Friday, September 07, 2012

Wine festival T-shirtsavailable at Visitor Center

T-shirts for the 2012 Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival have arrived in plenty of time for the 24th-annual event. Sponsored by the SML Regional Chamber of Commerce, the festival will be held Sept. 29-30 at LakeWatch Plantation on Virginia 122 in Moneta.

This year's T-shirt was designed by Ravelle Whitener, owner of Ecstatic Design.

"Each year, we strive to create a unique shirt design which will appeal to festival-goers," said Vicki Gardner, chamber director.

The pre-shrunk, all-cotton T-shirt sports the 2012 logo across its back and includes the SML Wine Festival's insignia on the front. Sizes range from small to 2XL.

The cost of each shirt is $10. A limited number of T-shirts are available at the SML Visitor Center in Bridgewater Plaza at Hales Ford Bridge.

The two-day festival will be held rain or shine from 11 a.m. until6 p.m. on Sept. 29, and from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Sept. 30. Twenty-six Virginia wineries will be pouring and presenting their latest vintages, and more than 85 craft and food vendors are expected to be on hand.

Musical entertainment will be provided by Polychrome and Dragonfly on Saturday, and Blue Mule and Fat Daddy on Sunday. On-site parking is free.

Tickets are $20 for tasters and $12 for designated drivers when purchased in advance (by 5 p.m. on Sept. 26). At-the-gate prices will be $25, and $15 respectively. Tickets are available online atsmlwinefestival.com or from any one of 27 area ticket outlets. Visit the website for a complete list and location of outlets.

For more information, call 721-1203.