Free wine tastings that support central New York retired racing greyhound adoption groups are a big draw at the 6th annual Grapehound Wine Tour®, July 28-31. An equally big draw aimed at Syacuse area dog lovers is the 100 foot long tent filled with over a dozen canine-oriented vendors.
This rain or shine tented expanse of retail therapy, featuring all kinds of greyhound and sighthound specialties, will be set up at host winery Atwater Estate Vineyards, 5055 State Rt. 414, in Burdett, NY, about 75 miles southwest of Syracuse. Vendors will open on Friday from about 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. And Saturday from about 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The Grapehound Wine Tour® brings together some of the retired racing greyhound adoption groups in New York and surrounding states, and greyhound-friendly wineries along the shores of Seneca Lake. For $30 tasting packages, available at Atwater Estate Vineyards on Friday and Saturday, attendees will enjoy seven free wine tastings at Hazlit 1852, Atwater Estates and five of their choice of over 20 participating beverage producers. Tasting packages also include free admission to the bluegrass concert Friday night, and the rest of the weekend events. All funds raised from paid wine-tasting admissions benefit the participating greyhound adoption groups, as well as two local shelters: Seneca County SPCA and 2nd Chance Dog Adoption.
But in keeping with greyhound event traditions, admission to those who are shopping only is free. Readers can look for high quality hand-crafted dog coats, decorative and leather sighthound collars and greyhound-friendly dog beds for their hounds. Visitors will also find intricately crafted jewelry, quilts, clothing and accessories for dog owners of all breeds.
The four participating central New York retired racing greyhound adoption groups will also feature items for sale or bid:
- Finger Lakes Adopt-A-Grey hosts the silent auction that ends about 4 p.m. Saturday
- Forever Home Greyhound Adoption will provide $5 grey-b-sitting for dogs while their owners are enjoying wine tasting and shopping, and new this year, a dog wash
- Gorges Greyhounds will sell ice cream on Friday and Saturday, and hosts the Saturday afternoon ice cream social at 3:30 p.m.
- Kindred Spirits Greyhound Adoption will be selling their fundraising cookbook Comfort Food for Humans & Hounds, and t-shirts
In addition to greyhound and sighthound specialty vendors, Burnett restaurant Smokin’ Bones BBQ will be selling dinners at Thursday night’s wine and hors d’oeurves welcome event at Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards. Auburn and Cayuga favorite Mo’s Pit Barbecue & Cowboy Cuisine will be selling food Friday and Saturday on the grounds at Atwater Estate Vineyards. Like host winery Atwater, all of the more than 20 participating wineries, breweries and distillers will be selling their wares by the glass and the bottle all weekend long.
Shop-’til-you-drop retail therapy needs a gameplan. Grapehound organizer Larry Bowersox provided Syracuse Dog Training with an advance copy of the event booklet that offers the following field guide to the 2011 Grapehound Wine Tour® shopping experience.
Balance Photography (Catonsville, MD): Professional photographers and greyhound owners, Balance Photography offers custom portrait packages by appointment on Saturday at scenic Atwater Estate Vineyards. On Sunday afternoon, they carry on their Grapehounds tradition of offering waterfall portraits at the hike to Taughannock Falls. Phone or text 443-904-6743 for an appointment, or arrange an appointment at the event.
Cassie’s Casual Wear (McConnellstown, PA): Looking for a custom made dog coat for canines of all breeds? Cassie’s makes coats to fit any dog’s needs, winter, summer, spring or fall, and waterproof or not. Specialty coats include donation, adoption and Trek ‘n Tote coats, and Cassie’s also crafts belly bands, safety vests and collars. An array of gifts including embroidered hoodies, windsocks, placemats, hot pads, tea towels, pocketbooks and much more complete the inventory Cassie’s will offer at Grapehounds.
Citizens Against Greyhound Racing (Lehigh Valley, PA): CAGR offers attendees tee shirts, dog bed covers, puppy PJs, holiday ornaments, and tote bags.
D & J Glass Designs (Toledo, Ohio): David and Judi create handcrafted stained glass artwork, old windows painted with different themes and bottle art (wind chimes and tea light holders.) They will take a favorite beverage bottle and customize artwork. In addition to their website, D&J Glass Designs also has a Facebook page with pictures of their work.
The GEM Store, operated by Greyhounds of Eastern Michigan (Livonia, MI): In GEM’s online store, readers can see many of the greyhound owner necessities GEM will offer at Grapehounds. Harnesses, collars, leads, muzzles, Bags on Board, screaming monkeys, Vetrap, EMT Gel and spray, Thera-Pawz2, decals, nail trimmers, books, pawz, pens, pet blinkers, and squawkers are just some of the items GEM sells. These items take care of the details of life with retired racing greyhounds. All proceeds from the GEM booth support the adoption group’s programs.
Greyhound Love (Birdsboro, PA): Greyhound Love will offer for sale harnesses, collars, leads, shirts, jewelry, books, magnets, car magnets, notecards, Christmas cards, and travel beds for hounds.
Greyt Bedazzlies by Sheena (Port Matilda, PA) Readers can embellish themselves in style with originally designed greyhound jewelry for humans (and dogs, too) from Greyt Bedazzlies by Sheena. The shop offers for sale one-of-a-kind jewelry designed for both business casual wear and special occasions. Decorate the home with bedazzled lamps, purses, photo totes, wine glass charms, St. Francis dog charms, statues, picture frames, vases and many other items. A portion of proceeds from all sales are donated to greyhound adoption efforts.
Greytwear (Bono, Arkansas): Looking for some human apparel that marks you as a greyhound lover? Greytwear sells tee shirts, dress shirts and accessories for men, women and children. In addition to shirts, they will have at Grapehounds ladies tank tops, sandals, tote bags, caps, socks, and a bargain box!
Gryffin Designs (Bowie, Maryland): Gryffin brings their beautiful original art quilts, bags, coats, tees and holiday ornaments to Grapehounds NY.
Impressive Etching (Gansvoort, NY): Impressive Etching provides etched glass items for barware, awards, or special occasions. Grapehounds visitors can see wine glasses, wine stoppers, beer mugs, coffee mugs, biscuit jars and more etched with greyhounds and other decorative forms. Impressive Etching can also handle various specialty items and can custom etch personalized requests on glass or crystal. For more information, email Impressive Etching.
Jen Howard Art (Catasaugua, PA): Fine art and crafts on canvas, wood, slate, tile and pottery. Also T-shirts, note cards and hand-painted jewelry. Many wine-themed pieces and keepsakes will be available at Grapehounds.
Linda K Evans, Greyhound Artist (East Clarendon, VT): Linda K. Evans’ art features greyhounds hidden in landscape and botanical prints. She presents her innovative original cloisonne colored pencil technique in high quality, matted and framed prints along with “Greyt Nose” T-shirts and the exclusive sculptured necklace “Dog Running” by Patrick Farrow.
Long Dog Leather Works (Maryland): Long Dog Leather Works crafts handmade affordable, adjustable leather martingale collars. Look for classic styles and several new varieties featuring great colors and a rainbow of amazing stingray hides. New this summer are leashes in soft twisted bullhide and latigo in a wide variety of colors. Long Dog will also be bringing several styles of discontinued collars to Grapehounds, so look for the bargain bin.
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