libation will be introduced – Cougar Juice. It’s a vodka that’s new to this area and produced by Michael Nicholson of Calestoga, Calif. If you are a returning participant, you’ll be glad to know that Lawrenceburg, Ky.-based Four Roses Bourbon had so much fun participating in last year’s event, they are bringing a “a posse of folks with them,” said Roberts.
Participating food vendors include PortaVia, providing food for the VIP tent, and Drake’s of Cool Springs, McCreary’s Irish Pub & Eatery, Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant and Zolo’s will also provide food.
The Grape Stomp will be held Saturday, Oct. 6, 2-6 p.m. at Animalia, the veterinarian clinic owned by Aubrey and Michelle Preston at 1973 New Highway 96 West near the Westhaven neighborhood.
General admission tickets are $50 and $100 for VIP, which includes access to the VIP tent and premium food and wine.
For ticket information and registration, visit www.avintageaffair.org.
Posted on: 10/3/2012