(Interlaken, NY) The Fourth of July in the Finger Lakes wouldn’t be complete without Americana Vineyards Winery's annual Birthday BBQ Bash, and this year promises to be the best yet! The winery has a full day of music, food and drink, and great fun lined up for their family and friends! And in addition, there will be auctions and raffles throughout the afternoon to benefit the rescues and shelters of Woofstock. The festivities start at noon on Saturday, July 7 and will go all day strong, right through the full fireworks finale from Young Explosives that rivals any community’s display!
“We look forward to putting on this party every year,” explains Joe Gober, the winery’s charismatic owner. “The winery started in July, so what better way to celebrate our birthday, and to thank our friends and family for their support than with a huge blow-out? We love that people come from near and far to meet up here for this party!”
This year is the winery’s 37th birthday, and they’ve added even more food, more fireworks and more fun to celebrate. And some fun opportunities to help the local rescues from their annual Woofstock benefit. Between band sets, there will be a live auction where attendees can bid on Finger Lakes Getaway Packages -- with a LaTourelle overnight and a Seneca Sol Glamping getaway up for bid. There will also be 50/50 raffles and walk-around basket raffles featuring wine, the spirits of Myer Farm Distillers and a golf outing at Hillendale Golf Course.
In addition, on Friday July 6, the winery will kick off the weekend's festivities with a live radio remote -- complete with giveaways -- from 12:00pm-2:00pm, featuring the DJs of QCountry and 97.3 Lite Rock. Then, new this year is "Yappy Hour" from 4:00pm-5:00pm. Guests who bring their dogs will receive BOGO coupons good on glasses of wine or pints of beer. At 5:00pm, the weekly Friday Nite Pizza Party starts, with live music by the Immortal Jellyfish from 6:00pm-8:00pm. During the entire event, there will be vendors and a pick-a-prize basket raffle table, where guests can enter to win several themed baskets, with all the proceeds going to the rescues and shelters of Woofstock. Winners will be announced at 8:00, when the band finishes.
Everyone is invited to join in the fun both days – friends, families, and dogs! "On Friday we'll have our dog park open -- with toys and wading pools -- for the pooches to play and swim in," Joe points out, "Although on Saturday, the fireworks may frighten your dogs or bother their ears, so bear that in mind if you decide to bring your pup to the big party."
There will be plenty of food and drinks available on Saturday as well. In addition to the popular Cornell Chicken BBQ by the Trumansburg Fire Department, attendees can enjoy the offerings of four food trucks, and the Crystal Lake Café will have takeout right in the Café and a street food tent outside the Taproom in the Beer Garden as well. There will be plenty of local food and artisan vendors, a wine slushie and wine tent, wine specials by the bottle, wines available by the bottle or glass and Bacchus Brewing Company beer -- all available in the backyard and Beer Garden.
As always, there is a full slate of top local musical talent playing all day in the Pavilion. “We have five great bands playing for the duration of the Bash, starting right at noon, each playing a two hour set, which will take us right up to our Fireworks Finale at 10:00pm,” Joe outlines.
The entertainment line-up for this year is:
12:00-2:00 Backtalk Band
2:00-4:00 Purple Valley
4:00-6:00 Thru Spectrums
6:00-8:00 City Limits
8:00-10:00 Mutron Warriors
10:00 Fireworks Finale
There is no admission on Friday, and on Saturday, admission is just $5.00 per person, with kids under 13 and pets admitted free. Coolers are permitted, but will be searched, as no outside alcohol is allowed.
Joe extends the following invitation, “Come spend a few hours with us, or stay all day. Everyone’s welcome, so bring a whole carload with you! Just be sure to pack a few lawn chairs or blankets and get here early to claim your spot on the back lawn. People even bring pop up tents and beach umbrellas and set up camp for the day!”
Americana Vineyards Winery and Crystal Lake Café is located at 4367 East Covert Road in Interlaken, about 15 minutes north of Ithaca. Event updates and details can be found on the winery's website and on their Facebook page.