WV Wine and Arts 2012

Posted by  | June 7, 2012  at 6:42 PM  

Vu ja de Vineyards from Spencer, WV

The 2012 West Virginia Wine and Arts Festival, may have been one of the hottest to date--the temperatures were sky-high and Boydville was bustling on both Saturday and Sunday.
Thanks to the hard work of The Arts Centre, this Memorial Weekend mainstay is quickly becoming one of Martinsburg's main attractions. It only takes a little eavesdropping to quickly catch on that the crowd comes from near and far to spend an afternoon (or two) lounging on the spacious lawn, sampling some of West Virginia's finest wines.
I'd be quite remiss if I didn't mention the music at this year's festival. This was my fourth fest, and from what my wine-soaked memory recalls, the bands this year were the best thus far. I was especially impressed with the nice young men that make up Joe Taxi. The band was high energy, easy on the ears, and their song selection was spot-on with a perfect mix of original numbers and classic covers. This mix ensured that toes were tapping even to the songs you were hearing for the first time--definitely an act I would see again.
In addition to the tasting and the tunes, this event also showcases a series of hand-painted banners from the 2nd Annual Banner Project that will later be on display on the streets of downtown Martinsburg. See something you fancy? These banners will be auctioned off at the end of the summer with proceeds benefiting The Arts Centre.
 More information on The Arts Centre can be found at www.theartcentre.org

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