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Staff photo by Kimberly Shelton

Committee member Jetta Conway offered a sampling of California wines during “Inn Love With Napa Valley” – the Friends of Pickwick Landing State Park’s 5th Annual Wine Tasting.


Staff photo by Kimberly Shelton Committee member Jetta Conway offered a sampling of California wines during “Inn Love With Napa Valley” – the Friends of Pickwick Landing State Park’s 5th Annual Wine Tasting.

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Attendees will pop corks for a cause as the take part in the 6th Annual Friends of Pickwick Landing State Park Wine Tasting.

Held at the State Park Inn, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18, the “Wine & Jazz” event will feature a great selection of wines, live music and a taste of the “Big Easy”.

Dishes on the New Orleans-inspired menu will include muffaletta dip, Jambalaya-stuffed peppers, Crawfish Monica, corn maque choux and New Orleans barbeque shrimp. Fruit, cheese, veggies, dips, olives and antipasto skewers will also be served.

Decadent desserts will include bread pudding, King cake squares and banana pudding.

The cost to attend is a $40 per person or $80 per couple donation to benefit the Friends. As an added incentive, the Inn is also offering a $20 discount on rooms for those who attend the wine tasting making their stay only $80 for the night as opposed to the normal $100 rate.

Live musical entertainment will be provided by the “Harvey Thompson Jazz Trio” who has performed with such acts as Lyle Lovett, Bob Segar, Elton John, Buddy Guy, BB King, Levon Helm, Greg Allman and James Brown.

With approximately $6,500 raised during the groups last wine tasting and somewhere in the neighborhood of 200 people in attendance, the 2015 event proved to be a smashing success.

“We are expecting just as many, if not more this time and look forward to seeing everyone as enjoy a night out in support of the Friends of Pickwick Landing State Park,” said Event Chair Sheri Rinks. “The wine tasting is our largest fundraiser of the year and a great way to educate others on the highlights and offerings of the park.”

501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, the Friends group seeks to provide beautification and other needs which are not funded by the state. Some of their past and ongoing projects and events have included Christmas in the Park, the lighting of the arch at the park’s entrance, the purchase of canoes and paddles and the making loading of backpacks with educational materials, binoculars and wildlife books for children staying at the park with their parents. A plan to build a House of Prey next to the park office is also on the table.

100 percent of the tastings proceeds will go toward the park.

(For tickets and more information, text or call Sheri Rinks at 731-607-2977. The Inn at Pickwick Landing State Park is located at 120 Playground Loop, Pickwick Dam in Tenn.)

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