Muscarelle to Host Wine Auction, Beer and Barbecue Festival This Weekend

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Attendees enjoy last year's Wine & Run for the Roses event. (Photo courtesy Muscarelle Museum of Art)
Attendees enjoy last year’s Wine & Run for the Roses event. (Photo courtesy Muscarelle Museum of Art)

The Muscarelle Museum of Art is hosting a full slate of festivities this weekend that will appeal to lovers of both the finer things and the simpler things in life.

The sixth annual “Wine & Run for the Roses” and the second annual “Bluegrass, Beer, and Barbecue in the ‘Burg” are slated for Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

Wine & Run for the Roses will feature both a live and silent auction of rare and unique wines from throughout the region.

Samantha Compono, an auctioneer and director of operations with historic wine shop Acker Merall & Condit, will be serving as the lead auctioneer at the event’s live auction.

Honored vintners at this year’s event will be Charles and Ali Banks, owners of Terroir Life, a California-based company dedicated to wine lifestyles. The Bankses also founded Cultivate Wines, which donates to charitable causes.

The auctions will kick off at 2 p.m. and will be followed by a live showing of the Kentucky Derby. All of the festivities will take place on the lawn at Phi Beta Kappa Hall, and tickets are $200 per person.

If fine wines are not really your thing, the following day’s event offers up some simpler pleasures in the form of craft beers and tasty barbecue.

Bluegrass, Beer and Barbecue in the ‘Burg will offer selection of beers from local Virginia breweries, plus numerous barbecue sauce tastings with plenty of barbecue to go along with them.

The afternoon’s food and beverage tastings will be accompanied by the dulcet tones of Drymill Road, an internationally renowned bluegrass band.

The festival will take place on the lawn of Phi Beta Kappa Hall from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. and tickets are $35 for general admission or $15 for kids ages 6 to 12. Children under 6 are free.

All proceeds from both events directly benefit the Muscarelle. To purchase tickets or for more information, click here or call 757-221-6019.