Vino in the Village is Sept. 17

Published 2:45 pm Wednesday, August 31, 2016

The first annual Vino in the Village is set for Sept. 17 at the Historic Village at Lee Wayside in Buckingham County.

The event, being organized and sponsored by Historic Buckingham Inc. and the Buckingham County Chamber of Commerce, will feature wine tastings; food trucks; music; a fine art show; and the relaxed, historical and naturally shaded environment the village offers.

The event will begin at 11 a.m., according to Historic Buckingham President Martha Pennington Louis.

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“The idea came about from several people in the county who traveled the wine fest circuit and wondered why almost every county around the actual geographic center of the state had a wine fest and Buckingham did not,” Louis said.

Spice Sea Gourmet will offer food during the event, along with Villa Nova and local cheese makers.

Spice Sea Gourmet will offer food during the event, along with Villa Nova and local cheese makers.

She said the chamber of commerce put up $1,000 to get the ball rolling.

“There will be a large variety of wines from dry to sweet with the four vineyards coming,” Louis said.

DeVault Family Vineyard, Three Sisters of Shiney Rock, American Way Country Wines and Bright Meadows Farm will be in attendance.

There will be two food trucks: Spice Sea Gourmet and Villa Nova. Cheese makers will also be on hand.

“The chamber is really happy to be the sponsor, along with the Historic Village, for the Vino in the Village,” Chamber Treasurer Sandra Moss said. “We feel like it will be a big success. It’s going to take place rain or shine, and there will be people who will come to this who have not been to the village before, and we think that’s a real plus … because they have so much to show and many people have not seen it.”

Louis said they are “very excited” about the music for the event: Feng Sway (jazz) and Sean Fir (Celtic).

Buckingham Family Dentistry is sponsoring the music.

“We have artists coming with paintings, pottery, jewelry, wood turning and sculpture,” Louis said. “We wanted this event to be different from other events at the village, and I think (we’ve) succeeded. This is a family event … for the kids. The Friends of the Library will have a crafts table and there will be some games available (corn hole and basketball). There is a lot of shade at the Historic Village which really adds to the beauty.”

The event serves as a fundraiser for the Historic Village, according to Louis.

“We have lots of volunteers helping at the gates. Admission is $15 for tasters, (which) includes a Vino in the Village wine glass, and $10 for nontasters.”

Children 12 and under will be admitted free.

Moss credited the hard work of Louis and Venus Powers, who have helped organize the event.

“This is going to be really nice to have it up there in a place like that,” Moss said of the village as the event’s venue.

For more information on the event, call Louis at (434) 547-2296, email or visit